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Alexander Beliavsky vs Viswanathan Anand
SKA-Mephisto Tournament (1991), Munich GER, rd 3, May-??
Pirc Defense: Austrian Attack. Kurajica Variation (B09)  ·  0-1
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Mar-10-04  PizzatheHut: I really like this game. All attack for both sides. Chessmaster 8000 says that Anand would have had to see 28...Rb3+ when playing 21...Bh6. That's a pretty impressive calculation.
Mar-10-04  Benjamin Lau: All in a day's work for Anand. ;-)

It's too bad his writing style isn't as exciting as his playing style. I took a sneak peek at "My Best Games of Chess" by Vishy at my local bookstore and the writing is so bland. It's amazingly accurate and deep, but I fell asleep after glancing through the first few pages. He lists like a hundred variations to explain a single move.

Nov-08-04  Theoryhack: I think hes modest and pleasnat, but not bland. The variations are necessary to understand the positions and the reasons for his moves. It takes effort to go over them, but its rewarding to do so; even the variaitons are anything but dull.
Oct-28-06  aw1988: I was rather horrified when Informant first came out - who needs all this analysis?! Do I need to spend countless sleepless nights? Well, the solution is to go through it very slowly...
Nov-08-06  thesonicvision: <PizzatheHut: I really like this game. All attack for both sides. Chessmaster 8000 says that Anand would have had to see 28...Rb3+ when playing 21...Bh6. That's a pretty impressive calculation.>

no way.
when i was younger, i was often
mystified by the depth of
calculations routinely examined
in the minds of masters.

when i got older, and read a few
books, i learned that stronger
players don't usually calculate that
deeply unless it's a forcing line.
in theses instances, they map
out the infamous variation tree.

in this case, anand plays 21..Bh6
becuase he sees he can safely
capture the d5 pawn w/ his bishop.
24.Qd2 is met by Bxf3.

Nov-08-06  suenteus po 147: Very impressive counterattack by the young Anand.
Dec-30-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jim Bartle: Somehow Beliavsky seems to end up on the wrong end of a lot of brilliant games: Anand, Nunn, Kasparov, Miles, Dzindzhi., Portish.

I guess that could be taken as a compliment to his strength, if it takes a brilliancy to beat him.

Dec-30-06  abcpokerboy: Topalov shares that distinction with Beliavsky. Look at Linares '99. 3 games from Burgess's revised World's Greatest Chess Games are losing Topalov efforts, most notably Kasparov's immortal.
Dec-30-06  square dance: kasparov's immortal took place at wijk aan zee, not linares.
Dec-31-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jim Bartle: Yes, Topalov fits the same profile. Seems every generation of players has a designated "victim." Some overcome it, some don't.

Other candidates might be Marshall, Nimzowitch, Portisch and Hubner.

Dec-31-06  euripides: I always think of Vidmar as being famous for his defeats, though he did win a couple of famous brilliancies against Euwe and Rubinstein.
Nov-19-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessmensch: Watson analyzes this game in Volume I of Mastering the Chess Openings, page 319.
Nov-20-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <Chessmensch: <Watson analyzes this game in Volume I of Mastering the Chess Openings, page 319.>> So where went white wrong ?

Was <12.Bd3 Ng3 13.Rh2 dxe5 14.Nxe5 Qd6 15.0-0-0> a better way ?


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Jul-30-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Beliavsky vs Anand, 1991.
YOU ARE PLAYING THE ROLE OF ANAND.
Your score: 41 (par = 27)

LTJ

PS. "28...?" Black to play and win, would make for an excellent Tuesday/Wednesday puzzle.

Aug-13-14  SpiritedReposte: Only defense in this game is counter-attack. Nice!
Nov-30-16  Howard: This game appeared in Byrne's NYT column back then, if I remember right.
Jun-22-17  Howard: Yes, it did. Just pulled it up. Byrne, incidentally, stated that this game should serve as "a warning" to Karpov, given that he and Anand were slated to have their Candidates match shortly later.
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