chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing


register now - it's free!
Viswanathan Anand vs Ivan Sokolov
It (S.W.I.F.T.-92) (1992)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Kan. Knight Variation (B43)  ·  1-0
To move:
Last move:

explore this opening
find similar games 15 more Anand/I Sokolov games
sac: 16.Rxf7 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: Click on the e8 square to see a computer engine analysis of the position.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with the default chess viewer, please see the Pgn4web Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Mar-03-04  Benjamin Lau: The combination starts around the 16th move, so it's not impossible for it to be opening prep, not for GMs anyway. Some of the moves after the sacrifice were probably part intuition even if it was based on home prep. I bet Anand only memorized maybe up to 5 or 6 moves after the sack at home. In either case, opening prep or not, the game is very impressive although I think that Sokolov may not have carried out the defense perfectly though.
Mar-03-04  AdrianP: <Benjamin> If this was opening prep, my intuition is that this line, at least, would have been calculated to the end as it's mainly forcing and is decisive. I agree that there will be certain positions where, in prep, a GM will go "I've got serious activity or positional advantage for a piece or for the exchange", but when your sacking a R then a N, you want something a bit more concrete than that.

After this game Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 Garry revealed that he had spent 24 hours calculating the consequences of the R sac. Even though it was not possible to calculate to the end, you can bet your bottom dollar he had calculated the main lines more than 5 or 6 moves deep.

Mar-03-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: I don't know whether it was a home preparation or not but I would rather quess that it was not. Sokolov's line with 7...Nbd7 and 8...Nc5 is not very usual and it is not probable that Anand could foresee that Sokolov or anybody else will play all that line to the move 13...Re8, which weakened point f7 and allowed Anand's pretty combination. I think that Anand foresaw 16.Rxf7 when he played 14.e5 and that he found it out over the board pretty quickly after Sokolov's incautious 13th move. To calculate consequences of 16...Kxf7 is not extremely difficult even for patzer like me, not to mention Anand, because black's moves are almost forced. What surprizes me is that Sokolov took the Rook and that Anand missed simple 21.Bxc5+. After 21.Nxb5 black could have played much better 21...Qd8 and the win of white is not so clear. Maybe it really was a rapid game.
Mar-03-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: Well, 21.Nxb5 looks sufficient too as 21...Qd8 fails for very nice 22.Qxh7! Nd7 23.Be4! e5 24. Bg6 Ke7 (or 24...Re6 25.Bg5 threatening 26.Qh8+ Ke7 27.Qxg7#) 25.Rxf6! Kxf6 (25...Nxf6 26.Qxg7+ Ke6 27.Qf7#) 26.Bg5+! Kxg5 (else the Queen is lost) 27.Qh5+ Kf6 28.Qf5+ Ke7 29.Qf7#.
Mar-03-04  ConLaMismaMano: "bet your bottom dollar" - The City of Glass (The Trilogy of New York), Paul Auster.
May-07-04  vajrabhrt: Can someone please tell me what the winning plan would be on 23...gxf6?
May-07-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  acirce: 24. Bh6+ Qg7 25. Qg7#
Dec-22-04  GreenDayGuy: Anand is really good at sacrificing against an unprotected king.
Mar-11-05  aw1988: S.W.I.F.T. indeed.
Mar-11-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: Sokolov Was In For Trouble
Suddenly White Initiated Forcing Threats
Severe Whipping Into Frenzied Tantrum
Shocking When Ivan Fell Through
Savvy Winner Ingests French Toast
Mar-11-05  aw1988: LOL! I must admit, that is very good.
May-27-05  Durandal: AdrianP: SWIFT was the sponsor of the tournament, the company is a cooperative effort to provide secure financial communications between banks worldwide (SWIFT is the acronym for Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, see swift.com), based in La Hulpe, near Brussels, Belgium. IIRC, its CEO at the time was Bessel Kok, a well known chess patron.
May-27-05  AdrianP: <Durandal> I see - as in SWIFT transfer.
May-27-05  arifattar: May not compare with <tpstar>'s effort but, Sweet Win In Five & Twenty.
Jun-07-05  coolthing76: This was a Rapid game. Comments by Yasser Seirawan here http://www.chesscafe.com/yaz/yaz.htm Well done Anand.
Oct-29-06  Gbness: The perfect example of why I admire Anand.
Nov-14-06  adviser: Anand is a very quick-minded player. I don't doubt that he could become the best rapid player in the world.
Aug-18-07  Chess Carnival: <I don't doubt that he could become the best rapid player in the world.>

Wasn't he the best rapid player by '06?

Aug-18-07  thathwamasi: I think S.W.I.F.T is the company owned by Bessel Kok..is this a tourney sponsored by them??? I am not sure if this is rapid
Oct-30-08  transhuman7: Wow...
Feb-22-09  kamalakanta: This game is a beauty!
Nov-12-11  pmukerji: 20 Ndb5 is killer...what an awesome game.
May-10-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  zakkzheng: 27.Be4+(Kg5 28.Qh4#)Qf5 28.Nxf5 Pxf5 29. Bxe7 with an decisive advantage.
May-16-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Garech: Brilliant attack from Anand; it seems that to accept the sacrifice after 16.Rxf7 is suicide. Better, instead of 16...Kxf7, is Nxe5:


click for larger view

although white still has a big advantage after 17.Bf4:


click for larger view

where there is no 17...Kxf7 or 18.Qh5+ is easily winning.

Here's to hoping Anand will open with e4 in ten hours time, for game 5 against Gelfand - would be great to see a Sicilian!

Cheers,

Garech

May-29-12  ZeejDonnelly: First time seeing this game. An astonishingly deep attack.
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>

Top Analysis by Super GMs
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other users.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.


NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
This game is type: RAPID (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
Admirable Anand!
by chocobonbon
Sicilian Kan, Nc3 Be2 line, beatufiul combo by Anand
from WANA's Sicilian games by wallnuts23
games to study
by belak
starscrew85's favorite games
by starscrew85
blueridgeboy07's favorite games
by blueridgeboy07
interesting games
by Rimrock
Vishy sacs a boxful of pieces
from Games to make you smile. by SufferingBruin
KAN
from MEISTERBRAU's favorite games by MEISTERBRAU
Rxf7!
from Vishy's finest by snottgoblin
Anand's exhibition
from bitko's 2nd collection by bitko
Scary tactics
from lizardstyle101's favorite games by lizardstyle101
sicilian defense
from benjobench's game collection by benjobench
What a game! Sacrifice after sacrifice
from chessism's favorite games by chessism
Game collection: 3
by P KKt sq
alex97's favorite games
by alex97
Anand
by akatombo
KORELLIS's favorite games
by KORELLIS
Speedy Vishy.
from These were the greatest... by nikolaas
Ivan is the victim of another S.W.I.F.T. KO.
from Sokolov--punching bag of the elite. by diabloprancer
Sacrifice after sacrifice
from The Lightning Kid Strikes by Minor Piece Activity
plus 47 more collections (not shown)


home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | advertising | contact us
Copyright 2001-2014, Chessgames Services LLC
Web design & database development by 20/20 Technologies