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Ilya Yulyevich Smirin vs Viswanathan Anand
New York Intel Active (blitz) (1994) (blitz), New York, NY USA, Jun-??
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Jaenisch Variation (C42)  ·  0-1


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Mar-28-11  Bryan14: Very exiting video here .. anand was under time pressure and took 1 and half minute for his 4th move :O!!
Mar-28-11  anandrulez: Well played by Vishy and thanks for the video - did Smirin make a mistake taking the pawn and Sacing the knight ?
Nov-29-11  joelsontang: What will Anand play if 20. Rfd1? Would that win back a piece for Smirin and leave the latter with a decisive material advantage?

Or what should Anand do after 19. f3? Seems like Anand will have to return the piece.

Nov-30-11  standardwisdom: <joelsontang: Does 19. f3 get the white's piece back?>After 19. f3 Kh8 20. fxe4 Nxe3, and black remains a piece up. If 20. Bd2 then 20..Nxc3, and black still remains a piece up. There may be some combination here to attack white's minor pieces, but it isn't obvious.
Nov-30-11  standardwisdom: <joelsontang: Does 19. f3 get the white's piece back?> 19. f3 Kh8 20. Bd2 Rc8
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  luzhin: Joelsontang, after 20.Rfd1 Anand can simply play 20...Nxe3! But actually 20.Bd4 was a huge blunder, since Anand could have won on the spot with 20...Nxc3!!
May-11-13  torreAC: The commentrators had no clue what was happening... They just kept saying that Anand is sacrificing Rook, Queen....It was too fast for them...
May-11-13  anandrulez: 29 f4 is just a gamble to get Anand to play rxf4 , qc8 wins for white . Anand was much sharp he just played qxe5 . Queen Sacrifice is qxf2 Nakamura vs Krasenkow Krasenkow vs Nakamura, 2007 . Only Misha Tal might play this in Blitz !
May-17-13  My Face: a blitz game

Believe it or not, anand spent 1:43 minutes on his fourth move( 4.d6 ) and he had only five minutes of time

Aug-30-13  Aman68: Why was white given 1 min extra in this game?
Aug-30-13  John Abraham: Interesting game, Vishy is a genius
Jan-25-17  ajile: It's hilarious that on the youtube video one commentator is exclaiming that Black sacced his queen with 29..Qxe5.


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  Penguincw: < Aman68: Why was white given 1 min extra in this game? >

According to, Anand had draw odds, but Smirin had a time advantage to compensate for it. Armageddon game I imagine.

Jan-11-19  sakredkow: I love this quote (which I'd never heard before) from one of the commenters on youtube:

"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." - Abraham Lincoln quotes

Very apt.

Jan-11-19  sakredkow: I think what happened is that Smirin surprised Vishy with an unusual move order (4. Nxe5 instead of the normal 4. Bd3) and Vishy took a long look to see if he could exploit it instead of transposing into the mainline.
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