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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Viswanathan Anand
Linares (1998), Linares ESP, rd 12, Mar-07
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Classical Variation (B63)  ·  0-1


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Aug-26-03  rags: 22...Rxc2!! Vishy's tactics
Aug-27-03  Brian Watson: Why does white play 21.Nd5? Why not develop the bishop?
Aug-28-03  Brian Watson: e.g. 21.Be3 g5 22.Nd5 Bxd5 23.exd5 and the pawn can't be taken.

So is 21.Be3 Rxf6 22.gxf6 Qxf6 the danger?

Aug-29-03  rags: You mean 21.Bd3..after 21..Rxc3 22.bxc3 Bc8! followed by ...Be6 has a decisive attack for black
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  Sneaky: Vishy is like a computer. In fact, I would think even a computer would have a tough time finding 22...Rxc2!!
Aug-29-03  Brian Watson: Sorry for the dyslexia ... I was going to say I was thinking with the board reversed, but even that doesn't account for it . . .
Oct-19-05  sheaf: this is a great game, a fantastic tactical shot 22 ..Rxc2!!
Oct-01-07  notyetagm: Wow. What a tactical shot that is!
Jan-04-08  Udit Narayan: This game is one of my favourite Anand gems. The Maestro plays flawlessly in this one. Interestingly, this is the first game of Vishy that I had seen on the internet, sometime around 2001. I was immediately mesmerized by the clarity and beauty of Anand's play.

Perhaps this is what Josh Waitzkin refers to as the "fluid artistry" of Anand's style.

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  plang: Played in the twelth round. This win plus his win in the next round against Topalov allowed Anand to pass Shirov and win the tournament. Anand had played the Caro Kann with his first three Blacks but switched to the Sicilian the second half of the tournament. 9 f4 and Alekhine's 9 Nb3 are the two standard lines; Ivanchuk had never played 9 f3 before. 12..Qc7 was new; 12..Qa5 had been played previously. Kavalek prior to 15 Ne2: "Sometimes Ivanchuk takes his talent on an obscure voyage. It is hard to imagine that this and the next two moves are played by one of the best players in the world". 17 Re1?! was criticized by several commentators as too slow although 17 g4?..Nxe4! is bad for Black. 17 Nd4 was recommended with still a solid advantage for Black. 17..e5! prevented White from playing e5; 17..d5? would have been answered by 18 e5..Qxe5 19 Bg3..Qf5 20 Nd4..Qh7 21 Bd3 with good compensation for the pawn. Anand gave 20 Qd1..d5 21 Nxd5..Bxd5 22 exd..Rxd5
23 Qb3..Rd2 24 Bd3..Rxg2 25 Be4 as White's only defense with reasonable drawing chances.
Mar-04-09  anandrulez: Only such a few kibitz for this brilliant game ? It was amazing sacrifice!
Sep-29-12  vikram2791: White's pieces are piled uselessly on the first rank!
Apr-13-17  Toribio3: Masterpiece! Anand Vintage!
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