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Viswanathan Anand vs Vladimir Kramnik
Hoogovens (1998), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 9, Jan-26
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Novosibirsk Variation (B33)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Apr-30-05  aw1988: Interesting game, indeed. White's knight taunts, but never can black take it.
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  plang: Played in round 9, Kramnik was half a point behind Anand which may explain his opening choice. They eventually tied for first. 14 Qf3 was new; 14 c3 and 14 c4 had been played previously. Kramnik pointed out that the second pawn sacrifice 15..d5 was necessary because if 15..Bb7 16 Be4..d5 17 Bxd5..e4 18 f6..Bxf6 19 Qg3+..Bg7 20 Bxb7..Qxb7 21 c3 black is close to lost. White wins after 21..bxc 22 Qxb7..Qh4 23 f4..Bxf4 24 g3. Anand's simplifying exchange sacrifice 23 Rxf4 neutralized black's attack and led to a draw.
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