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Pavel Blatny vs Viswanathan Anand
Wch U20 (1985), Sharjah UAE, rd 7, Sep-??
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation (B25)  ·  1-0


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May-02-04  kak: Anand played 29..Bxa2?? which led to his downfall
May-02-04  TrueFiendish: Downfall? Help me out--where's the win?
May-02-04  Lawrence: <kak>, welcome to the club.

<TF>, it must be subtle because it took Junior 14 seconds--seriously, that's slow!--to realize that after Vishy's 31...♕d8 32.♕g4! would give Blatny a 5 pawn advantage. Blatny saw it too, made the move, and Vishy realized he simply had no good move and resigned. J8 and Fritz suggest 32...♕f6--would you believe that EVERY OTHER MOVE is worse?--33.♕c8+ ♘f8 34.♕xf8+ ♕xf8 35.♗xf8 eval +5.88 Junior, +4.09 Fritz.

May-02-04  kak: thanks lawrence and yes it was a subtle comment ;). wow, junior was a bit slow there ! i didnt realize that there were so many possibilities and that the analysis was so deep
May-02-04  TrueFiendish: I must be seriously doughy because I can't for the life of me see white's threat. What if black tries, say, ...Bb3?
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  tpstar: <TrueFiendish> Dude! You're among friends here, and we're all a little doughy! Black's Queen is overloaded, having to defend f6/g7 plus the weak back rank. White's threat is 33. Qe6 & 34. Qf7 - Knight moves are out due to 33. Qg7++, and 32 ... Qe7/Qf6 are out due to 33. Qc8+. If 32 ... Qe8 33. Qf5 and the only move covering c8 & f6 is 33 ... Qd8, then 34. Qf7 wins (34 ... Qg8 35. Qf6+; 34 ... Qe7 35. Bg7++). If 32 ... Qg8 33. Qd7 intending 34. Be6 deflecting the Queen; 34 ... Nf8 is forced, then 35. Qxd6 threatens 36. Qf6+ plus 36. Qxf8. Get it?
May-03-04  TrueFiendish: tpstar: yep, got it. Thanks for going to the trouble.
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  tpstar: For future reference, 32 ... Qg8 33. Qf5 also works (33 ... Qd8 34. Qf7), but also 32 ... Qg8 33. Qd7 Nf4 34. Qxd6 Nh5 35. Qxe5+ Ng7 36. Be6! Qf8 37. Bxg7+ Qxg7 38. Qb8+ mates.
Sep-21-07  miguel12: Bxa2?? seems the losing move, but was there anything better than 31...Qd8?
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