|Aug-01-02|| ||refutor: i'm convinced that anand won this game by witchcraft, but we'll see :) after 15. ... Nxh4 what does white have for his troubles? not too much...he's down a whole exchange and has a slight advantage in space and development, but i don't think it's enough (obviously i'm wrong) :) ivanchuk greatly overestimated his position when he played 22. ... Rxc4? by no means was that forced, and but i think he was caught up in the moment, but IMO if he didn't go on the mad saccing spree, he should've been able to hold on |
|Aug-04-02|| ||bishop: Refutor, I believe that Anand's exchange sac was sound as Ivanchuck could not develop normally without having to give material back. I really can't see an alternative to 22...Rxc4 because if Black moves his attacked Knight he loses the d6 pawn and then his rook. |
|Mar-26-05|| ||csmath: This is absolutely magnificent game. This is Anand at his best, a masterpiece, the exchange sacrifice is sound and it is a deep one.
You will not find many games of this beauty, this game counts as one of the best games of dynamic chess and a crown jewell among best Anand's games. This is also the best game of Las Palmas supertournament where Anand came in second. Gazza took the first place. |
|Jul-30-05|| ||Richard Taylor: Yes the exchange sac is great - like some of Gary Kasprov's - the question is - not if it doesnt win? - but does it _certainly_ win? - and that is hard to decide - but everything is in White's favour.|
|Aug-01-05|| ||aw1988: This is almost like "You have a winning game. So what?".|
|Apr-11-06|| ||atragon: Good game from Vishy but Chucky, once more, overrated his position after the sac. Of course after 16. ...Bf5 white has only a very small edge. And then 19. ...h6 followed by Re5 could result in an even game|
|Oct-05-06|| ||aw1988: This makes no sense. Why not 24. gxf5?|
|Oct-05-06|| ||aw1988: Ah, I see Re1 would have also been crushing if the knight moves...|
|Dec-08-06|| ||Vinchent78: Guys, I think the knight sacrifice is top class! Black is simply totally tied up. He can not develop his queen side normally without giving material back|
|Dec-08-06|| ||wonderboymyth: R + 2B = 2R + N
Which could occur at White's will, given N on b6 and B on c8. White's fantastic position and the easily attainable bishop pair gives him ample compensation (if not more) for the exchange.
|Feb-09-07|| ||crwynn: The exchange sac is sound, but I don't think it's winning. Anand's best games collection suggested 19...h5 instead of 19...h6, so as to prevent g4. Also 16...Bf5 as mentioned before is not terrible for Black.|
But it is also risk-free for White, because after playing d5 he can capture on c6 twice and Black must return the Exchange, with a level position.
|Feb-09-07|| ||crwynn: The point of the sac, btw, is that 3 of Black's pieces are completely frozen: the Nf5, the Bc8 and the Rb8. While the idea is ingenious and original (and devised otb), there's nothing of "witchcraft" in it; if anything is surprising it's that Black could have survived. 22...Rxc4 also seems to be the only chance at that point, because 22...Rd4 or 22...g6 (to stop 23.Bc2 from winning a clear rook anyway) allow at least 23.cd with a nice material advantage to come.|
|Jun-27-08|| ||crwynn: Given that White wants to play g4 it is surprising chucky didn't play 19...h5, then probably White has to play 20.dc bc 21.Bc6 Rb6 etc. and Black is fine.|
|Jan-10-09|| ||WhiteRook48: White sacs the exchange and goes on to be a piece ahead?|
|Jan-23-09|| ||VaselineTopLove: Anand's 13.Qh5 is a novelty which he found OTB after 35 minutes of thinking.|
He felt Ivanchuk erred with 19. ..h6 and should have played f6 instead.
|Jun-02-11|| ||Jaideepblue: 14. Rxh4 features as #6 in Tim Krabbe's "110 Most Fantastic Moves of all time"
|Jun-02-11|| ||checkmateyourmove: indian canary sings a wonderful song|
|Jul-31-11|| ||Whitehat1963: So, go ahead and call me stupid (I'm used to it.), but how does white go on to win this?|
|May-29-13|| ||whiteshark: <"I played this game on my birthday. There had been only one decisive game in the first two rounds (Topalov-Kasparov), but I knew from experience (Wijk aan Zee 1996) that things can heat up very quickly! Even so, this was the only decisive game of the 3rd round.">|
|Aug-04-17|| ||Tomasmental: I had my doubts on the final position after 46.Kh2, but I understand now there is simply no way to cover both threats 47. Bd4+ threatening 48. Bg7, and 47. Bf3 threatening Bxb7 at the same time on 46th black movement.|