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Viswanathan Anand vs Garry Kasparov
Kasparov - Anand PCA World Championship Match (1995), New York, NY USA, rd 17, Oct-09
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B77)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jan-10-03  Ashley: Anand had lost games 11 & 13 to Kasparov's surprise Dragons. In game 17 he had a victory for sure. However, he made an unbelievable oversight playing 37. Rxh4 rather than the obvious 37. b4 which would have given him two connected pawns.
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  Honza Cervenka: After 37.b4 black can play 37...h3!? Then 38.bxc5?? even loses the game after 38...hxg2 39.Re1 h4 with next h3, h2 etc. and after 38.hxg3 Rg5 black has very active rook and better king. I tried to play it twice as black against fritz and the game in both cases ended as draw (Well, it's not an overwhelming proof as fritz is very poor player of endgames, but at least it is clear that the win of white is not yet simple). Also 37.b4 Rg5 doesn't seem to be hopeless for black.
Jan-10-03  Sylvester: This is the Opening of the Day!
Jan-10-03  Sylvester: What happens if after 37. b4 h3 white plays 38. Rh4?
Jan-10-03  Ashley: I did not consider 37h3, I was thinking of 37Rg5 38. Rxh4 Rxg2 39. Kb1 Rf2 40. Rxh5 Rxf3 41. Ka2 or 37Rg5 38. Rxh4 Rxg2 39. Kb1 Rg5 40. Ka2 followed by Kb3.
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  Honza Cervenka: Sylvester, if 37. b4 h3 38. Rh4, then simply 38...hxg2.
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  Honza Cervenka: Ashley, your line 37Rg5 38. Rxh4 Rxg2 39. Kb1 Rf2 40. Rxh5 Rxf3 41. Ka2 is that what I was thinking about too. But I don't think that the game is lost for black there. In this line black traded his h-doublepawn for all white's pawns on kingside creating his own passed f-pawn. White's connected pawns aren't very dangerous yet as black king is near and white has to keep an eye not only on black's passed f-pawn but also on Pc3 (or his own Pc2). It is not easy (if not impossible) to force an effective advance of pawns under such conditions.
Jan-11-03  Ashley: I saw the weak pawn on c3 as a problem for black.
Sep-21-05  RookFile: I do suspect Anand had a win somewhere.
Nov-30-05  morphyvsfischer: 14...b5 15 g4 would be a more typical continuation.

The point of ...Re8 is shown after 15 Bh6 Bh8 16 g4 a5 17 gxh5 Nxh5 18 f4 Ng4 19 f5 Rxc3! (so the b3 bishop can be kicked off the vital a2-g8 diagonal) 20 bxc3 a4 21 fxg6 axb3 22 gxf7+ Kxf7 23 cxb3 Qa5 and Black is better.

15 g4!? looks like a possible refutation. 15...hxg4 16 f4 Nc4 17 Qe2 Na5 (...b5 and now 18 Ndxb5? Bxb5 19 Nxb5 Nxb2!! is very good for Black) 18 f5 Nxb3 19 Nxb3 Rxc3 20 bxc3 gxf5 21 Bxf6 Bxf6 22 exf5 Bxf5 23 Rhf1 and White has the initiative.

17...Bxf6 18 Nd5 Qxd2 19 Nxf6+ exf6 20 Rxd2 and White holds the advantage.

22 Nd4 Rc5 is awkward for White.

29 Nc3 Ke7 30 Ne4 Bf5 is nothing for White.

31 Ra5 looks good as well, but 31 Kd2 c3+! 32 bxc3 Ra6 gives Black the better position.

Nov-30-05  morphyvsfischer: 31...Rc7 32 Kd2 Ke6 33 Kc3 d5 34 Kd4 Rd7 is very advantageous for White.

32...a6 is correct, e.g. 33 Kd2 Rc5 or 33 Ra7 Rb6.

37 b4 Rg5 38 Rxh4 Rxg2 39 Kb1 wins for White, but 37 Rxh4? does not.

39...Rxg2 40 Rxh5 Rg3 41 Rf5 Ke6 42 Rf4 f5 43 a5 wins for White.

40 Rh3 f4 41 Rh2 is a good try for White.

46 c3 or 46 Ke4 look stronger.

47 a7+ Rxa7 48 Rxa7 Kxa7 49 Ke3 Kb6 50 f4 d5! is a draw.

48 f4 d5+ 49 cxd5 Rh6 is a draw.

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