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Viswanathan Anand vs Alexander Khalifman
WCC (2000), Shenyang, rd 2, Sep-02
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0


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  Sneaky: I'd believe Anand long before I'd believe FIDE!
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  refutor: well it's pretty ticky tacky...either this is the scheveningen with ...a6 or the najdorf with ...e6 i'd classify it a najdorf, but sicilian connoiseurs (damn you spell checker) would likely call it a scheveningen
Jan-04-03  Sylvester: Maybe we should ask Alexander Khalifman to break the tie.
Jan-05-03  Samuel Maverick: I do not see this as a Scheveningen, but I am not an expert. The first five moves are the classic Najdorf. With 6. Be3 I would call it the Byrne variation.
Jan-06-03  Ashley: Sneaky, I agree with you and will take Anand's word on it.
Jan-16-03  Sylvester: Was the name of this opening ever figured out?
Jan-16-03  drukenknight: The move order is considered the basic Najdorf, but they usually give preference to Sheveningen if they see the d6/e6. All this stuff starts to run together. Be3 is very common, so is b5. The f3 move might be called Yugoslav attack.
Jan-17-03  Sylvester: This stuff gets pretty complicated.
Jan-17-03  ughaibu: I think you can only call it Yugoslav attack against the Dragon. White needs to play f3, Be3, Qd2, 000, h4, etc.
Jan-17-03  drukenknight: oh I didn't know that. (that the Yugo attack is referenced to the Dragon). I know I definitely have seen it mentioned in that context.

what about in this game:

15...Nxb3+ 16 Nxb3 Qe5

Jan-17-03  ughaibu: What if White takes the bishop?
Jan-17-03  Sarimanok: A very complicated game. If white takes the bishop? Then it is lights out for black.
Jan-17-03  drukenknight: or what about 15...Qxb4 16 axb4 N(5)xe4?
Jan-17-03  Sarimanok: 15...Qxb4 is much interesting with Black.
Jan-18-03  Ashley: Neither player is in the habit of trading queens early.
Jan-18-03  drukenknight: you may have a pt psychologically (I am not familiar enuf w/ modern players) but objectively speaking sometimes one has to swap queens in order to exploit weaknesses, or simply stay equal.
Aug-11-03  Rhiannon: Chessgames: Ashley is right, the only game between defending champion Khalifman and Anand at the 2000 Fide world championship that was not a draw was a 15 minute game begun by Anand with the move c4. This is not that game. This game was contested a few weeks earlier.
Aug-11-03  Ashley: <Chessgames: the only game between Khalifman and Anand at the 2000 Fide world championship that was not a draw was a 15 minute game begun by Anand with the move c4> To be precise it began 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 and this is it, Anand vs Khalifman, 2000 This was the only decisive meeting between Anand and Khalifman in the event.
Aug-11-03  mkdir: Is blacks 17th move d5 in theoritical one.... e5 is more common move in sicians
Oct-17-05  who: I think after 14.a3 white is just clearly better. It really takes the fuel out of black's attack, and leaves white with kingside possibilities.
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  norami: Games like this where most of the pawns are traded off while most of the pieces are still on the board are often very complex and interesting. The famous Reti-Alekhine game went that way.
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  outplayer: Why does not black take white knight by 14...Nxa4?
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  whiteshark: In this position

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only <26... Qe5> is playable!

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  plang: <Sylvester: Was the name of this opening ever figured out?>

The line with f3, g4, Qd2 and 0-0-0 is often referred to as the English Attack and can be reached by either a Najdorf or Scheveningen move order. The Nunn-Gallagher book on the Najdorf has a chapter on this line and describes it as a Najdorf/Scheveningen hybrid.

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  plang: Played in one of the preliminary sections (group D) of the World Cup in Shenyang. Anand won this section and then won 3 knockout matches to win the tournament. Anand had won two complicated Winawer French games against Khalifman earlier in the year first at Linares and then at Dortmund; here Khalifman varied with the Sicilian. 16 Nxc5 had been played in Tiviakov-Van Wely 2000 Dutch Championship (Black won - not included in this database); 16 Kb1 was new. Ubilava and Mikhalchisen pointed out that Anand missed a chance to obtain a clear advantage with 21 Bxe6..Rxh1 22 Bxd7+..Qxd7 23 Rxh1..exf 24 Bf2. The alternative 22..Rxh3? 23 Qxh3..e5 24 Ne6!..Qxc2+ 25 Ka1..Bxe4 26 Nxg7+..Bxg7 27 Qxd7+..Kf8 28 Rh2 should win for White.

Anand after 22..Ne5:
"Now Black's excellent knight on e5 and pressure against the queenside give him good compensation for the pawn."

26..Qe7? was a serious error; 26..Qe5 27 Qb6..Bxe4 would have been better with a double-edged game. One of the key points was that 27..Bxe4 was now impossible because 28 Nxg7+..Qxg7 29 Qer6+ mates.

Stohl after 30..Rd7:
"Materially speaking Black is quite well off, but his pieces lack coordination and his king is permanently exposed. Although the defensive resources are not yet fully exhausted ,in practice, with little time left on the clock, Black's task is more or less hopeless."

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