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Viswanathan Anand vs Viktor Bologan
"The Da Vishy Code" (game of the day Jun-12-2006)
Dortmund/Sparkassen Chess Meeting (2003), Dortmund GER, rd 7, Aug-07
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation. Modern Main Line (B17)  ·  1-0

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Jun-12-06  Isolated Pawn: After 26... exf5, what does white do? Obviously, white has a range of discovery checks at his disposal, but I can't find a line where the black king doesn't find safety.
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  Knight13: The Da Vinci Code was a good book!
Jun-12-06  jmw128: <isolated pawn> My first thought after 26...exf5 was 27.Nxf5 double check! Seems to lead to a quick mate regardless of the King move after white's next move 28.Qxd7+
Nov-05-07  sallom89: wow who would sacrifice nowadays ! unless he/she believe that they could be better than Paul Morphy at it.
Aug-29-08  maspur08: Yup. I do agree with you, sallom89...
Paul Morphy is the master of sacrifies at it.
Aug-29-08  computer chess guy: The sac is quite sound. The17thPawn is correct that after 22. ♗xf3 23. ♕xf3 ♕h2+ 24. ♔f1 ♕h4+ 25. ♔e2 ♕h5 26. g4! White is winning. In this line Rybka thinks Black has nothing better than 24. .. ♕b8 after which White's best appears to be 25. ♗e4, still with a winning advantage.
Nov-05-08  veerar: <22 Rxe6>,is a typical White sac against the Caro-Kann.One is reminded of <Tahl's> rook sac,against Portisch,in one of the games, in the 1964 Candidates Match!
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  notyetagm: <Gypsy: From an interview with Anand: < Do you remember any particular match, even a move, against any opponent when you may have felt you could not possibly have played better? In 2003, when I played Viktor Bologan. This game won me the Best Game of the Year. After my loss to him in the first half of the event, I had been waiting to play him in the second half. Seeing that he played the Caro Kann defence in most of his games, I thought it was the best time to pull out this ace. <<<Actually, the move occurred to me during my match against Ruslan Ponomariov (Mainz 2002, Anand won 4.5-3.5). In the first game [ Ponomariov vs Anand, 2002 ], at one point, I was so lost and thought if Ponomariov played rook to e1, I would have to resign. Luckily, he played knight to d2. I held my breath! I came home, checked this move and found no defence.>>> Bologan was Ponomariovís second, and I knew they must have worked a good deal on this. So he was the perfect person to wheel out this novelty against. >>

How Anand spotted a crushing novelty: he was on the *wrong* side in a game against Ponomariov but Pono didn't see that crushing move that Anand did!

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  notyetagm: <notyetagm: Winner of the Best Game Prize of Chess Informant 88, receiving 83 of 90 possible points, including 6 first place (10 point) votes.>

The game also won the Best Novelty Prize for 14 ♖f1-e1!.

Jun-22-09  lzromeu: Great pun, the game and the pun
Jul-10-09  WhiteRook48: doesn't 36...Rg5 give black a chance as it threatens 37...Rxg2+?
Apr-29-10  MTuraga: A good demonstration of piece imbalance and creativity. Anand's games are bit too celestial....
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  Eduardo Bermudez: The Da-vishy Code !!
Dec-25-12  Isolani: At first glance with the final position I was baffled that Bologan resigned this early. After closer observation however I noticed that black's pieces are discombobulated and are almost in zugzwang.
Feb-05-13  crazyim5: This game is an evidence what a freaking genius Vishy really is!!
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  kingscrusher: An amazing tournament for Bologan despite this loss:

May-30-13  JPi: I need probably <Eyal> wonderful work to understand completely this one. I feel also Morphy would have played 14.Re1! but I fail to see what happen after 14...g4 15.Qxh6 gxN 16.Rxe6+ Be7? For examples: 17.Rxc6? Rxg2+ ~ 18...Rxh2 Or 17.Bg5 RxB 18.RxB+ (18.QxB fxR 19.Qg8+ Nf8) 18...KxR 19.QxR+ Nf6 20.Re1+ Be6 and then?? What says chess program here?

At the end 26.Nb5+ Kc6 27.Be2 (28.c4&29.Bf3) looks a simplest way to win.

May-30-13  WiseWizard: LOL WTEFf OMG I was like a teen girl texting while watching this game for the first time, it's comical really it's a bizarro world game of chess, it's marx brothers meets paul morphy, too bad they didnt have those post game press conferences back then because it would have been a real treat seeing Vishy analyze this game with the sense of humor he has.
Oct-18-13  voyager39: <WiseWizard> That's the kind of play that not only excites and confounds - but also inspires and invigorates the game itself!
Nov-10-13  Chessman1504: It's these kinds of games that make me think Anand, even at an older age, will be no pushover against Carlsen in the match. I think that he will soon try to push Carlsen in sharp, tactical games.
Nov-12-14  tranquilsimplicity: <Chessman 1504> And he should; therein lies Anand's best chance.#
Dec-17-14  Conrad93: I don't quite understand what's wrong with 15. Rxe6+ fxe6 16. Qxe6+ Kd8 17. Qxf8.

It looks better fr white.

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  Fusilli: <Conrad93: I don't quite understand what's wrong with 15. Rxe6+ fxe6 16. Qxe6+ Kd8 17. Qxf8.>

It looks like 15...Kd8 would pose serious problems for white, as his rook remains threatened and black threatens ...g4 as well. If 16.Re4, I suppose black has 16...Nf6.

The move Anand made responds to the ...g4 threat while threatening 16.Qh7 (Nf6 would not be a response because of Rxe6+).

May-31-15  onur87: greetings from anand to Tal. delightful game. like very much 22.Re6!
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