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Viswanathan Anand vs Viktor Bologan
"The Da Vishy Code" (game of the day Jun-12-06)
Dortmund/Sparkassen Chess Meeting (2003)  ·  Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation. Modern Main Line (B17)  ·  1-0
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Jun-12-06
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  chessic eric: I think black responds better to 22.Rxe6! by not accepting the sac, and instead playing 22...Bxf3. In most of the lines I've looked at black has the option to relieve pressure by exchanging queens, as in 22...Bxf3 23.Qxf3 (pinning f7),Qh2+ 24.Kf1,Qh1+ 25.Ke2,Qh5 (pinning the white queen so that it cannot capture the a8 rook).

If not the response 23.Qxf3 from white, then how does white proceed after 23.Be7+,Kg8 (...Ke8 24.Bd6+,fxe6 25.Qxe6+,Kd8 26.Bxc7+,Kxc7 27.gxf3 )? If 24.Qxf3 the same forced queen exchange is available to black, or black can then accept the e6 rook without the white queen recapturing with check. 24.Qf5 (aiming to keep the attack's momentum) fails to 24...Qh2+ 25.Kf1,Qxg2+ 26.Ke1,Rh1+ 27.Kd2,Rxd1#.

If 23.gxf3 instead, then 23...Qh2+ 24.Kf1,Qh3+ forces the queen exchange as well, and white suffers doubled pawns on the f-file.

Perhaps after the queen exchange on h5 Anand wins with his kingside pawn majority, but thats a harder win to manage than the game, imo.

Jun-12-06
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  chessic eric: oh, and kudos to the <Chessgames.com> staff for this fascinating gotd!
Jun-12-06  The17thPawn: <chessic eric> - In your first line after Qh5, how do you respond to 26.g4? now black looks to be in deep and if he takes the bishop the Rook on a8 is toast and he's mated. 26...Qh2 27.Qxa8+, Qb8 28.Qxb8, Nxb8 also looks bad as the white rook should escape with tempo 29. Rd6 and a rook fork is threatened as well as trading down with white ahead material. Any thoughts are appreciated.
Jun-12-06  SanChess: Wow! One does not expect such a game out of a Caro Kann, particularly when the Black side is played by a solid theoretical specialist like Bologan. Great attacking chess by Anand!
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.
Jun-12-06  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
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  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  computer chess guy: The sac is quite sound. The17thPawn is correct that after 22. Bxf3 23. Qxf3 Qh2+ 24. Kf1 Qh4+ 25. Ke2 Qh5 26. g4! White is winning. In this line Rybka thinks Black has nothing better than 24. .. Qb8 after which White's best appears to be 25. Be4, 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!
May-25-09
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  notyetagm: http://www.chesscafe.com/text/infor...
May-25-09
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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!

May-25-09
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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 Rf1-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....
Feb-21-11
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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!!
Feb-13-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  kingscrusher: An amazing tournament for Bologan despite this loss:

http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...

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.
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