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Viswanathan Anand vs Vladimir Eduardovich Akopian
Corus Group A (2004), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-11
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0


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Jan-11-04  PinkPanther: Is it just me, or does this game kind of take on the flavor of Richter-Rauzer (although white's bishop never comes to g5) by about move 15 or so?
Jan-11-04  Reisswolf: Somewhat, yes, I suppose.

Why was 16. ♕xb4 such a "brave move" on the part of Anand? I would have done the same if I were in his position.

Does this mean that I am as good as Anand?

Jan-12-04  AdrianP: <Reisswolf> 16 Qxb4!? was a novelty... the position before this move has come up on a number of occasions including Leko vs Kasparov, 2003 By taking the pawn, Anand is virtually guaranteeing that he will have to resist an extremely dangerous attack on the q-side, at a time when his k-side attack has yet to really get rolling.

In that game Leko didn't have the bottle to grab the pawn, the main reason being is that it looks like one is just accelerating B's attack, giving two half-open files on the Q-side, one of which B will be able to occupy with tempo because of W's mis-placed Queen.

<Does this mean that I am as good as Anand?> ...probably not...? ;-)

Jan-12-04  MoonlitKnight: <Reisswolf> If you'd played that move and then gone on to win against Akopian, then yes!
Jan-12-04  BeautyInChess: How many club players would choose to even reach this dangerous position at move 44? But then 45. ♕c6! This is the brilliant move of the game in my opinion wins. 45 ... bxa2+ 46 Kc2! Rg8.
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  lostemperor: The following is as good as Anand: 37...♗d8 38.♖f2 ♗f6 39.♖xf6 axb3 40.♕xb3 ♖eb8 41.♗b5 gxf6 offers more chances:).
Jan-12-04  MoonlitKnight: There were several ways to win on move 45. The fastest is actually 45.a4! But that is more of a study-like move.
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  jaime gallegos: yes ! 45.a4 !! wins too and faster than Qc6
Mar-10-04  AoD: chesslab thinks that Akopian will go on to win on either 45 a4 or Qc6 one of the first times its actually been wrong.
Mar-13-12  CChess013: OK, white treats mate with e8=Q, but black is to play, what will be if bxa2+? if white goes 1 Kc1 then black have another queen and next move is Qxc3+ for changings queens(that white wont play) if 1 Ka1 then Bxc3+(2 Qxc3 Qxc3+ 3 Rb2 Qxe1+ 4 Rb1 Qc3+ 5 Rb2 Qxb2 6 Kxb2 a=Q and black wins(that probably wont play) 2 Rb2 Bxb2 3 Kxb2 then probably a=Q+?

or 3rd 1 Rxa2 Qxa2+ 2 Kc1 Qa1 or Qa3+ 3 Kc2... and king kome out of danger.

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  Sastre: If 45...bxa2+, 46.Kc2 wins.
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  Travis Bickle: <Sastre> Boss you better recalculate that...
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