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Zhong Zhang vs Viswanathan Anand
Corus Group A (2004), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 7, Jan-18
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  0-1


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Jan-18-04  dorn: Strange game. To be honest I don't understand it at all. It looks like ZZ did several graceful pawn moves (especially 24.g4 and 30.f5) to make things easier for Vishy.
Jan-18-04  PinkPanther: Reti Opening? This isn't a Reti Opening, it's a closed Sicilian. White plays one of the most typical moves of the Reti c4 on move 14, a bit too late to determine what opening it is.
Jan-18-04  Kenkaku: I've always sort of thought that this manner of handling the Sicilian as white tends to give black too much initiative (at least in my opinion).
Jan-18-04  fatbaldguy: After 33 Rf7 I thought white had a good initiative. Three moves later, it was trapped... Perhaps white should have played 35 Nc1 to allow 36 Rh7? In any case, very precise play by Anand.
Jan-19-04  dorn: Well, my intuition was quite accurate. Anand about the position after 23 moves: "The kingside attack is his for the choice. He should have played Rb1 and a3, forcing me to play a5, then push a4 and bring his knight over with Ng2-c2-a3-b5 and slowly prepare for an attack on the kingside. Although I'm not lost, I can only wait. Instead he did the work for me, opening the h- and g-file. 24.g4 is a mistake, 30.f5 is a bigger mistake. After that my position is just winning."
Aug-19-07  Thrajin: <PinkPanther>, This position can also arise out of the Reti (Polish Defense) after 1.Nf3 b5 2.g3 Bb7 3.Bg2 c5 4.O-O Nf6 5.d3 e6 6.e4 d6 7.Ng5, as I recently experienced in an online game.

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