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Robert Huebner vs Viswanathan Anand
Dortmund Sparkassen (2000), Dortmund GER, rd 9, Jul-16
Indian Game: Anti-Nimzo-Indian (E10)  ·  0-1


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Apr-01-05  Poisonpawns: 21.g4? was really bad starting the beginning of the end culminating with the dubious 31.f3?
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  plang: Played in the last (9th) round at Dortmund 2000; this win allowed Anand to finish in a tie foe first with Kramnik at 6-3. Anand had never played 4..c6 before but needing a win he thought that 4..dxc might lead to early simplification. 12 Nxc4 had been played in Filippov-Galkin 1998 Russian Ch. (White won); 12 bxc was new though Anand did not consider it to be an improvement. Had White played 14 Nxd4 Anand would not have hesitated to sacrifice the exchange with 14..Ndxe5 with active play. White could not play 15 Nxd4? due to 15..Nc5. 17..Qc7? was an inaccuracy; Black would have had a more significant advantage after 17..Nf5 18 Qxd8..Raxd8.

<Poisonpawns: 21.g4? was really bad starting the beginning of the end culminating with the dubious 31.f3? > Anand disagrees with you on both counts.

After 20..Nf5? 21 g4 the game was equal; better was 20..Bb7. 27 Nd2 would have maintained equality; instead after 27 Kg2? Anand was able to exchange into a favorable opposite color bishop game with the likely win of a pawn. 29 Qd3 would have been a tougher defense. The alternative 35 Nd2..Bxd2 36 Qxd2..Qe5 should eventually win for Black. 37 Qh8 just decentralized the queen and shortened the game.

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