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Viswanathan Anand vs Vladimir Kramnik
Siemens Giants (1999)  ·  Russian Game: Classical Attack. Chigorin Variation Browne Attack (C42)  ·  1-0
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Sep-29-04  clocked: 16.Rxe7! talk about walking into a prepared novelty! Anand had played Re3 vs Karpov just 2 rounds earlier.
Sep-29-04  clocked: <chessgames> here is the game

[Event "Siemens Giants"]
[Site "Frankfurt GER"]
[Date "1999.??.??"]
[White "Anand,V"]
[Black "Karpov,An"]
[Round "5"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2781"]
[BlackElo "2710"]
[ECO "C42"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d4
d5 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. O-O Be7 8. c4 Nb4 9. cxd5
Nxd3 10. Qxd3 Qxd5 11. Re1 Bf5 12. g4 Bg6 13. Nc3
Nxc3 14. Qxc3 Kf8 15. Bf4 c6 16. Re3 h5 17. g5
h4 18. Rae1 Qf5 19. Rxe7 Qxf4 20. h3 Bh5 21. g6
Bxg6 22. Qc5 Kg8 23. Ng5 Qb8 24. d5 Rh5 25. d6
f6 26. f4 fxg5 27. f5 Rh6 28. Qe5 Bf7 29. d7
Qxe5 30. R1xe5 Kf8 0-1

Dec-26-05  csmath: Anand vs Karpov, 1999

Yup, this is one of those stupid moments for Kramnik, trying to follow Karpov's line just after Anand must have analyzed his loss. The position before that novelty is lost for black only Anand allowed Karpov to escape in the first game miraculously. Kramnik was no such luck. This is an outright tactical demolition in a miniature. Black is lost after 16 moves.

Dec-26-05  csmath: It is sort of funny that this variation was repeated in all its losing glory 2 years after by these two players:

Andrey Ermolaev vs I Kalinski, 2001

Nov-03-07  Udit Narayan: Exceptional game from Anand!!!
Jun-23-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Peligroso Patzer: <Udit Narayan: Exceptional game from Anand!!!>

Hear! Hear! The tactics just sparkle.

After <17. Qb4+>, possibly slightly more resistance could have been offered by <17. … c5>, but that move potentially walks into the following marvelous tactic:

<17...c5 18.dxc5 Qxf3> (This greedy move is not even close to best, but Black might reasonably conclude at this point that he may as well grab material to have something to compensate for White’s scorching attack, which he cannot expect to survive regardless of what he plays here.) <19.c6+ Kd8 20.Qd4+ Ke8 21.Re1+> (For some reason, this is as far as the authors go in the variation given in the notes in <Battle of Bonn: Anand vs. Kramnik: the Undisputed 2008 World Chess Championship>, by IGM Raymond Keene and FM Eric Schiller, Impala Film Division ©2008, at pp. 46-47, (simply concluding here with the comment “and wins”); but the next move pair is well worth giving, as follows:

<21. … Kf8>, which brings about this position:


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...and now comes the stunning <22.Bb8!!+–> (and if <22. Rxb8, then 23. Qd6+>) ... reminiscent of Reti's famous <25. Be8!!> in Reti vs Bogoljubov, 1924.

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