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Viswanathan Anand vs Nenad Sulava
Corsica Masters (2004), Bastia FRA, rd 1, Nov-02
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1-0


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Nov-08-04  fgh: 13. Rd8+! very nice move.
Nov-10-04  themindset: i honestly don't understand why not 9...Qxd4

it temporarily wins a pawn for black and at the very least leads to equality.

Nov-10-04  beenthere240: after 9...Qxd4, 10 B b5+ looks uncomfortable for black, which explains the prophylactic a6. In any case, black has horrible develoment.
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  patzer2: Although Anand was up a pawn, and had the stronger position, I think Black should have played on a bit longer.
May-11-08  notyetagm: White to play: 13 ?

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<fgh: 13. Rd8+! very nice move.>

Position after 13 ♖d1-d8+! ♔e8x♖d8 <deflection from f7, decoy to d8>

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Anand's 13 ♖d1-d8+! is a simple <KNIGHT FORK> combination the kind of which Anand would spot instantly in even an ICC 1 0 bullet game.

Position after 13 ... ♔e8x♖d8 14 ♘e5xf7+

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Position after 14 ... ♔d8-e7 15 ♘f7x♖h8

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Jun-11-08  ravel5184: This game is in my collection Game Collection: 11 Instructive Games and my collection Game Collection: 11 Knight Fork Games.

Also see User: ravel5184 - I have some new chess puzzles up!

Jul-17-08  The Ninth Pawn: From Game Collection: The Ninth Pawn's Chess Course :

In Anand vs N Sulava, 2004 , the ideas to remember are (1) the DECOY (13. ♖d1-d8+!) and (2) the KNIGHT FORK (14. ♘e5x♙f7+). The name of the combination is called the DECOY/KNIGHT FORK, and is used to win material that the knight takes when forking (in this case the f-pawn).

May-02-11  IRONCASTLEVINAY: Why give up
Nov-19-16  Praddyumna1995: "Viswanathan Anand (India) vs Nanad Sulava (Croatia) Corsica Master's Championship 2004"
Good afternoon
Here in this game Anand is playing with white pieces and Sulava with black 1. e4 e6
2. d4 d5 (French defence)
3. Nc3 dxe4
4. Nxe4 Nd7
5. Nf3 Ngf6
6. Bg5 (Bd3 & Nxf6 are the most common moves in this position).... h6 7. Nxf6 Nxf6
8. Bh4 c5
9. Ne5 a6 ?! (If black plays 9... cxd4, then 10. Bb4 Ke7 11. Qh5 Qa5 12. c3 Qxb4 13. Qxf7 Kd8 14. Bxf6 gxf6 15. Qxf6 Kc7 16. Qxh8 dxc3 17. Rc1... and white is winning.... and if 9... Qxd4, then 10. Bb5 Bd7 11. Nxd7 Qb4 12. c3 Qxb5 13. Nxf6 gxf6 14. Qf3... and white is slightly better..... So 9... a6 is a good move because now white can't play it's bishop on b5.) 10. c3 (white wanna keep tension on d file) ... Be7 11. dxc5 Qxd1
12. Rxd1 Bxc5 (here Sulava missed a tactic, based on a temporary mejor piece sacrifice & "Night fork decoy") 13. Rd8! Kxd8
14. Nxf7 Ke7
15. Nxh8 g5 (black is tempting to trap the Knight) 16. Bg3 Ne4
17. Bd3
Now in this position black is pawn down and not well developed. So here after move 17, "Black Resigned".... You can try to play for either win or draw against any one, but Sulava was playing against the greatest player ever Viswanathan Anand... otherwise he could have tried..... What a miniature and what a great tactical performance by Anand.. I hope u all enjoyed my kibitzing. Good luck for your Chess Fix the Fox
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