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Francisco Vallejo Pons vs Viswanathan Anand
14th Amber Tournament: Rapid (2005), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 3, Mar-21
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation Spielmann Defense (A33)  ·  0-1


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Mar-21-05  white pawn: Amazing how Anand didn't fall for 54...Kxe4?? Just goes to show, nothing's free.
Mar-21-05  rifraf: It would be amazing if I didn't fall for it, but I don't think its that shocking that Anand saw the draw.
Mar-21-05  iron maiden: 53. Re4 is a bit blatant for a player like Anand to miss.
Mar-21-05  your brilliance: <iron maiden> too blatant even for Vallejo, one would think. Yet Vallejo missed an equally blatantly obvious win against Anand in Linares a few weeks ago, as several people on this site noted.
Mar-21-05  pastpawn: Hmm... At the time, I thought 53 Re4, to prevent mate on e1, was forced. 53 Be2 may be a better try: If 53 ... Rxe2, 54 Rf4+ Ke5 (the only winning attempt I can see) 55 Re4+ forces Black to give up the exchange if he wants to avoid stalemate. However, instead of taking the bishop, 53 ... Bb4 wins pretty easily, I think.
Mar-22-05  iron maiden: <your brilliance> Well, Vallejo, as we have seen, is no Anand.
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  patzer2: White's 44. Ree7? allows Black a strong
discovered attack with 44...d5!, creating a passed pawn which proves to be decisive. Note that White cannot play 49. Bxc4?, as 49...Ra8! is immediately decisive.
Mar-24-05  davidleetw: isn't white will have the advantage if 44Bd5
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  patzer2: <davidleetw> White has good drawing chances after 44. Bd5 Kxf5, despite the optimistic computer assessments of it as a clear advantage for Black.

One interesting line I played against Fritz 8 goes 44.Bd5!? Kxf5 45.Bxf7 Kxf4 46.Bd5 Rce8 47.Rae7 Rxe7 48.Rxe7 Kg5 49.Rg7+ Kh6 50.Rf7 Re8 51.Rf6+ Kg5 52.Rg6+ Kf5 (52...Kxg6? 53.Bf7+ Kxf7=) 53.Re6. In this position, despite Fritz 8's optimstic -1.59 assessment of it as a win for Black, the possibility of a stalemate appears to hold the draw for White.

Mar-25-05  aw1988: Hmm. That is interesting. One moment.
Mar-25-05  aw1988: I'll take your word for it; I realized I am late for a meeting. Perhaps I'll look at it later.
May-22-05  fgh: It seems to me that white shouldn't have allowed black to advance those kingside pawns so far.
May-22-05  fgh: He got into a very unpleasing, maybe even lost position due to it.
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  whiteshark: Vishy Anand shows how counterplay helped him to defeat Paco Vallejo in this game:
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