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|Oct-01-05|| ||OhioChessFan: Just played it over quickly. 22...Qb4 strikes me as the losing move. Gave up the e pawn, gave up the e file, decentralized the Queen to an unimportant square where she spectated the rest of the game. Awful.|
|Oct-01-05|| ||OhioChessFan: <Ulhumbrus>, 20...d4 definitely looks better. That move set the stage for the Queen running away from the besieged e pawn.|
|Oct-01-05|| ||Monoceros: <I meant: Gaining time = reaching the 40 move mark faster.> Do you think that was it? After all, Kasimdzhanov never got to 40 so he was still under time pressure when the game ended and he was scarcely past the 30-move mark when he pulled his move-repetition trick. If he knew that a win wasn't far away then you'd think he'd make the crucial move immediately.|
Trouble is I don't know how much time he had left at his 31st move or how long it took him to play his 31st (and after) moves. Is timing information on the game recorded anywhere? If he was under really serious time pressure then I think that the idea of gaining almost a minute with two quick and safe moves must have been on his mind even if his real goal was to get past the 40-move mark.
|Oct-01-05|| ||csmath: Najdorf all over the place. A lot of aggression in Argentina. |
On the move 10 it looks like Topalov is playing black, not Anand.
After the move 16 this whole variation looks very attractive to black but only on the surface. It is the black king that now solely depends on black colored bishop and there is hardly anything black can do to use f-file. Central pawns are also too weak to start moving. But Anand goes even further to create more weakness by 20. ... Nc4?!
After that his position is just too shaky to organize any attack (that is what he has planned but it didn't work).
The weakness in the black king's position is deciding the game.
Poorly played by Anand, very solid game for Kasim.
|Oct-01-05|| ||Hesam7: <csmath: Najdorf all over the place.> |
And it is interesting that so far 6 Be3 is the one with the best results for white. I was surprised that Anand did not play 6 ... e5.
|Oct-01-05|| ||Landman: Anand must've been playing very quickly. 38...Kf8 avoids the mate in 2.|
|Oct-01-05|| ||Hesam7: IMO 20 ... Nc4 was Anand's main mistake, after 21 Nxc4 dxc4 22 Qg4 Anand's position is no more defendable. The light squares around Black king are weak, the e6 pawn is another weakness also add the bishop pair in an open position. The game is strategically lost from that point.|
|Oct-01-05|| ||Hesam7: Hi <WillC21>! You have not been around lately.|
|Oct-01-05|| ||WillC21: <Landman> No. 38...Kf8 39.Qh8++|
|Oct-01-05|| ||WillC21: <Hesam7> I am working on my Master's in Accountancy currently, so I have had little time on my hands. I have been reviewing the games at night and read a ton of the relevant kibitzing. All in all, I would say there has been a slightly higher degree of "fighting chess" in San Luis than I had originally anticipated, which is a good thing!|
|Oct-01-05|| ||Hesam7: <WillC21> you are right about the fighting chess in San Luis. |
I hope everything turns out well about your Master's in Accountancy! I think I should quit chessgames.com for a while too since I will be working on my M.Sc. thesis from November. Anyway good luck with your Master's my friend!
|Oct-02-05|| ||ChessWizzy: If Anand had played 37. Kf8 instead of Kg8, I guess the game would have been even...any suggetsions?|
|Oct-02-05|| ||offramp: If 37...Kf8 white has only one move to win: 38. Qe5. That threatens mate at b8 and the rook.|
|Oct-02-05|| ||JoeyCJK: I never understand the h6 and g5 pawn pushes for black in this variation of the scillian. It seems so risky for black! The position being so open and the king's position weakened by moving the pawns forward.|
|Oct-02-05|| ||Landman: I meant 37...Kf8 earlier. It still loses, of course.|
<JoeyCJK> Black does gain time, and the g5 pawn helps secure the e5 square. There are other Sicilian variations in which Black plays g5 later to break a pin by a B on h4. Sometimes this even happens with a White pawn on f4.
|Oct-02-05|| ||csmath: According to Short, Anand was very unhappy about his opening. I think he is very realistic here. His opening here sucks. |
The wind is blowing around his king and the central pawns are more weak than a tool for attack.
He tried to trade central pawns for some attack but the king could not be protected. You can analize as much as you want but after 20 moves the position of black is simply lost, it is just a matter of time before the curtains fall.
|Oct-02-05|| ||DutchDunce: Fantastic. Vishy sure did his part to lose, but thus far Kasim is holding his own, with an even score in 4 games. I hope he keeps it up.|
|Oct-02-05|| ||Hesam7: <JoeyCJK> After 6 Be3 there are three main choices for Black: e6, Ng4 and e5. |
Many players on the black side do not like the continuation: 6 ... e6 7 g4. Since it is highly complicated and very difficult to play. The Prenyi attack is one of the possible continuations, (something Kasparov always avoided as Black player) the other lines mean transforming into some inferior forms of Keres attack with 7 ... h6. Kasparov himself played it very seldom and almost gave it up. He went to Ng4 and scored many beautiful victories but after some time he played it less and started playing e5 more often.
|Oct-02-05|| ||JoeyCJK: <Landman> Yes, I see. But it seems more often than not, black's king gets into trouble. Or he has to look out for his king the whole game.|
|Oct-02-05|| ||DutchDunce: Here's an idea I'd love to see: Kasim vs. Anand in next year's Mainz.|
|Oct-02-05|| ||al wazir: What if Anand had played 37...Rf7 ? Kasimdzhanov could have picked up the king-side pawns after 38. Rxf7+ Kxf7 39. Qh7+, but did he have enough time?|
|Oct-02-05|| ||melianis: After sleeping it over, I think that 12...Nd7 would've resulted in a different game. <OhioChessFan> what about 20...Bf6 ?|
|Oct-02-05|| ||offramp: White also has a forced win:
37...Rf7 38.Qe5+ Kg8 39.Rd8+ Rf8 40.Qe6+ Kg7 41.Rd7+ Kh8 42.Qxh6+ Kg8 43.Qh7#
|Oct-02-05|| ||Petrosian63: Anand didn't play very well but Kasimdzhanov took advantage of that to win.|
|Oct-02-05|| ||iron maiden: This game more or less proves that, if you give Kasim the White pieces on a good day, there's no one he can't trouble.|
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