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Pascal Charbonneau vs Viswanathan Anand
"Pascal's Triangle" (game of the day Aug-12-2007)
37th Chess Olympiad (2006), Turin ITA, rd 12, Jun-03
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation. Modern Line (B44)  ·  1-0


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Jun-07-06  hitman84: Clever play from white chose an opening where black has little chance to attack.

Anand goes for an unorthodox attack and fails miserably.

34...g4 was suicide.
Maybe black can continue the attack with 34...Nh5 idea Nf4 followed by g4.

Has somebody analysed the game ?

Jul-04-06  Cyphelium: <Ulhumbrus> On 35.- ♘f3? 36. gxf3 gxf3 37. ♗xf3, there is no mate, since the ♗c5 covers g1.
Jul-05-06  Ulhumbrus: < Cyphelium: <Ulhumbrus> On 35.- f3? 36. gxf3 gxf3 37. Bxf3, there is no mate, since the c5 covers g1. > In that case after 35...Nf3 36 gxf3 an alternative is 36...g3
Jul-05-06  Whitehat1963: After 22. Nd2, the position looks like it resulted from an FRC game. I especially like the way white's pieces are all paired up. Amazing that Anand would lose to a player rated about 300 points lower in a rated classical game, but then there's also this game:

Anand vs O Touzane, 2001

Jul-07-06  Cyphelium: <Ulhumbrus> That's better, but still after (35.- ♘f3 36. gxf3 g3) 37. ♘xg3 ♖xg3 38. ♖g1 white is pawn up and has got his pawn e4 strengthened. Now 38.- ♘h5 39. ♗d6!? seems bad for black.
Jul-08-06  Ulhumbrus: <Cyphelium> I begin to think that instead of 27...Rh6, the plan of ...Nh5 and ...Nf4 might have been better, with perhaps the manoeuvre ...Be7-d8-c7 omitted as well, so as to produce an attack, with colours reversed, similar to that in the exhibition game which Bobby Fischer won against Ulf Andersson at Siegen.
Jul-08-06  asip87: omg! vishy lost, never played it my mind.. it might affected lotsa rate droping...goshh
Sep-01-06  Rocafella: 6.c4 is to prevent b4 by black on the 8th move?
Dec-15-06  mrjoshherman: I'm just a beginner; I can't see why charbonneau wins after 42. ... RxQ. Any help?
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  michael104: 42 ... Rxe4 43 Bf6+ Qg7 44 Rb8+ Bxb8 45 Rd8++
Aug-12-07  jmrulez2004: Let us not forget that chess is a piece of art. There are always times where a certain player can be in his prime and score a definite win on a game. yes, anand did get himself caughtup in this situation.,but point is.....ratings always remain not 100% in par with a players maximum full abiulity. a 2500 player can always be given the benefit of the doubt of giving a play or performance at a 2200-2800 level.:D
Aug-12-07  King mega: wow...never see anand losing to a noob.
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  RandomVisitor: 35...Nf3 36.gxf3 Rh3 seems to be best.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Curious looking game. It's not often that you see both players in full retreat at the same time as they try to reposition their forces. Compare the position after move 14 with the position after move 22.
Aug-12-07  THE pawn: <King mega> The same źnoob╗ could kick your butt while doing his laundry, eyes closed hanging by a hair on a helicopter while reciting the first 100 digits of the symbol pi, dancing at the same time.
Aug-12-07  lentil: I think anand missed 41. Ng3!!, which uncovers protection of the first rank. after charbonneau finds that move, it's over.
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  fm avari viraf: I think, Anand's attack boomeranged at the end since 43...Rxe4 44.Bf6+ Qg7 45.Rb8+ Bxb8 & 46.Rd8#. A wonderful game by Pascal.
Aug-12-07  keres777: Amazing!!!... giving up all those pawns for a brilliant defensive attack. I would have called this game : "Pascal's Wager!"
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  RandomVisitor: White could have tried for a win through a different route: after 30...Bb7

Pascal Charbonneau - Viswanathan Anand, 37th Chess Olympiad 2006

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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a mp up:

1. (0.85): 31.a5 bxa5 32.b5 axb5 33.Nxb5 g4 34.Nxc7 gxf3 35.Bxf3 Bxe4 36.Bxe4 Nxe4 37.Qb2 Rh5

2. (0.71): 31.Rb1 Bc8 32.Kg1 Rh4 33.h3 Nfd7 34.a5 bxa5 35.b5 Bb7 36.Bf2 Rf4 37.b6 Bb8

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  kevin86: An odd game-through much of the first half-many white pieces are on the first rank. In fact,after move 28,FIVE white pieces are on the first row and NONE in their original position 2RRQN1K.

White,in fact wins the game just a few turns later-with back row threats against black's king.

Oct-18-07  Udit Narayan: LMAO <king mega>!!!!!!!

I guess Ladoo was simply off form here.

Dec-17-08  DwayneMeller: 43...Rxe4 44Bf6+! Qg7 45Rb8+!! Bxb8 46Rd8#

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Oct-03-11  Dr. J: It took me a while to see it: if 41 Qxh2?? Qa8+. A long check!
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  wordfunph: Charbonneau - Anand

after 35.f4

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"Vishy admitted after the game that he panicked at this point, probably unhappy with the course of events."

- GM Pascal Charbonneau

Source: NIC 2006 05

Nov-07-11  Garech: Fantastic game; classic hedgehog except it was black who was provoked - and punished - for a kingside advance.


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