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Viswanathan Anand vs Miguel Illescas Cordoba
Madrid (1998), Madrid ESP, rd 6, May-17
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Modern Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1-0
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Mar-01-09
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  plang: 14 Bh4 is rare compared to 14 Be3; Anand felt that it "packed some punch". 14..Rd8 was new; 14..g5 had been played previously. Anand was critical of 16..b6? saying that Black does not have time to worry about his b pawn and should aim for immediate counterplay with 16..Nd7. Apparently, Illescas overlooked 17 Re1! when 17..Nd7 would have been answered by 18 Nxg5!..Bxe2 19 Rxe2..Qc4 20 Nf3 with a solid White advantage. Anand after 19 e5: "White has a dream position for a mere pawn - two bishops and a safe centre. Even so had Black's pawn been on g6, this would be a fight, but as it is the light-squares weaknesses proves fatal". If 22..Nxd5 then 23 Re2..Qa5 24 Rd2 and the pin would have been very strong. Once Anand's rooks reached the seventh rank there was no defense.
May-16-18  Toribio3: Anand is on a decline in his performance. During his stronger days, he was very dangerous player to contend with.
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