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Viswanathan Anand vs Peter Svidler
16th Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2007), Monaco, rd 7, Mar-24
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0


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Mar-24-07  russep: Great game by Anand.
Mar-24-07  pinakin8: Take a look at the e file after white's 11th move
Mar-24-07  NguyenVo: Must have been annoying to play against Anand in this game. All those intermezzos.
Mar-25-07  OneArmedScissor: <pinakin8> ...ok?
Mar-25-07  triangulation: Great endgame skill by Anand!
Aug-30-11  DrMAL: Perhaps more memorable that year where h5 was played against English Attack was Anand vs Topalov, 2007 but this game is also interesting. On move 11 or so h4-h3 may have been a viable push but play stayed more focused on the Q-side where Svidler got into potential trouble after 15...Qxc4?! (instead of 15...Bxc4). 16.Nc5! was missed, resulting in Q for R+B (16...dxc5 17.Ra4). After 16.Bb6?! Qc6 the game was roughly equal.

18...f5?! was a second dubious move (not as bad as 15...Qxc4?!) weakening black's king, where the pawn on h5 looked rather misplaced. After 19...fxe4?! (instead of, say, 19...Nf6) 20.Nb4 Qc4 21.Nxe4 white had a clear advantage soon to be up a pawn. Here, 23...Rae8 to consolidate was probably better than 23.e4 and then 25.Qxf8+! opted for a superior endgame with that one pawn advantage. Svidler put up a great fight but after one small inaccuracy 38...Kf7?! (instead of 38...Rd6) a second pawn fell.

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