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Wang Yue vs Viswanathan Anand
Linares (2009), Linares ESP, rd 11, Mar-03
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Three Knights Variation (E21)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Mar-03-09  ILikeFruits: first...
Mar-03-09  I Like Fish: second...
Mar-03-09  GMNick: Why would Wang take the draw here? It seems to me he can dominate the a-file, or try to open up the kingside for the bishops. The black knights have no where to go.
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  beenthere240: After Qxa1, all black has to do is play Kh8, then Ng8-h6-f7-d8-b7-a5-and b3+!!! picking up the queen. Practically a forced win. Look for it next sunday.
Mar-03-09  shortsight: <beenthere240> yeah, with a 7 moves odds! Actually in between, White plays the stunner Bc2! a few moves earlier in anticipating Black's Nb3+. With this, Anand actually loses a piece, yay!
Mar-03-09  LivBlockade: <GMNick> White's Bishops are no better than Black's Knights. If Black wants to, he can play ...h4 and the position is locked up. The a-file won't be worth much, and the Kings and minor pieces won't be able to penetrate.
Mar-03-09  Aspirador: I also don't understand the draw here. I think there is still a lot of play. Anand said after the game that there is no play left in the position after white played e3-e4. But maybe he just says that to have an excuse for Rentero as to why he didn't continue. There is a video here:

he says after e3-e4, the position is completely "world", or maybe I'm just not understanding what he says on this video.

Mar-04-09  anandrulez: He says its "walled" after f4 which means , both sides cant progress . With the exchange of another rook the position is drawn . In fact early on , Anand says that Wang Yue could have played e4 worried about some sacrifices on the e file . He should have delayed and played with slight plus. Once Vishy did f4 he has achieved a close position and a draw atleast.
Mar-04-09  anandrulez: Aspirador , maybe its the Indian accent ?
Mar-04-09  Aspirador: I was aware that Anand has an Indian accent. :)

Yeah "walled" makes sense. Maybe I didn't understand because I never heard this term in the context of chess.

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