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Viswanathan Anand vs Magnus Carlsen
Corus (2010)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B77)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Jan-22-10
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  Check It Out: I suppose this games doesn't deserve comment
Jan-22-10
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  ajk68: Is 14. Bxg7 a stronger reply?
Jan-22-10  Ulhumbrus: 12 a4 disturbs the Queen side pawns. An alternative is 12 Nd5 at once.
Jan-22-10  dagwood2005: "I suppose this games doesn't deserve comment."

Well, it doesn't really. Definitely still some play left here but they called it off. Pathetic.

The obvious strategy for Corus 2010 is going to be to make draws against the elite and try to beat the @#$% out of the bottom dwellers. Probably inevitable, but still a little depressing to watch in action.

Jan-22-10  Everett: <dagwood2005> That's why the best tournaments are double round robins with half the number of contestants. Keep Kramnik, Anand, Carlsen, add Topalov and some real fighters (Nakamura can stay here, and bring on Morozevich), and now we have a great tournament.
Jan-22-10
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  suenteus po 147: <The obvious strategy for Corus 2010 is going to be to make draws against the elite and try to beat the @#$% out of the bottom dwellers. Probably inevitable, but still a little depressing to watch in action.> Worked for Kasparov for 10+ years.
Jan-22-10  play2win: a 19 move yugoslav dragon clearly means that anand just wanted to draw. this could be one of the most exciting types of games...but no.
Jan-22-10  Ulhumbrus: Anand's own comment from chessvibes.com : < I wanted to try. He surprised me with this opening; Iíve been checking lots of other stuff but exactly this Dragon I didnít expect from him. (Ö) It seems that I just have to force the draw with 19.Qh4. He goes 19Öe5, takes, bishop takes, swap everything down, Qe7, Qe5 and it seems to be a draw. (Ö) My problem is that if I donít force the draw where I did, on the 19th move, then it takes very little for me to be worse. Either his e-pawn comes to e5 and if I donít force the draw Iím just worse because my bishop is really bad now. Itís only good if I can keep this pawn on e7. I must have missed something in the opening. >
Jan-22-10  euripides: <Ulh> thanks for that quote. The position after 9...Bd7 has some unpleasant associations for Anand:

Anand vs Kasparov, 1995

Jan-22-10  euripides: and

Anand vs Kasparov, 1995

Jan-22-10  euripides: ... though also some more pleasant ones:

Anand vs Carlsen, 2008

Perhaps it was Carlsen's Nxd4 and b5 that surprised Anand.

Jan-22-10  euripides: The idea of Nxd4 and b5 is not new but hasn't been played much at the top level. It met an unfortunate fate in an obscure game last year that Carlsen might have seen:

E Berg vs A Andreassen, 2009

Jan-22-10
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  HeMateMe: This weak business stinks. I know they are friends, but you still have to play the games. 12...b4 looks more like a Kasparov move than a Carlsen move, maybe there is some real influence going on here. But, I can't see GK taking a draw in any game where there is still some real play going on. Just bad for chess, this kind of thing.
Jan-22-10  crwynn: <euripides: The idea of Nxd4 and b5 is not new but hasn't been played much at the top level. It met an unfortunate fate in an obscure game last year that Carlsen might have seen: E Berg vs A Andreassen, 2009
>

The game you link is indeed one of the most obscure games I have ever seen.

Jan-23-10  VaselineTopLove: Anand probably thought Carlsen & Co. were expecting him to open with 1.d4 and wanted to avoid running into Kasparov's preparation and therefore surprised them with 1.e4 instead
Jan-23-10  VaselineTopLove: I was watching the Chessbase report on this game and I like how Carlsen keeps his knights facing each other like Kasparov used to.
Jan-23-10  jokerman: I can see anands point, just look at the position resulting from the analysis he gave:

19)... e5
20) dxe6 e.p. Bxe6
21) Bxe6 Rxe6
22) Rxe6 fxe6
23) Qe7 Qe5

if 24) Qxa7 Qxb2 with a better position for black (at least from my practical point of view)

All kinds of ideas due to white's back rank problems.

Draw is boring, but its safest.

I'm shure he will be prepared in the future for this line, His computer will shure come up with something really nice.

Oct-12-10  morphy2010: "I suppose this games doesn't deserve comment."

Well, it doesn't really. Definitely still some play left here but they called it off. Pathetic.

The obvious strategy for Corus 2010 is going to be to make draws against the elite and try to beat the @#$% out of the bottom dwellers. Probably inevitable, but still a little depressing to watch in action.

Jan-04-11  AnalyzeThis: I don't blame Anand for taking the draw, and would rather have black's position in a minute. Sometimes the best thing you can do is make the draw and get out of there.
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