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Viswanathan Anand vs Jon Ludvig Hammer
Arctic Securities Chess Stars (2010) (rapid), Kristiansund NOR, rd 1, Aug-28
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53)  ·  1-0


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Aug-28-10  Sularus: that is the longest king march i have ever seen.
Aug-28-10  thathwamasi: Awesome...Text Book...The best way to counter a knight on h3 during end games is to place a dark bishop on e3. Bravo Anand..reminds me of the final position of this game - Kramnik vs Leko, 2006
Aug-29-10  notyetagm: <TRAPPED PIECES>

<50...Ke6?? 51.Kc7 demonstrates another problem with Black's position: his knight is terrible!] >

<56.Be3 Oops, it's trapped. Black would be lost anyway, all the more so now. 1-0>

Sep-01-10  freakclub: 20. Ke2! is superb.
Sep-02-10  crazybird: GM Hammer:

<..From a seemingly harmless position, I got completely outplayed by Anand. We enter the game at move 44: In this position, Anand decided to swap off a knight for a bishop with 44.Nc5+! Bxc5 45.Kxc5, when 45Nd7+ is forced, since otherwise Kb6 would be finito. 46.Kb5 Kd6 47.Bb4+ Ke6 On 47Kc7, 48.Be7 followed by Kc4-d5 would be problematic to say the least. 48.a6! bxa6+ So far Anand has displayed excellent technique, and with 49.Kc6!! he would win the black knight by force, because of the zugzwang arising after 49a5 50.Ba3! Nb8+ 51.Kb7 Nd7 52.Kc7 a4 53.Kc6! Nb8+ 54.Kb7! Nd7 55.Kc7! However, he played 49.Kxa6, which also looks really good, since after 49Kf7 50.Kb7, white gets the opposition after 50Nf8 51.Bxf8 Kxf8 52.Kc6! since I cant go Kf8-g6 in one move. However, the opposition is not enough for white to win, as after 52Ke7 53.Kc7 Ke6 54.Kd8 Kd6 55.Ke8 Kc5 56.Kf7 Kd4 57.Kxf6 Kxe4 58.Kxg5 Kf3!, the game will end in a draw. Unfortunately, I didnt see this plan to go after the e4-pawn, and thinking Nf8 was hopeless, I panicked with 46f5 and quickly lost.>

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  SpaceRunner: Excellent endgame technique by Anand in this game! Active pieces!
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