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Francisco Vallejo Pons vs Viswanathan Anand
Grand Slam Chess Final (2011), Sao Paulo BRA, rd 4, Sep-30
Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A04)  ·  0-1


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  Marmot PFL: Once black plays g4 he may as well go after f2, then g3 or d4 will fall as well
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  Domdaniel: <chessgames> Thanks for including a link to the original (Aronian-Ivanchuk) game. Maybe you could make this a regular thing when switching to a 2nd game? It's helpful to late arrivals, like me.

Johannesque Carolum cano.

Sep-30-11  Bishoprick: Paco is praying for another miracle. Not likely against Anand, and only one miracle per tournament!
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  OneArmedScissor: Paco will have many miracles.
It's not your place to call them
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  TheFocus: This will be a nice win for Anand. It will be over soon. No need for VP to play this out.
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  SCUBA diver: The only logical move for White is 50. K-b3
Sep-30-11  tarek1: The funny thing is that Black doesn't even have to do Be1. He can do Bd2 and after the exchange the white g and f pawns are helpless.
Sep-30-11  Strongest Force: Vishy has too many wins for Paco too keep playing
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Analysis by Rybka 3 32-bit : 19 ply

1. (-5.08): 1...Bb7 2.Na7 Be1 3.Nb5 Bc6

2. (-5.07): 1...Bd7 2.Nb6 Be6 3.Na4 Be1

Sep-30-11  Strongest Force: Its kind of rude for Paco to keep playing...he is even starting to piss me off :)
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  tpstar: If White could have somehow traded the Knight for Black's dsb he would have an easy BOOC draw. Now this looks like a straightforward win for Black.

Great technique by Anand.

Sep-30-11  Ulhumbrus: Black threatens 53...Bxf2 54 Nc3+ Kf3 and the g3 pawn falls as well
Sep-30-11  tarek1: Yes, besides on Nc3+ the bishop falls even sooner.
Sep-30-11  Bishoprick: Spite check, and resign
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  SCUBA diver: Where is the dancing Rook.
Sep-30-11  Ulhumbrus: This game may make it into the textbooks as an example of how to handle the bishop pair.
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  tpstar: Another decisive game! Great fighting spirit in this event.

The 3-1-0 scoring puts Anand in a tie for 2-3 with Aronian.

Premium Chessgames Member Thanks to everybody for stopping by. Round #5 (the last one in Brazil) takes place tomorrow at 2:00pm USA/Eastern time. Hope to see you then!
Sep-30-11  Bluegrey: I did not like whites idea of exchanging the b pawn for the c pawn. Why eliminate the weak backward which was blacks only weakness. The computers seemed to like the move but I guess black already has a huge advantage its beyond the computers horizon to accurately evaluate because the inactive light squared bishop which was tied down to defending the c6 pawn can now come to c4 from where it can only be kicked out by the Knight. i thik Pb5 was a strategic mistake by Vallejo.
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  HeMateMe: Wow! So many players would have offered a draw after move 20, figuring the game was played out. White's Bishop is a glorified pawn, in the endgame.
Oct-01-11  Ulhumbrus: The move 13 Bxc6 concedes the bishop pair to Black, after which White is on the defensive for the rest of the game, and the defence does not in fact succeed in the end.

However this does not by itself explain why White loses the game.

If we take a look at the course of the rest of the game, we may be able to observe that Black's King invades White's King side, marching to the square f3. To do this the black king makes use of the white squares which are not defended by White's remaining bishop.

White could try to prevent this by placing the King side pawns on white squares instead, but then they might become targets for Black's Queen's Bishop.

White has been given therefore an unwelcome choice. He can either expose his King pawns to Black's QB by placing them on the white squares, or else he can place them on black squares and expose the white squares to invasion by Black's King.

It is possible that this masterpiece will become a part of chess history by entering the textbooks as an example of how to handle the bishop pair.

Oct-02-11  salamunalaik: i think FVP might have a stronger fight in 29.Nc5 than 29.b5.. might get a draw?
Oct-03-11  Ulhumbrus: With 17 h4? White opens the h file, although his Rook is able to attack the Queen side.

Perhaps White thinks that when he attacks on the Queen side with his Rook the exchange Rxh8 will serve to draw Black's Rook away from the Queen side.

It is not obvious at move 17 why this view is mistaken.

The reason is that at move 26, the second rank is going to be cleared of pieces, and so Black is able to reply to the Queen side attack Rc3-a3 with 26...Rh7! defending the extremity of the Queen side from the extremity of the King side, the opposite side of the board.

Oct-09-11  The Rocket: clearly showing how superior bishop pair is.. whites knight is powerless which is why Bxc6 was a moronic move since it was far from forced in a equal position.
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  moronovich: A textbookwin,whick is likely to be found in future chessbooks.

And relatively easy to understand for the learning student.

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