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Magnus Carlsen vs Viswanathan Anand
"Vichyssoise" (game of the day Jan-15-13)
Bilbao Masters (2012)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack. Main Line (B52)  ·  1-0
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Magnus Carlsen vs Viswanathan Anand (2012)
Photograph copyright © 2012 courtesy of Galder Orobengoa.

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  Check It Out: This pun is a retread, though the spelling is different.

Anand vs Karpov, 1996

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  Honza Cervenka: Fine play by Magnus but very poor play by Vishy. 24...Rc6?! (why not 24...Qd6?), 25...Ne8? (if 24...Rc6 makes any sense at all, then it is preparation of transfer of the Queen to the KS for the defence and so something like 25...Qd8 26.Qh6 Kh8 27.Ng5 Qg8 looks more reasonable) and 27...d3?? is something very hard to understand.
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  Richard Taylor: 15...d5 looks premature.
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  Richard Taylor: Anand had to prevent e6 at the wrong time as that cut his position in 2.

Kasparov retired about 43 perhaps Anand needs to clear his desk.

They should have a match right now. The younger man usually wins, but there will be some interesting games.

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  Richard Taylor: Anand's position at the end looks like one of my 3 0 games on a bad day!
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  kevin86: C to A:No soup for you!
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  playground player: The photo above makes it look like they're playing in the day care room at the Metuchen YMCA. Shouldn't great, important players like this be placed in a more elegant setting?
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  Naniwazu: Is it standard practice at to reuse prior puns? Only I notice that this pun has already been used once before Anand vs Karpov, 1996.
Jan-17-13  IndigoViolet: It's practice, but not standard practice. Re.Vichyssoise, is the idea that Anand's performance was souped up, or that he made a soup out of his opponent?
Feb-01-13  quickmate: Anand has out of ammo but i think he has still a grenade here.
Feb-01-13  quickmate: i think 31...Qb7 can still blow the candle..
Feb-03-13  IndigoViolet: <By now we have emptied enough of the dishes for me to clear space on the tiny table for an even tinier magnetic chessboard I have brought with me. Carlsen sets up the Anand game. “I looked at all the usual ways to put pressure on his position, which all grandmasters would consider.” Carlsen then shows me a retreat with the knight “that at first glance looked strange”, because it pulled away from where the action was, “but which would tie [Anand] up completely”. A handful of moves later, Anand had to resign. “This is the sort of move a computer would not understand.”>

25.Nh3 is Houdini 1.5's first choice. It points out Black's best defensive set-up to the threat of Qh6 and Ng5: ...Kh8, ...Qb8/d8 and ...Qg8.

Feb-07-13  toreohm: <Richard Taylor: 15...d5 looks premature>

What happens if 16)cxd5 or 16)exd5?

Why not make that move?

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  Richard Taylor: < toreohm: <Richard Taylor: 15...d5 looks premature>

What happens if 16)cxd5 or 16)exd5?

Why not make that move? >

I think Anand intended 16...Nxd5 in reply but I am not sure.

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  Eyal: <What happens if 16)cxd5 or 16)exd5?

Why not make that move?>

16.cxd5 Nxd5! 17.exd5 Rxd5 and White can't defend the knight; if 18.Nxc6 Rxd1 19.Nxe7+ Kh8! 20.Raxd1 Qe3/e6, winning one of the knights - but not 19...Kf8? 20.Raxd1 Qe3/e6 (20...Bxc3 21.Nxc3 Kxe7 22.Nd5+ winning the queen) 21.Bb4! (Carlsen himself showed these lines after the game).

Btw, 15...d5 in itself is probably fine if Black follows with 17...a5! (which, like Rdc8, defends against the threat of Ba5) - then the idea of advancing the e-pawn can be efficiently countered by 18.e5 Nd7 19.e6 d4! and now (a) White doesn't have Ba5; and (b) 20.exd7 isn't played with an attack on Rc8, so it can be met by 21...dxc3.

Apr-01-13  birthtimes: 21. ... Ng7 22. Qe1 Qc7 23. Nxe6 Qd6 24. Nxg7 Kxg7 25. Rf2 e5 26. cxd5 cxd5 27. Re2 Re8 28. Rc1 Re7 29. Rec2 e4 30. Rc6 Qe5 31. fxe4 Qxe4 32. Qxe4 dxe4 33. Rc7 Re8 34. g4 Rf7 DRAW
Apr-01-13  birthtimes: 17. ... a5 18. cxd5 cxd5 19. Bd4 Qb4 20. e5 Nd7 21. Bc3 Qb6 22. Bd4 Qb4 23. Bc3 DRAW
Aug-23-13  arttrysted: Wow is this one of the shortest games Anand has resigned in the last 10 years?
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  whiteshark: IM Andrew Martin has annotated this <commemorable> game for BCM in a video:
Nov-04-13  Mr. President:
Nov-10-13  QueentakesKing: Thanks Vishy. MC was able to catch up with Caruana. (Wink! Wink!)
Dec-10-13  Boris Schipkov: A great Magnus Carlsen's game! See this game with my commentary in Chess Siberia
Feb-17-14  Chessman1504: This game finally made it into enough game collections to be considered notable. It's about time.
Feb-28-14  joddon: plays all thypes of virtuous chess(carlsin) but dont give him any room thats all he needs. his big guns are his rook pawns.....but what normal players call normal positions....he transfuses them into genre games, games o the next generation so it seems.....then boom, if your wondering in the skies where the clouds are hanging so will all your pieces.....dont give him time cus his clock is your worst enemy...carlsin is so great!!
Mar-28-14  Shamot: Simple Carlsen magic!!!! WOW!
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