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Viswanathan Anand vs Luke McShane
London Chess Classic (2012), London ENG, rd 2, Dec-02
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-02-12  Michael1234567891011: NOOoooo! Poor McShane missed the win =(
Dec-02-12  zoren: This guy is crazy, plays a handful of games a year and had Magnus and Vishy on the ropes.
Dec-02-12  kappertjes: IMO this game shows why 3-1 scoring is too much. Both McShane and Anand deserve more than a third of a win for this game.

The position after 29. ... Nxc5 is so bare bones or basic. A clear passer, two pieces and a rook each. I am amazed Anand got a draw out of it. As they say, 1 weakness is defensible, sometimes.

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  HeMateMe: Is there a winning line for Luke, back when he had the extra pawn, before all of the pawn exchanges?
Dec-02-12  Hesam7: The first win Black missed was 36...Bd6!

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First 37 Nf6? does not work: 37...Bg3! 38 Nh5 Be5 and White will lose his Knight for the d3-pawn.

Next 37 Rd4 is better but not by much: 37...Rc2 38 Ne3 Rc1 39 Kf2 Be5 40 Rc4 Bc3 41 bc3 (41 Rc3?? Ne4) 41...Ne6

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White is already a pawn down, Black's victory is not forced but it is a matter of technique.

Dec-02-12  Ulhumbrus: 16 ed seems inconsistent, having taken advantage of the pin on the d pawn to play e4. Instead of this 16 e5 Ne6 17 Be3 gains an advantage in space. Perhaps Anand wants more. If so, his development is not complete, and his attempt to attack by 17 f5 recoils on him and McShane wins a pawn.
Dec-02-12  Eric Farley: REWARD!! The London Chess Classic sponsors are offering a U$1,000,000 reward for the capture of one Akiva Rubinstein, but only ALIVE. The prisoner must be handed over to them in London, where he will not go to jail, but, instead, will have to suffer much harsher punishment: He'll have to TRY to teach Rook Endings to these two idiots: Luke McSHAME and, believe it or not, the world champion!
Dec-03-12  WiseWizard: Can anyone explain why 19. Bc2 is a good but 19.Bd3 is a blunder as per Houdini?
Dec-03-12  fokers13: A possible black e4 would gain a tempo on the LSB?
Feb-08-13  FadeThePublic: How about 32 ND3 and after Bg3 that the commentators were playing then what about Bd6? Dont have a comp but it looked good to me at the time. Lil help?
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