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Levon Aronian vs Viswanathan Anand
"Nerves of Steel" (game of the day Jan-16-2013)
Tata Steel (2013), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-15
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D47)  ·  0-1
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May-15-14  mate4cast10: I don't see immediate mate after 24.Kd5
Jul-22-14  Vinod S U: Brilliant game by anand, in this game aronian's first mistake was on 13th move Nxh7,, probably his last.In the post game interview anand had said that critical variation for white was Bxh7..!! and he didnt care for that as he had the counter play with cxd4,& also the strong bishop on B7
Jul-31-14  yiotta: Well, as Tal said, "They can only take one at a time". Wonderful game.
Oct-19-14  honeypot: <MarkFinan> <It's 22nd century stuff!?!> As per Kramnik - Anand has already played 23rd century Chess in the game against Toplaov

Anand vs Topalov, 2005

Both games are pure genius.

Oct-19-14  honeypot: <Natalia Pogonina> Where is the doubt? This WAS the best game played in 2013. The jury had an easy choice going by the fact that this one got 326 points and the #2 got just 179.
Dec-23-14  MarkFinan:


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Qd3? was the losing move here, and even though I have the benefit of an engine and the game was already lost, I didn't need the engine to see that Rf3 was the only move. Kinda irrelevant I guess, because when you're playing at anything above 1900ish level there's no coming back from this anyway, but Qd3 is still pretty weird.

Jan-15-15  jrofrano: jrofrano: This game was the number four game of 2013: http://lifezugzwang.com/10-games-fr...
Jan-15-15  FairyPromotion: <jrofrano: jrofrano:>

Lol, were you quoting yourself? :-P

Anyway, I wanted to say that the list in the link is someone's personal picks. In all the larger polls I've seen this was the clear #1.

Jan-16-15  jrofrano: <FairyPromotion> Do you have a link to the polls that you are referring to?
Jan-23-15  FairyPromotion: <jrofrano> The largest poll I've seen is the one done by the panel of experts of ChessPro, as mentioned in: http://pogonina.com/index.php?optio.... It got almost twice as many votes as the second place. If you can read cyrillic, here is the detailed voting of the panel members: http://www.chesspro.ru/hitparad/gam...

There were two different polls in this site, one for the Game of the Year under the Caissar Awards of Chessgames, and another for the Top Games of the Year, hosted annually by User: tpstar.

There were polls in other chess sites at the begining of 2014, but I can't find the links at the moment.

P.S.: I would agree that consensus on this game being the best is partly because of the name of Anand. At the time there was constant criticism of him not being a worthy World Champion, and even of him not being among the absolute elite. This game against his "nightmare opponent" came as a thunderbolt, and it was hailed as Game of the Year the day it was played (mid January). 2013 ended up being one of the greatest years in chess history with many immortal worthy games like M Vachier-Lagrave vs Ding Liren, 2013, Kamsky vs Mamedyarov, 2013, Ding Liren vs Aronian, 2013, V Gunina vs Ju Wenjun, 2013, among others, however the quality of this game itself is not to be questioned!

Jan-31-15
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  thegoodanarchist: This was deep stuff
Apr-04-15  saintdufus: In the annotations posted by LIFE Master AJ above, mention is made of the move 13 alternative 13.Bxh7+.

Anand indicated that in his pre-game preparation he had found plenty of compensation after this move; but Wesley So nevertheless tried it against GM Sam Sevian at the 2015 U.S. Championship a few days ago.

Twelve moves later So was lost, so maybe Anand's judgment was correct.

Apr-11-15
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  thegoodanarchist: Anand played much like Tal. On move 16 he sees that he has two pieces en prise, and so decides to put one more in that position! LOL
Jul-21-15  fisayo123: Hard to believe this modern classic is now 2 years old.
Aug-31-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  SirRuthless: Wow, what a beautiful game! This one flew completely under my radar.
Oct-12-15  PJs Studio: What Kasparovian type of attack this was. The heart of chess - tactics!
Apr-02-16  Hunter16: Vintage Anand
Apr-02-16  CowChewCud: More like Cyborg Anand.
May-14-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  cormier:


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Analysis :

1. = (-0.23): 16.dxc5 Nxc5 17.Nxf8 Nxd3 18.h3 Qd4+ 19.Kh1 Ndf2+ 20.Rxf2 Nxf2+ 21.Kh2 Kxf8 22.Qe2 Nd3 23.Be3 Qc4 24.Qh5 f5 25.Rd1 Kg8

2. (-1.21): 16.Be2 Nde5 17.Bxg4 Bxd4+ 18.Kh1 Nxg4

Jun-09-16  CHESS LIZARD: my head is going heavy to understand what is happening in the board,every move of anand is a stroke of genious
Jul-10-16
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  perfidious: <CowChewCud: More like Cyborg Anand.>

It is true that silicon monsters were used in preparation for this game, but it is also at least highly probable that you or one of your number would be first to flay Anand for his naivete if he were not to employ computers in his preparation, as do all top players nowadays.

Nov-08-16
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  whiteshark: "A true masterpiece by Anand and perhaps the best game on the theme of <ignoring the threat and imposing you own (higher-degree) threat> I have ever seen!"

-- Ivan Sokolov

Feb-14-17  newzild: I'm a pretty decent player and I don't understand this game.

Kudos to Anand and Kramnik - it's way above my head.

Nov-11-17  talhal20: Beautiful game by Anand. Where did Aronian go wrong?
Nov-23-17  Pasker: I didn't understand whay's going on so I decided to run it on my chess engine. But even chess engine doesn't understand this. Well not that they don't understand but the key moves in this game such bd5, ne5 etc took long time for the engine to find. What a genius Anand is.
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