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Teimour Radjabov vs Viswanathan Anand
Norway Chess (2013), Hidle NOR, rd 7, May-15
Catalan Opening: Open Defense (E04)  ·  0-1
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May-15-13  drpavno1: A superb tactical win by Anand.
May-15-13  anandrulez: 10 b5 reminds of old sharp Vishy ! Well played Anand .
May-15-13  atackishki99: what Anand is great with his good on making trap he like to defend while counterattack. Radjavob 1o.Be3? why?
May-15-13  fgh: One of the worst bishops I have seen in a long time. Radjabov's nightmare continues, with his live rating being 2737.3 now.
May-15-13  Monoceros: Ugh. Within fifteen moves Radjabov has already retreated into a horribly passive position.
May-15-13  dumbgai: Radja looks like he's playing scared.
May-15-13  darshandatta: Looks like white's position was strategically lost after 21. f7-f5
May-15-13  voyager39: That's a nice win.

In Norway Radjabov has only been beaten by Karjakin (the leader who has been on fire), Carlsen and Anand.

I think Anand's win is the most convincing.

May-15-13  voyager39: That last move has Anand written all over it! So many games where he kills it with a beauty - it deserves a collection of its own.
May-15-13  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 6 Qa4+ the pair of moves 6 a4 followed by Na3 as in the fourth game of the Anand - Topalov 2010 Sofia match may be promising

9...Rc8 creates the threat of ...b5, although this is not obvious. 10 Be3 does not answer the threat.

On 10..b5! White cannot capture the b5 pawn because on 11 Nxb5 cxd4 12 Nb5xd4 with Black's queen's rook on c8 the capture 12...Bxf3! discovers an attack on White's queen and so wins a piece. Radjabov may have seen this too late.

13..Be7 once more offers a pawn and once more White can't accept it with Black's queen's rook on c8, as on 14 Qxc4 Bxf3 discovers an attack on White's queen.

14...b3 gains more space but makes the c pawn backward. The c4 pawn will be made useful supporting a rook on d3.

30...Rd3 puts the backward pawn to work, by using it to support the rook.

On 34...d2! 35 Bxd2 Nd3 threatens to take White's queen with check and so with tempo so that on 36 Rxc4 Nxe1+ 37 Bxe1 Rxc4 it is Black who wins material.

Radjabov's play suggests poor playing form, while Anand's loss against Nakamurs in the preceding round may have had some effect on his play in the present game.

May-15-13  Just Another Master: The game with MC took a lot out of Raj (and MC after seeing his PC) and he wasnt operating with a full tank to start and Anand was ruthless.
May-15-13  parisattack: GM Radjabov having a tough year. Slumps are no fun - I've been in one since about six months after I learned to play in 1966!

We'll hope he is 'consolidating' to move higher.

May-15-13  ajile: White spent the entire game responding to Black's threats.
May-15-13  csmath: Game worthy of world champion. Energetic trashing of semi-passive opening.
May-15-13  blackdranzer: Good confident game from anand after a loong time!...
May-16-13
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  Eyal: I wonder if 10.Be3 isn't already the losing move (Anand said after the game that he was shocked to see it) letting Black play 10b5! and keep running with his pair of Q-side pawns like that, getting so much initiative, looks like a long-term disaster for White. In previous top-level games 10.Qd3 (e.g., Alburt vs Pinter, 1985) or Bg5 (e.g., Bacrot vs Korchnoi, 2007) were played - though perhaps the whole 6.Qa4+ line (instead of 6.0-0, the main move) is somewhat questionable for White.
May-16-13  iqbalianpawn: Hello guys, Can anybody put all the lines for black at the end.. I cant figure how black wins this especially Qxd2 and Rxc4 line...
May-16-13  shivasuri4: <iqbalianpawn>, if 35.Rxc4, 35...dxe1=Q wins easily. 35.Qxd2 is met with 35...Qxc1 36.Rxc1 Bxc1 37.Nd3, when the b-pawn queens in 3 or 4 moves.
May-16-13
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  Eyal: ...And 35.Bxd2 loses to 35...Nd3! e.g. 36.Rxc4 Nxe1+ 37.Bxe1 Rxc4 and besides being an exchange up Black is again going to queen his b-pawn; btw, for those who like underpromotions, after 35.Rxc4 there's also the possibility of dxe1N+ followed by taking the rook on c4.
May-16-13  WiseWizard: Did Anand consider anything else besides 10...b5? What were his comments on it?
May-16-13  NGambit: <WiseWizard:> You can watch the interview at http://norwaychess.com/en/supertour...

They apparently fixed the issue with archived videos on the website.

May-17-13  WiseWizard: Thanks.
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