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Fabiano Caruana vs Viswanathan Anand
GRENKE Chess Classic (2015), Baden Baden GER, rd 1, Feb-02
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  lost in space: pfffffff
Feb-02-15  SirRuthless: This seems a bit cute to be an original game. The final position is quite entertaining.
Feb-02-15  paavoh: Very good defence by Anand. A nice precautionary move at 31.- Kh7 to secure a draw.
Feb-03-15  Mating Net: Very good observation <paavoh> Anand's 31...Kh7 enables him to Queen with check instead of the other way around.
Feb-03-15  Ulhumbrus: From the chess 24 website, here is the link:

<Caruana pointed out hed been very concerned about lines like 19Bxh3 20.gxh3 Qh4 21.Kg2 and then the stunning 21Rd2!!>

This famous and recurring device is named the <Plachutta> and Fred Reidfeld has described it as one of the most beautiful themes that exists. It consists of this: A piece is offered as a sacrifice on the intersection of the lines of more than one opposing piece. Whichever way the opponent accepts the sacrifice with one piece, he obstructs another.

If White takes the rook with his queen he obstructs his queen's bishop, and if he takes the rook with his knight and bishop he obstructs his queen on the second rank

Feb-03-15  shivasuri4: <Ulhumbrus>, isn't that a Novotny?


Feb-03-15  shivasuri4: A Plachutta is a type of Novotny which involves similarly moving pieces only. In this case, while the Queen can move diagonally (of course), its primary defensive function is to protect f2, which is done horizontally. So this one is a Novotny.
Feb-09-15  1.d4isforwhimps: Anand is my least favourite player - afraid to win these days, I feel like Carlsen has taken his heart
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  perfidious: <1.d4> Anand has no fear, despite your assertion, though by no means are you his only detractor in these pages.
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  zanzibar: <Plachutta> and <Novotny>, sounds like we have some problemists in the house.

Have to add these to my vocabulary list of words I learned on <CG>.

Feb-10-15  disasterion: A Plachutta is a kind of Novotny, which is itself a kind of Grimshaw -

The most famous OTB Plachutta is probably 31.Bc7 in Tarrasch vs Allies, 1914

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  perfidious: The Tarrasch game cited by <disasterion> is a classic and beautiful example.
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