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Viswanathan Anand vs Vladimir Kramnik
Zurich Chess Challenge (2015), Zurich SUI, rd 1, Feb-14
Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange. Reshevsky Variation (D36)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Penguincw: For the 71st time in classical time controls (and 124th overall), these 2 agree to a truce.

Kinda a quiet game really. Early on, I think the computer listed Anand with a +1 advantage, but that doesn't really mean much.

Perhaps this game would be better if it were opposite side castling, but both players chose to queenside castle, in a queen pawn opening (not often that happens).

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  MissScarlett: According to 2700chess,com, Kramnik gained 0.2 for this draw, but wasn't he higher rated beforehand?
Feb-14-15  shivasuri4: <MissScarlet>, the ratings for this tournament are calculated based on the February list published by FIDE, in which Anand was rated higher.
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  MissScarlett: They're not live ratings then.
Feb-14-15  schweigzwang: "Monthly compounding of ratings."
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  cro777: The Scarlett Johansson plan.

In the position after 25...Re7

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Anand played 26.Rf2 followed by Rfe2.

The alternative 26.Nd3 followed by Ne5 was described by Nigel Short as the "Scarlett Johansson Plan" because, according to him, White is as close to achieving it as him making love to Scarlett Johansson!

Feb-16-15  kellmano: Is he saying that because she's just given birth, or because he's a bespectacled nerd?
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  cro777: The Scarlett Johansson plan is a metaphor for something that's unlikely to succede. Producing an illusion is one of the most common sins in chess. Scarlett is the most obvious choice of an elusive object of desire.
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