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Viswanathan Anand vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
London Chess Classic (2016), London ENG, rd 2, Dec-10
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Adams Attack (B90)  ·  1-0
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Dec-10-16  5hrsolver: Great game by Anand.
Dec-10-16  dm1991: 6 h3 moves a pawn in the opening.

If White is looking for the cause of victory his sixth move may be the explanation.

I have nothing more to add because Najdorf gives me headaches so i'll post an excerpt from the live feed where Alejandro Ramirez explains 11... Rxc3 sac: https://youtu.be/_PEhI1ATIFQ?t=3759

Dec-10-16  dm1991: Almost had it... almost.
Dec-10-16
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  Eyal: There's already a series of fantastic games between these two in the Najdorf:

Anand vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2015

Anand vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2015

and a rapid game from the Corsica final of this year which for some reason is missing from this database: https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/201...

Dec-10-16  dehanne: 6.h3 sure is one of the better refutations of the Najdorf.
Dec-10-16
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  Sokrates: Splendid play by the former world champion. A true artist in chess, occasionally taking the game to a stellar level.
Dec-10-16  1971: How is Vishy still so good?! Everyone counted him out 4 years ago!
Dec-10-16  jerseybob: <dehanne: 6.h3 sure is one of the better refutations of the Najdorf.> Please, let's not get crazy! Fischer played both sides of this line with success. It's a move.
Dec-10-16
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  Pedro Fernandez: <<dehanne>: 6.h3 sure is one of the better refutations of the Najdorf.> Well, I don't think 'h3' is a refutation of the Najdorf, but certainly it is a very good move, perhaps so good or even better than in the closed Ruy Lopez.
Dec-11-16  Jambow: Anand has a formidable pawn storm by move 10 already. This is the Vishy we all know and love. He has been appearing with greater frequency and I certainly appreciate it.

Bold pressing game with the creative juices flowing.... I might expect this in a blitz game but not so much in longer time controls.

Dec-11-16  marcodpt: I don't understand why not 28... Nxe4.
Maybe black thinks the endgame arising with 3x1 majority on queenside is technically won for white. But if this is the case there was a really long run
Dec-11-16  Ulhumbrus: Fischer says that 5...a6 may justify the loss of time entailed in 6 h3, not that it will or does justify it. It is at least open to question whether 6 h3 is as useful to White as 5...a6 is useful to Black. Two alternatives for Black after 6 h3 are 6...g6 and 6...d5

As for other alternatives for Black, one justification for 7...g6 instead of 7..Be6 is that then on 8 f4 Nh5 threatens both the f4 pawn and 9...Qh4+

Dec-11-16  dm1991: <dehanne: 6.h3 sure is one of the better refutations of the Najdorf.>

Sorry, but 6.h3 is not refuting Najdorf. I know this year is crazy but i doubt Najdorf will be solved anytime soon. It was a joke which didn't worked out because a certain poster posted here before me.

<Ulhumbrus: Fischer says that 5...a6 may justify the loss of time entailed in 6 h3, not that it will or does justify it. It is at least open to question whether 6 h3 is as useful to White as 5...a6 is useful to Black. Two alternatives for Black after 6 h3 are 6...g6 and 6...d5>

Sorry, but Tarrash style of thinking won't help you in a very specific opening which is Najdorf. There's just too many tactics going on behind the scenes. 5... a6 is hardly a loss of time as i wouldn't like to have a Nb5 hitting d6 and c7 and if i remember correctly these old Sheveningen lines are not so good for black.

Playing only in the centre in any opening is also not a way to go, at least for now as you would have more draws than Giri and Leko combined thans to the engines. 6. h3 is popular right now because of this specific reasons i think. It's less explored like was for example Pelikan in the early 2000s and there are some variations which needs from black a bit different approach than usual (at least that's what i heard). I think 6. h3 will decrease in popularity and fall into obscurity if it will be overplayed as with most of chess variations before being reviewed some time in the future.

I think you also need to check out your possibilities before posting them. 6... g6 may work out fine as i don't think h3 is perfect in dragon and it may be enough to hold for black but i don't like 6... d5 as you're inviting 7. e5 with almost unstoppable e6 break. For example 6. h3 d5 7. e5 Ne4 (Nd7 8. e6) 8. Nxe4 dxe4 9. e6 Bxe6 10. Nxe6 Qxd1 11. Qxd1 fxe6 and you may exchange a lot of pieces but your pawns are in a sorry state.

<dehanne: 6.h3 sure is one of the better refutations of the Najdorf.>

Sorry, but 6.h3 is not refuting Najdorf. I know this year is crazy but i doubt Najdorf will be solved anytime soon. It was a joke which didn't worked out because a certain poster posted here before me.

<Ulhumbrus: Fischer says that 5...a6 may justify the loss of time entailed in 6 h3, not that it will or does justify it. It is at least open to question whether 6 h3 is as useful to White as 5...a6 is useful to Black. Two alternatives for Black after 6 h3 are 6...g6 and 6...d5>

Sorry, but Tarrash style of thinking won't help you in a very specific opening which is Najdorf. Here there's just too many tactics going on behind the scenes. 5... a6 is hardly a loss of time as i wouldn't like to have a Nb5 hitting d6 and if i remember correctly these old Sheveningen lines are not so good for black.

Playing only in the centre in any opening is also not a way to go for now as you would have more draws than Giri and Leko combined thans to the engines. 6. h3 is popular right now because of this specific reasons i think. It's less explored like for example Pelikan in the early 2000s and there are some variations which needs from black a bit different approach than usual (at least that's what i heard). I think 6. h3 will decrease in popularity and fall into obscurity if it will be overplayed as with most of chess variations.

I think you also need to check out your possibilities before posting them. 6... g6 may work out fine as i don't think h3 is perfect in dragon and it may be enough to hold for black but i don't like 6... d5 as you're inviting 7. e5 with almost unstoppable e6 break. For example <6. h3 d5 7. e5 Ne4 (Nd7 8. e6) 8. Nxe4 dxe4 9. e6 Bxe6 10. Nxe6 Qxd1 11. Qxd1 fxe6> and you may exchange a lot of pieces but your pawns are in a sorry state.


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I heard a lot about d5 break in open sicilian but it's often hard to achieve and i've seen it mostly very deep in variations besides that one Kasparov gambit.

Dec-11-16  SandyJames: After 31 Be2, why not 31...Rd8? and play on?

Thanks!

Dec-11-16  scholes: Computers suggested 11.. Rxc3 and draw. Has 11 ..Rxc3 played before ?
Dec-11-16  SandyJames: Just to know from you all experts - is it better to play on by 31...Rd8 or lose the game immediately after 31...Rc1
Dec-11-16  SandyJames: On the sidelines, how does a newbie like me will know all the variations of Chess. I don't have all the time to know or to study. So what's the point in playing? It will be just nonsense! I first don't understand what an engine is and how to use it. :(((
Dec-11-16
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  tamar: SandyJames-there are many tutorials on youtube about using a chess engine, it is a handy tool to use.

However, you will find that if you analyze yourself first, say 31...Rd7 32 Bf3 Re7, the rook has no way to keep the King from walking up the Qside and winning the b pawn or just using the 3 to 1 advantage to get another queen.

Two bishops usually dominate a rook, unless they are tied to defense.

Dec-11-16
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  Ron: In this era of the Berlin Defense and the Petroff, its refreshing to see an attacking game against the Sicilian.
Dec-11-16  SandyJames: Thanks Tamar!
Dec-21-16
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  Honza Cervenka: I don't understand why white declined 19.Nxe4.
Dec-21-16
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  Dionysius1: 19...Re8 causes too much trouble and probably wins the Ne4
Dec-21-16
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  Honza Cervenka: <Dionysius1: 19...Re8 causes too much trouble and probably wins the Ne4>

19.Nxe4 Re8 20.Nxf6+ is dead lost for black, for example 20...gxf6 21.Qxe8+ (21.Qf2 is just fine too) 21...Rxe8 22.Rxe8+ Kg7 23.Bxb4 Qxb4 24.d6 etc.

Dec-21-16
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  Eyal: Anand probably missed or miscalculated something in the critical line 19. Nxe4 Nfxe4 20. Bxe4 Re8 21. Qf2! Bxd2 22. Rxd2 a4 23. b4! Qxb4 24. Rd4. Btw, the computer likes here even better 19.d6, with the idea that after 19...Rxd6, 20.g5 becomes stronger - 20...Bxc3 21. Bxc3 Nd5 22. Be5 (the rook was diverted to d6 to gain this tempo) 22...Rdd8 23. Bxe4 Nxe4 24. Qxe4. Luckily for Anand, MVL missed in his turn 19... Bxc3! which seems to pretty much equalize after 20. Bxc3 Nxd5 21. Bd4 a4! 22. bxa4 Qb4!.
Dec-22-16
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  Dionysius1: Ah well
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