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Viswanathan Anand vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
Tal Memorial (Rapid) (2018), Moscow RUS, rd 3, Mar-02
French Defense: Winawer. Retreat Variation Armenian Line (C18)  ·  0-1


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  Marmot PFL: The Winawer with 5...Ba5 is not too common. Anand loses time with the puzzling Ra1-a2-a1 maneuver and gets passive position.
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  HeMateMe: The Shark's aggressive pawn play is rewarded.
Mar-03-18  Whitehat1963: Stockfish says: -1.00 (22 ply) 37.R2xb5+ Kc4 38.Rb4+ Kc3 39.R4b5 Rd7 40.Rc5+ Kd3 41.Rxf6 Rc3 42.Rb5 Rc2+ 43.Kf1 Rg7 44.g3 Rxh2 45.Rfb6 Ra2 46.Rb4 Rxa5 47.Kf2 Ra2+ 48.Kf3 Kc3 49.R4b5 Ra3 50.Kf2 Kc4 51.Rb4+ Kd3 52.Rxb7 Rxb7
Mar-03-18  CountryGirl: Clever opening choice by the Shak. Not something he usually plays, and odds are Anand will play Nc3, so will play into the desired line.
Mar-03-18  CowChewCud: What if Anand had played 46. Re2 instead?
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  ChessHigherCat: <CowChewCud: What if Anand had played 46. Re2 instead?>

Maybe 46...Rd5, threatening Rxf5+ and Rxa5. 47. Kf4 Rdxa5 followed by Rc5->Rc1, but black has to watch out for white's f-pawn, too.

What are your ruminations on that?

Mar-03-18  CowChewCud: Yeah I think 46...Rd5 seals the game for black.
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  pdxjjb: I don't understand why Mamedyarov decided to exchange queens (and neither does Stockfish). M. had several choices of probably stronger moves.
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  pdxjjb: On move 31, Anand should have played Rd1 or Rd2 to defend the d-pawn. The pawn is defensible. He apparently thought something could be gained by doubling rooks on the e-file that was worth giving up the d-pawn. After ...Rh7, he apparently changed his mind and made a second mistake with b5; engine analysis suggests continuing with 33 Re6 was probably still his best bet.
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  Swapmeet: Shak has one helluva knight!
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