Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Viswanathan Anand vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
"The Road Goes Ever On, Anand" (game of the day Apr-04-2019)
Gashimov Memorial (2019), Shamkir AZE, rd 3, Apr-02
Italian Game: Italian Variation (C50)  ·  1-0


explore this opening
find similar games 47 more Anand/Mamedyarov games
sac: 38.Qh8+ PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can get computer analysis by clicking the "ENGINE" button below the game.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: White to Play and Win after 37 ... Nd3.

Creative and energetic play by Anand.

Apr-02-19  woldsmandriffield: Shak fell for a big cheapo more like!
Apr-02-19  JohnDMaster: How many of us after move 31 thought black was better and checked the engine to be sure!
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eyal: Both Petrosian & Anand got to play this Qh8+/Nxf7+ tactics twice, a decade apart:

Petrosian vs Simagin, 1956

Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966

Anand vs Leko, 2009

Anand vs Mamedyarov, 2019

Apr-02-19  Fanques Fair: Eyal, I thought of Petrosian the minute I saw Anand's move ! I just didn't know of that incredible coincidence in the careers of the 2 world champions !
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: Usually, Mamedyarov is very observant on tactical tricks, alas not this time when he got momentarily blinded after having played himself into the superior position.
Apr-03-19  goodevans: <35...Ne4> was a poor move. After <36.Bxe4 dxe4> (36...Rxe4 37.Ng5) <37.Ne5> black can't avoid the Qh8+/Nxf7+ tactic because his N is en prise.

click for larger view

<35...N6h5> defending the N on f4 and threatening <36...Qe6> and <37...Nh3> would have been hard to meet.

click for larger view

Apr-03-19  Ulhumbrus: After 13 a5 White's queen's rook becomes tied to the defence of the a5 pawn for the next twenty moves. This suggests an alternative eg a developing move. As White's queen's rook is the worst placed piece this suggests developing it by eg 13 Rad1
Apr-03-19  Alexandro: Shahk paid expensively for his refusal in draw position in 27th move on by repetition. The change hasnīt been a good option for him.
Apr-04-19  Steve.Patzer: Move 40 by Mamedyarov was questionable.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Stonehenge: Alekhine missed 26. and 27. Qh8+ here:

Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937

Apr-04-19  goodevans: <Alexandro> Why should he accept the draw when he has the better position? Should he be thinking <I'm bound to screw up soon so I'd better take the half point now>?
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Had Mamedyarov carried his position through to final victree, we would not now be regaled to this claptrap of a morality play in which he suffered divine retribution for refusing to acquiesce in the repetition--far more likely we should instead be reading about his testicular fortitude.

Spare me.

Apr-04-19  Ironmanth: Terrific game. Vishy still lives!
Apr-04-19  dumbgai: Mamedyarov was correct to avoid the repetition since he had the advantage. He lost because of mistakes made later.
Apr-04-19  cormier:

click for larger view

Analysis by Houdini 4 d 24 dpa done

1. = (-0.16): 23.Bc2 Rfe8 24.Qf2 Ne4(T) 25.Bxe4 Rxe4 26.Nd2 R4e7 27.Nb3 Nf8 28.Nc5 Bh3 29.Ng2 Ne6 30.Nxe6 Bxe6 31.Re3 Qd8 32.Qf3 Bg4 33.Qxg4 Rxe3 34.Nxe3 Rxe3 35.Rf1 Re7 36.b4 Qc7 37.Qf3 Qc4 38.Rf2 f6 39.Kg2 Re1 40.Qf5 Re3

2. = (-0.16): 23.Qf2 Rfe8 24.Bc2 Ne4(T)

Apr-04-19  Keyser Soze: <sargon> is on fire lately on pun department.

<<35...Ne4> was a poor move.>

So says the engines. But watching live the game, was that easy to find that amazing white combination?

One of the best games of the year imo.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: 38...Qh8+! Came out of nowhere. Certainly not cricket for sure.
Apr-05-19  Starkraven: Eye say, well spotted! ... <eyal> notes: a 10yr congruence separated by a 43yr continuum!
Premium Chessgames Member
  jith1207: **53yr continuum.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: I got caught by this tactic in a game in 1982. Suddenly Q descended on a R I think it was, then the fork. Then I resigned. Up until that moment I had played well!
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Both Petrosian & Anand got to play this Qh8+/Nxf7+ tactic twice
from Anand Grand by fredthebear
Both Petrosian & Anand got to play this Qh8+/Nxf7+ tactic twice
from 2020 The Big New Yorker Won't Last Long by fredthebear
April 4: The Road Goes Ever On, Anand
from Game of the Day 2019 by Phony Benoni

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC