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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
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Apr-02-19
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  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!
Apr-02-19
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  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 !
Apr-03-19
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  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.


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


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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.
Apr-04-19
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  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>?
Apr-04-19
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  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:


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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.

Apr-05-19
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  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!
Apr-06-19
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  jith1207: **53yr continuum.
Apr-06-19
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  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!
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