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Viswanathan Anand vs Viktor Korchnoi
Corus Group A (2000), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-22
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation (C11)  ·  1-0



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May-12-05  Everett: Black sees 20.Rxg7 Kxg7 21.Rg3+ coming but can't do anything about it.

Anand seems to have this ability to completely crush the French.

Jun-17-05  sfm: 15.-,♗xg2 looks totally suicidal to me. But the position is already nasty, white is solid in the center and ready to attack with g2-g4. Black's counterchances are hard to spot.
Jun-17-05  TheSlid: <Anand seems to have this ability to completely crush the French>.

Perhaps Anand pretends to be German?

Jun-17-05  Everett: <TheSlid> Guess we're not talking about the Franco-Russian War here.
Jun-30-06  RookFile: On first instinct I prefer 9...Qxf6, but Korchnoi may have been afraid of Anand preparing g4 and g5.
Jan-08-08  Udit Narayan: ...and all this against a legend of the game, Korchnoi.
Jul-03-09  crwynn: White is not threatening 20.Rxg7 on account of 20...Qxe3+ and White may be winning but I don't see anything quick.

Instead 20.Reg3 is the idea, for instance 19...Rac8 20.Reg3 Nh5 21.Qxh6+! gh 22.Rg8+ Rxg8 23.Nxf7#

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Jul-03-09  sfm: <Udit Narayan: ...and all this against a legend of the game, Korchnoi.> Indeed a legend. Then, age is an opponent nobody conquers.
Feb-15-10  notyetagm: <crwynn: White is not threatening 20.Rxg7 on account of 20...Qxe3+ and White may be winning but I don't see anything quick.

<<<Instead 20.Reg3 is the idea, for instance 19...Rac8 20.Reg3 Nh5 21.Qxh6+! gh 22.Rg8+ Rxg8 23.Nxf7#>>>>

Very nice.

Sep-21-10  SharpAttack: Korchnoi's first mistake in the game - 1...e6..LOL!
DON'T play the french against Anand. Doesn't work very well.
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  offramp: This seems to be the last game between these two. VK never managed to beat Anand.
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  plang: Korchnoi had played 8..0-0 against Anand at Tilburg 1991 and drew (Korchnoi:"If I had wanted to play safe I would have played 8..0-0 and not 8..h6.") 9..Nxf6 was a new idea but does not seem to be an improvement over the more popular 9..Qxf6. 15..Bxg2? 16 Re2! lost quickly; Black would have been fine after 15..bxc 16 g4..c4 17 Bxc4..Nxg4 18 Qd7..Rac8!.
Nov-08-20  Mehzinho: I analyzed this game in the below video,
amazing the number of sheer mating attacks pop-up in sidelines because of aggressive placed white pieces. I go over 6 different ones.

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