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Viswanathan Anand vs Jeroen Piket
Hoogovens Group A (1999), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-17
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Keres Defense (C96)  ·  1-0



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Apr-29-04  AdrianP: This is a really nice game from Vishy. I've read both Vishy and Ftacnik's comments on the game, and the below derives from this.

18. Nbd4! (black's a3 N is trapped)
24. Qc2, 25. Re4 are part of Anand's plan to get his Q to b4 and fix the B q-side pawns.

By move 30, Black is strategically lost, and the rest is just a mopping up operation.

I think this is a really good example of what I see as Anand's clarity of play (like Fischer and Capablanca) - a game dominated by a single strategic plan executed with consummate precision.

Feb-27-06  bitko: Similar sacrifice in Shamkovich vs Benjamin, 1976

Only black KB is in different place, Anand obviously made hommage to Shamkovich's game.

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  plang: The system with 11..Nd7 was introduced by Keres in 1962 at the Curacao Candidates tournament. He played it first against Tal and then twice against Fischer in later rounds. 17 Nxa5? doesn't work as after 17..Nxd3 18 Nc6..Nxe1 Black gets too much material for thw queen. In the Shamkovich-Benjamin game mentioned above Benjamin had played 18..Bf6; 18..Nxd5 was new. After 21 Nxd4 White had a clear advantage due to Black's numerous weak squares and passive light-squared bishop. Against 25..Nd4 Anand had prepared 26 Rxe8+..Rxe8 27 Nxd4..Bxd4 28 Rxd4!..Qxd4 29 Qc6..Qe4 30 Bxd6..Bc8 31 Bxb5..Rd8 32 Qc7..Re8 33 Bg3!..Bf5 34 d6 and the queen pawn will be the decisive factor. Anand missed the pretty 32 Nb8! which would have won on the spot. Voted the 5th best game in Informant #74.

This was one of 4 Public Prizes Anand won during this tournament for best game of the round on route to an undefeated +6. Remarkably, his performance was only good for 2nd place a half point behind Kasparov.

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