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Viswanathan Anand vs Deen Hergott
Thessaloniki Olympiad (1984), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 4, Nov-22
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Chelyabinsk Variation (B33)  ·  1-0



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May-16-05  jaigans: Wow! what a play by anand on the wise
May-16-05  jaigans: AMAZING!amazing!The move ♖dxf4!! was absolutley great!It all started with blacks blunder♕d2?????????? I think he should play ♕b8! This mantains the defense of the ♗On f4 . Black couldn't play ♖xf4 now because now ♕xf4is alive and black will easily win cause he has an advantage ♖ for ♗.♘h6+also dosent work too . Because after ♔h7and the white ♘has to run back to f5.♕d2 is the blunder because after that ♖d1!!! the ♕ HAS to leave the defense of the warm attaking bishop ♗.And there is no more of the move ♕b8.So then,black is loosing.
May-16-05  jaigans: Nice checkmate at the end where the ♘IS holding the ♕on g7.
May-24-05  chesscookie: 37.Rdxf4 is quite elementary. It is not outstanding.
May-24-05  Jim Bartle: I think I have to agree. If this had been a daily puzzle, everybody would have been lining up to complain how easy it was...
Aug-05-05  azaris: 14...Bh4+ is more to the point, and after 15. g3 Bxg3+ 16. hxg3 Qxg3+ 17. Ke2 Nd4+ 18. Ke3 f5 White must defend accurately.

Possibly best is 19. Nc4! O-O when 20. Nxd6 leads to 20... f4+ 21. Kd3 Rd8! 22. Bb4 (<forced>) Qf2 23. Kc3 (<again forced>) Qe3+ 24. Qd3! Nxb5+ (<24...a5!? 25. Qxe3 axb4+ 26. Kxb4 fxe3 27. Bc4+ Be6 28. Bxe6+ Nxe6 29. Nf5 is good for White>) 25. Kc2 Qxd3 (<24...Nd4+ 26. Kb1 Be6 27. Qxe3 fxe3 28. Bc5 e2 29. Bg2 Rd7 is horribly complicated>) 26. Bxd3 Nxd6 27. Rh5!, and play might continue as follows:

27...Bd7 28. Bxd6 Rac8+ 29. Kd2 Be6 30. Bxe5 Bc4 31. Rg1 Rxd3+ 32. Kc2 Rxf3 33. Rxg7+ Kf8 34. Rf5+ Bf7+ 35. Kd2 Rd8+ 36. Kc2 Rc8+ and draw.

All in all, it's hard to find a winning line for White after Bh4+. The variation is probably busted for White, which explains why it's rarely seen at the GM level nowadays.

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  tpstar: <azaris> Why didn't you post that fine analysis before?! ;>D

tpstar-azaris (QueenAlice 8/5/05) [Fritz 7]: 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 (2. a3!?) Nc6 3. d4 cd 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Nd5 Qa5+ 10. Bd2 Qd8 (handy draw line) 11. Nxf6+ Qxf6 12. c4 Qg6 13. f3 Be7 14. cb Bh4+ 15. g3 Bxg3+ 16. hxg3 Qxg3+ 17. Ke2 Nd4+ 18. Ke3 f5 [last book move] 19. Be2 fe 20. Kxe4 [20. Qe1 Nxe2 21. Qxe2 Rf8 ] Bb7+ [20 ... Qf2 21. Be1 Qxe2+ 22. Qxe2 Nxe2 23. Nc4 ] 21. Kd3? [21. Ke3 Nf5+ 22. Kd3 Rc8 ] Nxe2 [21 ... e4+!? 22. Kc3 Qe5 ] 22. Qxe2 Bxf3 23. Qe3? [23. Rag1 e4+ 24. Kc2 Qxg1 25. Qxf3 exf3 26. Rxg1 ] Qg6+ [ ] 24. Kc3 Rc8+ 25. Kb3 Qe6+ 26. Kb4 Bxh1 27. Rxh1 Qg4+ 28. Kb3 ab 29. Qh3 (alright - get Queens off) Qa4# (lol) 0-1.

Fritz 7 Deep Position Analysis [20MB]:

1) 19. Be1

a) 19 ... Qf4+ 20. Kf2 fe 21. Bd2 Qf6 22. ba = [-0.19/10]

b) 19 ... Qg5+ 20. Kd3 Bb7 21. Nc4 0-0 22. Nxd6 = [0.06/10]

c) 19 ... Qg5+ 20. Kf2 fe 21. Bd2 Qg6 22. f4 [-0.31/10]

2) 19. Nc4

a) 19 ... 0-0 20. Nxd6 fe 21. Bc4+ Kh8 22. Nf7+ [-1.69/10]

b) 19 ... 0-0 20. Be1 Qg5+ 21. Kd3 fe+ 22. fe [-2.47/12]

3) 19. ef

a) 19 ... Nxf5+ 20. Kd3 Qf2 21. Bh3 Ng3 22. Be3 [-0.28/11]

b) 19 ... Rf8 20. Be1 Qg5+ 21. Kf2 Bb7 22. Be2 = [0.16/10]

c) 19 ... h5 20. ba 20. Bxa6 Rxa6 21. Rc1 [1.06/12]

19. Be2 was inferior in all variations, as was 19. Qe1? Qxf3#.

Dec-11-08  skb2008in: Good game by Anand in Sheshnikov.Here whoever wins d4 pawan earlier may find trouble
Nov-10-09  Goofy: On Move 36 white could win black's rook due to the pawn being pinned to the king and no mates are possible
May-22-12  LoveThatJoker: "32. ?" White to play and win, would make an excellent Saturday/Sunday puzzle.


Oct-31-15  ndg2: After 32..Kf6, actually 33.Rg1! is best. After 33..Qb7, 34.Ne7 Kg7, 35.Re6! wins!
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  perfidious: An Anand 2.

There are surely others.

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  GrahamClayton: 36. Rdxf4 Qxf4 37. Rxf4 Ra1+ 38. Qd1 Rxd1+ 39. Rf1 Rxf1# - hence the need to play 36. h3 first to give the king an escape square.

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