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Viswanathan Anand vs Simen Agdestein
Wch U20 (1987), Baguio, rd 7, Jul-??
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Norwegian Variation (C70)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-29-04  Cornwallis: 26...Bxg5 not only secures the knight on h6 but it gives white a permanent outpost on that square.
Aug-27-05  Grunfeld: Funny move order for the Ruy Lopez. Doesn't 1. e4 Nc6 also have another name?

30. d6! is a good thrust - Black cannot win a pawn since 30... cxd6 31. cxd6 Rxd6?? Rxc8+ loses a piece.

After 34. Ng8+, Black is already quite lost, but now he also has to sac the exchange; here are the lines by Fritz;

1. (5.31): 34...Rxg8 35.Rxg8 exf2+ 36.Qxf2 Bg4 37.c8Q Bxc8 38.Rxc8 Kd7 39.Ra8 a5 40.Qd2+ Kc6

2. (9.44): 34...Ke6 35.Rxf8 Kd5 36.Rxc8 Kxc5 37.fxe3 Qxe3+ 38.Kh2 Kc6

3. (#6): 34...Kf7 35.Qxh7+ Qg7 36.Nh6+ Ke6 37.Rd6+ Ke5 38.Qxg7+

Aug-27-05  Boomie: Seems like 32...♕xc7 was required.
Dec-13-05  MoonlitKnight: By the way, in an interview with a Norwegian newspaper today, Agdestein called this variation (the Norwegian variation) the "suicide variation".
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  keypusher: I guess the idea was 32....Qxc7 33. Ng4 Bxg4 34. Qxg4 Qxc5(?) 35. Qe6+ Qe7 36. Qc6+
Nov-27-09  burock94: 6.0-0 ok but think 6.Bxf7!? playable 6...Kxf7 7.Nxe5+ Ke7 8.Nf7! Kxf7 9.Qh5+ g6 10.Qd5+ Kg7 11.Qxa8
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  Fusilli: The notable feature of 26.Bxg5! is that it "condemns" the White Queen to the h4-square, where it looks out of play, but of course Anand has seen everything.

If 36.Qxh7+ Bf7 37.c8=Q?? Black has 37...exf2+ and draws by perpetual check (38.Kxf2 Qe3+ 39.Kf1 Qd3+ etc.)

May-18-10  aragorn69: Video analysis by Anand:
May-14-14  Chessinfinite: This was Anand's crucial win over "Dimen" Simen :) that brought Anand the title!
May-14-14  john barleycorn: A "Tiger" in the "Norwegian Wood".
Dec-01-14  Fianchettoed: To answer Grunfeld's question 1. e4, nc6 2. nf3 could be the beginning of the Scandinavian or Nimzowitsch Defense. Black didn't play into this opening line with the usual 2...., d5; hence the transpostion into a variation of the Spanish (Ruy Lopez?).
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