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Alonso Zapata vs Viswanathan Anand
Biel-B (1988), Biel SUI, rd 9, Jul-??
Russian Game: Nimzowitsch Attack (C42)  ·  1-0



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May-08-12  solskytz: I can see Capablanca playing on for 46 moves, later getting a couple of pawns as some compensation for the piece, and then...

but of course, not a pleasant situation to find oneself in

Jun-20-12  KKsystem: The world chess champion is renowned for his lightning speed in chess not only in his wins but also in his losses it seems LOL!
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  Dionysius1: Could someone just clarify this game for me? I don't get how B has to lose a piece. If 6...Qe7 then 7 d3 Nc5 8 Qb5+ Bd7. Or 7 Nd5 Qe1 and there's only the Q attacking the N on e4 which is defended by the bishop.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Dionysius1>: If <6. ... Qe7>, White plays <7. Nd5> < >.

Anand supposedly went into the ultra-dubious (viz., totally losing) <5. ... Bf5> line based on having seen Miles vs Christiansen, 1987 in Informantor and (sans analysis) having concluded it was a good way to equalize. In doing so, there were two keys points the future World Champion failed to take into account: (1) never play a line without analyzing it (now possible even for someone as lazy as myself thanks to engines); and (2) the Miles-Christiansen game was a pre-arranged draw.

In the 1987 game, Miles saw the refutation with <6. Qe2> (and polished the e2 square with his finger for a length of time to make sure Christiansen would realize what he had walked into), but he ultimately honored the agreement to a GM draw by playing the innocuous <6. Nxe4>.

Sep-19-13  zavariz: Hard to believe.
Jun-01-14  Eduardo Bermudez: Believe or not !
Jul-17-14  GM Rounak Pathak: Irrational!
Jul-17-14  jhelix70: This game is a great example of the difference between "knowing theory" and "understanding an opening"
Sep-25-14  SpiritedReposte: Shortest loss of any world champion ever??? I know Karpov had a famous slip against Christianson but that was 11 moves or so.

This record may never be broken...hard to imagine a future/former world champ losing in 6 moves.

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  Sally Simpson: A quick scan through any reasonable database will reveal that this position

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Has popped up 14 times in OTB play (possibly more if you have a more up to date DB than mine.).

The first pre-dated the Miles pre-arranged game by 6 years when it appeared in the 1982 Olmpiad.

In a 2005 game I found this.

White played one more move 6...Qe7 then resigned after 7.Nd5.

Sep-25-14  john barleycorn: <Sally Simpson: A quick scan through any reasonable database will reveal that this position


Has popped up 14 times in OTB play (possibly more if you have a more up to date DB than mine.).>

Then it is a strong competitor to this game:

Keres vs E Arlamowski, 1950

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Oct-15-14  doctork: @aw1988 if you see "no real chances for heavy tactics" in the 5.Nc3 line then you need to look up Karjakin's crushing win over Kramnik.
Oct-16-14  Superjombonbo: Anand played 5...Bf5 because he had a game go 5. c4 Be7 6. Nc3 Bf5.
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  Sally Simpson: This one is still catching people.

Add two more from the 2016 Olympiad.

R Jones vs Hlophe Smilo, 2016 and S Lill vs Hlophe Smilo, 2016

There may be a touch of the myths about how this happened.

When asked about this game Anand says he was unaware of the Miles vs L Christiansen, 1987 game. He simply played an prompted blunder.

Nov-13-16  Howard: Soltis stated back around 1990 that Anand WAS aware of this game---it was actually in the Informant, in fact.

What he didn't know was that Christiansen and Miles had agreed to a draw prior to the game starting, and thus they were just shuffling the pieces around before actually agreeing to a draw.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Howard,

Just repeating what I recently read.

Someone asked Anand about this game. Anand said he never knew of the Miles v Christiansen game.

Yes the game was in the Informat but that does not mean Anand saw it. The blunder was also played before the Miles - Christiansen game.

I trusted the source.

Nov-20-16  Howard: Well, I trust what Soltis said---to each, his own.
Nov-23-16  Howard: Personally, I trust Soltis' column when he stated that Anand WAS aware of the earlier game.

For the record, the magazine Chess Monthly ran a letter about this matter which I wrote to them about six years ago.

Apr-06-17  Frits Fritschy: It is quite bad to lose with 5... Bf5 as black, but just imagine you have 300 elo more and lose the position with white! See
May-12-17  DarthStapler: This is the shortest loss by an official world champion in the database, not including two instances of games ending before a single move was played.
Jun-15-17  ZackyMuhammad: Bishop to F5 is a bad move.
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  Korora: 5. ...♗f5?? Where had NN hidden the real Viswanathan Anand, I wonder?
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  keypusher: <Dionysius1: Could someone just clarify this game for me? I don't get how B has to lose a piece. If 6...Qe7 then 7 d3 Nc5 8 Qb5+ Bd7. Or 7 Nd5 Qe1 and there's only the Q attacking the N on e4 which is defended by the bishop.>

7.Nd5 Qd8 8.d3.

May-12-20  MordimerChess: In my opinion it was The Best Lesson in Chess History. Why? Because after losing in 6 moves Vishy Anand:

1. Became World Champion
2. Became Opening New Lines Expert
3. Gave GM Zapata fancy bullet point in Wiki

My video analysis + story behind the game:

May-12-20  Damenlaeuferbauer: A very famous game and an opening novelty (6.Qe2!, cf. Tony Miles vs. Larry Christiansen, San Francisco 1987), which wins on the spot. Who would have thought after this game, that Viswanathan Anand would become undisputed and deserved world champion two decades later! Maybe this game is a small comfort for the mere mortals.
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