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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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Sep-08-11  scormus: <MaczynskiPratten: See Anand's amusing explanation of why he resigned>

Thanks! Ah yes, Oh dear,. A very understandable choice he made to resign and get out fast. I dont blame him at all, I would have done the same.

But the explanation? I would never have admitted I blindly followed Informator (OK I never saw Informator, more like an outdated MCO).

I would have cited what actually DID happen to me once .... as I made my 4th or 5th move my mind was wandering (as it does) to a different variation where some other move is played. Then I looked at the board in horror and saw I actually played that other move :O

In my game the unintended move wasnt immediately losing so I played on and tried to bluff it out, pretending it was a prepared new move. Got away with it too ;)

Nov-28-11  Reisswolf: <hedgeh0g: Ah...<<the blunder variation of the Petrov>>.>

Maybe it's because I haven't had enough sleep in the last several days, but I can't stop laughing at that description.

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.

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