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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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Jun-30-02  borgianus: The shortest game between two GMs in history!All that because a wrong commentary in the Chess Informant!
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  Sneaky: Hehe that's funny.
6 ...Qe7 7. Nd5 and Black has no answer...
Feb-21-03  refutor: In my Petroff Trends pamphlet by Murray Chandler, the author gives the tongue in cheek comment "His (Anand's) real mistake, of course, was not to pre-arrange a draw as in Miles vs Christiansen, 1987" ;)
Jun-17-04  suenteus po 147: What's wrong with 6...d5?
Jun-17-04  refutor: 7.d3
Jun-18-04  hollowone: Kind of surprising to see Anand fall for that simple Petrov Defense mistake. What did <borgianus> mean by "All that because a wrong commentary in the Chess Informant"?
Jun-18-04  suenteus po 147: Riiiiiiight.... 6...Qe7 is the only move that frees the knight to move, but as Sneaky pointed out, that just leads to worse scenarios. I get it now. Very diabolical trap. It looks so playable, but as each response is continued Black loses ground in every way.
Oct-21-04  themindset: is it true that anand was blindly following the analysis of an issue of informant?
Jan-04-05  Tennyson: <hollowone> and <themindset> Yes, Anand was under the spell of the journal "Informator" and the Miles-Chrstiansen 1987 came contained within. I learned of this in Steve Giddins's _101 Chess Opening Traps_ where he explains why all the aforementioned (except Zapata) "missed" 6. Qe2. Informator failed to explain that the Miles-Christiansen game had been agreed to be drawn before either had made a move. What follows is priceless: "At the board, Tony saw that 6. Qe2 was winning, but remained the gentleman and avoided playing it. Mind you, I understand that he did spend some seconds 'polishing' the e2-square with his forefinger, until he was satisfied that Larry Christiansen's face had assumed a suitable shade of red..." (61). LOL!
Feb-16-05  Gowe: Actually only anand was a GM. Anand had 2555 of elo and Zapata had 2480. Incredible move. Poor Anand. Because that move appeared in a magazine like an innovation. A match that continue with 6.Ce4? And Anand apparently didn't analize this variant so long. You can't trust in those magazines.
Feb-20-05  aw1988: Lol, ouch.
May-09-05  Hesam7: <Gowe> according to his bio Zapata was awarded the GM title in 1984.
May-14-05  Orbitkind: The Petroff isn't so drawish this time is it Anand, lol !!
Jul-09-05  InspiredByMorphy: Anand must have just crawled out of bed.
Aug-24-05  alexandrovm: <borgianus: The shortest game between two GMs in history!> This might be right, isn't it?
Aug-24-05  Grunfeld: Actually, no. There are quite a few one-move draws between GMs; even if you look at decisive games between GMs, the shortest is this one:

Fischer vs Panno, 1970

Aug-24-05  alexandrovm: ups! Forgot about the <one-move loss> games. How about in 2 or 3 moves between GM's? Well, now I'm going to hit the sac, so I can get up as early as 7am today. Bye all, thanks <grunfeld>
Sep-15-05  James Demery: Anand makes a James Demery type mistake.
Sep-24-05  lopium: I never studied this opening (none in reality), but I think anyone who has read about it know that keeping the knight in e4 is not good at all. Or maybe yes, but differently. Ahahazz!!
Sep-24-05  Averageguy: 5.Nc3 Is probably a better move for amateurs because it is less theoretical and strategical than the more common 5.d4. It is quite tactical, and has a few early pitfalls and traps, as the game in question illustrates.
Sep-24-05  aw1988: Well, after simply Nxc3 dxc3 I see no real chances for heavy tactics. 5. d4 is far the more complicated line.

Sep-24-05  Averageguy: I don't mean killer tactics, I just mean that white has free and quick development and tactical play can follow if he, say, castles queenside and blacks king is stuck in the middle, white could make use of the central files.
Nov-27-05  Chopin: Anand played like Greco's opponents. I guess he's human after all.
Nov-28-05  syracrophy: In a book was written that Anand just followed a magazine suggestion, when playing the blunder 5...Bf5??, but without checking it out. He just played it as in a magazine said. He didn't analized it.
Nov-28-05  RookFile: Yeah, what happenned was, there was
a game between Miles and Christiansen,
where they just played some moves, because they had prearranged the draw. Anand didn't know this
and thought Miles vs. Christiansen
was the latest theory. LOL

[Event "San Francisco"]
[Site "San Francisco"]
[Date "1987.09.??"]
[Round "0"]
[White "Miles,Anthony J"]
[Black "Christiansen,Larry Mark"]
[Result "1/2"]
[Eco "C42"]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 Bf5 6.Nxe4 Bxe4 7.d3 Bg6 8.Bg5 Be7 9.Bxe7 Qxe7+ 10.Be2 Nc6 11.0-0 0-0 12.Re1 Rae8 13.Qd2 Ne5 14.d4 Nxf3+ 15.Bxf3 Qd7 16.c3 b6 17.Rxe8 Rxe8 18.Re1 Rxe1+ 19.Qxe1 Kf8 20.g3 1/2

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