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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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Nov-28-05  RookFile: Look at Tennyson's quote above. This
is great:

< <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! >

Jan-06-06  blingice: This is kind of like the Petrov Defense, and I played it against someone as black, and after 3. ♘xe5 I moved 3..♘xe4. He did some trap on me, and I'm guessing it was probably this.
Jan-06-06  Assassinater: <This is kind of like the Petrov Defense, and I played it against someone as black, and after 3. Nxe5 I moved 3..Nxe4. >

Ay carumba! Nope. It's probably that he just moved 4. Qe2, a different 'trap' than in this game.

Jan-15-06  who: Presumably the trap you speak of is NN vs E Fossan, 1991.
Feb-03-06  MorphyMatt: 3... Nxe4 doesn't lose a knight, just a pawn after 4. Qe2 Qe7 5. Qxe4 d6 6. d4 dxe5 5. dxe5
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  TheAlchemist: Never trust fellow GMs blindly, I guess. I recently read about a curious example:

The inspired Kupreichik vs Sveshnikov, 1986 was praised at the time, so many White players adopted it without critically evaluating it. There aren't any examples in the database, but the author showed two examples, where White lost poorly after playing "Kupreichik"'s sacrifice.

Feb-03-06  HannibalSchlecter: Very strange for a GM to play a move because he saw it played once in a book. Sounds like something I would do LOL
Feb-03-06  Trouble: Hehe didn't you guys see corus? It's the preferred line of both topa and svidler now(5Nc3)...course that may change because the resulting positions didn't seem excessively favorable to white.
Apr-03-06  Whitehat1963: Viva Zapata!
Apr-28-06  Bob726: I don't get it what about qe7?
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  technical draw: 6..Qe7 then 7.Nd5 and it's all over for black.
Jan-20-07  Dr.Lecter: what's the analysis after Qe2? Can't Anand play d5 or something? Why exactly did he resign?
Jan-30-07  thatsmate: Dr.Lecter: ...d5?? Qb5+! wins the black bishop.
Jan-30-07  sheaf: <thatsmate> d5? Qb5+??Bd7 Qe2(trust me Qxb7 is no better either ) Be7 white just wins back the pawn instead d5 d3 wins the knight
Jan-30-07  thatsmate: Good call Sheaf, I didnt notice the bishop could go to c6.
May-18-07  gBizzle: i hate when i get beat really bad in the opening like that, its really embarassing when you resign 3 minutes into the round with everyone around...

the other day i was on board 1 and got aknight pinned, then got killed

also another time on board 1 i got my queen trapped in the opening, even more embarassing

Aug-12-07  Nasruddin Hodja: Dr. Lecter: After 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nc3 Bc4?? 6. Qe2!, 6. ... d5 still loses a piece after 7. d3 d4 8. dxe4 dxc3 9. exf5+. After his awesomely awful 5th move, Anand was correct to resign unless he wanted to play the rest of the game a piece down. Me, I'd resign immediately and then take a large shot of vodka in order to wash off the taste of humiliation ;-)
Sep-03-07  Chess Classics: Makes me feel better about hanging pieces...

Did Anand ever explain why he hadn't had this prepared, if he was going to play the Petroff? Seems perplexing.


Oct-02-07  centercounter: Alas, this is the kind of lesson, as a youngster, that teaches you WHY you must prepare. We've all been there. Most of us don't really give a <CENSORED> but those who play for a living have to do the work.
Dec-20-07  somitra: <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> This comment on page 1 needs to be updated. Now the shortest game in the history of chess ending in a decisive result between GMs is Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006. I can bet million dollars that this record will never be broken. :D
Dec-27-07  newton296: <Dr.Lecter: what's the analysis after Qe2? Can't Anand play d5 or something? Why exactly did he resign>

there is no time for ...d5
the threat is d3 winning the pinned knight for a pawn .

only way to break the pin and protect the knight is ...Qe7. but then nd5 is is a killer.

Jul-02-08  mcgee: A better game by a world champion that features the same idea:

Spassky vs J C Hawksworth, 1987

Jul-04-08  lizardstyle101: Alonso Zapata showing true colombian power.
Aug-31-08  sallom89: brilliant game.
Sep-12-08  AnalyzeThis: Oh, dear.
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