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Viswanathan Anand vs Joel Benjamin
Hoogovens (1989), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 12, Jan-27
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Classical Variation (B63)  ·  1-0



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May-08-03  bishop: Anand shocks Benjamin with a superb combination starting with 12.Bxf6! dxe4 13.Bxe7! Rxd2 14.Nxd2!! and the American champ realizes that he cannot play ...Nxe7 because of 15.Nc4! Qc7 16.Nb5! and Black must give the Queen back.
Jun-12-04  acirce: 11...d5 was a mistake in itself but 12...dxe4 even worse, 12...Bxf6 forced.
Aug-09-06  dramas79: Inthe final position, why not Qg4+ to win a piece?
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  WannaBe: <dramas79> if 31...Qg4+ 32. Rf3 blocking the checking line and the rook is backed up by the bishop.
May-05-09  MrMelad: 13.Bxe7!! is shocking! Superb Anand.
May-05-09  blacksburg: whoa. this is way over my head.
May-05-09  hartkoka: this is good for saturday or sunday puzzle i think!
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  Peligroso Patzer: It appears that Anand gave Benjamin an opportunity to get back in the game with 24.Nd5?. (Better would have been 24.Rd2.) Benjamin missed his chance, however, with the inferior 24...Qc5?

Black seemingly would have been fine if he had played 24...Qd8! Then after 25.Nxb4 Bxd1, White cannot gain a piece by taking the Bishop: if 26. Kxd1, then 26. ... Nf3+ and, however White responds, Black will at least gain back the piece; and, of course, if 26.Rxd1??, then 26. ... Ne2+ and mate next.

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