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Viswanathan Anand vs Mikhail Gurevich
Manila Interzonal (1990), Manila PHI, rd 12, Jul-12
French Defense: Advance. Euwe Variation (C02)  ·  1-0



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Jul-07-08  notyetagm: Position after 24 ... ♘e7x♘g6

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Black has just captured a White knight on g6 with 24 ... ♘e7x♘g6.

Now the obvious move is to make the recapture 25 f5x♘g6. But instead Anand (White) played the much stronger <ZWISCHENZUG> 25 e5xf6!.

Position after 25 e5xf6! <zwischenzug>

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Only after 25 ... g7xf6 did Anand recapture on g6 with 26 f5x♘g6.

Position after 25 ... g7xf6 26 f5x♘g6

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Jul-07-08  ravel5184: <notyetagm> This may be a craZy question with a capital Z, but what happens if Black just plays 25 ... Nh4 ?
Jul-07-08  notyetagm:

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Position after 24 ... ♘e7x♘g6 25 e5xf6! <zwischenzug>

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<ravel5184: <notyetagm> This may be a craZy question with a capital Z, but what happens if Black just plays 25 ... Nh4 ?>

(VAR) Position after 25 ... ♘g6-h4?

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I did not understand the strength of Anand's play until you asked this obvious question. Now I see. :-)

I think Anand planned 25 ... ♘g6-h4? 26 f6xg7 ♖h8-g8 27 f5-f6, shown below.

(VAR) Position after 25 ... ♘g6-h4? 26 f6xg7 ♖h8-g8 27 f5-f6

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This position looks completely crushing to me, a USCF 1758. How exactly is Black planning to prevent the promotion of the connected passed White f6-,g7-pawns, which are supported by the White f1-rook to boot?

Great tactical alertness by the Indian genius Anand to see that the <ZWISCHENZUG> 25 e5xf6! was much stronger than the obvious recapture 25 f5x♘g6?!.

A good example of the power of <ADVANCED PAWNS>, Anand's (White's) advanced kingside pawn front.

Nov-02-15  ulyssesganesh: this was one of the important wins of vishy which made him to enter candidates for the first time!
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  perfidious: As well as the first of consecutive losses to end an event from which Gurevich seemed all but assured of qualifying, the latter being M Gurevich vs Short, 1990.
Jun-07-18  Howard: With just two rounds to go, Gurevich was at +4, and he appeared to have almost a lock on a Candidates spot.

But, in the last two rounds....

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