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Viswanathan Anand vs Aleksey Dreev
"The French and Indian War" (game of the day Dec-29-2009)
Candidates Match (1991), Madras IND, rd 6, Jan-??
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  1-0



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Apr-28-12  LoveThatJoker: <sevenseaman> Now that Stockfish has taken us this far, after 45...e3 it likes the following:

46. Rxa7 Kd2 47. Raa1 e2 48. g5 Rb5 49. h4 Re5 50. g6 Re8 51. h5 Rg8 52. Kf4 d3 53. Rg1 Rf8+ 54. Kg5 Kc3 55. h6 d2 56. h7 Rd8 57. g7 d1=Q 58. Raxd1 Rxd1 59. Rg3+ Kb4 60. g8=Q e1=Q 61. Rb3+ Kc5 62. Qc8+ Kd4 63. h8=Q+ Qe5+ 64. Qxe5+ Kxe5 and White wins.


Apr-28-12  LoveThatJoker: <sevenseaman> Thanks for the compliment, man! I worked hard on solving the puzzle and it paid off! I'm a big fan of Anand's so, anytime I see him or Tal or Kramnik (Petrosian, Capablanca or any of the greats), I do my best to solve it as accurately as possible.

As for the technical component that you wanted some assistance with, I'm glad that the analysis provided by Stockfish at this stage was of use to you!

<scormus> Thank you! I worked hard on the puzzle and came up with some excellent ideas. This is definitely a memorable solve for me.

Your friend in Chess,


PS. <sevenseaman> It is unfortunate for GM Dreev that he missed the best practical chance in 29...Qb4, but that is one of the magnificent qualities of Anand's Chess Genius: creating extraordinary chances in tactically rich positions where the opponent is forced to find the best contiunation or else! :D

Truly to compare Anand with fellow World Champions like Lasker and Alekhine is a fair comparison.

Apr-28-12  kevin86: Great combination-especially the in-between move to brush away the queen-which became important a bit later.
Apr-28-12  sevenseaman: <LoveThatJoker> Nice. It was exhilarating. Stockfish is full of guts and gumption. I have never put in so much work in a puzzle that I did not solve.

Anand is definitely special. I feel lucky and privileged to be living in the same age as this rare and limitless genius.


Apr-28-12  voyager39: Got 29.Nxd5 correctly but blundered it away with 30.Qh4+?...very difficult getting all the subtle moves.

Hope Anand can show some of this spark from 21 years ago in the forthcoming match!

Apr-28-12  LoveThatJoker: <sevenseaman> Well said about World Champion Anand, man!


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  Jimfromprovidence: I also like 31 Rc7+ directly, as <M.Hassan> first pointed out.

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Any move to the back rank is mate for white, so 31...Kxe6 is forced.

Now, white has 32 Qf4!, generating a nice mating attack.

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The threat is 33 Qxf7+.

A nice side puzzle is to see if black can escape this attack without major material loss.

Apr-28-12  David2009: Anand vs Dreev, 1991 White 29?

White has a piece for three pawns. Both sides have attacking chances but White can make the extra piece tell with 29.Ne4 threatening 30.Nd6. If 29...Qb5 White has 30.Nf3. Time to
Missed it. Puzzle position:

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Interactive link to Crafty End Game Trainer: After 29.Nxd5 exd5 30.e6 Ke7 31.Rc3 the EGT defends with 31...Qb4 32.Qxh8 Bc4 to reach

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GOOT! Black threatens Qc5+ and also Re2 - a puzzle within a puzzle. No time for more now. Enjoy beating Crafty with or withour silicon help.

Apr-28-12  morfishine: Hats off to <CG> for this problem. A beautiful, unbalanced position. White must fight out of this position what-with his passive <Rh1>, so why not sac his best developed piece with <29.Nxd5>. This move breaks things apart and threatens to open up the a1-h8 diagonal eyeing Blacks hanging rook after <29...exd5 30.e6>. I was happy to get this far playing <30...Rf8> instead of Dreev's 30...Ke7. No matter as Anand has all the answers
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  scormus: <LTJ, Seveseaman> Agree completely about Anand. Last WC I was on avidly following and rooting for him against Topalov. I hope next month Gelfand can give him a good battle and bring forth the great chess he is capable of.
Apr-28-12  BOSTER: Twenty years later.

If Anand play vs Gelfand like vs Dreev in the game which <CG> represents today I have no doubt that the world will see the new champ.

This is the pos. with black to play after 26.Rc1, where black played greedy Qxa2.

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I guess, black should chase white queen from such good pos. like d4, playing Rb4 and then Rg8, or bishop c4 closing "c" file.

It is difficult to imagine when white king on g1 , and rook on h1, with pawns g3,h2 white can win such game.

Strange that <CG> shows this like a good game.

Apr-28-12  hedgeh0g: Rejected Nxd5 because of ...Qxd5?. D'oh.
Apr-28-12  sevenseaman: Yes <scormus>. To be missing Anand's line of thought was painful even if it wasn't by any means an ordinary day to day line.

The position was so tantalizingly balanced, the game could have gone either way. This was a quality pick by <CG>.

Apr-28-12  cyclon: Still interested! Is there a THWART to my suggestion 29. Rc3? It certainly wasn't a game-line and IF it's plausible, there is still no straight win for White I know, but W-H-A-T Black plays - I mean, really? I'm just curious and don't have a chess-program - I'm a 'manual' -type ("remnant" -heh!).
Apr-28-12  voyager39: <BOSTER> <If Anand play vs Gelfand like vs Dreev in the game which <CG> represents today I have no doubt that the world will see the new champ> I won't mind it at all if they played like this and Gelfand wins as black!
Apr-28-12  voyager39: And I find this an excellent idea by CG to showcase some games of the two contenders throughout this week.

I hope next week we get to see some Gelfand games varying from Easy to Insane :)

Apr-28-12  VincentL: "Very difficult".

Initially I prefer black´s position. White´s K rook is hemmed in the corner and the knight on the first rank is only carrying out defensive duties. Black also has a material advantage of some three pawns.

I am looking at 29. Qh4. Interestingly black cannot
avoid the discovered check.

White´s threat is 30. Ng8+ followed by 31. Qe7#.

But black can play is 29.....Qe3+. This wins the rook on c1 and appears to scupper the plan.

I have now looked for some minutes more, and do not see the way forward after 29.....Qe3+. With no time for further study, I must check to see what happened.

Apr-28-12  VincentL: I briefly considered 29. Nxd5 but dismissed it. 30. e6 did not occur to me.
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  agb2002: White has two knights for a bishop and three pawns.

Black would probably consider ... Qb5 and/or ... h5, ... h4.

The first idea that comes to mind is 29.Nxd5, opening the position to attack the black king:

A) 29... Qxd5 30.Qxb2 Bb7 31.Ng2 + - [R+N vs B+2P].

B) 29... exd5 30.e6

B.1) 30... Re8 31.Qf6+ Re7 32.Rc3 followed by exf7 seems to win (32... Qb5 does not threat mate).

B.2) 30... Rf8 31.e7+ Kxe7 32.Qe5+ Kd8 (32... Kd7 33.Rc7+ and mate next) 33.Qc7+ Ke8 34.Rc3, etc.

B.3) 30... Rg8 31.Qf6+ Ke8 32.Qxf7+ Kd8 33.Qd7#.

B.4) 30... Ke7 31.Rc3

B.4.a) 31... Qb5 32.Rf3 Rf8 33.Qf6+ Ke8 34.e7 + -.

B.4.b) 31... Qb4 32.Qxh8 looks winning.

Apr-28-12  LoveThatJoker: <scormus> Indeed, Anand vs Gelfand, should be an excellent match as Gelfand (despite having a clearly losing record against Anand) should be well prepared - as this is what he has been playing for all his life.

Hopefully it will be an entertaining and close encounter.


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  Breunor: LoveThatJoker,

I really appreciate the depth of your analysis! I didn't see the continuation, even after the first few moves were revealed.

Apr-28-12  LoveThatJoker: <Breunor> Thanks, man! I appreciate the compliment. Today's puzzle was indeed a great one, and I had fun solving it!


Apr-28-12  Patriot: White is up a piece for 3 pawns although his development makes you wonder.

White must watch for ...Qe3+ at some point, winning.

The b2 rook is only protected by the queen; therefore 29.Nxd5 looks interesting. 29...exd5 30.e6.

30...Re8 31.Rc3 Qa2 32.Qf6+ Re7 33.Qh8+ at least draws, which isn't a bad result considering white's development.

30...Rf8 31.Qf6+ Ke8 32.Rc3 Qb5 33.exf7+ Rxf7 34.Re3+

Apr-29-12  MarkFinan: This is why I just hate playing the French as black or white.. Iv'e never seen a French like it before, and the ironic thing is i just tapped in Anand on GTM, chose this game because a) I need to try brush up on my French, and b) It had what looked like a fairly easy par score to beat, given the number of moves, only to discover It was yesterday's POTD!! I don't think I'd have solved the puzzle, but I did nail the last 5 moves but only because i played through It..

I wander if <Domdaniel>'s been through this game, he should as a French expert of sorts...

Mar-12-20  fisayo123: Vishy Anand. He's amazing. What a discombobulating knight sacrifice to turn the tables after he had beeen under pressure all game from Dreev's great preparation.
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