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Viswanathan Anand vs Ivan Sokolov
SWIFT rapid (1992) (rapid), Brussels BEL, Jul-??
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Knight Variation (B43)  ·  1-0

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Mar-03-04  AdrianP: <Benjamin> If this was opening prep, my intuition is that this line, at least, would have been calculated to the end as it's mainly forcing and is decisive. I agree that there will be certain positions where, in prep, a GM will go "I've got serious activity or positional advantage for a piece or for the exchange", but when your sacking a R then a N, you want something a bit more concrete than that.

After this game Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 Garry revealed that he had spent 24 hours calculating the consequences of the R sac. Even though it was not possible to calculate to the end, you can bet your bottom dollar he had calculated the main lines more than 5 or 6 moves deep.

Mar-03-04
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  Honza Cervenka: I don't know whether it was a home preparation or not but I would rather quess that it was not. Sokolov's line with 7...Nbd7 and 8...Nc5 is not very usual and it is not probable that Anand could foresee that Sokolov or anybody else will play all that line to the move 13...Re8, which weakened point f7 and allowed Anand's pretty combination. I think that Anand foresaw 16.Rxf7 when he played 14.e5 and that he found it out over the board pretty quickly after Sokolov's incautious 13th move. To calculate consequences of 16...Kxf7 is not extremely difficult even for patzer like me, not to mention Anand, because black's moves are almost forced. What surprizes me is that Sokolov took the Rook and that Anand missed simple 21.Bxc5+. After 21.Nxb5 black could have played much better 21...Qd8 and the win of white is not so clear. Maybe it really was a rapid game.
Mar-03-04
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  Honza Cervenka: Well, 21.Nxb5 looks sufficient too as 21...Qd8 fails for very nice 22.Qxh7! Nd7 23.Be4! e5 24. Bg6 Ke7 (or 24...Re6 25.Bg5 threatening 26.Qh8+ Ke7 27.Qxg7#) 25.Rxf6! Kxf6 (25...Nxf6 26.Qxg7+ Ke6 27.Qf7#) 26.Bg5+! Kxg5 (else the Queen is lost) 27.Qh5+ Kf6 28.Qf5+ Ke7 29.Qf7#.
Mar-03-04  ConLaMismaMano: "bet your bottom dollar" - The City of Glass (The Trilogy of New York), Paul Auster.
May-07-04  vajrabhrt: Can someone please tell me what the winning plan would be on 23...gxf6?
May-07-04  acirce: 24. Bh6+ Qg7 25. Qg7#
Dec-22-04  GreenDayGuy: Anand is really good at sacrificing against an unprotected king.
Mar-11-05  aw1988: S.W.I.F.T. indeed.
Mar-11-05
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  tpstar: Sokolov Was In For Trouble
Suddenly White Initiated Forcing Threats
Severe Whipping Into Frenzied Tantrum
Shocking When Ivan Fell Through
Savvy Winner Ingests French Toast
Mar-11-05  aw1988: LOL! I must admit, that is very good.
May-27-05  Durandal: AdrianP: SWIFT was the sponsor of the tournament, the company is a cooperative effort to provide secure financial communications between banks worldwide (SWIFT is the acronym for Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, see swift.com), based in La Hulpe, near Brussels, Belgium. IIRC, its CEO at the time was Bessel Kok, a well known chess patron.
May-27-05  AdrianP: <Durandal> I see - as in SWIFT transfer.
May-27-05  arifattar: May not compare with <tpstar>'s effort but, Sweet Win In Five & Twenty.
Jun-07-05  coolthing76: This was a Rapid game. Comments by Yasser Seirawan here http://www.chesscafe.com/yaz/yaz.htm Well done Anand.
Oct-29-06  Gbness: The perfect example of why I admire Anand.
Nov-14-06  adviser: Anand is a very quick-minded player. I don't doubt that he could become the best rapid player in the world.
Aug-18-07  Chess Carnival: <I don't doubt that he could become the best rapid player in the world.>

Wasn't he the best rapid player by '06?

Aug-18-07  thathwamasi: I think S.W.I.F.T is the company owned by Bessel Kok..is this a tourney sponsored by them??? I am not sure if this is rapid
Oct-30-08  transhuman7: Wow...
Feb-22-09
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  kamalakanta: This game is a beauty!
Nov-12-11  pmukerji: 20 Ndb5 is killer...what an awesome game.
May-10-12  zakkzheng: 27.Be4+(Kg5 28.Qh4#)Qf5 28.Nxf5 Pxf5 29. Bxe7 with an decisive advantage.
May-16-12  Garech: Brilliant attack from Anand; it seems that to accept the sacrifice after 16.Rxf7 is suicide. Better, instead of 16...Kxf7, is Nxe5:


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although white still has a big advantage after 17.Bf4:


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where there is no 17...Kxf7 or 18.Qh5+ is easily winning.

Here's to hoping Anand will open with e4 in ten hours time, for game 5 against Gelfand - would be great to see a Sicilian!

Cheers,

Garech

May-29-12  ZeejDonnelly: First time seeing this game. An astonishingly deep attack.
Jul-06-15  RookFile: Black insufficiently covered e5, allowing the e5 thrust from white.
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