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Viswanathan Anand vs Alexander G Beliavsky
PCA Qualifiers (1993), Groningen NED, rd 5, Dec-23
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. English Attack (B80)  ·  1-0



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May-23-04  ConLaMismaMano: Did this have home preparation by Anand?
May-23-04  WMD: Julian Hodgson annotated this game in Chess Monthly, March 1994. He points out that by playing the English attack against Beliavsky, one of Kasparov's seconds, Anand must have been aware that his opponent would be well prepared in this line. 19...Qh4! apparently was the novelty. "In this crazy position Anand followed Belyavsky's home analysis for another four moves."

24.Ng5! "And now at last Belyavsky was on his own! As is so often the case in such a situation, he blundered immediately."

24...Ke8? "Belyavsky simply missed Anand's obvious reply in trying too hard to play for a win. He should have played 24...Kc8 25.Nxf7 a5!, to bring the rook into the game via a6, when the result would have almost certainly been a draw. Note that 24...Nxg5?? would have met with a nasty accident after 25.Bb6+! Kc8 26.Re8 mate."

May-23-04  rags: First 24 moves of this game was home prepared!!?? This is crazy !
May-23-04  ConLaMismaMano: <WMD> Thanks for all your very interesting replies!
Mar-12-06  johnwgoes: 17. ...Rxh3 was considered a refutation Anand mentioned, played in Anand vs Ljubojevic, 1994. In his book of his best games he says that Ljubojevic actually pointed out the refutation to him later in a talk about this game, but Anand forgot it was Ljubojevic who had told him about Rxh3, and did not expect him to play it.
Apr-20-09  shalgo: This game was a real tragedy for Beliavsky. He was leading the tournament (the qualifier for the PCA Candidates' Matches) with 4/4, including defeats of Kramnik and Shirov. A win here would have virtually assured his qualification. Even a draw would have left him in the lead. Instead he committed a simple one-move oversight on move 24.

He never recovered from this loss, scoring only 1.5/6 in the rest of the tournament.

Mar-02-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move score = 46

Par = 44


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  MissScarlett: Carlsen fails to recall this game, then fails to identify the opponent as Beliavsky, on the basis that <Beliavsky doesn't play the Najdorf.>

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  saffuna: Anand in "Mind Master":

<In my game against Alexander Beliavsky at the 1993 PCA qualifiers in Groningen, I was faced with the choice of opting for a clever side line, which may have fallen off his match preparation, over sticking to the main line. Through most of my career, I have done the smart thing and assumed there was some nasty surprise waiting for me and then gone the other way. In this case, though, perhaps it was the buoyancy of youth that got me charging into the main line. It paid off spectacularly. I found a move on the board which posed arduous problems for Black. I hadn’t consciously aimed for this position and executed it in my typical way, allowing myself to enter an opening and confronting it. In that instance, my curiosity drove me to take on the risks.>

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