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Viswanathan Anand vs Lev Polugaevsky
Melody Amber Rapid 2nd (1993), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 2, Mar-27
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. English Attack (B80)  ·  0-1

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Aug-28-04  Whitehat1963: An excellent game by two titans of the Najdorf Sicilian!
Nov-22-04  Kenkaku: The final move is particularly nice. 53. Qxe1 (53. Rxe1 Qc3+ 54. Bb2 Qxb2#) Qd4+ 54. Qc3 (54. Rc3 Qxc3+ 55. Qxc3 Rb1#) Qxc3+ 55. Rxc3 Rb1#.
Nov-22-04  ArtNJ: Where did Anand go wrong here?
Nov-22-04  drukenknight: Its hard to say, I didnt like Vishy exchanging rooks on move 31, the crap computer seems to walk into a pin after:

31. Qf4 (other moves?) Kd8
32. Qb4 Rxc2
33. Rxc2 Bxc2+
34. Ka1 Kc8
35. Rc1

43 QxQ might help, Vishy seems to have covered everything tactically but seems to be losing a positional battle.

Nov-23-04  Minor Piece Activity: It looks like Vishy should've waited for Polu to castle first before pawnstorming. 10. Rg1?! is the novelty according to this db. I don't see why Anand didn't go for the logical 11. a4! with a clear advantage. For example 11. a4! b4 (bxa4? Nc6 Qc7 Nxe7 Kxe7 Rxa4 is double edged but good for white IMO) 12. Nc6 Qc7 13. Nxb4. Maybe he was afraid of the thematic break 13...d5!? but 14. Nd3!? Bb7 g5! looks like it should keep the initiative.
May-12-06  lanawar elf: 52...Qxc1 would have also won, but not with the forced mate. 52...Qxc1 53. Qxc1+ (53. Bxc1 Rb1#) Rb1+ 54. Qxb1 Bxb1 and the e pawn cannot be stopped.
Aug-05-09  totololo: This game is important in the evaluation of the light squares importance in this variation of the English attack.... Polo at his best months before his premature pass away....
Apr-19-12  Mudphudder: Wow, this is a GREAT game! And Anand is no easy opponent either. I'm surprised this game did not make the game of the day...
Apr-19-12  jhelix70: I am amazed by this game. Lev's king stays snug in the center the whole time!

Surely this is a GOTD candidate. (Lev-itation?)

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