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Viswanathan Anand vs Viktor Korchnoi
Melody Amber Rapid 3rd (1994) (rapid), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 6, Apr-??
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation (B18)  ·  1-0



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May-12-10  iamsheaf: Final position is very pretty, Ke6 Bc4+ Ke5 Kd3! black has to give up the bishop because there is no other defence to f4#. Anand calculates very well here Bc3.
May-12-10  iamsheaf: It's very hard to believe that a completely normal move like Kc7 is a blunder.

<25..Kc7? 26. c4! Ne7>, Knight has no squares, after Nxb4?! black hardly has compensation for the piece, <27. Re1>, threatening Rxe5 and the knight on e7 is en pris if Bh8 , 27..f6?! 28.f4 Bd6 29. c5 wins the bishop. <27..Bf6 28. Bc3>, the whole point of this combination which Korchnoi obviously missed when he played Kc7, 28..Ng8?! 29. Bxf6 Nxf6 30. Re7+ Kd8 (Kc8 is no better) 31.Rxf7 Nd7 32. Bxg6 the entire kingside is wiped out, now 32..Ne5 33.Rf8+ Kd7 34. Rxc8 Kxc8 35. Bxh5 is hopeless endgame which black can't possibly hold. Even 32..Ke8 33. Rxd7 Kxd7 34. Bf5+ leads to a hopeless pawn ending.<28..Bxc3> what else? <29. Rxe7!> A tactical point which justifies the whole combination, 29..Kd8 30. Rxb7 Bd4 is better than the text but loses as well, for instance 31. Rxf7 Rc7 32. Rxc7 Kxc7

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33. f3 Bf2 34.g4 Bxh4 35.Bxg6 hxg4 37.fxg4,

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white is two healthy pawns up, and even though black has opposite color bishop, white should be able to create 2 distant passed pawns and win. This seemed like more stubborn defence by black though. Of course white could even choose to keep the rooks on.

<29..Kd6? 30. Rxb7 Bd4??>, Now white loses the bishop as well, 30..Be5 31.c5+ Ke6 32. Bc4+ Kf5 (..Kf6 ?? Rxf7#)33. Rxf7+ Ke4 white is clearly winning since all the pawns are lose and on light squares. <31. c5+ Ke5 32. Rxf7 > black resigns, in view of the threat of 33. f4+ Kd5 34. c3!! and the mate is inevitable, the only way to avoid the checkmate is to sacrifice the bishop on f2 in order to avoid f4+, Also if Black plays 32. Ke6 33.Bc4+ Ke5 34. Kd3!!, black is defenceless.

Nice tactics by Vishy, wonder why nobody ever bothered to kibitz here. Hope after the annotations people will drop in here to review the gam

Sep-19-13  himadri: very entertaining game, thanks for the analysis <iamsheaf>

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