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Viswanathan Anand vs Garry Kasparov
Kasparov - Anand PCA World Championship Match (1995), New York, NY USA, rd 15, Oct-05
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Yugoslav Attack Panov Variation (B76)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Nov-11-03  Spitecheck: Look it this for a Dragon, even it is quite sedate when both players want the draw :).


May-27-04  Lemur: It is so uncommon for a Dragon postion to draw out so fast. These two great players show what can happen in this kind of game.
May-27-04  Jim Bartle: By this time (game 15) I think Kasparov was far ahead in the match, and Anand was no longer fighting, just trying to avoid embarrassment.
Apr-13-05  dragon40: The 15th game of the 1995 WC Match.

Anand certainly seemed resigned to losing the Match at this point and played without much ambition whatsoever. The score before this game was 8.5-5.5 in Kasparov's favor. It must have been extremely difficult for Anand to play here, having been right in the match until this week, where the bottom fell out of his game, so to speak. This game did little to restore his self-confidence Im sure?! Match score to date: Kasparov: 9 Anand: 6

Jul-29-05  gambitfan: how can there be a draw in such a short play ? 17 moves ??
Sep-21-05  RookFile: Well, it brings up a valid point.
Kasparov had obviously prepared
the Dragon Sicilian, and for whatever
reason, Anand didn't have an answer
in the lines he tried.

Ok, so this is a problem, but were there alternatives? Could Anand have tried 3. Bb5+. Or, if he's going to get back into this match, why not play the ULTRA sharp variation of the dragon, involving 9. Bc4 and 10. 0-0-0. I mean, if you're going to sit down and play chess, as opposed to resigning the entire match and saying Kasparov is a better player, why not give yourself a chance to win?

Nov-30-05  morphyvsfischer: 7 Qd2 Ng4 probably isn't good for Black.

13 h4 Rxc3 14 Qxc3 Qxa2+ 15 Kc1 Bxg4! and White should be content to keep material equality instead of allowing 16 fxg4?! Qa1+ 17 Kd2 Nxe4+ 18 Ke1 Nxc3 19 Rxa1 Bxd4 with the advantage.

15 Nxe7+?? Kf8 16 Rxd2 Kxe7 loses a piece.

16...Kxg7 17 exd5 Bd7 and White has a microscopic advantage in his space.

Nov-08-07  sallom89: couldn't they continue ?
May-29-12  QueentakesKing: ANAND OFFERS AN EXCHANGE OF QUEENs AS WHITE AT MOVE 14) N-D5. Scared? Loss of confidence?

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