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Viswanathan Anand vs Vadim Milov
Biel Credit Suisse (1997), Biel SUI, rd 7, Jul-28
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Knight Variation (A15)  ·  0-1



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Jun-29-04  vonKrolock: in view of the sharp rupture 23...d5!!, Viswanathan fails to play 24.cxd5 exd5 25.f4 followed by 26.e5, trying to keep lines closed. after the actual skirmishes, Milov get the best of the fight, and 30...e3! practically decides the issue
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  plang: Milov was careful not to castle too soon as the white queen has the option of going to h4 with a promising kingside attack. For this reason there did not seem to be any big advantage to developing the queen knight to c6 chasing the queen to a better square. Milov built a solid position and had Anand played 24 cxd..exd 25 f4 black would have had a small advantage. Anands 24 f4?, however, overlooked the shot 25..Nxe4 after which white was much worse (losing according to Milov due to whites king being exposed). 26 Qxe4 would have been answered by
26..exd 27 Qd3..Ne3+ 28 Kh1..Bxd4.
If 31 h3..e2 32 re8..Ne5!. 35..Qg8 would have been stronger as the potential check on g4 makes whites counterplay much more difficult to achieve. Anand pointed out that the simplest way for black to win was 44..Qd3 45 Be1..a5 46 bxa..b4. Milovs 49..Kf6? would probably have cost him the win if Anand had responded with 50 Be1 with the idea of putting the rook on h4 creating a fortress. Instead 49..Kg5 50 Rg5..Kh3 would have won without much difficulty. After Anands 50 Bf4?, however, his pieces were too uncoordinated to put up much resistance.
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  Domdaniel: In his book 'How to Play the English Opening' (2007), Karpov gives this game -- but with 12.Qe3 rather than 12.Qd3. On move 16, (Qd2) the two variations reconnect.

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