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Viswanathan Anand vs Garry Kasparov
Linares (1997), Linares ESP, rd 1, Feb-04
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Classical Variation (B84)  ·  0-1



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Sep-26-02  bishop: Anand's 31.f5 did not turn out well as Kasparov was able to lock up the kingside.
Jul-14-04  alexandrovm: with his last move Rh8 Kasparov crushes Anand, as his knight cannot be protected. Next is a mating net where Vishy cannot scape. Nicely played by Kasparov.
Jul-14-04  alexandrovm: I think Kasparov's 38. ...h5!, is a strong move, as there is no efective counter response for white here. In this position black is is better.
Sep-07-04  alexandrovm: I'll check this game with fritz too.
Oct-16-04  alexandrovm: it takes several days to find some nice moves ;)
Nov-03-05  svbabu: alexandrovm: I think Kasparov's 38. ...h5!, is a strong move, as there is no efective counter response for white here. In this position black is is better.

What's wrong with 42. f6? I think it was too early to resign.

Jan-17-06  Deus Irae: After 42.f6, the black ♗ moves, and there's no defence against dropping the knight or 43...♘g3+.
Mar-30-06  notyetagm: <The pin is mightier than the sword.>

White resigns because 42 ♘g3, the only way to meet the threat of 42 ... ♖x♘, loses to the wicked <discovered pin> 42 ... ♘xg3+.

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Now neither the White g2-queen nor h2-pawn can capture the Black g3-knight because both are pinned to the White h1-king, along the a8-h1 diagonal and the h-file, respectively.

DISCOVERED PIN: use the masking piece (Black e4-knight) to take what the newly pinned piece (White g2-queen) no longer defends (White g3-knight).

Mar-30-06  delterp: The tactic is pretty. But I enjoy the positional 26...b4!. Stopping any idea of white advancing his Q side majority and denying the dark bishop access to c3 and a3. And, as pointed out, 38...h5 is very nice. Black threatens to boot the g3 knight and thus trades a wing pawn for a central pawn. Gaining two mobile passed pawns and an open attack file on the enemy king. Tactics flow from superior position.
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  plang: You don't see white use the queenside fianchetto in this variation very often. It creates a lot of weak dark squares. Despite this Kasparov believed that Anand would have had good attacking chances if he had played 27 Ne6 followed by 28 Nf4. After 29..e5 black takes over the initiative.
Jun-18-07  notyetagm: A tremendous Black Sicilian win by Kasparov.
Jun-18-07  notyetagm: <delterp: The tactic is pretty. But I enjoy the positional 26...b4!. Stopping any idea of white advancing his Q side majority and denying the dark bishop access to c3 and a3.>

Position after 26 ... b5-b4!

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Yes, 26 ... b5-b4! is a very nice positional move by Kasparov, putting the White queenside pawn majority "in the freezer" (Silman). 26 ... b5-b4! fixes the White q-side pawns by <BLOCKADING> the White b3-pawn and making the White c2-pawn <BACKWARDS> on an open file.

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  Sui Generis: I played through this game today and tried to predict the moves of both sides. I went for 26.-b4 as well and thought it was a positionally good move, possibly worth an exclamation mark. However, in his notes to this game in Chess Informant Kasparov surprisingly gives 26.-b4 a ”?” and prefers 26.-Nd7. After 26.-b4, as <plang> pointed out, 27. Nxe6! fxe6 28. Nf4 gives White the edge in all lines according to Kasparov.
Jun-18-07  micartouse: I think Capablanca in <A Primer of Chess> calls moves like 26 ... b4 "the unit that holds two".
Jun-22-07  notyetagm: <micartouse: I think Capablanca in <A Primer of Chess> calls moves like 26 ... b4 "the unit that holds two".>

Silman calls such a move putting the White queenside pawn majority "into the freezer", since the move 26 ... b5-b4! fixes or "freezes" the White q-side pawns.

Jan-04-11  bharatiy: Nxh5 is a big mistake, otherwise Vishy could have held to draw!
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  beatgiant: <bharatiy>
Could you give your drawing line? For example if 39. Re1 Qb7, looks to me like Black will go a pawn up with good winning chances.
Sep-09-11  indoknight: Anatoli Karpov & Garry Kasparov are genius positional master!
Aug-28-15  SpiritedReposte: <38. ...h5!> Nice shot.
Dec-18-18  Violin sonata: What was Kasparov plan when he played ♗e6? I don't get it.
Dec-12-20  Saniyat24: <Violinsonata>17...Be6 guards the knight on c4, and if Anand captures the bishop with the knight, he gets an open f-file for his rook to attack...!

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