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Anatoly Karpov vs Viswanathan Anand
Hoogovens Group A (1998), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-25
Semi-Slav Defense: General (D43)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-27-03  suenteus po 147: Anand missed 46...e3! He could have won after 47.Rfh2 Ra3+ 48.Kb2 Ra2+! 49.Kxa2 Qc2+ 50.Ka1 Ra7#.
Jun-27-03  drunknight II: I think you messed up the whites first move in that sequence. white is up in material, he is looking to exchange. but he cant really.

okay 47 Rh2 Rxh4! 48 exf2 Rxh7+

So white has given up a B you say? How many more connected pawns did he have at the start of the combination?

is material even? well white has a N and 3 connected pawns vs blacks R. White is up by 1 pt. Is black attacking? yes he can still attack.

Just off the top, you;d have to really check this line to be sure, but it looks plausible.

Sep-30-03  suenteus po 147: <drunknight II> You're absolutely right! After 46...e3 47. Rxh4 exf2 48. Rxh7+ not only foils the mate, but leaves Anand with a rook versus knight and pawns. I ran it through my computer and it agrees with you totally. I found the line I posted first suggested by Larry Evans in his book "10 Most Common Chess Mistakes." I should have looked at it more closely before posting it!
Sep-30-03  drukenknight: 10 Most Common Chess Mistakes?

Funny what was the "most common chess mistake" in this one? I mean suposedly. I mean like maybe in Larry Evans fantasies.

I should not criticize him too much; most of my early reading/inspiration is from his columns.

Anyhow what is the great lesson we are supposed to lean in all this. I mean just for laughs what was it?

Sep-30-03  drukenknight: tell me again what was wrong w/ 43...Qd8+

maybe that is mos common mistake in chess, not giving check when you need to.

Sep-30-03  suenteus po 147: Evans put this game as an example under his chapter titled "Premature Agression." His point was that Anand made a mistake by playing 46...Ra2, because without the b1-h7 diagonal open, he can't the prosecute mate. He can only come to the drawing position that they finally reached.
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  plang: 12 Bb1 was new though it doesn't seem to offer white anything. 12 a3 and 12 Rfd1 had been played before; Seirawan offered 12 e4, 12 a4 and 12 c5 as alternatives. 35 cxb?..Bxe5! 36 dxe..Qxb4 37 Qd4..Qe7 38 Na4..Qa3+ is good for black. Anand's missed his last chance at a win with 53..Qd2+ 54 Kxe4..Qxb4+ 55 Kf3..Qc3+ 56 Kg4..Qd4+ 57 Kf3..Qd3+ 58 Kf2..Qf5+.

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