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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Viswanathan Anand
"Double Vision" (game of the day Nov-18-2021)
Anand - Ivanchuk Match (1992), Linares ESP, rd 1, Sep-??
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Neo-Modern Variation Early deviations (B62)  ·  0-1



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Nov-04-05  KingG: 23 ♖e2?! <Better was 23 ♗g1, after which Anand gives a lengthy analysis based on the line 23...♔d7 24 ♖d3 ♖h4!, with Black better in every variation.>

23...♔d7 24 g5 ♔e6 25 gxf6 ♗xf6 26 ♗d2 ♗e7! 27 ♗e1 f6 28 ♗g3 <This reorganization took just a bit too long, since now Black gets ...d5 in.>

28...d5 29 exd5+ ♔xd5 30 ♖f5! ♔c6! 31 ♖ef2?
<Anand points out that White's last chance was 31 ♖f3!, forcing 31...♖h7 32 ♖c3+ ♔b7, when he says that Black has 'a hard technical task ahead'. The rest of the game has to do with getting ready to push the passed pawns:>


42 ♖g3 e4!
<"After all the fuss about Black's connected passed pawns, he gives one of them up! However, it does win the exchange."(Anand).>

43 ♖xe4+ ♗e5 44 ♖xe5+ fxe5 45 ♔b2 ♖d2 0-1

Nov-11-05  samikd: <KingG> Thanks a lot for posting the comments from Watson's book. Recently I was also reading that book, and about this game. Fantastic game of the most brilliant in Anand's career.
Dec-02-05  mr. nice guy: A truly fine game indeed. I just discovered it today. Also it seems like Anand has Chucky's number: 21 wins to 10 losses.
Dec-02-05  lopium: Why not 33...e4, Rxe4, then Kf5? Or simply 33...e4, then continue in the mood of white. ?
Dec-03-05  mr. nice guy: If 33...e4, white simply takes the rook on b8.
Dec-03-05  lopium: I meant at move 37, I'm sorry.... So?
Dec-12-05  mr. nice guy: <lopium> 37..e4 might be a good move if you want to attack, but black has no need to attack since he has the two passed center pawns that should remain connected. Saludos amigo desde Puerto Rico! Espero que continues estudiando EspaƱol ya que vas muy bien.
Jun-14-08  sheaf: I was going through vishys games recently, to have good idea about his "real" strengths (apart from his unbelievable tactical eye ) so that I could provide some meaningful insights during his match with kramnik; This game appears to be one of the finest example of positional play I have seen, Can you believe it White is very close to being completely lost (human point of view of course, maybe a string of computer moves might hold the position but I doubt that) by the move 17..!! in a completely normal position with no "sunday cg puzzle" like tactics involved anywhere!!... just a positional strangulation.Although, it takes another 20 moves for black to prove his undeniable advantage; the error which white made was completely conceptual .; And probably 18..h5! was the actual killer move, which essentially was the main point of gxf6. Bc4 and the following bishop exchange probably decided the game immediately. This game marks the begining of 21st century chess.

Anyway, this game along with a couple of technical grinds against karpov, his win against <svidler wijk ann zee 04>, both his wins <against judit wcc san luis 05.>; his win <against Gelfand corus 06>, <topalov wijk ann zee 08>.. and a whole lot of games, which I would like to call uncharacteristic anand games (while calling a typical anand win as his win <against moro wcc mexico>, or his win at amber rapid <against kramnik 08> or his win against <lautier 96, Karjakin 06,kasparov 95>..razor sharp) suggest that anand can be a very good technical player very different from most of the tactical players of last/ Current century. Probably Anands opening preparation along with his tendency to play unnecessarily fast are the only two areas where he has to sheild himself from others assault.

Nov-03-08  you vs yourself: <acirce: In short about that match, <The idea for this match came at the end of the Linares tournament in 1992. Luis Rentero, sponsor of the tournament, was disappointed that Ivanchuk and Anand didn't make it to the late stages of the Candidates' matches. Undaunted by this development, he decided to hold such a match anyway. Since many people believe that this match may one day take place for more important stakes, its progress and outcome might prove very interesting.> -- Patrick Wolff, New In Chess 1993/1.

Anand won 5-3 after winning the first two games.>

Jun-08-09  ski: the reason why i probably will never achieve GM status is because at move 17, if i were playing black, i would have taken with the bishop and NOT the pawn. that's thinking outside of the box. way to go vishy.
Feb-09-10  whatthefat: This is a very deep game. I wonder whether today's engines validate Anand's concept.
Dec-21-10  Salaskan: Really nice, but why does Ivanchuk play g5/gxf6? That just seems to liquidate black's weakness and give up the f5 square, I don't see a plan for black to advance to f5 if white didn't play this, but perhaps he wanted some activity.
Dec-21-10  Salaskan: It seems passive play by white would've lost too, e.g. 24.Rg1 Rbh8 22.Rgg2 R3h4 dropping a pawn, or that black could even have sacrificed the f-pawn to break through with his center pawns. It's hilarious and very instructive how much better black's bishop is than white's.

<whatthefat <This is a very deep game. I wonder whether today's engines validate Anand's concept.>> My Fritz doesn't suggest 17...gxf6 (even rates it as 0.5p worse than Bxf6) or 20...Bc4, maybe that's just not obvious for a computer! It doesn't refute Anand's brilliant play either, though 23.Bg1 would've been an improvement for white.

Jun-04-11  MumbaiIndians: The move ...Bc4!! is indeed a really sound positional move by Vishy.
Nov-14-11  bronkenstein: More detailed analysis of the game (second half of the article) Hmm strange, not even a full page of kibitzing o,O
Apr-29-12  rilkefan: <<whatthefat>: This is a very deep game. I wonder whether today's engines validate Anand's concept.>

Stockfish on my 2009-era laptop chooses 17...gxf6 at a depth of 22 in under a minute, evaluating the position as -0.3 after a few minutes (depth of 28) with main line 18.Rxd2 h5 19.Be2 hxg4 20.fxg4 Rh3. Advancing to move 19 it prefers gxh5 at first, then switches to 19.Rg1 hxg4 20.fxg4 Bc4 after a minute, then back to 19.Be2. Advancing past 20.fxg4 in the game line it is already using ...Bxc4 as its main line; with a cleared cache it first considers ...Bd7 with a sizable advantage (around -0.5) based on taking the e pawn in a few moves after 21.h3 b4 22.axb4 Rxb4 and ...Bc6. I got bored at 1 Gnode (depth of 30) with it still mostly just considering ...Bd7 and switched it to ...Bc4, which it soon prefers. I guess to properly handle pruning the engine (at least as it comes configured out-of-the-box) needs to start from an earlier position to explore the possibilities fairly.

Jun-03-12  meppi: It seems like 17. gxf6 is about doubled pawns, but it is not! It is all about a tempo. Just for one Tempo is why it was played, see if 17. Bxf6 then d6 is undefended. and there is no tempo to play h5 because black must defend d6 from the white rook. See doubled pawns *can* be corrected but this tempo right here that black saved, *could not* be got on move 17 if black ate with bishop. See usually with tempo comes initiative. Move like Bc4 is continuation of this theme, to not lose temp and to keep initiative burning. Bravo V.A!
Oct-15-15  ToTheDeath: Anand really showed his class in this game. gxf6!! with the followup h5! and Black takes over the initiative. Genius, pure genius.
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  Clement Fraud: In this game, my hero Anand breaks many established principles: moving the same piece twice in the opening (6... e6 & 12... e5), exchanging pieces whilst behind in development, and allowing the creation of (what would usually be) fatal weaknesses on his King-side (following 17... gxf6); the latter part working out due to the absence of any White Knights. What makes this performance from Anand all the more remarkable... is that he achieved it against Ivanchuk!!
Nov-18-21  erniecohen: Stockfish has gotten better, apparently. It now chooses 17... gxf6 and (after 19.♖g1) 20...♗c4 as its preferred lines pretty much immediately.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Watson and Anand write clear, understandable annotations--and their excellent writing still sailed over me poor head and its three remaining hairs. 23rd Century chess in 1992.
Nov-18-21  Brenin: The Stockfish annotation accompanying this impressive game gives <better is 19.gxh5 Rxh5 20.h4 f5 21.exf5 Bxf5 22.f4 Bg4 23.Bg2 b4 = +0.02 (26 ply)>. I fInd it hard to believe that 19 gxh5 gives White a slight advantage. What about 22 ... Rd8 in this line?
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  Check It Out: Double Vision is a Foreigner song. The story goes that Lou Gramm, the singer, was in the studio recording the song but didn't have a title. He was an avid hockey fan and would watch the games in between takes. One of the players got knocked out cold by an elbow. The announcer said he's wobbly and has..."double vision", and Gramm said, that's it!

An Indian and a Ukrainian play in Spain - foreigners. Doubled pawns. It'll do.

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  moronovich: This famous (end)game is an example of Carlsens : "bad bishop,protecting strong pawns".
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  HeMateMe: terrific game, chucky and Anand go way back. I think they played in the world junior championship against each other.

<double vision> doubled Rooks finishes the job? doubled pawns on the board? Any hidden meaning in the pun?

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