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Viswanathan Anand vs Nigel Short
II Magistral (2001), Merida MEX, rd 3, May-18
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense Fianchetto Variation (C76)  ·  1-0



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Dec-03-04  like a GM: Today is my birthday!! Poor queen, you never had a chance! 50..Rd6, 51..Nd7 and 52..Bd8 are just so sad!
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  tpstar: <like a GM> Happy Birthday!
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  Honza Cervenka: If 53...Qa5, then 54.Rxe7+!
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  plang: Anand on 9 d5:
"The simplest option, closing the centre and leading to a King's Indian structure in which White has exchanged his bad light-squared bishop for Black's good bishop. While this offers White the prospect of some advantage, there is one factor that favors Black, his f-pawn is not blocked by a knight on f6 and so can advance to f5 immediately."

9..Na5 had been introduced by Kamsky against Sophie Polgar in New Delhi 1990 (Black won); the main point is to delay White's playing c4. In that game White played 11 Nbd2; 11 b3 was new. More consistent for Black would have been 11..b5 12 c4..bxc 13 Qd2..Nb7 14 bxc..0-0 15 Nc3 with a small edge for White; Short's 16..f4?! was questionable as without a light-squared bishop Black's kingside attacking chances were diminished (as compared to the King's Indian); 16..fxe 17 Nxe4..Nf5 was an alternative. After 24 bxc?! Black missed the opportunity to play 24..Nxc5 25 Nxc5..dxc 26 Nd3..Re7 when he has kept the b-file closed and activated his rook. 28 Qg4 would have been an improvement. With 38 Rbxf3? White gave Black serious chances to save the game; winning was 38 Rb8..Ke8 39 Rg8+..Nxg8 40 Qxg8+..Rf8 41 Qe6+..Qe7 42 Rxd8+..Kxd8 43 Nc6+..Ke8 44 Nxe7..Rxe7 45 Qxd6..Rxe4 46 Nd3. 50..Rd6? lost quickly; Black would have retained some drawing chances after eg. 50..Qa5 51 Nc7+..Kd8 52 Rb5..Qxb5 (52..axb? 53 Re8+..Kxc7 54 Qc2+ mating) 53 Nxb5..axb 54 Qa1.

An excellent example by Anand of playing on both sides of the board.

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  perfidious: A curious attacking game in one respect: White's queen never left her first rank!
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  Dionysius1: Nearly! 17 Qc2

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