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Viswanathan Anand vs Michael Tischendorf
Mainz CC Simul (2001) (exhibition), Mainz GER, Jun-23
French Defense: Winawer. Retreat Variation Armenian Line (C18)  ·  0-1



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Jun-11-06  Whitehat1963: Simul or not, this is the game of Tischenforf's life!!
Feb-21-07  BadTemper: this is a really enjoyable game! wish i could see a video of anands face after 34..a4
Whoops! I think he missed something this time
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  Domdaniel: Actually, Anand is still winning after 34...a4 -- he has to make one mistake to throw away the win, and another one to lose.

35.Kd2 is weaker than the unlikely 35.Kd1!: the White King can still reach the a-pawn, but the Bishop isn't pinned after 35...Rf2, so he gains a tempo with 36.Ba6+. After 35.Kd1 Rf2 36.Ba6+ Kd8 37.Rh8+ Kc7 38.Bd3 White wins. Or 35.Kd1 a3 36.Kc1 Rf2 37.Ba6+ etc.

In the game, 36.g5 loses. Instead, 36.h6 is probably drawn -- eg 36.h6 a3 37.Rh8+ Kb7 38.h7 Rh2 and neither side seems to have a win.

Tricky things, simuls - for both sides. Anand could have won much earlier with 22.Bb5 ... but Tischendorf missed the chance to play 21...Qg5, with reasonable chances.

This opening line, the Swiss-Armenian 5...Ba5 Winawer, can be recommended for simul use. Highly chaotic, plenty of counterplay and many ways for White to go wrong with an 'obvious' move.

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