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Viswanathan Anand vs Olivier Touzane
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001/02), Moscow RUS, rd 1, Jan-02
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Jaenisch Variation (C42)  ·  0-1



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Jun-21-04  PinkPanther: Is there any explanation for this happening to Anand? Losing to a player rated 400 points below him with white, no less?
Apr-23-05  Eatman: Problam was that he made the classic mistake a stronger player makes sometimes against a weaker opposition. Anand went into some rather forced tactical lines, which in the end turned out not so hot for white. Still, major props should be given to Olivier for finding some good defensive moves. Generally, when playing a stronger player you want to mix things up tactically. However, if you are the stronger player, you should give rope for the weaker player to hang him/herself, that is try to make the weaker player make some difficult decisions.
Apr-23-05  fgh: Anand simply tried to eliminate an 2368 player by some unsound tactics, but you can't expect that you will beat a 2300-2400 player easily at tatics, even if you are Anand.
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  James Demery: I wonder what was going through Touzane`s mind as this game progressed? I wonder if he just kept finding the best moves he could and asking himself repeatedly is this really happening? Am I really winning against a player 402 rating points ahead of me?
Jul-08-06  you vs yourself: From the interview with Korotylev on chesscafe:

<..Vishy is an outstanding chess player. He possesses great intuition, which enables him to quickly dismiss poor moves. However, he does not have that much confidence, and he breaks under the tension. I remember his game with Touzane in the world championship. I think he would beat Touzane 10-1, giving 1-to-5 time odds. And there he lost a game with white in classical chess. <Vishy’s hands shook during that game...>>

Nov-02-07  Riverbeast: Yeah, I wonder what Korotylev would say about Anand's confidence and nerves now, since he's the #1 player in the world.

This was just a bad game by Anand, that's all. It happens to the best of them. He still came back to win the mini-match, that's the important thing.

Nov-02-07  dx9293: <Riverbeast> Anand does have a reputation for not having the strongest nerves, despite his incredible ability, and this view is not unwarranted. It may be (like Ivanchuk? Both in their 38th year) that he has finally put this behind him.

Of course, Anand was so good (even before Mexico City) that he could overcome his less-than-perfect nerves 98 times out of 100.

Sep-03-08  saad: wow is it real
Oct-27-08  sallom89: Goodluck tomorrow with that opening Kramnik!!
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  whiteshark: Anand missed the win with <21.cxb7 Rb8 22.Qh5! >

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Sep-03-10  hstevens129: <Whiteshark> I think you're right. 22...Bb6 (Bishop is hanging. I also found 22...c6, 22...c5, 22...Bc3) 23.Bxh6 gxh6 (I couldn't find any good alternatives...) 24.Qxh6 f5 25.Rb3 Qd7 (25...Rf7, 25...Bd4, and 25...f4 also don't work) 26.Rg3+
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  Tabanus: CG has this and at least 20 other games from the event wrongly dated, by about 10 months - here 2 January instead of 28 (?) November.

Too much rogoffing?

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