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Viswanathan Anand vs Peter Leko
Amber Rapidplay (2001) (rapid), Monaco MNC, rd 3, Mar-19
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian. Byrne (Simagin) Variation (D97)  ·  1-0

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Jun-11-03  yorkebrazil: Great game! Time pass and Anand is better and better.

23. e6!!

Aug-24-04  RonB52734: 10.gxf3 is, to me, not the intuitive move because of what it does to the kingside pawn structure. But I said to myself, if Anand made that move, I'd expect to see three things: He'll castle on the queen side, he'll push the forward f-pawn several times, and he'll move the Rhg1. In fact, Vishy did all three, eventually, but rather more slowly than I would have expected.

Does anyone else have a comment on this move?

May-07-08  KingG: <RonB52734> 10.Bxf3 would allow 10...Ne5, when Black can take away White advantage of the two bishops whenever he chooses, and in the meantime, White's light squared bishop will be slightly out of play on f3(it would be better on e2), and Black has a great post for his knight on e5, which can't easily be challenged because of the position of White's bishop. Not to mention that 10...Ne5 would almost force 11.Qe2 for it to make any sense, and then the Queen is also not very well placed.

In these positions, gxf3 is almost always the right move, when White has the ideas you mentioned in your post.

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