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Viswanathan Anand vs Rustam Kasimdzhanov
World Cup (2002), Hyderabad IND, rd 8, Oct-20
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Staunton Variation (C42)  ·  1-0



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Dec-02-04  chesscookie: Whats with the knight sacrifice?? Didnt accomplish much did it?
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  plang: This was the decisive game from the finals of the World Cup. 10..Re8!? is rarely played nowadays (10..Bg4 and 10..f5 are the main lines) as it is difficult to activate the a6 knight. 11..Bf5 had been played a few days earlier by Kashimdzhanov in his quarter final win over Ye. Ye had played 12 Be3; Anand varied with 12 Re1. Anand was surprised by 14..Ba5?! but it would have been better for Black to play 14..Nxd2 with near equality. After 18..N6g5? (taking g5 away from the other knight) Black was in trouble; better would have been 18..Bh7! 19 Ne5..f6 20 Ng4..Nf8 21 f3..Ng5 22 Bxh7+..Ngxh7 with just a small White edge.

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