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Viktor Antonovich Bologan vs Viswanathan Anand
Dortmund Sparkassen (2003), Dortmund GER, rd 3, Aug-02
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1-0



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Nov-04-04  Spassky69: Hmmm....Kasparov losing to Rublevsky was huge news heard around the world. Yet Anand losing to the same caliber opponent brings no kibitzing?! That's odd.
Nov-05-04  iron maiden: <Spassky69> Rublevsky is not the same caliber as Bologan, at least not the Bologan that went to Dortmund last year. Do you think people are biased for Anand or something?
Nov-05-04  milanez: Bologan didnt just beat Anand, he also won Dortmund that year with a score 6.5/10(+4 =5 -1, his only loss vs Anand)...
Nov-05-04  acirce: Bologan started out with the incredible 5.0/6 before slowing down with a loss against Anand and three draws. Anand, after a dismal start with 0.5/3 and a short draw against Kramnik in round 4, scored 3 wins in a row in rounds 5-7.

Kramnik played Bologan in the last round and could have catched up with him, had he won, but with a draw Bologan won the tournament with a whole point's margin ahead of Kramnik and Anand. Kramnik received the usual criticism of playing too safely, but it was not a draw without fight. Kramnik vs Bologan, 2003

Nov-05-04  iron maiden: <acirce> Actually, it's "could've CAUGHT up with him." (Just thought you might like to know since your English is otherwise virtually flawless.)
Nov-06-04  acirce: Ok, you might be right. ;-)
Nov-06-04  clocked: <acirce> you MAY be right. "might" expresses more doubt. There can be no doubting <iron maiden> because might makes right...right? ;-)
Nov-06-04  Minor Piece Activity: It might.
Sep-14-07  Karpova: Bologan:

14...Rd8?! (<not good due to Timman's 15.Nc4 Timman vs Larsen, 1980 which Bologan didn't play>)

16.Ng6! (<Mikhail Tal examined this pseudo sacrifice already>)

16...Nfe8N (<Tal and Dautov think it was the strongest reply>)

18.Rd3! (<useful for an eventual attack against the black Queen or the king's side>)

21.Qd2!? (<he calls it a polyfunctional move since it serves a defensive (a5, b4) and offensive (h6) task>)

21...a5?! (<the pawn on h5 was poisoned but black should have thought about playing 21...c5?! 22.dxc5 Qxc5>)

22.Ne2! (<white has the desired attacking position>)

22...b4?! (<did Anand underestimate the danger? 22...c5!?>)

25.Rc1! (<trapping the Queen after c2-c4>)

29.g5! (<don't let Anand come to rest!>)

32.Rg1!? (<not 32.g6 Nf6 33.h6 fxg6 34.Qg5 axb3 35.cxb3 Qb5 36.Qxg6 Qf5>)

35...Nf6 (<he thinks that 35...Nf8 was more stubborn>)


37...Ng4? (<desperation and Anand had used up almost all of his time>)


Sep-14-07  Resignation Trap: <Karpova> I have Bologan's book in both the Russian and English versions. It is a stupendous work, isn't it?
Sep-15-07  Karpova: I don't know his book.
Feb-18-09  anandrulez:
Bologan says this is his best game ! He was sweating after this game and why not when you beat Vishy in Dortmund like that ...
Mar-01-09  Chlipchlop: Indeed, this game is brilliant. :)
Stil I don't get 29. g5. It looks good but it looses initiative. Why not the simple 29. Bxd8 ?
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  wordfunph: quote of the game..

"Oh, what a task --- it's like pulling an elephant out of a swamp! Rivers of sweat coursed down my face, brought forth by Anand's dogged resistance. It did not matter that I was two pawns ahead; Vishy's saved worse positions than this. Nevertheless, the time- pressure ended and the game with it. The fifteenth world champion decided simply to resign."

- GM Viktor Bologan

(from the book Victor Bologan Selected Games 1985-2004)

Dec-12-12  jvasea1990: Analyse by Houdini 2.0c w32 3200+ elo

14 th black move

0.19 (depth 21) 14...Rd8 15.Nc4 Qd5 16.f3 Qb5 17.Nd6+ Bxd6 18.Bxd6 Nb6 19.Bc7 Rd7 20.Qxb5 cxb5 21.Bxb6 axb6 22.Ne4 Nd5 23.Rde1 O-O 24.g3 Rc8 25.Re2 b4 26.Rhe1 Kh7 27.Rd1 Ra8

0.28 (depth 21) 14...Nxe5 15.dxe5 Rd8 16.Qe2 Nd5 17.Bd2 Qc7 18.c4 Nb6 19.Bf4 O-O 20.Ne4 Nc8 21.g3 Qa5 22.Qg4 Kh8 23.Nd6 b5 24.cxb5 cxb5 25.Bd2 b4 26.Bxb4 Qxe5 27.f4

0.30 (depth 21) 14...Nd5 15.Bd2 Nxe5 16.dxe5 Qc7 17.c4 Nb6 18.Ne4 Rd8 19.Qc3 O-O 20.Bf4 c5 21.Nd6 Qc6 22.f3 Nc8 23.Ne4 Nb6 24.b3 Nc8 25.Be3 Nb6 26.g4)

0.32 (depth 21) 14...O-O 15.Nxd7 Nxd7 16.Ne4 Qf5 17.Bc7 Nf6 18.Nxf6+ Bxf6 19.Qxf5 exf5 20.c3 Rfe8 21.Rde1 Kh7 22.Kc2 Bg5 23.g3 Bf6 24.Bf4 Rad8 25.a4 Re4 26.f3 Ree8

Dec-12-12  jvasea1990: Houdini 2.0c
♗19: Защита Каро-Кан: 4...♗f5 основное разветвление 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3
dxe4 4. Nxe4
Bf5 грозит: ♗f5xe4
5. Ng3 грозит: ♘g3xf5 Bg6 6. h4
h6 Укрепляя g5 7. Nf3
Nd7 нехватка пространства. черные не могут пойти своей фигурой: f8 8. h5 грозит: h5xg6
Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 Ngf6 11. Bf4
e6 Защищая f5
12. O-O-O нехватка пространства
Be7 13. Kb1 у Белых активная
позиция Qa5 14. Ne5 Rd8
15. Qe2 позиция Белых активнее
16. Ng6 грозит:♘g6xe7
Rfe8 17. Nxe7+ Rxe7
18. Rd3 позиция Белых активнее
Ree8 нехватка пространства
19. Rhd1
Qd5 грозит: ♕d5xg2
20. Rg1
b5 нехватка пространства
21. Qd2
a5 (Хуже, 21... Nxh5 22. Nxh5 Qxh5 23. Rh3 $14)
22. Ne2
b4 Ичерные получаoют пространственный перевес,
23. g4
Ne4 грозит: ♘e4xd2
24.Qe3 Ng5 25. Rc1 Nb6
26. b3 Прикрывая a4+c4
a4 27. Bc7 Qa5
28. f4 грозит:f4xg5
Nh7 29. g5 hxg5 30. fxg5 Rd7 31. Bxb6 Qxb6 32. Rg1 axb3 33. cxb3 у черных отсталая пешка: c6
Qa5 34. g6 fxg6 35. hxg6 Nf6
36. Rg5 грозит:♖g5xa5 Rd5 грозит: ♖d5xg5
37. Re5 грозит: ♖e5xe6
Ng4 (37... Ra8 и черные имеoют неплохие шансы,
38. Nc1 Qd8 $14) 38. Rxe6
Rf8 (38... Nxe3 и от мата нет спасения, in 1 39. Rxe8#) 39. Qh3 Nh6 40. Rxc6 Rdf5 41. d5
завлечение: d5 1-0
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  morfishine: White sandwiches Black
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