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Viswanathan Anand vs Vladimir Kramnik
Tilburg Fontys (1998), Tilburg NED, rd 2, Oct-24
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Chigorin Variation (C42)  ·  1-0



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Sep-20-04  misguidedaggression: An exciting Petroff with an agressive sacrificial attack by Kramnik. (No, I'm not being sarcastic.)
Sep-29-04  AdrianP: According, to Anand's book on his best games of chess, he spent a few weeks training with his second, but also none other than Peter Leko, with the specific object of busting Kramnik's Pirc Defence. Looks like Leko could do with a bit of Anand's help now!

Btw, the novelty in this game was h3!! (Anand's double-exclamation mark), deliberately walking into Kramnik's king-side attack.

Sep-29-04  clocked: <AdrianP> Pirc?
Sep-29-04  AdrianP: <clocked> I mean Petroff, of course! This was supposed to be a topical comment vis-a-vis the current match...! Thx.
Sep-29-04  clocked: <AdrianP> yes, you beat me to it. Do you (or anyone else) remember the comment Anand made to Kramnik after the loss? I don't remember if it was this game, or maybe one of the losses to Shirov... If I remember correctly, Anand teased him for spending so much time studying the Petroff if he was going to lose like this.
Sep-29-04  AdrianP: <clocked> <the comment> I don't think Anand mentions anything in his book, but I'll check at home.
Nov-24-07  hitman84: This is a brilliant game. Anand out-prepared Kramnik.
Mar-15-08  cannibal: <clocked: I don't remember if it was this game, or maybe one of the losses to Shirov... If I remember correctly, Anand teased him for spending so much time studying the Petroff if he was going to lose like this.>

Not that I know anything about it, but according to <JimBartle>, Anand made that (or a similar) comment about Leko vs Kramnik, 1999
(where Leko played 5.Bd3?!, and the game ended in a draw)

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  Bishoprick: I don't understand why Kramnik castled on move 10. Why not just Bxf3 and open up Anand's castled king? No one likes giving up bishops for knights, but on this one there seems to be positional compensation.
Nov-22-09  vanytchouck: On 10...Bx3, Anand would rather answer 11.Qxb7 and the knight c6 is lost and exchanged with the Nf3 (after 11...Nxd4 or 11...0-0). And after that, black still have to be cautious.

For example :

11. Qxb7 0-0
12. Qxc6 Bh5
13. f3 and if Nf6 ??
14. Qe6+ winning the Be7.

The other moves are losing a pawn and left the black with a poor structure of pawns.

For exemple

13. f3 Be8
14. Qe6 + Bf7
15. Qxf5

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  plang: One of the sharpest lines of the Petroff. Through 14..Qd6 the game followed Anand - Yusupov Linares 1993. Anand played 15 Nb3 and the game was drawn after careful defense by Anand. After the game Anand's second Ubilava suggested the subtle 15 h3! which accomplishes two things; gives White access to e6 and by vacating h2 the h-pawn will not be captured when the Black queen arrives on that square. This innovation was voted the 4th best innovation in Informant 74. Black has not repeated this line since this game. The bishop sacrifice 17..Bxf2+? is thematic in this line but Anand had calculated that it doesn't quite work with the pawn on h3; 17..f4 would have been better though White would still be better. Black has to recapture the piece after 19 Bxc6 as he is lost after 19..f4 20 Bxd5+..Kg8 21 Nd3..f3 22 Nf4..Rxf4 23 Bxf4..Qxg2+ 24 Ke3. 21..Bf7 22 Qf3..Bh5 23 Qxh5 would not have been an improvement. Black's alternative 22..Qxg3+ 23 Kf1..f3 24 gxf..Rxf3+ 25 Ke2 looks scary but White has all the key squares covered. Anand's pregame preparation had shown that 23 Qxf3! was winning. Anand's preparation had originally intended 27 Be3 but he changed his mind over the board as after 27..Rf2! Black would still have a little bit of play. Kramnik was totally tied down after 35 c4 and there was no defense against the simple plan of pushing the c and d pawns. This is an impressive example of opening preparation at the highest level. Speaking as an amateur tournament player I wouldn't touch this line with White; one slip and you get mated.
Oct-02-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Anand vs Kramnik, 1998.
Your score: 55 (par = 45)


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