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Viswanathan Anand vs Matthew Sadler
Tilburg Fontys (1998), Tilburg NED, rd 10, Nov-03
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Oct-11-05  BabyJ: And the Indian Cobra - he's not
actually even a Chuckster. Which makes
it all the more amazing that he's so
strong. But then Leko is not a
Chuck-clone either, and he's quite
strong. But if we blanked out the
players names in this game, it would
be like: 'Hey, that's Chuck playing
Black, isn't it?' Isn't it?

Somebody hunt Sadler down in England.
The rest of us want to be really
really strong at Chess too! Somebody
that can throw Top around like a rag
doll, and then just walk thru an
Anand exchange sac...
'You weren't planning tho, were you?'
'In ANY of those games?'

"Get away from me!" Sadler would say.
"How can I tell you how my brain

Mar-07-08  sitzkrieg: some interesting lines by fritz:
24 Bf3 Rcf4 25 Bh5 and then not Rh4 because of 26 Bc3 Rfh5 27 Nd4!

I was wondering if black was lost but fritz came up with : 25..Rxf1 26 Rf1 Rh5 27. Qe6! Rf5 28 Rxf5 and Qg1 which saves the day

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  plang: 9..h5 was just starting to get fashionable at the time of this game. 11 g3 was new but it has only been repeated once since this game. 14 Bh3 at once would have forced the rook off the c-file. In a very similar position earlier in the year at Linares against Shirov Svidler had played ..Ra8 with the idea of ..a5 and had obtained decent counterplay. Still, this seems preferable for White to what happens in this game. 17 f4 at once would have been bad for White after 17..Ne4 18 Qe1..Nf2 19 Qg1..e4! followed by ..e3.

Sadler after 17 Qe1:

"Here I started to spend oceans of time; but this time, I really got into the position. White's only clear goal is to play f4 and clear the black pawn from e5. This will allow him to activate his knight on b3 via d4 when Black's kingside light squares will become rather sensitive. Whilst considering the ways to prevent f4 altogether, it suddenly struck me how weak White's pawns would become after f4 exf; gxf and how badly developed White was to defend his weak pawns on d5 and f4: his bishop should be on g2, not h3; and his queen has no role on e1. I therefore came up with a quite precise method of exploiting White's positional play. It took me so long to play because I knew that if it all went wrong, I would look like a complete idiot!"

After 29 c3 Anand admitted: "Around here I was thinking of resigning. Luckily, I restrained myself! "After 29..Rcc4 Sadler would have maintained complete control; instead his blunder 29..Be5? allowed Anand to escape by means of an exchange sacrifice. 32 Qg5? would have allowed 32..Qf3 33 Qxe5+..Nf6 with a winning attack for Black.

Jan-11-12  Bratek: <In a way it was a bit of a shame actually. I had just played the Elista Olympiad and that was a really tiring tournament, I have to say. I played a lot of games, and there were difficult conditions and everything, so in Tilburg I was sort of lacking a bit of energy for the tournament. You see that somehow in some of the draws. I look back on it now and I think: my goodness, why on earth did you take a draw there! It was my first really big tournament where I played against all those players and I think I was just a little bit hesitant of really just letting loose basically. For example if I'd really made the most of my chances against Anand, I would have been in a great position to really have a fantastic tournament. But yeah, somehow I got nervous and ruined what probably would have been one of the best games I've ever played actually. But that's how life goes. It was a nice tournament to play. Funnily enough it was also basically the tournament where I decided that I was going to stop as a professional.>

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