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Viswanathan Anand vs Ivan Eduardo Morovic-Fernandez
"Caught in the Rapids" (game of the day Aug-26-2004)
Sao Paulo Rapid (2004) (rapid), Sao Paulo BRA, rd 6, Aug-22
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation (B46)  ·  1-0



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Oct-25-04  KasparHauser: Tal used to be a powerful blitz player in his prime.
Oct-25-04  Spassky69: In his prime?!?! Hell he beat Kasparov at blitz 4 years before he died what are you talking about!!?? <ConlaMismaMano> That was Morphy's average time spent in most games classical or odds.
Oct-26-04  KasparHauser: <Spassky69> I mean in his prime he was probably one fo the top three "modern" players in blitz, the other two being Fischer and Capablanca: notice that in 1970, in the Herceg Novi blitz he was beaten 2-0 by Fischer. i am just saying that he was (of course!) much more powerful in his prime than in his later years. P.S: Tal is my favorite player, bar none.
Oct-26-04  KasparHauser: <con la misma mano> 5 min in one game is not THAT impressive. Check this reference, by Larry Parr:

...The Herceg Novi blitz event was the speed tournament of the 20th century. It had four world champions competing, and Bobby not only finished 4 points ahead of Tal in second place, he also obliterated the Soviet contingent, 8 - 1 , whitewashing Tal, Tigran Petrosian and Vasily Smyslov, six-zip; breaking even with Viktor Korchnoi; and defeating David Bronstein with a win and draw. According to one report, Fischer spent no more than 2 minutes on any game, thereby also giving, in effect, heavy speed odds to powerful opponents. So, while Tal or a Soviet editor rewriting Tal is technically correct that the greats could beat Fischer, it is more apt to say that he could beat them far, far more often....

2 1/2 minutes or less in every game, against a much stronger field, is much more impressive. See the complete article at:

Dec-23-04  GreenDayGuy: Are there any games when Anand sacs it doesn't work?
May-16-05  lopium: Exceptional game!
Jan-02-09  WhiteRook48: I wonder what was up with ...bxa1Q
Aug-05-09  WhiteRook48: well there's Zapata-Anand
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  Penguincw: This game looks familiar, but I have no memory or evidence of being here before.

Anyway, I came up with 3 lines. One of them was 15.fxe7 bxa1=Q 16.Rxa1 Kxe7*, looks straight forward, but no clue on how to proceed.

The 2nd line was 15.Rxe6, trying to deflect the f-pawn from the defense of the e8-h5 diagonal, but I obviously overlooked 15...bxa1=Q+, and white is in a lot of trouble.

The 3rd line started with 15.fxg7, but I once again missed 15...bxa1=Q+, but 16.Rxa1 Rg8, the rook is not on e1 to possibly sac itself on e6 to open the diagonal.


* BTW: I asked this question before, but I'll ask it again. Is there a term in chess where each side simply captures all the opponent's pieces, while ignore their opponent capturing all their pieces (like what happened in the game for 2 moves).

Jun-04-16  diagonalley: <Penguincw> "carry on regardless" i guess(?)
Jun-04-16  Cheapo by the Dozen: In essence, White sacked the exchange to get domination of the black squares.


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  Once: Very classy. Now, that is a Saturday level puzzle! Beautiful play by Anand. In return for the exchange he makes every black piece look as if it has feet of clay.
Jun-04-16  morfishine: Again I think, too famous of a game
Jun-04-16  mel gibson: Good game - at first the move looks awful -
you're giving away a rook for a bishop.
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  patzer2: From a purely positional perspective, today's Saturday solution 15. exf7! is a positional exchange sacrifice which exploits a position where Black's unsafe King in the center of the board, two undeveloped Rooks, a Bishop locked in by pawns and a Queen on the edge of the board are at a severe disadvantage to White's active Bishops, Rook and Queen.

My computer gives best play as 15. fxe7 bxa1=Q 16. Rxa1 Qc5 (instead of 16...Kxe7 17. Rb1 as in the game)17. Qg3 Qxe7 18. Qxg7 Rf8 19. Rb1 Bc8 (diagram below)

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when White's strongest (diagram above) is the subtle clearance move 20. Be2! (+4.24 @ 21 depth, Deep Fritz 15) threatening 21. Rd1 followed by 22. Bd6.

Black's decisive error was 14...cxb2?, allowing 15. exf7! (+2.35 @ 33 depth, Komodo 9.3). Necesssary instead was 14...Bxf6 15. b4 Qb6 to (+0.76 @ 23 depth, Komodo 9.3).

Earlier, instead of 11...Qa5, more prudent would have been castling with 11...0-0 = (0.16 @ 24 depth, Stockfish 7) to move the king out of the unsafe center.

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  agb2002: White is one pawn down.

Black threatens 15... bxa8=Q and 15... B(g)xf6.

My first idea was 15.Rad1 but after 15... Bxf6 I was unable to find a clear path. For example, 16.Bd6 O-O-O 17.Qg3 Rhe8 followed by 18... e5.

Another option is 15.fxe7 bxa8=Q 16.Rxa8 but I'm not sure whether White has compensation for the exchange.

I don't know. I'd probably play 15.fxe7 and try to exploit the weak dark squares.

Jun-04-16  BOSTER: < themindset: I wonder if Anand came up with moves 13 through 16 over the board.>. In the chess history we can find hundred games where white dark bishop proved that he was stronger than black rook. So, I'd not say that 15.fxe7 is the puzzling move.
Jun-04-16  YouRang: The first few moves <15.fxe7 bxa1Q 16.Rxa1 Kxe7> were not hard to see. I think you can give yourself credit for the solve if you see the strength of the follow-up: <16.Rb1!>

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A simple attack on the bishop which is hard for black to defend.

- ...Rb1 is no good (Bxb1)
- ...Ra7 fails to Ra3

That leaves moving the B to its only escape square <17...Bc8>, but now the Ra1 (previously guarded by Bb7 and Rh8), is not unguarded.

Here, I didn't see Anand's Qg3 at all. Instead I went for the (more obvious IMO) <18.Qxc6>

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Winning a P and attack Ra8, while threatening Bd6+.

18...Bd7 looks hopeless after 19.Bd6+ Kf6 (...Ke8 20.Qxa8+ ) 20.Qf3+ and the king hunt is on!


In review, I see that I overlooked black's other defense of: <18...Qd5>

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And even if I hadn't overlooked it, I doubt that I would have found white's winning follow-up:


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What's so good about that? White has two main threats:

(1) Qb4+, which guards e4 allowing the Q+R pin Bd4.

(2) Qxg7, which attacks the R and sets up further attack.

Black is curiously unable to stop these threats.

Move the K maybe?

If <19...Ke8 20.Qxg7! Rf8 21.Be4!>

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The pin still works because the LSB is guarded tactically! <21...Qxe4? 22.Bd6!> )

If <19...Kd7 20.Qc7+! Ke8 32.Bd6> forces black to exchange Q for DSB to avoid mate .

Jun-04-16  YouRang: Yikes! Typos in my post above:

<- ...Ra7 fails to Ra3> should be <- ...Ra7 fails to <Re3>>

<is not unguarded> should be <is <now> unguarded>

<Winning a P and attack Ra8> should be <Winning a P and <attacking> Ra8>

Jun-04-16  King.Arthur.Brazil: I just know this game, as best games of ANAND, which I reproduced here in Chessgames, so I remember the tatics and incredible easy way that white smashes black position. For me, this is his best game ever.
Jun-04-16  BxChess: <YouRang> On your typo correction. When you say Ra7 fails to <Re3>, don't you mean <Be3>?

Reminds of a book I once wrote. I included an 'Errata' on p. iii, the sole entry of which was

p. iii: 'Errata' should read 'Erratum'.

Jun-05-16  stst: Time out, next day already...
For Sat's POD:
For attack, then 15.fxg7
For defense, then 15.Rb1
then play accordingly....
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  patzer2: <YouRang> Though perhaps not quite as strong as Anand's 18. Qg3! (+4.06 @ 29 depth, Komodo 9.3), your 18. Qxc6 (+3.80 @ 23 depth, Houdini 3 x 64) wins after 18...Qd5 19. Qc3! (diagram below) with the threat of 20. Qb4+ followed by the skewer 21. Be4

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After 18. Qxc6 Qd5 19. Qc3 (diagram above), Black's best is 19...f6 (weaker is 19...e5 20. Bxe5 Rd8 21. Bxg7 ) allowing the White win 20. Qb4+ Kf7 21. Be4 a5 22. Bxd5 axb4 23. Bxa8 bxa3 24. Ra1 e5 25. Be3 (+3.33 @ 24 depth, Deep Fritz 15).

Jun-05-16  YouRang: <BxChess><Reminds of a book I once wrote. I included an 'Errata' on p. iii, the sole entry of which was

p. iii: 'Errata' should read 'Erratum'.>

lol, In the 2nd edition, you might have had an 'Erratum' on p. iii, with the sole entry:

'Erratum' should have been omitted.


My user name should be "Errata".

Jun-05-16  YouRang: <patzer2> Yeah, I see that 19.Qc3! wins, mainly due to the threats of 20.Qb4+ and 20.Qxg7. Of course, I only saw that afterwards with engine help (because I only saw 18...Qd5 with engine help).

I did notice that the engine preferred 19...f6, but this doesn't stop the Qxb4+ and Be4, pinning Q+R. That's why I focused on pointing out black's inability to avoid white's tactics after 19.Qc3!.

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