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Viswanathan Anand vs Ivan 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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Aug-25-04  themindset: i wonder if Anand came up with moves 13 through 16 over the board.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: the defense Black chose is almost the same as in Fischer-Petrosian 1971, which also ended in a fiasco for the Men In Black. Maybe the whole formation is no good.
Aug-26-04  Eatman: Holy Batman! Black got some weak black squares after taking that exchange. :)
Aug-26-04  maddy: Are the all moves forced after 18Qg3 ?
why not 18 Qxc6 ?
Aug-26-04  mjk: <maddy> 18.♕xc6 ♕d5 19.♕c3 f6 doesn't look that bad for Black who may get ♗b7 in soon.

But my skills are wholey inadequate, as I don't see why 14...♗xf6 isn't good enough.

Aug-26-04  clocked: 18.Qxc6! works tactically as g7 or R on a8 will go. For example Qxc6 Qd5 Qc3 f6 Qb4+ Kf7 Be4. On the other hand Qg3 is pleasing, as the only defense is to play g6.
Aug-26-04  Andrew Chapman: <I don't see why 14..Bxf6 isn't good enough.> It does look better, but I guess white might play b4 and then has moves like Ra1-d1 and Bd6 and has a strong position. Playing black against Anand he probably thought that his only hope was to try and complicate it.
Aug-26-04  PawnBlock: I don't see anything wrong per se' with the lines stemming from 18. Qxc6 (as posted), but I might suggest that W didn't want B's Q to centralize and come to the defense (Qd5 or the like). Given the uncoordinated R's and Bi, B's likeliest savior would be the lady; especially if he could trade the Q's, or if the Q could buy him a move or two by her presence whereby he could unite his pieces.

Also remember that B has the R to sac in return. On 18. Qxc6 B could simply try something like Qxa3 and/or Rd8.

Aug-26-04  Dpm: This guy makes it looks so easy! I have faced this variation many times and always have to struggle meanwhile our hero probably used 6 minutes to play this game?! Life is unfair.
Aug-26-04  Helloween: <themindset: i wonder if Anand came up with moves 13 through 16 over the board.>

Apparently so, since Black's 11...Qa5 is a novelty(11...0-0, 11...a5 and 11...Ra7 have been tried before). Anand himself has been on the Black side of this opening as well, as in Svidler vs Anand, 2003.

To those wondering, 14...Bxf6 also leads to very strong positions for White, e.g. 15.b4 Qb6(15... Qd8 16.Rad1 Qc8 17.Bd6 )16.Be3 Qc7 17.Bc5 seizing the dark squares, when Black can't castle, White's Rooks are much more active and Black's pawns on c6 and c3 are weak.

Black's 16...Kxe7? seems to be his fatal flaw; he should have instead tried 16...Qc5 when after 17.Qg3 Qxe7 18.Qxg7 Rf8 19.Bh6 f5 20.Qxf8+ Qxf8 21.Bxf8 Kxf8 22.Rb1 Ra7 23.f4 , White should be able to win this ending, but these were rapid time controls, and Black can still put up a fight for a draw.

Of course, 18.Qxc6 wins easily, as mentioned already: 18...Qd5 19.Qc3! f6 20.Qb4+ Kf7 21.Be4 a5 22.Bxd5 axb4 23.Bxa8 bxa3 24.Ra1

Black's last resource was 18...g6 when 19.Bd6+ Ke8 20.Qf3 looks like a grim future to face.

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  kevin86: While black wastes his time promoting a pawn,white starts an attack on the king. The promotion gains material,but the attack gains the king.

Is this a trend:the worse the joke,the better the game?!

Aug-26-04  patzer2: Ironically, Anand himself previously played the Black side of this opening for the first ten moves in Svidler vs Anand, 2004 , which is the only game in the Opening Explorer with this line through 11. Qa3 (previously played as a novelty by Svidler who managed a draw with it against Anand).

Probably figuring Anand had a planned improvement over Svidler's play, Black understandably decides to vary early from Anand's 11...0-0 in that game with 11...Qa5.

However, it as at best unclear whether 11...Qa5 is a playable alternative to Anand's previously played 11...0-0, since Anand's quick victory here following a surprise exchange sacrifice in the opening is its only test so far.

After 13. e5!, the sequence 13e5 dxc5 14. exf6 cxb2 15. fxe7 bxa1Q 16. Rxa1 is pretty much "forced best play."

However Black now blunders with the "obvious recapture" 16...Kxe7??, giving White a won position after 16...Kxe7?? 17. Rb1 Bc8 18. Qg3 (18. Qxc6 also wins)18...Kf8 (18...g6 puts up more resistance, but still loses) 19. Bd6+ , and Anand wins with flair.

Instead of 16...Kxe7??, Black needed to put up better resistance with 16...Qc5 or 16...e5 .

Aug-26-04  patzer2: Anand's 21. Qg5!, increasing the pressure, is the strongest move, wins quick and is worthy of study.

However, White might get away with the amateurish and relatively weaker 21. Bxh8?! to "win back the exchange." After 21. Bxh8?! Kxh8 22. Rb8 Rxb8 23. Qxb8 Qd8 24. Bxa6 Qd1+ 25. Bf1 Qd7 26. a4 Kg7 27. a5 Qb7 28. Qd4 , White's passed pawn should force the win.

Anand's tactical solution with 21. Qg5! for a clear win is the correct winning approach, since such "won" endings are much more difficult to calculate and with the slightest miscalculation can backfire.

Aug-26-04  mack: Wow, cool game.
Aug-26-04  patzer2: The continuation of the 21. Qg5! combination with 23. Bxg6! (sacrifice on g6) is interesting. After 23. Bxg6! fxg6 24. Qxg6+ Kf8 25. Bd6+! Re7 26. Qf6+ Kg8 27. Qxe7 (27. Bxe7 also wins), White's attack "with only a single extra pawn" is decisive because of the exposed Black king and "demolished pawn structure."

Play might continue 27...Qg5 28. Qe8+ Kh7 29. f4! Qg8 (29...Qd5 30. Qf7+ Kh8 31. Be5+ )30. Qxc6 Ra7 31. Rb8 Bb7 32. Rxb7+ Rxb7 33. Qxb7+ with a clearly won White position.

Aug-26-04  patzer2: <Helloween> Wasn't trying to duplicate your post, as I had not seen your's before posting. However, it appears we were thinking along the same lines. I must admit the position is ugly for Black after 16...Qc5 or 16...e5 and I would not like to have to defend it, especially against Anand, under any time controls.
Aug-26-04  MCTREZE: I saw this game live last Sunday, here in Sao Paulo. When Morovic resigned, Anand had 22 minutes in his clock!(time control: 25 min + 10 sec.)
Aug-26-04  midknightblue: What a great game. Anand is awesome!
Aug-26-04  PAWNTOEFOUR: MCTREZE: I saw this game live last Sunday, here in Sao Paulo. When Morovic resigned, Anand had 22 minutes in his clock!(time control: 25 min + 10 sec.) yeah,i hear anand plays very fast and is perhaps the fastest player today.....has he eva lost a game on time?
Aug-30-04  abs: yes, he's lost atleast one game on time: to Kamsky when Anand was in a winning position. It was the first game of the match...later Anand said in an interview he just got into 'analysis mode' and forgot that he was playing a game.... with time control !!
Aug-30-04  ConLaMismaMano: I read in my local newspaper that Anand only took 5 minutes in this game!
Aug-31-04  Minor Piece Activity: Does anyone else (besides Capa and Fischer) other than Anand give huge time odds?
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.
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