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Bartlomiej Macieja vs Viswanathan Anand
36th Olympiad (2004), Calvia ESP, rd 13, Oct-28
Torre Attack: Classical Defense. Nimzowitsch Variation (A46)  ·  0-1



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Nov-01-04  themindset: It looked like white had a strong advantage until he played 17.g3 , a move who's motivation i do not understand at all.
Nov-01-04  clocked: How about stopping Nf4
Nov-01-04  acirce: Mig Greengard: <No disrespect to Vishy, but his win today over Macieja was a joke. White is completely winning until he decides to force Anand to play a piece sac that is at least equal. I mean, it's either play that sac or resign. What was Macieja thinking? Just Ne5 instead of Qd1 and Black can resign somewhere around move 20. Bizarre.> and <I was just surprised. Really terrible. You don't often see Vishy totally busted in 20 moves.>

The line would be something like 21.Ne5 Nxe5 22.dxe5 Qd8 23.f4. I agree that White is definitely better, look at Black's pathetic kingside, but I think Mig is exaggerating a lot: "completely winning", "resign around move 20"

However, this is without a doubt what Macieja should have played, especially in his time trouble where he definitely should have avoided the complications after ..Nf4+.

Nov-01-04  Shams: hey acirce how about a url for mig`s quote?
Nov-01-04  acirce:
Nov-01-04  Shams: thanks. I see you and Mig had a little back-and-forth about it.

Swede or not, your English is impeccable. But come on, you like KRAMNIK? boring!!


Nov-01-04  acirce: Ironically, I had to look up "impeccable" ;-) Heh, yes, let's revive the old Kramnik-is-boring discussion. Or let's just say it is completely subjective. For me chess on such a high level just can't be boring, which of course doesn't mean I can't prefer certain playing styles.
Nov-01-04  Shams: I think he`s a great guy, I just think he plays not to lose and it makes me miss world champions who felt honor-bound to fight every move. But then that`s just my opinion, which is, well-- not worth much of anything, is it. cheers.

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