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Viswanathan Anand vs Mikhail Gurevich
Corsica Masters (2004) (rapid), Bastia FRA, rd 2, Nov-02
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation (C11)  ·  1-0



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Nov-08-04  InspiredByMorphy: 17.Qxd5! is a great move. 17. ...Nxc5 18.Bxe7 Nxe7 leaves black down the exchange, so theres no choice but to lose a pawn.
Nov-08-04  Saruman: I think this was way to obvious to miss for a guy like Gurevich.
Nov-09-04  delterp: This is one of those early "GM resignations". I should think black's bishop will offer him drawing chances even though he is a pawn down. 24)...b6 is forced. But after that I don't see an immediate win for white. 25) Ne4 is met by ...Be7.
Nov-10-04  jeffnool: after 24...b6 white can play 25.Nb5 Ra8 26.Rd7 with a lot pressure around black position, white can win...
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  beenthere240: black has zero counterplay and white is up a pawn with a 3-2 majority on the queenside. Playing this game out would be a torment for black. (unless it were in the days of no time controls!!)
Nov-10-04  acirce: It was a must-win game for Gurevich; Anand had won the first game of two. Of course the final position isn't dead lost, but there are definitely no winning chances, so the MATCH was lost. I probably wouldn't have resigned in any case, but in a rapid game at least you don't lose ELO points.
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  patzer2: It would appear that 11. Qe2!? baits a trap to set up Anand's 17. Qxd5! combination, utilizing the pin and discovered attack to win a pawn.
Dec-16-04  Franco Oquialda: 17.Qxd5!What a great line!tha's why he is favorite player of mine.
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  LIFE Master AJ: It almost isn't fair ... Anand is like a computer ... especially in Rapid. (Right now, I think he is playing the best chess in the whole world. He is cruising along at a 2800+ clip for his last 3-5 tournaments. If he keeps playing like this, he will pass Garry on the rating list!!)

GM Viswanathan Anand - he plays (Veni, vidi, vici.); chess. He does not care about the time limit, the purse, blah, blah, blah.

This is why I call him ...

Nov-13-14  tranquilsimplicity: <LIFE Master AJ> I might just agree with you there. Anand is very gentlemanly, plays beautifully, and has been in the circuit for many a year. He is 'The Peoples' Champion'.#

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