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Viswanathan Anand vs Etienne Bacrot
Corsica Masters (2004) (rapid), Bastia FRA, rd 3, Nov-03
Sicilian Defense: Katalimov Variation (B27)  ·  1-0



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Nov-08-04  rndapology: Wow
If 17...PxN 18. Nf5 g6 19.NxB Kg7 20. Bd4
If 18...Bf6 19. PxB with similar results
Bacrot walked into this from very early on, difficult to say when exactly.
Nov-08-04  MoonlitKnight: If 18...Bf6, simply 19.Nxd8 will do.
Nov-09-04  delterp: Don't understand 14)...Nxb7, this seems inconsistent. On 13) e5, either Bxg2 immediately trading bishops, or the text 13)...dxe5 lends to 14)...exd4. If 15) Bxa8, then ...dxc3. Seems black was too focused on saddling white with an isolani rather than forseeing it's cramping nature.
Nov-09-04  MoonlitKnight: <On 13) e5, either Bxg2 immediately trading bishops> That loses a piece to 13...exf6.
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  beenthere240: Starting with move 16 would make a good puzzle. starting earlier on move 13 would be a toughie.
Nov-21-04  patzer2: Anand's 17. Nd5! creates a crushing "double attack" to defeat a super GM. Retreating the Queen drops a piece as in the game. The only other playable option is to capture the Knight with 17...exd5 18. Nf5 g6 19.NxB Kg7, when White can win with <rndapology>'s 20. Bd4! , forcing a decisive win of material due to the discovered check threat.

Perhaps a slight improvement here (after <rndapology>'s line 17...exd5 18. Nf5 g6 19.NxB Kg7) is the continuation 20. Nxd5! Qc6 21. Qd4! , with an even more decisive discovered check threat (play might continue 21...Ndc5 22. e6+ f6 23. Nxf6 Nxe6 24. Rxe6! Qxe6 25. Nh5+ Rf6 26. Nxf6 ).

Apr-02-14  1971: Whoa, what the -- boy, that mid 00's Anand is mean as a rattlesnake.

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