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Sergei Vladimirovich Rublevsky vs Viswanathan Anand
Corsica Masters (2004), Bastia FRA, rd 4, Nov-04
Scotch Game: Potter Variation (C45)  ·  0-1



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Nov-08-04  rndapology: 7. Qe2 isn't within theory is it?
Nov-08-04  clocked: 7.Qe2 was played at least 4 times this year
Nov-08-04  clocked: The other three games saw 7...d6 where white has played 8.Be3 and 8.Bg5 h6 (0-0? Nd5)

Anand's choice 7...0-0 leaves the option of d5 instead of d6. For example

8.Be3 d5 9.0-0-0 d4

Nov-08-04  Morphystyle: The way Anand takes the sacrificed piece and then gives it back with a better position is amazing.
Nov-08-04  iron maiden: Anand sure didn't make Rublevsky look like the guy who just beat Kasparov. Of course, playing the Scotch in a virtual must-win situation was probably not the wisest decision Rublevsky's ever made.
Nov-09-04  AdrianP: <Iron Maiden> Rublevsky is a bit of a specialist in the Scotch - it's his most common continuation to 1.e4 e5.
Nov-09-04  delterp: 10) f3 is awful in my lowly opinion. The purpose of 9) h4 was to threaten bringing the queen to h5 if the bishop is accepted. Instead, 10) Nd5! seems correct, adding pressure to the f6 knight and remaining consistent. The winning move in this game is 21)...Bf2. Although somewhat obvious, it completely disrupts white's rooks and allow's the black king to walk to safety.
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  patzer2: 17...Bxe2 initiates a winning "double attack." If 19. Qxf2, then 19...Rxf2 wins a second pawn for a decisive advantage. The game continuation with 19. Qh2 drops a piece without adequate compensation.
Oct-24-10  Yigor: Yeah, I wonder what Anand supposed to play on 10.Nd5 (instead of that dubious 10.f3 used by Rublevsky).
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