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Viswanathan Anand vs Peter Svidler
Corus Group A (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-18
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Chigorin Defense Panov System (C99)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  cade: Would 51.Bxf6 with the idea of sacrificing the Bishop for blacks g and h pawns offered any chance of a win for Anand?
Jan-18-05  hintza: <cade> 51.Bxf6 is probably drawn as well. After the knight is given up for the pawns, the resulting opposite-colour bisops endgame is a dead draw.
Jan-18-05  TheSlid: Very imaginative play here from Svidler - 42...Re2 and 23...Bxf2.
Jan-18-05  hintza: <TheSlid> Yes, 42...Re2! was a great drawing device. I saw it at the time but I wasn't sure the draw was certain. I was very pleased to see Svidler play it. Lets hope he can turn his tournament around now. And we must also hope the same for Moro and Anand.
Jan-18-05  rclb: Amazing fighting play by svidler after making a complete mess of the opening! Where was Vishy's mistake?
Jan-18-05  ajit: I kibitzed on ICC when the game was going on that the a6 pawn should not be taken then (41.Nxa6) because it kept the knight out of play for quite a long time after that. And that a6 pawn would have been for the taking anytime. I magine had the knight been on c5, it would gone to e4 and prevented those perpetual checks on f2 easily. Also, in the end, it didnt matter if the a6 pawn was on the board or not, did it? Passive play really.
Jan-19-05  hintza: <rclb> <Where was Vishy's mistake?> One improvement for Anand is 23.e5, simply keeping the pawn advantage, instead of 23.Ba5?!, which gave Svidler the chance to fight on.

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