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Viswanathan Anand vs Loek van Wely
Corus Group A (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-26
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation (B33)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-26-05  ajit: Quite a waste. But Kudos to Loek, great fight back. Anand is having a forgettable tournament.
Jan-26-05  admiralnemo: whatever, he's only half a point behind Leko right now who is every bit as good as Anand and maybe better. Kramnik, Topalov, and Adams are also every bit as good as he his. Can't win them all.
Jan-26-05  WillC21: I'm not sure the majority would agree that on average topalov and adams are as strong as Anand. Maybe in this tournament that's the case, but Anand has stronger results on average and a higher FIDE rating probably also builds his case as having the upper hand on them.
Jan-26-05  admiralnemo: i think only on current form are adams and topalov as good, but i don't think that anand is much better, if he is. people just seem to think that Anand is this godlike infallible player who wins every tournament he plays in...which might be true in rapid tournaments :) The thing is he could still win, he's only half a point behind, but i don't think it should be "forgettable" if he doesn't win since it is a very strong tournament. I think that Corus is just showing us that, in classical chess, Anand is not clearly the best, he's only one of the best.
Jan-26-05  csmath: Somehow Anand is among the leaders in this tournament but the games he played are rather poor. This one is another example of it. He has two wins against Bruzon and Morozevich which were a present to him and not a result of his good game, and one win against overly aggressive Ponomariov who poorly defended himself though Anand could not find the direct way to bust him.

It is actually hard to recognize Anand here, this is not a quality one got used to see from him whatever the reasons are.

Jan-26-05  sheaf: there is no doubt that anand is the best in rapid form of the game, but also this seems to be evident ( from the record of last two yrs or so) that he way ahead of the players you just have mentioned in classical chess or otherwise ( with only one exception Kasparov, whom he hasnt played enough in last few years). Anyway this is one of my first few kibitzings here at, I didnt mean to offend anyone, was just my opinion on anand and the associated comment...
Jan-26-05  csmath: I think there is a doubt about that too. I think that Morozevich is equally good in rapid, and probably Kramnik too.
Jan-28-05  Resignation Trap: Chessbase calls him "Lucky Loek", and that reminds me of what chess is like here, in Wyoming: .
Apr-10-05  Minor Piece Activity:

"Anand vs van Wely was one of those chess tragedies, where one side completely outplays the other and, for reasons beyond the human ken is unable to convert the position into victory. Anand was three (drei, trois, tri, munru) pawns up at move 22, and stayed in that blissful situation for ten moves without being able to convert this advantage into a full point. In the end he was on the verge of concluding that chess must be a flawed game, especially since running through the moves with Fritz was slow to reveal any decisive alternatives.

Here Anand overruled his instincts to play the simple and straightforward 28...Re8+, which he came up with about ten milliseconds into his ponder, and instead went for the more sophisticated 28.Be8, which allowed Black to escape. "It is ironic," said Anand ruefully at breakfast this morning, "that if I had played Re8+ and not won the game people would have all said that I was not working hard enough at the board, just going for simple solutions. Now they will be saying I had overworked the position, looking for a convoluted solutions where there is a simple, elegant win available."

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