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Ivan Sokolov vs Viswanathan Anand
Corus Group A (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 13, Jan-30
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D47)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jan-30-05
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  cu8sfan: <acirce> Well it sure is a big country and its orientation along the North - South axis sure helps.
Jan-30-05
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  Annie K.: I would like 44. Bd5 here, how about it? :)
Jan-30-05
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  cu8sfan: <Annie K.> Thanks for getting us back on track. Is it a sign of a game soon to be drawn if we veer off?
Jan-30-05  acirce: <cu8sfan> Although we don't beat Chile in that aspect. That's the closest we come to a one-dimensional country.
Jan-30-05  hintza: Here in England we are meant to have approximately 110 minutes before sunset, although the sun has not been out once today.
Jan-30-05
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  cu8sfan: <acirce> Yes, I think even Norway is more one-dimensional than Sweden.
Jan-30-05
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  Annie K.: Nothing wrong with having parallel off/on topic conversations IMO, <cu8sfan>. :)
Jan-30-05
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  Annie K.: I do hope this will be a draw!!! So how about Bd5, anyway?
Jan-30-05
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  cu8sfan: <Annie K.> I think so too but I tend to forget to check on the games and that's what we're actually here for.
Jan-30-05  TheSlid: <That's the closest we come to a one-dimensional country> There is a one dimensional town in England, called Mansfield - about 15km long and no wider than 100m at the widest point.
Jan-30-05
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  Annie K.: Bd5 played, yay!! :D
Jan-30-05
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  cu8sfan: How about two-dimensional countries? Wijk aan Zee is in the Netherlands and how high is the highes elevation there?
Jan-30-05  hintza: <TheSlid> Lol! Never been there actually, but I don't see how it could be as bad as Runcorn or Crewe. :-)
Jan-30-05  ughaibu: Cant he play Bxc6?
Jan-30-05  hintza: <cu8sfan> The highest point in the Netherlands, the Vaalserberg, is 321 metres high, in the south-east near where the country borders Belguim and Germany.
Jan-30-05
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  cu8sfan: Thanks, <hintza>. You never know what you can learn following a game of chess!
Jan-30-05  TheSlid: <hintza> Have recently spent some time working in Runcorn and it is indeed pretty grim. Seemed like 20% of all time was spent trying to get across the bridge to Widnes.
Jan-30-05  hintza: <ughaibu> He could, but Anand would keep his extra pawn after 45.Bxc6 Rxc6 46.Qxd6 Rxd6 47.Rxc8 Rd1+ 48.Kg2 Rb1.

This looks almost certain to be a draw now, Anand has no winning chances whatsoever if Sokolov plays correctly.

Jan-30-05
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  cu8sfan: Nice, Sokolov's played flawlessly since he lost his pawn.
Jan-30-05  acirce: Couldn't Anand try to create something by 46..h4 ?
Jan-30-05  Jack Rabbit: A draw has been agreed.

Congratulations to Peter Leko.

Jan-30-05
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  cu8sfan: <acirce> How is that h4-line good? I don't see it.
Jan-30-05
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  chessgames.com: That's it, 1/2-1/2. Many congratulations to Peter Leko for his fine performance.

Thanks to everybody for coming by these past two weeks--this has been a great tournament and a lot of fun. We'll get the rest of the games online shortly as they become available.

Jan-30-05  acirce: <cu8sfan> 46..h4 threatens on g3 and if 47.gxh4 maybe Qd7 48.Rc5 Qg4+ something, but I'm not sure it leads somewhere. Could have been a try anyway.
Jan-30-05
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  Annie K.: Woohoo!!! Congratulations to Leko, I mean, to Sokolov, no, actually I mean to Leko... LOL! :D
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