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Ivan Sokolov vs Viswanathan Anand
Corus Group A (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-17
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense (D26)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jan-17-06
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  Sneaky: Now we're in the barren landscape of opposite colored bishops.
Jan-17-06  SCUBA diver: Why is the obvious QxQ taking so long. !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan-17-06  artemis: the official site shows this to be officially a draw
Jan-17-06  notsodeepthought: Yep, just as we all expected - a real slugfest...
Jan-17-06  gmgomes: Chessgames... please alternate to Topalovīs Game...
Jan-17-06  CAPA2422: Bring on Topalov please.

Jan-17-06  Koster: Draw as expected. There are some other good games going.
Jan-17-06
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  offramp: Great display of technical cheszzzzz.
Jan-17-06
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  cu8sfan: I would have expected more from Anand against one of the lowest rated players in the tournament.
Jan-17-06  Steppenwolf: A real shame and why Anand should not be considered a serious competitor for World championship, even less considered a WC. He should retire, like Kasparov, as he has obviously gone "the way of Kramnik".
Jan-17-06  samikd: <A real shame and why Anand should not be considered a serious competitor for World championship, even less considered a WC. He should retire, like Kasparov, as he has obviously gone "the way of Kramnik".>

try poker

Jan-17-06  you vs yourself: Vishy's reportoire against d4 has been so-so. In the recent times, I think he has good results with the semi-slav; but for a player like him, this is one of the few things that needs work: a good reportoire with black against d4.

BTW, anyone know who the most dominant player against the d4 is?

Jan-17-06  yalie: it is very difficult to win as black at the highest level when white decides all he wants is a draw ...white has to try something to give black some counter punching chances.

and it is too early in the tournament / not Vishy's temperament to play 1. Na3 or 2. Qh5. an easy draw with black against Sokolov is not a bad result .. now Vishy has 4 blacks and 5 whites the rest of the tournament

Jan-17-06  Kangaroo: Anand took the day off!
Jan-17-06  John Abraham: Anand's next round game against Leko will be tough (tomorrow is a rest day for all)!
Jan-17-06  fromoort: Maybe he wanted extra time to prepare for his game with Leko to avenge his loss against him last year.
Jan-17-06  Unicornio: This pathetic draws should receive a fine, im tired of these.
Jan-17-06  weisyschwarz: I wondered if they would play a QGA, since a QID was so predictable. I should have said something.
Jan-17-06  LluviaSean: if ive said it once, ive said it a thousand times...dont draw until there are only two kings on the bloody board...anything can happen!! these guys gotta have some guts!!
Jan-17-06  KingG: After the queens are exchanged, this position is obviously drawn. If you disagree, at least give a plan for either side on how to proceed.
Jan-17-06
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  offramp: Although this was a short draw there were certain pointzzzzzzzz.....
Jan-17-06  sciacca khan: <cg.com>, I told you that you should have gone with Bacrot-Gelfand, and the wild wild westside gathering of pieces both black and white. But noooo! You had to go with this quick fix. Okay the crystal ball was wrong about the opening, and the result, but I was right about the better game.
Jan-18-06  Ulhumbrus: The Queen's gambit accepted seems not the best way to try to win with Black.Anand may have found some winning chances with the Queen's gambit accepted which Sokolov managed to evade. Anand may not have wanted to risk playing something like the Nimzoindian, Dutch or King's Indian, and it may not be his style. An alternative is Lasker's defence in the Quen's Gambit declined. Both Lasker and Capablanca did well with it against Marshall, and Lasker had some things to say about the Lasker defence as well after his match. It gives Black apparently fair chances without an unsound degree of risk.
Jan-18-06
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  offramp: Anand could have played for a win by 11...b5 followed by ...Bb7 and ...Ne5. Bd7 was a useleszzzzzzz...
Jan-21-06  jackmandoo: good luck to both players if you are reading this.
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