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Viswanathan Anand vs Tsegmed Batchuluun
Turin Olympiad (2006), Turin ITA, rd 3, May-23
French Defense: Steinitz Variation (C11)  ·  1-0

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May-25-06  percyblakeney: Brave knight sacrifice in the opening with black against 500 ELO points higher rated Anand...
May-25-06  Ulhumbrus: The sacrifice 14...Ndxe5 seems reasonable enough: a piece for two pawns- in other words, the equivalent of a pawn- in return for which White loses the right to castle.On the face of it, Black seems in fact to gain too much for the sacrifice.
May-25-06  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 16...Nxf3, 16...Ng4 attacks the point e3 and 17...Bd7 may follow.
May-25-06  Ulhumbrus: 19...Bc5 neglects the QR. 19...Rf8 gets it into play at once.
May-25-06  Ulhumbrus: 21...Bc6 and 22..Bd7 loses two tempi for development with the QB.
May-25-06  Ulhumbrus: Black did not manage to advance the central pawns. On the face of it, White can be forecast to lose after 14...Ndxe5. The safety of the White King is too much to lose in return for thewhat is equivalent of a pawn, a piece for two pawns.
May-25-06  Father Karras: Cegmed faces checkmate.
May-25-06
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  Rimrock: 16 ♖f1! refutes the sacrifice. Black probably counted on 16 ♘xd5? ♕f2+ 17 ♔d2 ♕xg2 when Black has more than enough for the piece.
May-25-06  shr0pshire: If I ever had the chance to play Anand or a top 10 player I know that I would play as sharp of a game as possible because I know they could easily grind it out against me. And I certainly wouldn't want it to get to an endgame where they would certainly crush me. So mad props to Batchuluun for the positional sacrifice.
May-29-06  ArturoRivera: he sacrificed a knight to anand right in the opening. lets face it, this guy has BIG balls.
May-29-06  percyblakeney: Batchuluun has been quite successful at the Olympiad, winning with black against a couple of 2500+ players:

N Guliyev vs C Batchuluun, 2006

Sveshnikov vs C Batchuluun, 2006

Sep-15-08  SetNoEscapeOn: In its article on this Olympiad Chess Life that the Indian team "used a thermonuclear device where a pea-shooter would have sufficed" by using Ananad against this team.

Unfortunately, Anand himself played more like a .22 than a world destroyer.

Sep-12-12  janlavchariv: Гайхалтай. Дэлхийн аваргын эсрэг бод шидэж байна. Даанч хожиж чадсангүй. 16. Nxe5 Qf2+ 17. Kd2 Qxg2 хувилбараар явсан бол хожих байж.

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