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Pascal Charbonneau vs Viswanathan Anand
"Pascal's Triangle" (game of the day Aug-12-2007)
Turin Olympiad (2006), Turin ITA, rd 12, Jun-03
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation. Modern Line (B44)  ·  1-0



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Jul-08-06  Ulhumbrus: <Cyphelium> I begin to think that instead of 27...Rh6, the plan of ...Nh5 and ...Nf4 might have been better, with perhaps the manoeuvre ...Be7-d8-c7 omitted as well, so as to produce an attack, with colours reversed, similar to that in the exhibition game which Bobby Fischer won against Ulf Andersson at Siegen.
Jul-08-06  asip87: omg! vishy lost, never played it my mind.. it might affected lotsa rate droping...goshh
Sep-01-06  Rocafella: 6.c4 is to prevent b4 by black on the 8th move?
Dec-15-06  mrjoshherman: I'm just a beginner; I can't see why charbonneau wins after 42. ... RxQ. Any help?
Dec-15-06  michael104: 42 ... Rxe4 43 Bf6+ Qg7 44 Rb8+ Bxb8 45 Rd8++
Aug-12-07  jmrulez2004: Let us not forget that chess is a piece of art. There are always times where a certain player can be in his prime and score a definite win on a game. yes, anand did get himself caughtup in this situation.,but point is.....ratings always remain not 100% in par with a players maximum full abiulity. a 2500 player can always be given the benefit of the doubt of giving a play or performance at a 2200-2800 level.:D
Aug-12-07  King mega: wow...never see anand losing to a noob.
Aug-12-07  RandomVisitor: 35...Nf3 36.gxf3 Rh3 seems to be best.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Curious looking game. It's not often that you see both players in full retreat at the same time as they try to reposition their forces. Compare the position after move 14 with the position after move 22.
Aug-12-07  THE pawn: <King mega> The same ┬źnoob┬╗ could kick your butt while doing his laundry, eyes closed hanging by a hair on a helicopter while reciting the first 100 digits of the symbol pi, dancing at the same time.
Aug-12-07  lentil: I think anand missed 41. Ng3!!, which uncovers protection of the first rank. after charbonneau finds that move, it's over.
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  fm avari viraf: I think, Anand's attack boomeranged at the end since 43...Rxe4 44.Bf6+ Qg7 45.Rb8+ Bxb8 & 46.Rd8#. A wonderful game by Pascal.
Aug-12-07  keres777: Amazing!!!... giving up all those pawns for a brilliant defensive attack. I would have called this game : "Pascal's Wager!"
Aug-12-07  RandomVisitor: White could have tried for a win through a different route: after 30...Bb7

Pascal Charbonneau - Viswanathan Anand, 37th Chess Olympiad 2006

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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a mp up:

1. (0.85): 31.a5 bxa5 32.b5 axb5 33.Nxb5 g4 34.Nxc7 gxf3 35.Bxf3 Bxe4 36.Bxe4 Nxe4 37.Qb2 Rh5

2. (0.71): 31.Rb1 Bc8 32.Kg1 Rh4 33.h3 Nfd7 34.a5 bxa5 35.b5 Bb7 36.Bf2 Rf4 37.b6 Bb8

Aug-13-07  kevin86: An odd game-through much of the first half-many white pieces are on the first rank. In fact,after move 28,FIVE white pieces are on the first row and NONE in their original position 2RRQN1K.

White,in fact wins the game just a few turns later-with back row threats against black's king.

Oct-18-07  Udit Narayan: LMAO <king mega>!!!!!!!

I guess Ladoo was simply off form here.

Dec-17-08  DwayneMeller: 43...Rxe4 44Bf6+! Qg7 45Rb8+!! Bxb8 46Rd8#

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Oct-03-11  Dr. J: It took me a while to see it: if 41 Qxh2?? Qa8+. A long check!
Nov-07-11  wordfunph: Charbonneau - Anand

after 35.f4

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"Vishy admitted after the game that he panicked at this point, probably unhappy with the course of events."

- GM Pascal Charbonneau

Source: NIC 2006 05

Nov-07-11  Garech: Fantastic game; classic hedgehog except it was black who was provoked - and punished - for a kingside advance.


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  Messiah: This game is one of the biggest upsets in competitive chess history, really nice game by Charbonneau!
Jun-30-22  cormier: depth=37 | Komodo 2901.00
+0.75 23... Ne5 24. Na4 Nfd7 25. Nb3 Bc6 26. Nb2 Bf6 27. Qd2 g4 28. f4 Ng6 29. c5 dxc5 30. Nc4 Be7 31. Nd6 Bxd6 32. Qxd6 Nxf4 33. Be3 Qxd6 34. Rxd6 e5 35. Bxa6 Ra8 36. Bxf4 exf4 37. Rxc6 Rxa6 38. Nxc5 Nxc5 39. bxc5 Rxa2 40. cxb6 Rb2 41. Rf6 Kg7 42. Rxf4 Rxb6 43. Rxg4+ Rg6
Jun-30-22  cormier: depth=36 | Komodo 2901.00
+0.86 24. h3 Rg6 25. Bh2 Rcg8 26. Ne2 h6 27. Bg3 Nh5 28. Bf2 Kh7 29. a4 Ne5 30. Qc3 Nf6 31. c5 Bc6 32. cxb6 Bxb6 33. Bxb6 Qxb6 34. a5 Qb8 35. Nd4 Ba4 36. Re1 Nh5 37. Bxa6 g4 38. fxg4 Nxg4 39. hxg4 Rxg4 40. N2f3 Qd8 41. Bd3 e5 42. Nf5
Jun-30-22  cormier: depth=40 | Komodo 2901.00
+0.90 23... Ne5 24. Na4 Nfd7 25. h3 Re8 26. Nb3 Bc6 27. Nc3 Be7 28. Qd2 h6 29. b5 Bb7 30. c5 dxc5 31. bxa6 Bc6 32. Nb5 Qa8 33. Bh2 Qxa6 34. Qb2 Bf6 35. Nd6 Qa7 36. Qf2 Qa8 37. f4 gxf4 38. Bxf4 Bg5 39. Bd3 Red8 40. Nxc8 Rxc8
Jun-30-22  cormier: depth=41 | Komodo 2901.00
+0.50 22... Rg7 23. b4 Rcg8 24. Rc2 Nh5 25. Be2 Nf4 26. Bf2 Bf6 27. Bf1 Nh5 28. g3 Be5 29. Qd3 Nhf6 30. Na4 Rd8 31. Qe2 Qc7 32. Nb2 d5 33. Nd3 dxe4 34. Nxe4 Nxe4 35. fxe4 f5 36. Bg2 Bxe4 37. Bxe4 fxe4 38. Nxe5 Nxe5 39. Rxd8+ Qxd8 40. Qxe4 Qd3 41. Qxd3 Nxd3 42. Bxb6 Nxb4
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