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Viswanathan Anand vs Lazaro Bruzon Batista
XIX Ciudad de Leon (2006) (rapid), Leon ESP, rd 1, Jun-09
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C97)  ·  1-0



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Jun-09-06  Madman99X: Did Bruzon lose on time? White is clearly better at the end, but not hopeless I think.
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  tamar: White's running a pawn will cost Black a piece I think.
Jun-10-06  hitman84: White will get the c4 pawn as well, the e3 N will have to move soon.
Jun-10-06  Veryrusty: 45. ... Ne6, 46. a6 h6, 47. a7 Nc7, 48. Be4 unstoppably wins a piece.
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  Mateo: Quiet game until move 33 but then very complicated and very interesting. In the ending it seems that Bruzon missed first a win and then a draw.

33. Ne3 Nf6? <This seems too slow, as White could begin a King side attack. Better should be 33...f4> 34. Qa6?! <Anand could have a terrific King side attack now with 34.Qe1 f4 (34...Qb8 35.Rd7!! Nd7 36.Qg3 h6 37.Nf5! ) 35.Qh4! fe (35...Nh3 fe 37.Qf6 ed 38.Qd6 with a smashing attack) 36.Qg5 Kf7 37.Ne4 Ne4 38.Be4 e2 39.Qh5 Ke7 40.Qh4 Kf8 41.Qh6 Kf7 42.Qh7 Kf6 43.Qg6 Ke7 44.Qg7 Kd8 45.Bf5!! Re7 46.Qf8 Re8 47.Qd6!! Re7 48.Bd7!! e1Q 49.Kh2, mate in 5: Amazing, White is a Queen down and wins!> Qxa6 35. Rxa6 f4 36. Ng4 <36.Nd1 is safer, and maybe better, with a small advantage. If 36...Nd5? 37.Rd6 > Bxg4 37. Rxd6 Kg7 <37...Bf3 38.Rf6 Bd5 39.Rb6 Rd8 40.Rb5 seems equal> 38. hxg4 Ra8 <the threat is 40...Ra2> 39. Bf5 <39.Ne4 > Ra3 <It seems Bruzon could have play for a draw with: 39...Ra1 40.Kf2 (40.Kh2? Ra2 ; 40.Nf1? e4! ; 40.Nb1? e4 ; 40.Bb1 e4 ) Nf7 41.Rb6 Ra2 42.Ke1 (42.Ke2? Nd5) Ra1=> 40. Rc6? <what is the purpose? Natural would be 40.Rb6 and Black should go for a draw with 40...Ra1> Nxd5 41. Rc5 <41.Nb1 Ra1 42.Kh2 Ra2 , Black has too many threats> Ne3? <I don't think the c3 pawn was taboo. 41...Nc3 and for instance 42.Re5 Ra2 43.Ne4 (43.Re7 Kf6 44.Rd7 Ne2 45.Kf2 Ng3 as c3 is coming with devasting effect) Nce4 44.Be4 Ne4 45.Re4 (45.fe c3 46.Rc5 c2 47.Kh2 f3! ) c3 , it is like if Black won a pawn as White has no passed pawn and won't> 42. Rxb5 Ra1+? <again Bruzon thougt this c3 pawn was taboo. 43..Rc3 is okay. If 44.Re5 Rc1 45.Kf2 c3 46.Nb3 Rf1 47.Ke2 Rg1 winning the g2 pawn> 43. Bb1 <White just won a pawn> Kf6? <now the game is clearly lost. The last hope was 43...Ra3 44.Re5 h6 and Black will take the c3 pawn, but White is much better> 44. Ra5 Rxa5 45. bxa5 <45...Nd5 46.a6 > 1-0

Jun-10-06  madlydeeply: that is an awesome find, Mateo, 34. Qe1 followed by a kingside sortie, especially because Anand loves his queen adventures so much, that is the sort of attack I would expect Anand to look for before anything else...I wonder if this indicates that Anand is still not up to full speed yet. Also I thought the endgame was a smooth white plus affair but now I see it was equal and Bruzon was psyched out...very imformative post

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