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Viswanathan Anand vs Loek van Wely
Corus Group A (2001), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 13, Jan-28
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0



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Feb-12-09  Jaideepblue: I'm surprised no one has kibitzed yet. This is a model game for white on exploiting the d5 square in the Sicilian. There is also an amusing coda in the way van Wely's rook gets entangled and finally trapped in the kingside.
Apr-10-11  Whitehat1963: Why did black resign?
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  pawn to QB4: Nf4 coming up, winning the exchange; still such pressure on d6 that the bishop stays buried; b3 pawn just waiting to be rounded up. Bet he was glad chess is a game where you can resign: my soccer team were in a similar position 5-0 down and we had to play on.
Apr-10-11  chessaddict25: i am sure <whitehat1963> that you examined the position less than 10secs
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  plang: Played in the last (13th) round; after a quiet start Anand won his last 3 games to finish clear second a half point behind Kasparov at +4. 10..Qc7 was a relatively new idea at the time of the game. Anand was quite proud of 13 Qf2 covering g3 and preparing g5 and h4. Anand does not identify a decisive mistake in this game but seems to imply that Black's move order might be suspect; perhaps ..Nbd7 should have been played sooner. 15..f5 16 Bh3..Rf8 17 exf..Bxf5 18 Nd5..Qd8 19 Na5! would have been crushing for White. There had been a little known game where 19 Bxd7?! had been played but one of the main ideas behind 18 Bh3 is the threat of Bg4. 19..a3 20 b3..Qc3 21 Nd3..Rc7 22 Qd2 would have been powerful for White. The minor piece exchanges at moves 21 and 22 left White with a winning position given the control of d5 and the Black weakness at f4. 29..d5 30 Nxd5..Bxa3 31 bxa!..Qa7 32 Nb4 would not have helped Black. 32..Rg3? lost quickly but at that point the game was already clearly won.

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