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Viswanathan Anand vs Loek van Wely
Corus Group A (2007), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 9, Jan-23
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Poisoned Pawn Accepted (B97)  ·  1-0



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Jan-23-07  acirce: <Van Wely’s preparation was OK and his moves were OK, until 29.Nb5. If he had played 29…Qb7, Anand would have ’seriously considered’ a repetition of moves, as he said during the press conference, which we just put on film. So later today online again! 29…Qb6 is a big mistake, after it was lost or almost lost.>

Jan-23-07  samikd: Why didnt Van Wely take the draw ?? Does anybody know ?
Jan-23-07  nimzo knight: It seems Anand has done some preparation on this line. He won with black in 2nd round and now he wins with white. Although a win was overdue for him
Jan-23-07  dehanne: I wonder what Marion Van Wely said this time after the game... maybe something like "Keep doing this, and we won't even get invited to Amber!".
Jan-23-07  ravadi: Have the FIDE ratings changed recently? I remember Anand crossing 2800 sometime back. But the game displays it as 2779. So was just wondering.....
Jan-23-07  Where is my mind: I'm impressed by the way Anand won both sides of this opening in the same tournament and he got to play the same line 20 moves deep. Motylev vs Anand, 2007
Jan-23-07  jmelton: I don't see much point in Van Wely's exchange sac. White has some pressure for his 3 pawns after 20...Re8, but there's certainly no win there. Rybka thinks White stands slightly worse (about -.5).
Jan-24-07  Fisheremon: <samikd: Why didnt Van Wely take the draw ?? Does anybody know ?> Cos' Vishy decided to give a serioud battle ?!
Jan-24-07  dakgootje: Don't get 20. ...Nc6 either. 20. ...Re8 seems fine for black =\
Jan-24-07  erasmus: <psychology in chess> My younger brother went to corus at the day this game was played and told me an interesting story about this game.

When Anand played the black side a few days earlier in Motylev vs Anand, 2007 van Wely approached Anand and told him that the 19. Rd2 that Motylev played against him is a very strong reply in this line. Anand said: "Really? I will have to check this."

Apparently he did and used this to great psychological effect on van Wely. Maybe van Wely tried to look for lines to avoid this 19. Rd2 and that was maybe the reason why he burnt so much time on the clock. All speculation of course.

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  JointheArmy: <erasmus> Interesting story.
Jan-31-07  Fisheremon: <jmelton: I don't see much point in Van Wely's exchange sac. White has some pressure for his 3 pawns after 20...Re8, but there's certainly no win there. Rybka thinks White stands slightly worse (about -.5).> 20...Rd8! 21.Qg3 Qf5 quite likely to an endgame with opposite bishops but two pawns up which Black could win easily.
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  Mateo: In his haste to simplify against a stronger opponent, Van Wely blundered. The point is that 29...Qb6? loses a pawn. If 31...Kf7 or 31...Re8, 32.Nd4 wins for White.
May-03-07  artemis: Fisheremon: it is really late at night, so I could be wrong, but what about 20. ...Rd8 21. Qf4 now if 21. ... Qf5, then 22. Bxb8 Qxf4 23. Bxf4 and now white has a magnificent bind on black. in order to develop, black is going to have to deal with the pin on his knight, and all of the squares that he needs to protect.

IF not 21. ... Qf5 then the dual threat of Bc7 and Bxb8 must be dealt with. 20. ... Re8 is probably better, and I am going to analyze it some more in the morning, but now I am off to sleep.

May-03-07  artemis: Yeah... I was really sleepy. of course 22. Bxb8 Nxb8 and black is fine. I still think that in the case of 20. ... Re8 or Rd8 that white still has a wonderful position after the simple 21. 0-0. The problem with black's position is that he cannot use his queenside at all. 21. 0-0 works to intensify the threats related to Qg3 and it prepares to lift the rooks. Black has a terrible mess on his queenside that is difficult to unravel. It would take more analysis than I have the time for but I think white is doing quite well after simply castling.
Jun-12-07  thathwamasi: I believe nigel short commented about the final position as "those knights of Van wely has been 'Kebabed'.." one
Oct-28-07  get Reti: First 19.5 moves the same as Rybka vs Shredder, 2007
Dec-16-07  soberknight: I don't understand the 13 Ne4 sacrifice, which leaves White down three pawns at one point. It looks like suicide to me.
Apr-26-09  outplayer: 10...h6 is a wrong move.

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