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Viswanathan Anand vs Alexander Grischuk
World Championship Tournament (2007), Mexico City MEX, rd 7, Sep-20
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0

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Sep-21-07  notyetagm: <Eyal: Anand shows once again his superb ability to outmaneuver his opponents in the Ruy Lopez.>

Anand is a stupendous 1 e4 player, which means that he must excel in both the maneuvering of the Ruy Lopez and the tactical play of the Open Sicilian.

Sep-21-07  notyetagm: <Marmot PFL: This is true, if Anand plays a match with Kramnik the Petroff could stop him cold.>

That is my greatest chess fear: Anand would be unable to win a match against Kramnik unless he can somehow overcome the Petroff.

Sep-21-07  you vs yourself: <notyetagm> The fact is Kramnik doesn't win often with white. And against a prepared Anand, it'll be even tough. So, one blunder will probably decide a match between these two.
Sep-21-07
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  Eyal: <notyetagm: Anand is a stupendous 1 e4 player, which means that he must excel in both the maneuvering of the Ruy Lopez and the tactical play of the Open Sicilian.>

Of course, but I would add that some of Anand's notable wins in the Ruy are no less "tactical" than anything you'll find in the Sicilian (e.g. Anand vs Adams, 2005) - or combine great maneuvering with brilliant tactical play in the highly complex positions that arise (e.g. Anand vs Carlsen, 2007).

Sep-21-07  patzer2: <Mateo> Thanks for taking the time to do the annotations. Good job!
Sep-21-07  Themofro: <patzer2: <Mateo> Thanks for taking the time to do the annotations. Good job!>

I second this, good job indeed!

Sep-21-07  Ezzy: 'Game of the day' on ICC

http://webcast.chessclub.com/Mexico...

Sep-22-07
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  keypusher: A wonderful game, annotated by Marin here:

http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...

although Mateo's notes on this page also look excellent. Unless you're a very strong player (much stronger than I am), a human annotator will help you much more than a machine as you play over this great game. In fact, if I remember correctly, computer evaluations were in Black's favor for a long time.

In this game, Anand plays against Black's light-square bishop, just as he played against White's light-square bishop versus Aronian. But in that game, as Anand said, play against the bishop was the whole theme; here, it's just one element among several.

Sep-22-07  Softpaw: <notyetagm: That is my greatest chess fear: Anand would be unable to win a match against Kramnik unless he can somehow overcome the Petroff.>

Why is that your "greatest chess fear"?

Sep-22-07  acirce: The play against the dominated knight on b4 is also an interesting aspect of the game.

Symbolically, the knight in question moves to b4 in move 15 and it's still there when the game ends at move 50.

Brilliant positional handling overall. Is it too much to call it a masterpiece?

Sep-22-07  slomarko: <Unless you're a very strong player (much stronger than I am), a human annotator will help you much more than a machine> i dont know about that; Marin's annotations for example seem very superficial to me very rarely i read something i didnt already notice while watching the game live. if on the other hand i run a game with an engine i usualy see a lot of hidden and surprising ideas.
Sep-22-07  KamikazeAttack: Great play by Anand. Grischuck's play was short of a super grandmaster level. His strategy if he had any was pitiful.
Sep-22-07  Softpaw: <KamikazeAttack: Great play by Anand. Grischuck's play was short of a super grandmaster level. His strategy if he had any was pitiful.>

Compare that to his stubborn defense against Kramnik. I expected more from Grischuk here.

Sep-22-07  crazy monk: <my greatest chess fear: Anand would be unable to win a match against Kramnik unless he can somehow overcome the Petroff.>

Nah, he'd beaten Kramnik in Mtel, 20 moves.

Anand vs Kramnik, 2005

Sep-22-07  chessmoron: Maybe so. But Kramnik beat Anand in Corus and in blindfold.
Sep-22-07
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  keypusher: Anyway, sorry to have dragged this page off-topic. Anand-Grischuk really is a wonderful game. I am not as familiar with Anand's chess as I am with Kramnik's or Topalov's, but I will rectify that in the future.
Sep-23-07  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 30...g5, it may be more advisable to wait for White to make some concession.

Marin's comment on 34 h5 is <34.h5!! A fantastic move. All White's pieces (with the exception of the e1-rook) were placed on optimal squares already, but the attack did not seem strong enough yet. For instance, after the immediate 34.Ref1 Bxa4 35.Rxf6 Bb5 the situation is not entirely clear. The intervention of the modest h-pawn radically inclines the balance to White's favour.> The point of 34 h5 instead of 34 Ref1 is that White wants his QR on e1 instead of on the f1-a6 diagonal. Then in the event of ...Bb5 following ..Bxa4 his N will not be pinned, making the capture Nxd6 possible. After 37 g5 if Black plays 37...Bb5, the Nc4 is not pinned to a R on f1 and so White can play 38 Nxd6. Whereas after 34 Ref1 Bxa4 35 Rxf6 Bb5 White can't play Nxd6 as the N is pinned to the R on f1. So we can say that Anand offers the h pawn so that in the event of ..Bb5 following ..Bxa4 his QR will be placed on the square e1 instead of on the f1 -a6 diagonal.

Sep-29-07  PAWNTOEFOUR: <mateo>........thanks for the explaining the whys of that game....you can get started on the other four hundred thousand of 'em lol
Oct-01-07  blacksburg: mateo-

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.a4 b4 9.d3 d6 10.Nbd2 Na5 11.Ba2 c5 12.c3 Nc6 <Seems new, instead of 12...Rb8.> 13.d4 bxc3 14.bxc3 exd4 15.cxd4 Nb4 16.Bb1 <Unexpected. 16.Bc4 was natural, but it seems that Anand prefers to keep this square for a Knight.>

Bb1 was actually my first thought in the position, i have seen bishops on b1 and c1 coordinated with a rook lift to a3 in many closed ruy games i've looked at, for example, Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986, also many others.

grischuk couldn't get the queenside counterplay that karpov got in some of his spanish games with black against kasparov, though.

16...Bg4 17.h3 Bh5 18.g4! <Like Capablanca against Bogo in a famous game! Black’s Queen Bishop cannot move.> Bg6 19.d5! <And now it is Black’s Queen Knight which cannot move. By the way, White impedes d5 which would free the ‘g6’ Bishop.>

check out Capablanca vs Bogoljubov, 1922

anand's c4 knight also reminds me of Capablanca vs Yates, 1919 and Capablanca vs Vidmar, 1927. black seems to have great problems with holding d6 in these kinds of positions, anand also plays Bf4 to hit d6.

the rook lift to a3, the threat of the e5 break, often exposing the bishops on b1 and c1, the c4 knight, the imprisonment of the g6 bishop, the kingside pawn advance, all remind me of classic closed ruys. the strategy of stranding black's knight on the queenside and advancing in the center and on the kingside is always impressive to me.

the next dude that writes a textbook on the closed ruy might want to mention this game. if he writes about what to do if someone pulls out the marshall attack, he might also want to mention Anand vs Svidler, 2007

btw first kibitz

Oct-04-07  VaselineTopLove: What a great game! Anand turns a seemingly boring and drawish looking position into a magnificient victory!
Nov-03-07  notyetagm: This game is guest annotated by Carlsen(!) in the lastest issue of New In Chess magazine, 2007/7 (http://www.newinchess.com/Magazine/...).
Nov-03-07  notyetagm: Game Collection: Grooming passed pawns for promotion

Position after 46 d6-d7:


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Nov-03-07  notyetagm: Great comment from Marin's analysis concerning <WEAK SQUARES>, especially those near the king.

<34.h5!!

[A fantastic move. All White's pieces (with the exception of the e1-rook) were placed on optimal squares already, but the attack did not seem strong enough yet. For instance, after the immediate 34.Ref1 Bxa4 35.Rxf6 Bb5 the situation is not entirely clear. The intervention of the modest h-pawn radically inclines the balance to White's favour.]

34...Bxa4

[If Black blocks the h-pawn with 34...h6 , the weakness of the g6-square would make itself felt after 35.Ref1 Bxa4 36.Rxf6 Bb5 37.Rg6+ with decisive attack.]>

Variation with omission of 34 h4-h5!!, unclear:


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Variation with inclusion of 34 h4-h5!! h7-h6?! , winning White attack due to <WEAK SQUARE> g6-square:


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Jun-14-11  DrMAL: 19...Rb8 20.Nc4 Nbxd5 wins a pawn for black and I don't think white can get enough compensation. If Grischuk plays more aggressively next year the WC match may be a bigger fight.
Jun-15-11  DrMAL: Ooops, meant to write if he played more aggressively THIS year the WC match may have been a bigger fight...whatever.
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