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Viswanathan Anand vs Vassily Ivanchuk
World Blitz Championship (2007) (blitz), Moscow RUS, rd 38, Nov-22
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Polugaevsky Variation (B42)  ·  0-1

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Nov-22-07
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  Eyal: The game which decided the winner of the tournament - played in the last round, both players sharing first place by points and the tiebreakers favoring Ivanchuk, so Anand had to win in order to finish first. And he could have done it with 29.h7+ Kh8 (29...Kg7 30.N[d/g]e6+!) 30.Rf1!
Nov-22-07
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  Ron: This seems to be good analysis by <Eyal>. Concerning one of the variations given: 29. h7+ Kg7 30.N[d/g]e6+!; it seems that after the exchanges on e6 Black's rook leaves his back rank which would allow white's h pawn to queen.
Nov-22-07  KamikazeAttack: Chucky is the best blitz player in the world for now but not by much.

The fact that Anand came 2nd after last year's Tal blitz win and Poker player came 3rd after being world blitz champ shows that they are in fact a tinge above every one else.

Nov-22-07  Udit Narayan: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...
Nov-22-07  Pulse: Oh...painful loss for Anand. :( 35...Nf3 must've hurt. Still, this was a nice game. Congrats to Ivanchuk!
Nov-23-07  notyetagm: Anand vs Ivanchuk, 2007

<Ron: This seems to be good analysis by <Eyal>. Concerning one of the variations given: 29. h7+ Kg7 30.N[d/g]e6+!; it seems that after the exchanges on e6 Black's rook leaves his back rank which would allow white's h pawn to queen.>

That would have been some combination, involving the tactical themes <RELOADER> (on e6-square) and <OVERWORKED> (Black e8-rook <DEFENDING> both the e6-forking square and h8-promotion square).

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Nov-23-07  anandrulez: I think this game is a pretty example of why Blitz and Rapid can be different . In rapids anand would have easily spotted the winner but in this blitz its not easy .
Nov-23-07  strobane: Why did Anand resign?
Nov-23-07
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  Calli: <strobane> Hint: Think of a four letter word beginning with "F" :-)
Nov-23-07
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  tamar: And ending with "K"
Nov-23-07  Kaspablanca: feck?:)
Nov-24-07  notyetagm: <Calli: Think of a four letter word beginning with "F" :-)>

<tamar: And ending with "K">

And containing "OR" in between.

Nov-25-07  notyetagm: <Ron: This seems to be good analysis by <Eyal>. Concerning one of the variations given: 29. h7+ Kg7 30.N[d/g]e6+!; it seems that after the exchanges on e6 Black's rook leaves his back rank which would allow white's h pawn to queen.>

Yes, the Black e8-rook is <OVERWORKED>, having to <DEFEND> the h8-promotion square. Hence it cannot also <DEFEND> the e6-forking square of the White d4- and g5-knights.

The Black e8-rook being tied to the defense of the h8-promotion square means that the <DOULBE KNIGHT FORK> e6-square has actually only -one- defender, the Black f7-pawn. And the Black f7-pawn by itself cannot keep -two- White knights out of the e6-square; that is the tactical idea called <RELOADER>.

Nov-25-07  notyetagm: <KamikazeAttack: Chucky is the best blitz player in the world for now but not by much.>

Yes, Ivanchuk and Anand were both <+18 -6> going into this final round game. Anand missed a win with 29 h6-h7+! and then committed the gross blunder 35 ♘e5-g4?? to end up losing.

Nov-25-07  notyetagm: From http://chessmind.powerblogs.com/fil...:

<[29.h7+ and Anand is the champ: 29...Kh8 (29...Kg7 30.Nge6+ fxe6 31.Nxe6+ ) 30.Rf1 exd4 31.Rxf6 Ree7 32.Rh6! (Notkin in Chess Today), with the threat of Rhxg6.]>

Feb-09-08  notyetagm: <notyetagm: From http://chessmind.powerblogs.com/fil...:

<[29.h7+ and Anand is the champ: 29...Kh8 (29...Kg7 30.Nge6+ fxe6 31.Nxe6+ ) 30.Rf1 exd4 31.Rxf6 Ree7 32.Rh6! (Notkin in Chess Today), with the threat of Rhxg6.]>>

Dang, what a great comeback this would have been if World Champion Anand had found the winning 29 h6-h7+!.

Then Anand would have been the World Champion at classical, rapid, and blitz chess!!!

Dec-21-11  Phaedrus25: Great game for mandatory review by all Bishop-favoring players.
Jun-22-19  amadeus: Final moves and interviews:
https://youtu.be/115ucTCXJcU?t=18s

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