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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Viswanathan Anand
"Chuck Waggin'" (game of the day Mar-26-2008)
Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2008) (rapid), Nice FRA, rd 9, Mar-25
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1-0



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Mar-26-08  Voxation: Why did Anand resign here? I think he can still fight for a draw.
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  Sneaky: From what I can tell, all roads lead to a hopeless pawn ending. E.g. 33..Rd5 34.Rd1 Rxd1 35.Kxd1 Kf7 36.Kc2 Ke6 37.Kc3 and even I could beat Vishy from there. 33...Re8 keeps the rooks on the board but it's just as pathetic once the King scoops up the c-pawn.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: White has a variety of wins in the final position. For example, after 33...Re5-d5; 34.Rd1!,Rxd1; 35.Kxd1,Kf7; 36.e4,fxe4; 37.fxe4,Ke6; 38.e5. Black can't take the e-pawn because the d-pawn Queens, and the White King will come up the board to escort the pawns, eating the Black c-pawn at a fast-food restaurant along the way.
Mar-26-08  ounos: I don't understand. Did Anand just give up a pawn with 17. ...Bg4 for nothing? What was overlooked? It seems pretty obvious that Be2 ideas are not in time to regain the pawn... I can only imagine he evaluated the position as drawn, even with a pawn less, but I still don't get why to risk that.
Mar-26-08  wouldpusher: <Did Anand just give up a pawn with 17. ...Bg4 for nothing?>

Apparently, he did.

The finish would have been more impressive if 25. ♗a5! ♘g6 26. d6 ♘e5 27. f4 ♘d7 28. ♗h3 f5 29. e4!

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  kevin86: At first,it looks like black has a fight for a draw. However,after 33...♖d5 34 ♖d1 forces an exchange of rooks. After that (and the exchange of d-pawn for c-pawn),the four on three advantage of pawns is crushing.

The general rule in pure pawn endings is that with a pawn to the good,winning chances are increased with MORE pawns on the board. Hence,the maxim:

In a position with pawns ahead,exchange pieces but not pawns. If you are behind,exchange pawns but not pieces.

Here,white gains a vast advantage by exchanging rooks. With rooks on the board-and all pawns on the same side of the board-a win is problematic at best;here,it is almost certain.

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  Sneaky: The game is over my head, so I'll comment on the pun instead.

I used youtube to look up the original Chuck Wagon commercial after all these years

I had a memory so vivid, I could see the wheels spinning on the wagon, and a little cowboy whipping the horses along, the cupboards opening and closing to let the wagon in. Now that I see it again it looks like a stiff little cardboard cutout being moved by hand with very little attention to detail. Amazing how memory can fill in details that were never really there.

Mar-26-08  Abejorral: I dont understand why this simple game, is game of the day, NOTHING SPECIAL
Mar-26-08  zoat22: <Abejorral> this was a very nice game... in your opinion are good games games with tactics? if so then you are not a proper chess player... tactics probably compose 1/2 of what chess is really about... after all on the top level most games are decided by position struggles... and calling this game simple is completely ridiculous...
Mar-26-08  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 11...a5, 11...Ne7 frees the f pawn to advance
Mar-26-08  beginner64: I liked this game because all along the game I did not know who is going to win, who is going to lose, or if this is going to be a draw. Even when I came to moves 27-33, I did not realize that the game was effectively over. Then came black's resignation, and I realized that my positional understanding is really pathetic.

That said, any computer analysis at move 27? Does black have a chance at that point?

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