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Magnus Carlsen vs Viswanathan Anand
Chess Classic Mainz (2008) (rapid), Mainz GER, rd 4, Aug-02
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Nimzowitsch Variation (E15)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Aug-03-08  ounos: Did they calculate all this stuff?
Aug-05-08  holland oats: Well I doubt that either player calculated all of this in a rapid game (even though I wouldn't put it passed the lighting kid Anand), it seems each player had some basic principles backing their attacks.

Black's Nb3 is not too dangerous because white can win the bishop on e7, and white's queen on a4 takes away the black knight's escape squares, giving Magnus the threat of winning 2 pieces and a pawn for a rook. So black allows white to gain a strong position with two heavy pieces on the seventh rank, keeping the rook as a defender on f8. With black's rook tied down, white's rook bearing down on black's queen, and offsetting pawns, black can't get anything going with rook and knight on the pinned bishop and king. With equal material and hardly dangerous attacks for either sides, I'm sure both players welcomed a perpetual check with open arms. Cheers!

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