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Viswanathan Anand vs Magnus Carlsen
Chess Classic Mainz (2008) (rapid), Mainz GER, rd 1, Aug-03
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B77)  ·  1-0



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Aug-04-08  thathwamasi: First - Dragon to Carlsen's downfall. Accurate play by Anand.
Aug-05-08  yesnomaybeidontknow: Not yet, Mr Carlsen.
Aug-05-08  Gilmoy: Carlsen: <16..Qa5> "Ho, I pin you"

19.Rxh5 <With a diabolical hidden-pin on g6> Rxb3 <No choice -- Carlsen must deflect Anand's Q away from g5 -- 19..gxh5 20.Qg5+ pins the Ne5 sideways, and Carlsen still must play Ng6 (else mate), dropping his Q for nothing>

<19..Rc5 20.Rh7+! Kf6 (Kxh7 21.Rh1+ Kg7 22.Qh6+ Kf6 23.f4 looks matish) 21.Qf4+ Bf5 22.exf5 >

Anand: <19.Rxh5> (waggling eyebrows) "Who's pinning who!" Carlsen: "d'ohh"

Aug-05-08  Atking: I suppose Carlsen didn't have time to prepare his dragon for Main (just one day between Biel and Main is a bit crazy) Anand more professionnaly have more time. Still I don't understand why Carlsen didn't play something else like Berlin defence or Ruy Lopez Open for this precious encounter. He knew that he was in a great danger vs Dominguez, and he knew that Anand have all time to prepare an improvement. My explanation is Carlsen decide to play mostly for fun. I saw one picture of Chess Base with the comment "You are kidding me". Try to imagine the feeling of Anand: a young guy obviously one the best in the world came and play for fun in this important encounter. Somewhat terrifing. Else his dragon is under fire. I still don't see an improvement for Black RxNc3 RxBb3 RxB2+ Nc4+ is a nice concept but without fuel for and I fail to see how Black could keep his Bishop for the precious a1-h8 control 16...Re8(?!) 17...Bf6(?!) Black needs on tempo for. At the opposite Anand could play more accuratly with 20.Qh6+...
Aug-05-08  luzhin: Indeed, 20.Qh6+ was more accurate (and thematic). After 20...Kg7, there is the elegant finish: 21.Qg5+ Kg7 22.Nxb3 Qb4 23.Rgh1 Rg8 24.Rh7+ Kf8 25.Qh6+ Ke8 26.Qg7!!
Aug-05-08  VaselineTopLove: <I suppose Carlsen didn't have time to prepare his dragon>

Why didn't he have time? Since he used it in Biel, one would think that he would have prepared it thoroughly, especially since it's not an opening that top GMs frequently use, and white has better winning chances.

If you are going to add a new opening to your repertoire, then it's best to prepare it properly and know all the existing theory/games and perhaps even look for improvements/novelties, given that it's fairly easy to do so with the help of chess programs these days...

Aug-05-08  Atking: <VaselineTopLove> So seriously you think Carlsen had prepared this line as should a top player in the world. Move 16...Qa5 novelty and move 20. game over. And white played very simple moves between...
Aug-05-08  Ulhumbrus: 14...h5 appears to have prevented g4, whereupon Anand plays it all the same.

In his match against Kasparov at New York ( played, I believe, in the world trade centre) in the games Anand vs Kasparov, 1995 and Anand vs Kasparov, 1995 Anand did not respond to the pawn disturbance ...f5 with the pawn sacrifice g4, and he lost.

Aug-05-08  Xeroxx: The dragon is @#$% shouldnt be used on this level.

Or on any level at all.

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  Bobsterman3000: Anand's king migration to g1 is hilarious, but also instructive.

Putting the king on the g-file blockaded a pawn while also freeing the white king from harassing checks...

Aug-05-08  ajile: wild game. very entertaining.
Aug-06-08  Ulhumbrus: My last message contained an error, so here goes.

14...h5 appears to have prevented g4, whereupon Anand plays it all the same. In his match against Kasparov at New York ( played, I believe, in the world trade centre) in the games Anand vs Kasparov, 1995 and Anand vs Kasparov, 1995 Anand did not respond to the pawn disturbance ...h5 with the pawn sacrifice g4, and he lost.

Aug-06-08  HannibalSchlecter: Resign already!
Sep-18-08  richardlee: The early game goes very well but gets complicated with white's move 17. Bh6. Black then plays the logical looking move 17..., Rxc3 (+4.34) which costs him about 4 pawns position evaluation (per Deep Rybka 3). With this deficit the game is essentially over. Rybka's suggested correction 17..., Bf6 appears both surprising and illogical at first glance, a computer type move instead of a human inspired move. But analysis indicates it is correct!

Black to move. (17..., ?)

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Rybka's almost immediate choice is 17..., Bf6: with 18. fxg4, Bxg4: 19. Bxf8, Kxf8: 20. Qe3, e3 =. Fritz 11 takes about 3 minutes to choose .., BF6. Deep Fritz 10 takes longer. Shredder 11 never finds it. Did Carlsen make a blunder or simply a mistake in a very complicated position? Carlsen's main chance for a draw was (instead of 30..., Kg7 2.57) 30..., Kh6 : 31. Qh8+, Kg6 +1.75.

Jan-04-09  fifito87612847: This game is very interesting
Nov-20-09  aazqua: Ah the good old days, eh Anand? Maybe you'll place ahead of Carlsen in a tourney again. Maybe.

yesnomaybeidontknow: Not yet, Mr Carlsen.

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