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Viswanathan Anand vs Teimour Radjabov
Grand Slam Chess Final (2008), Bilbao ESP, rd 2, Sep-03
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Chelyabinsk Variation (B33)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  whiteshark: Play reverse direction and stop when you think it's a draw!
Sep-03-08  acirce: Once again, Anand with White gets absolutely nothing as soon as theory ends (against Ivanchuk, maybe he got even less than nothing). We can see how handicapping it can be having to hide your best stuff. But Kramnik played better in the openings in Dortmund and Tal Memorial than Anand has done so far here.
Sep-04-08  XMarxT3hSpot: I don't know if "hiding your best stuff" can be applied here. After all, it doesn't seem like that Kramnik will use Sveshnikov against him in the match. Yes, I know that Kramnik used to popularize this opening once but such a risky opening..
Sep-04-08  acirce: Do you seriously think Anand is ruling out that Kramnik will return to his favourite Sveshnikov? Of course not. That would be pretty stupid.

And there is no better explanation anyway. Is this the best he has against the Sveshnikov? Was yesterday's the best he had against the Marshall? If that is the level of Anand's opening preparation these days, he will not have much of a chance in Bonn. But it isn't.

I expect others to keep playing openings against Anand that they know that Kramnik might play. So far, it has worked out very well!

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  Mateo: <acirce: Once again, Anand with White gets absolutely nothing as soon as theory ends (against Ivanchuk, maybe he got even less than nothing). We can see how handicapping it can be having to hide your best stuff.> Anand never played 11.c4. He always played 11.c3. Another point is that 13.Ncxb4 is new and drawish. So if Anand has some hidden stuff in the Sveshnikov, it could be either in the variations after 11.c3, either after 11.c4 b4 12.Nc2 0-0.
Sep-04-08  jeeky1996: Boring......Too much exchanging.

Oh come on, wouldn't Anand be motivated to win this game rather than just settle for a draw.

And Carlsen is leading!!! What is Anand doing anyway? The last time Anand beat Carlsen in their world rapid match, and I guess Anand will soon be itching for a win against Carlsen.

Sep-04-08  Red October: hmm but who in this field would try the Petroff against him ? Topalov? sounds unlikely but didnt topalov play the Petroff a few times ? and the Berlin too ?

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