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Viswanathan Anand vs Alexey Shirov
Corus Group A (2010), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-27
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (C78)  ·  1-0

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Jan-27-10  pankajdaga: Ng3 would be completely amazing. I wonder if anyone asked Anand about this?
Jan-27-10  aazqua: An encouraging win for a now second tier player. He has a chance to convince people that he has a chance. Maybe next time his opponent won't miss the win ...
Jan-27-10
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  tpstar: <royal fork> Anand vs Morozevich, 2007

Also the end of Kramnik vs Van Wely, 2010

I suspect Anand saw 39 ... Ng3!! and was thrilled when Shirov didn't. An unfortunate turn of events, considering Shirov has been in such great form.

Jan-27-10
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  Jimfromprovidence: Here's a fun alternative to the finish, beginning with 54 Bh5+.


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The line white sees is 54...Ke7 55 Rb6! below. (threatening Qd6+ and many major problems for black)


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Jan-27-10
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Exciting play, and it's too bad Shirov missed what appears to be a great resource at move 39. Later, when Black threatens a Royal Fork, and White replied by including the Rook into the mix, I laughed out loud at White's insouciance. One interesting point comes at move 10, when Anand avoids 10.axb5,axb5; 11.Na3 and instead plays 10.a5. It doesn't get too much attention; perhaps after this game, it will.
Jan-28-10  notyetagm: Anand vs Shirov, 2010

54 ?


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What an *AWESOME* tactic by Anand to end the game, 54 ♖d6-d5!!, combining the themes <INTERFERENCE> and <PINS AGAINST UNDEFENDED PIECES>.

54 ♖d6-d5!! <interference: a5-e5>


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54 ... ♗e6x♖d5 55 ♕d4x♘e5 <pin: e5,a5>


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The <PETITE COMBINAISON OF THE YEAR>.

Jan-28-10
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  Eyal: <I suspect Anand saw 39 ... Ng3!! and was thrilled when Shirov didn't>

Yes, that's what he said in the press conference (http://www.coruschess.com/gameanaly...). And looking at the clock times of ICC, it appears that Shirov was indeed pressed for time on move 39 - had had just a little over a minute - whereas Anand had almost 40 minutes...

Jan-28-10
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  Eyal: <And looking at the clock times of ICC, it appears that Shirov was indeed pressed for time on move 39 - had just a little over a minute>

In the video of the press conference Anand says it was only 30 seconds.

Jan-28-10
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  Fusilli: <An Englishman> <...I laughed out loud at White's insouciance.>

Wow, Englishman! That's a 10-dollar word! :-) I remember a lengthy discussion with friends in Philadelphia years ago about the proper use of the word "insouciant" that someone had apparently used incorrectly in some written piece.

Chess-wise, I have to say I thought this was a masterpiece of defense and counterplay by Anand, until I read your posts on 39...Ng3. But I am happy to see the world champion finally score.

Jan-28-10  Ulhumbrus: After 39...Ng3 an alternative to 40 Nxg5 is 40 Qd2 attacking the f pawn. As it is too expensive to let Black capture a Rook on e1 in return for Black's Queen, White settles for going after a pawn on f4 instead.
Jan-28-10  dagwood2005: Anand did not look good here. A win is a win---but damn, he needs to pull it together, as he faces a dangerous Kramnik on Saturday.
Jan-28-10  Garech: Does anyone know if the press conference after this game has been published on the net in entirety yet? I'd love to see Vishy's comments on it - thanks.
Jan-28-10  whatthefat: <Garech>

See here:

http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/r...

Jan-28-10
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  Eyal: So 39.Ne6? is a blunder that won the game... though actually it's not just a win (providing Black finds 39...Ng3) or a loss, there's also the possibility of a draw in case of 39...Bxe6 40.Qxe4 Rcc7! (vacating c5 for the queen) 41.dxe6 Qc5+ 42.Kh1 Qh5+ and perpetual.

In case of 39...Ng3:


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If White doesn't take the black queen but retreats with his own, Black gets a decisive attack with this monster of a knight. There are some slight differences between winning procedures according to different queen moves, but basically they are based on exchanging on e6 (twice if White captures with the rook), bringing the queen to the h-file, and usually putting in f3 somewhere. A nice winning line which the computer spits out that involves a different re-positioning of the black queen comes after 40.Qf3 40...Bxe6 41.Rxe6 (41.dxe6 Qf6 and Rh5) 41...Rxe6 42.dxe6 Qe7!! (now in case of 42...Qf6 43.Rxb4 the black king would be exposed to checks without the presence of a rook on the 7th rank) 43.Rxb4 (43.Qxf4 Rf5! 44.Qxg3 Qa7+ 45.Kh1 Rh5+) 43...Qa7! 44.Rb6 Rxa5.

Once Anand is saved from this catastrophe he shows some very nice tactical touches to finish off the game, like 44.Rxe5! Nxf3+ 45.Kf2, where 45...Nxd4 46.e7 Qe8 47.Rb8! would end with White being an exchange up in a simplified position; or 47.Be2 which defends f3 and prepares a relatively safe square for the king on d2; or the lateral pinning with 54.Rd5/Qxe5 in the end.

Jan-29-10
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  patzer2: The amazing 39...Ng6!! discovered attack that Shirov missed would have turned the tables and given him the win instead of Anand (not to mention the tournament lead going into the 11th round of Corus 2010).
Jan-29-10
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  patzer2: The key moves in this game are 39. Ne6?? instead of 39. Rxb4= and 39... Rxe6?? instead of 39...Ng6!! .
Jan-29-10
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  Eyal: A comment from chessvibes: <An amateur on a German blog wrote that he saw the winning 39...Ng3!! immediately (but only because he didn't notice that the queen on g5 is hanging).>
Jan-29-10
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  patzer2: <Eyal> Enjoyed the comment. I meant 39...Ng3!!, of course, was the winning move Black missed.
Jan-29-10
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  patzer2: Anand could also have won with 54. Bh5+!!, combining the pin, deflection, obstruction and double attack tactics:

54. Bh5+!! Ke7 (54...Kf6 55. Bg4! ) 55. Rb6! Kf6
56. c5! Qa2 57. Bg4 .

Jan-29-10
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  TheAlchemist: Interesting, even if Shirov is in great form he will still almost inevitably lose to Anand. Is it just psychology at work or what?
Jan-30-10  notyetagm: 54 ?


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<patzer2: The key moves in this game are 39. Ne6?? instead of 39. Rxb4= and 39... Rxe6?? instead of 39...Ng6!! .>

And the *beautiful* coup de grace 54 ♖d6-d5!!.

54 ♖d6-d5!! <interference: a5-e5>


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Mar-15-10  notyetagm: Anand vs Shirov, 2010

54 ?


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54 ♖d6-d5! <interference: a5,e5>


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Sep-26-10  coolchess1: from < aazqua: An encouraging win for a now second tier player. He has a chance to convince people that he has a chance. Maybe next time his opponent won't miss the win ... > Are you still trolling and declaring about Anand being second rated player. He defended his title successfully again...so enough of your trolling now on this topic.
Jan-25-11  notyetagm: Today at Tata Steel Chess Group A:

Aronian vs Shirov, 2011

24 ?


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24 ♖d1-d5! <interference: c5,h5 @ d5>


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24 ... ♗e6x♖d5 25 ♕b6x♘c5 <pin: h5>


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---

Last year at Corus A:

Anand vs Shirov, 2010

54 ?


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54 ♖d6-d5! <interference: a6,e5 @d5>


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54 ... ♗e6x♖d5 55 ♕d4x♘e5 1-0 <pin: a5>


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It's deja vu all over again. :-)

Jun-17-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: PINS AGAINST UNDEFENDED PIECES (UPMP)
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