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Viswanathan Anand vs Etienne Bacrot
Nanjing Pearl Spring Tournament (2010), Nanjing CHN, rd 10, Oct-30
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Bernstein Defense (E59)  ·  1-0



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Oct-30-10  HolyAvatar: I don't understand why Bacrot resigned at this point. Is that passed pawn unstoppable?
Oct-30-10  anandrulez: Look at a sample line thats almost forced Rxf7 Kh8 Rxe2! Rx a6 Ra2 a7 has to give up a rook .
Oct-30-10  I play the Fred: Well, I don't know if the pawn is unstoppable, but ...Bh5-e2 leaves f7 undefended. That may be why he resigned after his own move - seems to me that usually players resign after their opponent's move.
Oct-30-10  I play the Fred: <anandrulez>, I don't get your line.

<36 Rxf7 Kh8
37 Rxe2 Rxa6>
- there is nothing on a6 right now; did you mean

<37...Rxe2>, then? Because e2 is the only square upon which a black rook can capture something.

So then:

<36 Rxf7 Kh8
37 Rxe2 Rxa6
38 Ra2>
again, what?
<38...a7> something went wrong with your line. Please explain.

Oct-30-10  anandrulez: sorry there ,

Rxf7 Kh8 (forced) Rxe2 Rxe2 a6! Ra2 a7!
This is the line its forced and nothing can be done to avoid dropping a rook . Please check and let me know .

Oct-30-10  anandrulez: Drop rook or give up the knight and then rook shortly .
Oct-30-10  cjgone: ^Yeah, I just ran it through rybka because I missed it. The knight is currently trapped and if it doesn't move he loses the rook. If he does move the knight he loses the knight on the a-file.

Would be a good chess puzzle, completely did not see this move through though.

Oct-30-10  EXIDE: Why did black play 33. Be2? Was it to prevent a6? Not sure. This allows Rxf7 on next move.
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  Eyal: <Why did black play 33...Be2?>

Perhaps he had a pipe dream of counter-attacking with Bxf1, Nd2 & Rb1. At any rate, a few minutes after making this move Bacrot realized that 34.Rxf7 (or 34.a6, for that matter) is completely winning, and resigned without even waiting for Anand's move.

According to the chessvibes report, Anand used in this game some leftover prep for the recent WC match (where he played the Rubinstein line in game 9, but there Topalov went for 7...cxd4 and 8...dxc4):


This discourages White's normal plan of going for the f2-f3 break. Therefore Anand tries a plan his team found while preparing for this year's World Championship match, which involves play on the queenside.


16. Rfc1!

We have the World Champ explaining this middlegame plan: "I want to play a4, Ba3 and play on the queenside. I can't see what my rook is doing on d1 anyway; I don't want to play d5. I want to take on c5 but as late as possible so that Ne5-d3 has no consequences," said Anand. And why did he pick the king's rook? "Because the knight needs to use the f1 square to go to g3."> (

[With reagrd to 20.Nf1! note that it allows White to counter 20...g4 with 21.h4, without worrying about ...g3]

Dec-04-10  thickhead: After 32a5 or even before Black's mobility is restricted. He cannot make any constructive moves. I thought white should go behind passed P by 32... Ra2 but what about 33 Rb1 threatening N. Can black survive after 33.... Ra3? What about 33 Nd2? If 33... Nxd2 34 Rxb8+ Kg7 white can not bring R back to b1. For a moment I thought black can play Ra1+ followed by Nf1 anf Ng3 with mate. However white 34th move is a check and hence there is time to play 35 b3.So black should play 32... Kg7 first before trying this.If white does not play 33 b3 he can try the plan.But white can ignore all these things and play 33... Ra2 34a6
Dec-08-10  Goofy: how about bxp check on this last move?
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