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Viswanathan Anand vs Michael Adams
"The Answer Is ...42!" (game of the day Oct-04-2021)
London Chess Classic (2012), London ENG, rd 6, Dec-07
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  0-1

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Dec-08-12  latvalatvian: No one should beat a world champion. It doesn't make sense.
Dec-08-12  boblewo: Why you guy's are saying 41.Rxe5 ???????

42. Bxe6!! give the victory to white

42.Bxe6 fxe6 43.Rc8+ Kg7 44.Rc7+ Kg8 45.Qh6

and the mate in coming on

Dec-08-12  Jim Bartle: Is there any etiquette involving other players walking around and looking at games? Obviously they are allowed to, but are they required not to show any emotion?

I ask because Carlsen walked by the Anand-Adams game at the key moment and the commentators clearly thought he saw the winning Qd1 move. Is it required by the rules, or just custom, that a player in that position not let on he's seen something?

The commentators asked Adams why he took fifteen minutes to make the move. He said, "Well, first ten minutes to make myself believe Anand had blundered like that, then five minutes to convince myself."

Dec-08-12
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  OhioChessFan: <boblewo> after 42. Bxe6 Ra1 threatening Qh1 mate, is winning. It's an only move, but White is done.
Dec-09-12
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  HeMateMe: <The commentators asked Adams why he took fifteen minutes to make the move. He said, "Well, first ten minutes to make myself believe Anand had blundered like that, then five minutes to convince myself." >

I love that, it's a great answer. Or, the old adage, "if something looks too good to be true--it probably isn't."

Dec-09-12  SetNoEscapeOn: It's hard not to make a connection to the sudden, violent end of this game, and the Pacquiao fight.
Dec-10-12  wfarmia: Amazing mate
Dec-17-12
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  PawnSac: It reminds me of the Spassky-Fischer 0-1 E41 Nimzo-Indian game. That one closed with a sharp bishop move also. 1 momentary lapse and its over. Like they say.. ya snooze, ya lose.
Feb-07-13
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  perfidious: <VaselineTopLove: This game probably marks the Beginning of the End of the illustrious career of Viswanathan Anand....>

He looked utterly moribund at Tata while sharing third on +3.

Feb-07-13  andrewjsacks: <perfidious> Right.
Feb-07-13  andrewjsacks: <perfidious> Also, anyone bashing Anand is much misguided. He is a true gentleman and has, on balance, been the best player since Garry retired. If Vishy has now gone down a quarter step, and if Carlsen beats him in a match, ok, so be it. But Anand has been a worthy WC, and no one should count him out just yet.
Sep-09-14  wordfunph: "I saw it quite fast, but then I started to become quite paranoid. My problem was that objectively it was ridiculous that bishop c4 was losing; that seemed completely unjust. I think Vishy also saw it very fast, and I could even tell this because he was staying at the board. Normally you get up in this situation. He didn't get up, which made it more obvious that he blundered something. I think everyone would have seen it."

- Michael Adams (on Vishy's 41.Bc4??)

Source: New In Chess Magazine 2013 #1

Nov-17-19
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  WTHarvey: Ends on a Black mates in 3.


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42. …?

If 43.Kh2 Rxf2+ 44.Kxh3 Qh1#

Oct-04-21
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  OhioChessFan: Excellent pun I noticed toward the top of the voting booth.
Oct-04-21
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  al wazir: 42...Qd4 is my answer.
Oct-04-21  SkySports: Reading the old comments, it's funny to notice how back in 2012 a lot of pundits where saying that Anand should retire. Probably they are the same who nowadays do the same about Carlsen everytime he loses an online game...
Oct-04-21
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  MissScarlett: Annie got her pun.
Oct-04-21  goodevans: Both pun and game are of so much better quality than the dross we were being served up regularly a little while ago and today <MissScarlett> also provides us with a nice supplementary pun. We are indeed blessed.
Oct-04-21
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  HeMateMe: Terrific shot!
Oct-04-21  Z truth 000000001: Wonder if <Missy> is sending a signal of some kind here... ?

https://c7.alamy.com/comp/2BX48JY/a...

Oct-04-21  TheBish: I'm not sure I get the "pun". Clearly 42 here refers to the final move, Adams' winning shot. Is the other meaning of 42 Anand's age? Because he was 42 at the time of this game (turning 43 a few days later).
Oct-05-21
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  aikane: In the sequence of books by Douglas ADAMS that starts with The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, the Meaning of Life is revealed to be 42.
Oct-05-21  Retireborn: The answer is 42 is a joke from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams.
Oct-05-21  TheBish: Thanks <aikane>. I had heard that in the past, but never read the books, so it was a little vague.

I came across some of Douglas Adams' quotes, many of them are pretty clever:

"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."

"In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move."

"Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so."

"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."

"Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job."

Oct-05-21  Saniyat24: An Englishman beats an Indian with the English...!
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