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Viswanathan Anand vs Michael Adams
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-07-12  stanleys: <Ulhumbrus> And what about 41.Rxe5 Qd2 ?
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  wordfunph: sorry loss :(

The British Bulldog collared the Tiger of Madras!

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  whiteshark: Post-mortem with Michael Adams:
Dec-07-12  VaselineTopLove: This game probably marks the Beginning of the End of the illustrious career of Viswanathan Anand, one of the greatest players ever to grace the Chess World.
Dec-07-12  Steve.Patzer: 41. Rxd5 Qd2 42. Qxd2 Rxd2 43. Bc4 and then what?
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  OhioChessFan: 41. Rxd5 Qd2 42. Qxd2 Rxd2 43. Bc4 Bxc4 44. bxc4 Rd4 and one of the 2 central Pawns is going to fall. 41. Ra3 is another decent try for Black.

Hard to believe it was only 2 years ago Vishy and Topa were playing brilliant chess.

Dec-08-12  Illogic: After the game, Adams said he saw Qd1 almost right away, and he got the vibe from Anand that he saw the move pretty quickly too. Must have been agonizing wait for Anand. Adams also said that it was not really fair that such a move should be winning, but it was!
Dec-08-12  Namawiz: Okay, it seems kasparov was right about anand having to retire from competitive chess. Its just not about drawing too many games and failing to win more often, he has simply lost his strength. He should retire when he loses his wcc title.
Dec-08-12  Skakalec: <Caissanist> So true, became a father myself at the same age.
Dec-08-12  Ulhumbrus: If 41 Rxe5 Qd2 leads to a draw an alternative is 41 Rd2 occupying the d file. One threat is Qg5 both attacking the e5 pawn and supporting the invasion Rd8+
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  HeMateMe: <Yes, hopefully Carlsen will win the rights to a WC match and then beat Anand in the first 4 games,>

Where will this be happening--some sort of alternate universe?

Dec-08-12  znsprdx: <Illogic: ..... Adams also said that it was not really fair that such a move should be winning....> This is the singly most profound and relevant commentary one can make about the elusive character of "truth" in chess. It describes the reality of chess as being a pure 'game' in spite of expert analysis and computer projections. "All is 'fair' in love and war"....
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."

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  OhioChessFan: <boblewo> after 42. Bxe6 Ra1 threatening Qh1 mate, is winning. It's an only move, but White is done.
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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
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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.
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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.

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  andrewjsacks: <perfidious> Right.
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  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.
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  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??)

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  WTHarvey: Ends on a Black mates in 3.

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42. ?

If 43.Kh2 Rxf2+ 44.Kxh3 Qh1#

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