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Viswanathan Anand vs Fabiano Caruana
Tata Steel Group A (2013), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-14
Spanish Game: Closed. Martinez Variation (C78)  ·  1-0



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  chancho: This may be the beginning of a good run for Vishy.
Jan-14-13  Jamboree: I don't understand Caruana'a moves 31 - 34 at all. It's like he's TRYING to let Anand in and then TRYING to awkwardly position his pieces so they can't defend his king. I'd annotate them:

31. ... Be7?
32. ... Re6?
34. ... Bd6?

Jan-14-13  darshandatta: Please someone explain what was the motive behind 31. Kh1
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  kingscrusher: 31 kh1 may be designed to make the threat Qc6 possible without the cheapo Bh2 check. Then black seemed to want to stop qc6 with be7
Jan-14-13  haydn20: 34...Kg6 and White has nothing better than a repetition starting 35. Qg3+. Maybe Caru just plain miscalculated.
Jan-14-13  darshandatta: thanks <kingscrusher>
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  kingscrusher: Haydn20 : I would still be concerned about rh8 followed by qg8 because the the threat here includes rxh6 check
Jan-14-13  vjb17: KH1 is also a good move as it prevents black trying something Bh2+ if for example white wants to attack black a6 pawn by playing something like Qc6 attacking unprotected a6 pawn...white just want to make sure its king is safe from the check..that's what I think...
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  Peligroso Patzer: I had prepared the following before I saw the post by <kingscrusher>, and because it includes additional points, I will go ahead and post it:

<handatta: Please someone explain what was the motive behind 31. Kh1>

Probably the idea was to prepare <32. Qc6>. (Of course, if <31. Qc6??>, then <31. … Bh2+>, and White can resign.)

It was not by any means a decisive threat, but after Caruana removed his DSB from d6 (to defend c6 with his Rook), Anand was able to penetrate with his heavy pieces (with 32. Qc7, 33. Qb8+ and 34. Rc8). If Caruana had at that juncture remained cool and played <34. … Kg6>, he should have been fine, but (possibly short of time, and possibly suffering “retreater’s remorse”) he returned his DSB to d6 (<34. … Bd6>), possibly believing it would force White’s Queen off the 8th rank. If he harbored that hope, he was rudely disillusioned by Anand’s <35. Rh8+>, after which White was winning.

Jan-14-13  Jim Bartle: Anand said Kh1 was to avoid the bishop check in the mini-interview.
Jan-14-13  queenfortwopawns: <chancho> Let's hope so, for chess' sake!
Jan-14-13  capanegra: Caruana was very low on time when he played the losing 34...♗d6?, about 3 minutes to reach time control.

It always seemed to me strange that scores don't include the time left after each move. That would explain thousands of blunders that at first sight look incomprehensible for a GM caliber.

Jan-14-13  Jim Bartle: Yes, that would help, as in Tal's book on the 1960 match. I also think recording draw offers is a good idea.
Jan-14-13  beenthere240: Funny. I can't figure out what happens after 41...Ke8.
Jan-14-13  King Radio: 41....Ke8 42 Rf6
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  Ulhumbrus: 8 a3 moves a pawn in the opening and it loses a tempo towards both d4 and h3. This suggests at least three alternatives to the move played, namely, 8...Bg4 threatening ...Nd4, 8...Be6 threatening 9...Bxb3 and 9...Be6.
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  Gottschalk: 29...re6? The right was Nxg4. A real case
about excessive no trades, into the Theme
weak in 8th rank (backrank).
As said once the Brazilian GM Leitão
"The concept should not overlap the calculation".
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  HeMateMe: I was wondering how black was going to liquidate that weak d pawn, and in guarding the resulting position Fabio allowed the back rank penetration.
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  Pulo y Gata: How can Anand win when everyone's expecting him to draw or lose? This WC doesn't conform to expert kibitzers' expectations and must be replaced by a better champ, i.e., Magnus.
Jan-21-13  kunjankp: Kh1 was a killer!! Fabiano was in big time trouble and a move like Kh1 just pushed him off the cliff!
Jan-23-13  ossipossi: Strategically speaking, to let White dominate c-file is the beginning of the end. So Black has to find somewhat before not to give up c-file, or after, but what?
Feb-06-13  Superbear2000: It's a funny game, and I love Anands move in this game!
Feb-06-13  haydn20: <<haydn20: 34...Kg6 and White has nothing better than a repetition starting 35. Qg3+. Maybe Caru just plain miscalculated.> kingscrusher: Haydn20 : I would still be concerned about rh8 followed by qg8 because the the threat here includes rxh6 check >The best I can find after 34...Kg6 35. Rh8 Bg5 36. Qg8 Bxe3 37. fxe3 Qc4 38. Qh7+ Kf6 is 39. Rg8 but then 39...Qc1+ gives a perp.

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