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Levon Aronian vs Viswanathan Anand
"Nerves of Steel" (game of the day Jan-16-2013)
Tata Steel Group A (2013), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-15
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D47)  ·  0-1



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Apr-04-15  saintdufus: In the annotations posted by LIFE Master AJ above, mention is made of the move 13 alternative 13.Bxh7+.

Anand indicated that in his pre-game preparation he had found plenty of compensation after this move; but Wesley So nevertheless tried it against GM Sam Sevian at the 2015 U.S. Championship a few days ago.

Twelve moves later So was lost, so maybe Anand's judgment was correct.

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  thegoodanarchist: Anand played much like Tal. On move 16 he sees that he has two pieces en prise, and so decides to put one more in that position! LOL
Jul-21-15  fisayo123: Hard to believe this modern classic is now 2 years old.
Aug-31-15  SirRuthless: Wow, what a beautiful game! This one flew completely under my radar.
Oct-12-15  PJs Studio: What Kasparovian type of attack this was. The heart of chess - tactics!
Apr-02-16  Hunter16: Vintage Anand
Apr-02-16  CowChewCud: More like Cyborg Anand.
May-14-16  cormier:

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Analysis :

1. = (-0.23): 16.dxc5 Nxc5 17.Nxf8 Nxd3 18.h3 Qd4+ 19.Kh1 Ndf2+ 20.Rxf2 Nxf2+ 21.Kh2 Kxf8 22.Qe2 Nd3 23.Be3 Qc4 24.Qh5 f5 25.Rd1 Kg8

2. (-1.21): 16.Be2 Nde5 17.Bxg4 Bxd4+ 18.Kh1 Nxg4

Jun-09-16  CHESS LIZARD: my head is going heavy to understand what is happening in the board,every move of anand is a stroke of genious
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  perfidious: <CowChewCud: More like Cyborg Anand.>

It is true that silicon monsters were used in preparation for this game, but it is also at least highly probable that you or one of your number would be first to flay Anand for his naivete if he were not to employ computers in his preparation, as do all top players nowadays.

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  whiteshark: "A true masterpiece by Anand and perhaps the best game on the theme of <ignoring the threat and imposing you own (higher-degree) threat> I have ever seen!"

-- Ivan Sokolov

Feb-14-17  newzild: I'm a pretty decent player and I don't understand this game.

Kudos to Anand and Kramnik - it's way above my head.

Nov-11-17  talhal20: Beautiful game by Anand. Where did Aronian go wrong?
Nov-23-17  Pasker: I didn't understand whay's going on so I decided to run it on my chess engine. But even chess engine doesn't understand this. Well not that they don't understand but the key moves in this game such bd5, ne5 etc took long time for the engine to find. What a genius Anand is.
Mar-23-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 27 dpa done

1. = (0.00): 15.Nxf8 Bxf8 16.h3 dxc3 17.hxg4 Qh4 18.g5 cxb2 19.Qxb2 Nc5 20.Bc2 Qg3 21.Rf2 Bxg2 22.Rxg2 Qe1+ 23.Kh2 Qh4+ 24.Kg1 Qe1+ 25.Kh2

2. = (-0.25): 15.h3 dxc3 16.Nxf8 cxb2 17.Qxb2 Nc5 18.Bh7+ Kxf8 19.hxg4 Qh4 20.Bc2 Rd8 21.Bd1 g5 22.Qf2 Qxf2+ 23.Kxf2 Ne4+ 24.Ke1 Bc7 25.Bf3 Ba5+ 26.Ke2 Ng3+ 27.Kf2 Nxf1 28.Bxb7 Nd2 29.Bb2 Nb3 30.Rb1 gxf4 31.exf4 Nc5 32.Bf3 Nd3+ 33.Kf1 Nxb2 34.Rxb2 a6 35.Rc2 Rd4 36.Rc6 Rxf4 37.Rxa6 Bc3 38.Ke2 Kg7 39.Kd3 Bb2 40.g5 Kg6

3. ⩱ (-0.30): 15.Qe2 Qh4 16.h3 dxc3 17.Nxf8 Nc5 18.hxg4 Kxf8 19.Bc2 Ke7 20.b4 Ne4 21.Qxb5 Bd5 22.Bxe4 Bxe4 23.Qh5 Qxh5 24.gxh5 Rh8 25.g4 f5 26.Ra2 fxg4 27.Rh2 Kf6 28.Kf2 Kf5 29.b5 Bf3 30.a4 Ke4 31.Kg3 e5 32.Re1 Rh6 33.Rf1 Re6 34.Ra2 Kd3 35.a5 exf4+ 36.exf4 Bc5 37.f5 Re4

Apr-05-18  Toribio3: I hope Vishy can go back to his old form where his attacking style is akin to Tal's tsunami.
Aug-04-18  vigneshanand: 15....Bc5 and 16..... Ne5!!!!!! There's just not enough exclaims to describe the moves. After 15...Bc5, Aronian cannot take the bishop because Nxc5 hit the bishop with the threat of Qd4+ to follow.
Aug-18-18  Mramire1: Anand considera que esta es su mejor partida.Mario Otilio Ramirez, agosto 2018.
Dec-11-18  GlennOliver: The measure of this game is that it will still be studied decades from now and still be yielding tactical insights.

A complete masterclass from Anand.

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  whiteshark: <Anand's murderous twin Guns>

-- Arthur van de Oudeweetering, Improve Your Chess Pattern Recognition

Feb-13-19  EGarrett: Anand himself said that just being able to ask the computer evaluation of one move in the middle of a game would make a player 100 points stronger. Without even knowing what the computer's preferred moves were. This game is a perfect demonstration, as Anand himself said that he didn't remember the moves, only that the computer rated this attack as favorable for black.
Jun-16-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4

14.h3 Bh2+ 15.Kh1 Qh4 16.d5 Rfd8 17.Be2 f5 18.Bxg4 Bb8 19.Bf3 Qxh7 20.e4 exd5 21.exd5 Qg6 22.Rd1 Ne5 23.Be2 a6 24.Bf4 Re8 25.h4 Bd6 26.Rac1 c4 27.Qd2 Qf6 28.Bg5 Qf7 29.Qf4 Bc5 + / = (0.40) Depth: 21 dpa done

Jun-16-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 25 dpa done

1. + / = (0.42): 13...c4 14.Nxf6+ Nxf6 15.Be2 Qa5 16.Rb1 Qd8 17.Bd2 Be7 18.Rbc1 Qd7 19.f3 Rfd8 20.Be1 Nd5 21.Bf2 a6 22.Qd2 Nxc3 23.Qxc3 Qd5 24.Bg3 Bd6 25.Bxd6 Qxd6 26.f4 Bd5 27.Bf3 Rd7 28.Rf2 Qc6 29.Qc2 Bxf3 30.Rxf3

2. + / = (0.46): 13...Re8 14.Nxf6+ Nxf6 15.Bxb5 Ng4 16.f4 cxd4 17.exd4 Re7 18.Qe2 Nh6 19.Be3 Nf5 20.Bd3 Bc7 21.Bxf5 exf5 22.Qd2 Qd6 23.Rfe1 Rce8 24.Bf2 Qxf4 25.Qxf4 Rxe1+ 26.Bxe1 Bxf4 27.Bg3 Bxg3 28.hxg3 Rd8 29.d5 Kf8 30.Re1 f6 31.Kf2 a6 32.Re6 Kf7

3. + / = (0.57): 13...Nxh7 14.Bxh7+ Kh8 15.Be4 Qc7 16.Rd1 Rfd8 17.h3 cxd4 18.exd4 Nf6 19.Bxb7 Qxb7 20.Qd3 a6 21.Bg5 Be7 22.Rac1 Kg8 23.Bf4 Nh5 24.Be5 Bg5 25.Rc2 Bf4 26.Qe2 Bxe5 27.Qxe5 Nf6 28.Rdc1 Rc4 29.Ne2 Rdc8 30.Rxc4 bxc4 31.Rc2 Qb3 32.Rd2 Nd5 33.h4 Rd8

Jun-16-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 <d 25 dpa done

1. = (0.13): 8.Be2> b4 9.Na4 Be7 10.0-0 0-0 11.a3 a5 12.Qc2 Bb7 13.Rd1 Qc7 14.axb4 axb4 15.Bd2 Ra5 16.h3 h6 17.b3 Rc8 18.Rac1 Ba6 19.Bxa6 Rxa6 20.Qc4 Qb7 21.Qd3 c5 22.dxc5 Nxc5 23.Nxc5 Bxc5 24.Ne5 Ne4

2. = (0.07): 8.Bd3 a6 9.a4 Bb7 10.0-0 b4 11.Ne4 c5 12.Nxf6+ Qxf6 13.Qe2 h6 14.b3 cxd4 15.exd4 Bd6 16.Be4 Bxe4 17.Qxe4 0-0 18.Be3 Qe7 19.Rac1 Nf6 20.Qd3 Qb7 21.Ne5 Bxe5 22.dxe5 Rad8 23.Qe2 Ne4 24.Rc4 Rc8 25.Rfc1 Nc3

Jun-16-19  cormier: 1

Analysis by Houdini 4 d 26 dpa done

1. = (0.18): 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 <8.Be2> b4 9.Na4 Be7 10.a3 bxa3 11.0-0 axb2 12.Bxb2 0-0 13.Qc2 a5 14.Qxc6 Rb8 15.Qc2 Bb7 16.Rfc1 h6 17.h3 Rc8 18.Nc3 Bb4 19.Qd3 Nb6 20.Na2 Na4 21.Nxb4 Nxb2 22.Qd2 Rxc1+ 23.Rxc1 axb4 24.Qxb2 Nd5 25.Bd3 Qd6

2. = (0.16): 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.Bd3 h6 8.0-0 0-0 9.b3 b6 10.a4 Bb4 11.Na2 Be7 12.a5 bxa5 13.Nc3 c5 14.Ne2 Bb7 15.Bd2 a4 16.Rxa4 Ne4 17.Ba5 Qc8 18.Raa1 Rb8 19.Nc3 f5 20.cxd5 exd5 21.Ne5

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