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Viswanathan Anand vs Ding Liren
Alekhine Memorial (2013), Paris/St Petersburg FRA/RUS, rd 5, Apr-25
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1-0



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Apr-25-13  WiseWizard: Too smooth, finally Anand puts real pressure on an opponent, lets go champ this one is yours for the taking.
Apr-25-13  Ezzy: Anand,Viswanathan (2783) - Ding,Liren (2707)
Alekhine Memorial 2013 Paris (5.2), 25.04.2013

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 e6 8.Ne5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 Nd7 11.f4 Bb4+ 12.c3 Be7 13.Bd2 Ngf6 14.Qe2! < Novelty. Exclamation mark for the surprise value. . The odd thing is, is that there are 40 games in the database, and they all played 14 0–0–0. Anand has probably looked at this position with a computer and realised it's NOT really necessary to follow the normal protocol and comes up with a different plan which involves castling kingside instead of queenside. 14 Qe2 looks quite natural, with immediate idea's of 15 f5 >14...c5 15.dxc5 Qc7 16.b4 0–0 17.0–0 a5 18.a3 Nxe5 19.fxe5 Nd7 20.Ne4< Anand's already got a nice space advantage out of the opening. Seems like he bamboozled Ding with his surprise 14 Qe2 novelty.> 20...axb4 21.cxb4 Qxe5? <With the idea 22...f5 23 Nc3 Qxe2 24 Nxe2 Bxh4. BUT it gives white a free tempi 22 Bc3 attacking the queen and targeting g7. 21...Ne5 was better.> 22.Bc3 Qc7 23.Rad1 Rad8 24.Qg4 <Threatening mate on g7.> 24...g6??< Black needs to play 24...e5 if he has any chance of fighting for a draw 24...e5 25.Nd6 Nf6 26.Qf5 Bxd6 27.Rxd6 Rxd6 28.Bxe5 Ne4 29.Qf4 (29.Qxe4? Re6!) 29...Rf6 30.Bxc7 Rxf4 31.Bxf4 White still has good winning chances, but at least black is still fighting.; 24...Ne5 25.Qg3 f6 26.Nxf6+ Bxf6 27.Rxd8 Qxd8 28.Bxe5 Bxe5 29.Rxf8+ Kxf8 30.Qxe5 Seems close to winning for white.]> 25.Nd6 <Threatening 26 Rxf7 Rxf7 27 Qxg6+ Kf8 28 Qxf7 Mate.> 25...e5 26.Qc4 <Again with relentless pressure on f7.> 26...Nb6 27.Qe4< [27.cxb6?? Qxb6+] >27...Nd7< [27...Bxd6 28.Rxd6 Rxd6 29.Qxe5 f6 30.cxd6 Qf7 31.Qxf6 Qxf6 32.Bxf6 Winning.] >28.h5 gxh5 29.Qf5< Again threatening 30 Nxf7 >29...Bf6 30.Qxh5 Qc6< [30...Bg7 31.Rxf7 Nf6 32.Rxc7 Nxh5 33.Rxb7 Winning] >31.Rxf6 Nxf6 32.Qxe5 1–0

A major surprise when playing through this game is that after 13...Ngf6 there are 40 games in the database with that position, and ALL 40 games played 14 0-0-0. I mean it's not as if it's forced. Anand broke the obsessive trend with 14 Qe2! and immediately threw Ding into new territory. Anand got a working space advantage and his pieces were working in harmony to produce a crushing win.!

Excellent opening prep work by Vishy, which kind of bamboozled Ding. The resulting attack was Vishyous :-) and not for the faint-hearted.

Apr-25-13  arp001: Loved Qg4 followed by Qc4 and then Qe5, a brilliant square for the queen particularly when White is initiating an attack...25..e5 was weak from Ding Liren-Black is lost after the Qf4.. 28. h5 justifies the position of the queen..and then the final blow on f6..This game highlights the quality of the great player - Vishy Anand. A true master tactician!
Apr-25-13  Ulhumbrus: 11 f4 invites the thrust ...c5

11...Bb4 loses a tempo for development

As Anand plays 16 b4 after 15...Qc7 this suggests 15...Bxc5

An alternative to 23..Rad8 is 23...b6 attacking the c5 pawn

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  PawnSac: Vishi's first win of the tournament..

< 15. ..Qc7?! >

A speculative sacrifice from which, unfortunately, black never benefits. Bxc5 was more prudent.

It is not clear exactly what black expected to achieve with this move, but when it was played it became the most questioned move of the game.

Ding is a tactically sharp and creative player, but in this game, beginning with the 15th, his attempt to create complications only plays into Vishi's strength. And it is still not clear exactly what he expected to gain with this idea. But...

< 16.b4 >

..whatever it was, white accepted the challenge.

There was speculation Ding wanted to loosen whites queenside (presumably since it was assumed 0-0-0 would be played) but white switched up with 0-0.

< 20.Ne4! >

The knight post at d6 will be a bone in the throat with powerful effect.

< 20. ..axb4 >

If Qxe5 21.Bf4! is strong

< 22.Bc3! >

a powerful counter. White is clearly in the driver seat. From here on out Vishi shows the kind of technique for which he is known.

< 22. ..Qc7 >

Not Qd5 since after 23.Rad1 Qc6 24.Qg4 white has gained a tempo in the same attack and the defensive resource e5 will no longer be available.

< 30. ..Qc6? >

The bishop is shielding f7, but it doesn't work, as Vishi demonstrates. But ..Bg7 31.Nxf7 Rxf7 32.Rxf7 Qc6 (to prevent Qg6) 33.Rfxd7 Rxd7 34.Qe8+ is equally hopeless, just a little slower.

Apr-25-13  NGambit: The old Anand turns into Anand of old.
(as Tarrasch would have put it)
Apr-25-13  John Abraham: Anand gradually improves his position with each move until his advantage is too insurmountable for his opponent to digest. After the final move Ding's position is completely and utterly hopeless, even though only a few moves before his game appeared seemingly solid. Classic Vishy
Apr-26-13  andrewjsacks: Very nice it was to wake up this AM and find this fine win by Anand. John Abraham, I concur. By the way, I will be rooting for the "old" man in the WC match, though I have absolutely nothing against the great and admirable Carlsen.
Apr-26-13  galdur: Terrible opening vs Anand but nice to see a glimpse of his old self.
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  HeMateMe: I guess this will quiet the "He's just a washed up old guy" critics, for ten minutes, or so.
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  perfidious: <HMM> So long as there is a hare to chase, those critics will never be quietened.
Apr-26-13  bennytakeapawn: 17.nxf7 rxf7 18.qxg6....qxf7
Apr-28-13  QueentakesKing: Nothing impressive here. Heavyweight v. lightweight--thats just it.
Apr-28-13  Calar: I've never seen this plan in Classic Caro-Kan - where white first weakens his kingside with h4 and f4 and then decides to bring his king there (17.0-0). Still, it prooved quite effective, as it was Black King that fell under crushing attack, and not his White colleague.

Kudos to Anand - and I hope for more similar games from him in the future. Carlsen-Anand match later this year will be so much more interesting with Anand in form.

Feb-28-14  joddon: v ishys so dynamic with his queen its very hard to get a hold of his queen for a trade off. once his queen is anywhere where his opponents queen isnt wandering, his position will start to grow and grow. there is no use unless before the game you are ready to trade off queens with vishys.hes just that supreme of a chess player it just aint funny, even at age 44!wow.go anand go!!

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