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Viswanathan Anand vs Jon Ludvig Hammer
Norway Chess (2013), Sandnes NOR, rd 8, May-17
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1-0

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May-18-13  csmath: What a coffee house demolition of a GM!

Now you see why Anand is world champion. Talking about killer instinct. :-)

May-18-13  csmath: I am guessing Anand has his own bag of tricks and he employed this just because he saw that Hammer cannot calculate as accurately as he can.

This is simply a demonstration of power of a master.

I hope Anand will be in full force in WC match as this is the WC we all really want to see.

May-18-13  gaurav.knight: Believe me guys, Irrespective of Anand's performance in these tournaments, he'll beat magnus in world championship. Because if you sneak a peak into the past, u'd find he has always given his best in a classic 12 rounds match. If you take a look at his lost match in this tournament, u'll find that he was trying something different in that match. But for a WC match he'll not be tryin smthn new, he'll use all of his already tried things there! So Mr. Carlsen. let's not take him lightly!
May-18-13  Abdel Irada: <Because if you sneak a peak into the past>

You put a mountain in a time machine? And no one noticed?

May-18-13  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 11 d6, 11 Bc4 0r 11 Nf3 tries to compete White's development

After 11...e5 White can hardly claim any advantage at all, let alone enough to justify playing for mate by 12 h4? The attack is unsound and can be forecast to fail against the right defence.

Instead of 12...Be6, 12...Nc6 or even 12...Re8 waits for Bc4 before playing Be6 eg 12...Re8 (threatening 13...Re6) 13 Bc4 and now 13...Be6

13...Qxh5 loses time and opens the h file for White. Instead of this 13...Nd7 gets the knight out

14 0-0-0 looks like a reckless decision, although Black's loss of time with his queen helps to justify it

On 20...Nc6 (instead of 20...Rd8) suppose that White tries 21 g4. Then one way for White to lose is 21...Bxc2 22 Rxc2 Qb3 23 Qh3 h5 25 gh Kg7 26 hg Qd5+ 27 Kc1 Rh8 skewering White's queen and rook

If 20...Nc6 wins where 20...Rd8 loses this suggests that Hammer lost partly becaus he did not complete his development.

May-18-13  sinusitis: Hammer just tweeted:

"However, when Anand played Nh3, I did think he had blundered the h-pawn. He was shocked I would think that!"

May-18-13  pbercker: I must say it's a bit surprising that Hammer would think that .... of Anand of all people. I would have thought that surely it's a kind of trap ... inviting the taking of a pawn that will turn out to be poisoned, which it more or less was, opening up Anand's rook file as it did.
May-19-13  Mudphudder: Loved this game. Absolutely loved how Anand just lets Hammer come into his walls like that....only to end up obliterating Hammer from the h-flank. What a game.
May-19-13  pbercker: He "obliterated" Hammer but as pointed out by <ulhumbrus> ...

<After 11...e5 White can hardly claim any advantage at all, let alone enough to justify playing for mate by 12 h4? The attack is unsound and can be forecast to fail against the right defence.>

It feels like the "obliteration" is a bit tainted since it was not a meeting of <equals> since Hammer seemed to cooperate in his own obliteration.

May-21-13  hedgeh0g: There is nothing wrong with taking that pawn on h4. Black's real mistake came after grabbing the pawns and I can guarantee that this opening (with 13.Nh3?!) will never be seen again at the top level.
Jul-13-14  morfishine: <21.Nxf7> looks the most forcing, plus it also conveniently protects the d-pawn

<21...Kxf7> for all intents & purposes, forced

<22.Qxe5> A very nice centralizing move. 22.Rxh7+ looks tempting but Black King has a nice safe square at <f6>; Now 23.Rxh7+ is a palpable threat, not mention the straightforward 23.Qe7+

Frankly, I don't see a good move for Black here; he is too far behind in development and his King rook is much reduced in effectiveness due to the lack of support

*****

Jul-13-14  diagonalley: it must be sunday... the customary fog has descended upon the tiny corner of my mind which is allocated to the game of chess...
Jul-13-14  paramount: They say its sunday....but for m e it fits for friday (not even saturday. I got the moves after contemplated about 5 minutes, swear it i got on my own.

Why????

Well, dude its easy. The answer must have been concrete. You cannot miss that.

1. White down 3 pawns.
2. (This the key)....black threaten Rxd6!!!!

From the point the point 2 everything just crystal clear. 21.Nxf7 (protecting the d6 pawn altogether)

After 21.Nxf7 Kxf7, white have 22.Rxh7+ BUT after 22...Kf6 then what....white run out of check and d6 pawn cannot be protected.

So it left to 22.Qxe5 (again this to protect the d6 pawn).

See, the problem is solved everything just easy as riding a bicycle you just have to get used to it ( i mean thinking logically and practice the calculating skill).

This Sunday puzzle a bit upsetting me.

Jul-13-14  morfishine: <paramount> Well put, what I was trying to say: the best moves early on are straightforward more or less. One has to appreciate Anand's technique though
Jul-13-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: Amazingly complicated, and I haven't solved it yet. All I have so far is the very partial result that if White goes all-in on attacking, Black needs to pause for ... f6 at some point, because otherwise White finishes first. The argument for that conclusion goes:

Suppose White ignores Black's threats, and plays 21 Nxh7, with the plan Qh6/Nf6+/Qh8# (assuming that Black defends f6 in the interim). White wins in all lines I see that don't involve Black playing ... f6, to wit:

21 Nxh7 Rxd6+
22 Ke2 Bxc2
23 Qh6

If he doesn't want to defend -- and ...f6 is the only option I see for that -- Black now needs to discover check with his bishop. But he seemingly needs to play it to a square that both:

Covers d3, so that if White plays his king to the third rank then ... Rd3+ will force mate. Covers d1, so that if White plays his king to the first rank, the sequence of exchanges with... Qxc1+ followed by ... Rd1+ will give Black a winning rook-and-knight endgame.

Of course, there is no such move. Even ... Bd3++, with the mate threat at e2, doesn't quite count:

23 ... Bd3++
24 Ke3 Qe2+
25 Kg3

and again Black's only defense is ... f6.

Jul-13-14
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  Jimfromprovidence: You also have to look at white's response to 23...h5?!.


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White to play and win.

Jul-13-14
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Jul-13-14
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  agb2002: White is three pawns down.

Black threatens 21... Rxd6+, ... h5, ... Nc6, etc.

The first idea that comes to mind is 21.Qxe5, protecting the pawn on d6 and recovering one of them. However, after 21... Nc6 22.Qh2 (22.Qf6 Rxd6+ 23.Qxd6 Rd8 24.Qxd8+ Nxd8 25.Nxh7 (25.Rxh7 f6) 25... Nc6 26.Nf6+ Kg7 27.Nd5 Na5 looks very bad for White) 22... Rxd6+ 23.Ke2 (or 23.Qxd6 as in the previous subline) Re8+ 24.Kf3 Qxc3+ seems to win for Black.

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Another possibility is 21.Nxf7:

A) 21... Kxf7 22.Qxe5 (22.Rxh7+ Kf6)

A.1) 22... Nc6 23.Rxh7+ and mate in two.

A.2) 22... h5 23.Qe7+ Kg8 24.Qxd8+ followed by Rhe1 looks winning.

A.3) 22... Rxd6+ 23.Qxd6 h5 24.g4 looks winning for White.

B) 21... Rd7 22.Nh6+ Kf8 (22... Kh8 23.Qxe5+ Rg7 24.Qe8+ Rg8 25.Qxg8#; 22... Kg7 23.Qxe5+ Kf8 24.Qh8#) 23.Qxe5 Rg7 24.Nxf5 gxf5 25.Qxf5+ Kg8(e8) (25... Rf7 26.Qc8+ Kg8 27.Rxh7+ Kf6 28.Qf5#) 26.Qc8+ Kf7 27.Rb1 followed by Rxb7+.

C) 21... Nc6 22.Nh6+

C.1) 22... Kf8 23.Nxf5 gxf5 24.Qh6+ looks winning. For example, 24... Kf7 25.Qxh7+ Ke8 26.Qg6+ Kd7 27.Rcb1 Qa3 28.Rxh7+ Kc8 29.Rc7+ Kb8 30.Rbxb7#.

C.2) 22... Kg7 23.Nxf5+ gxf5 24.Qg5+ with a mate attack.

C.3) 22... Kh8 23.Nxf5 gxf5 24.Rxh7+ again with a mate attack. For example, 24... Kxh7 25.Rh1+ Kg6 26.Qg3+ Kf7 27.Rh7+ Ke6 28.Qg6+ Kd5 29.Qf7+ Kxd6 30.Rh6#.

Jul-13-14
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  agb2002: <Jimfromprovidence: You also have to look at white's response to 23...h5?!.>

In my line A.3 I stopped at 24.g4 without considering 24... Nc6. However, after 25.gxf5 Rd8 26.fxg6+ Kg7 27.Qxd8 Nxd8 28.Rce1 Nc6 29.Rxh5 White's g-pawn seems to win the game.

Jul-13-14  Moszkowski012273: Nothing wrong with 20...h5. Looks better to me than 20...Nc6
Jul-13-14  M.Hassan: "Insane"
White to play 21.?
White is 3 pawns down.

21.Qxe5 Nd7 to protect c5
22.Qe7 Be6
23.Nxe6 fxe6
24.Qxe6+ Kh8
<if...Kf8 25.Rxh7 and mate next move>

25.Rxh7+ Kxh7
26.Rh1+ Kg7
27.Qxg6+ Kf8
28.Rh8#
Time to check
==============
21.Nxf7 would have hardly occured to me!
Don't know if I have gone wrong somewhere except that it was rather straightforward and not much of "insane" move in it.

Jul-13-14
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  Jimfromprovidence: <agb2002> <In my line A.3 I stopped at 24.g4 without considering 24... Nc6. However, after 25.gxf5 Rd8 26.fxg6+ Kg7 27.Qxd8 Nxd8 28.Rce1 Nc6 29.Rxh5 White's g-pawn seems to win the game.>

24 g4 looks winning but there is a much better line for white, but also very tricky, beginning with 24 Qd5+, below.


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Adios. The World Cup final is about to begin.

Jul-13-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: If the correct move isn't 21 Nxh7, I'm going to embarrass myself by my continued efforts here (which don't include looking at the game or other people's comments), but anyhow:

I'm pretty sure now that 21 ... f6 is too soon, as in,

21 Nxh7 f6
22 Nxf6+ Kf8
23 Qxe5 Nc6 (the main way to deal with the threat of Qe7) 24 Rh8+ Kf7
25 Rh7+ Kf8
26 Qd5

In this particular line Black gets mated at f7. I haven't checked fully whether he can avert the mate at some point by sacrificing the exchange, but since White is recovering all 3 pawns that he's down, even an exchange win would give a strong advantage.

I'm more worried about Black defending by ... f6 after he's already played Rxd6+, but we'll see if and how that part of the analysis goes.

Jul-13-14  paramount: They say its sunday....but for m e it fits for friday (not even saturday. I got the moves after contemplated about 5 minutes, swear it i got on my own. Why????

Well, dude its easy. The answer must have been concrete. You cannot miss that.

1. White down 3 pawns.
2. (This the key)....black threaten Rxd6!!!!

From the point the point 2 everything just crystal clear. 21.Nxf7 (protecting the d6 pawn altogether)

After 21.Nxf7 Kxf7, white have 22.Rxh7+ BUT after 22...Kf6 then what....white run out of check and d6 pawn cannot be protected.

<Paramount:So it left to 22.Qxe5 (again this to protect the d6 pawn).

See, the problem is solved everything just easy as riding a bicycle you just have to get used to it ( i mean thinking logically and practice the calculating skill).

This Sunday puzzle a bit upsetting me.>

<morfishine: <paramount> Well put, what I was trying to say: the best moves early on are straightforward more or less. One has to appreciate Anand's technique though>

thanks.

Some readers here must have been happy, if they just can crack the first move from the puzzle on Sunday. And i think...just my opinion...if you can crack the first move rightly (particularly on Sunday puzzle) with your own calculations, that shows enough that you are capable for the subsequent moves., and you are a decent player....just imo

Jul-13-14  IFNB: F'n crazy game.
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