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Wang Hao vs Viswanathan Anand
Norway Chess (2013), Stavanger NOR, rd 9, May-18
English Opening: Symmetrical. Normal Variation (A34)  ·  1-0



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  Eyal: Wang Hao saw 17.Rd1, of course - he said after the game that he played Kg2 instead (which he thought was very clever actually) in order to avoid any possible complications after 17...Qxd1+ 18.Bxd1 Rxd1+ 19.Kg2 Nc2. The computer indeed shows White as completely winning here, but it's understandable that one would like to avoid something like 20.Qa4 Ne1+, and now for example after 21.Kh3 (instead of Kg3!) 21...Nd3! it's suddenly getting unpleasant for the white king. White has time for 17.Kg2 since Black can't significantly improve his position in the extra tempo he's given, since the queen is "stuck" on d4 defending the knight.
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  Eyal: I'm almost certain that Anand missed 16.Qa5! (or at least how strong it is) when he went for 14...Bxa2. No chess player in his right mind would intentionally enter with Black the position reached after move 16, even if some miracle save might turn out.
May-18-13  arkansaw: not nice to be a return customer for both Wang Hao and Nakamura
May-18-13  voyager39: It was a must win for Anand so he understandably throws everything but the kitchen sink into the game...unfortunately Hao ain't Hammer.

For a while it looked like Anand had seen a fortress but Hao proved it otherwise. Excellent play by him yet again.

May-18-13  Edmontonchessclub: Nigel Short on Facebook today:
"(I)found Wang Hao's play very original today...Maybe this is easy chess for some people, but not for me."
May-19-13  SaVVy66: I think Anand 14. Bxa2 was because of touch and move Piece .. I dont expect any world champion for that silly move.
May-19-13  dannygjk: World champion=unbeatable? No, sorry
May-19-13  onigorom: @ blackdranzer:
"had vishy played g4! instead Ra8?! ,he would have probably got away with a draw"

Nowhere in the game Ra8 has been played or g4 could have been played by Vishy - wrong game or wrong thought; folks don t check their spelling or their thoughts before posting

May-19-13  Ulhumbrus: From the chessbase website: <...Vishy Anand had to believe he could pull out a surprise from behind by beating Wang Hao. Sadly for him, the day of surprises was not over, and an ugly blunder on move 14 due to an oversight sealed his fate on move 16. He tried to find some creative way to salvage the draw, but the Chinese player held fast and won on.>
May-19-13  Ulhumbrus: In the position after 11...Bf5 White is behind in development and if he has the upper hand, it hardly seems great enough to justify the attack 12 g4? It is true that White does not have to try to attack the king side. He can force an exchange of queens.

14 Nc5? is an unjustified attempt to attack. It succeeds only because Anand makes some oversight in reply.

Instead of 14...Bxa2? 14...Qa5! preempts Qa4 on White's part. Then if White plays 15 Nxe6, the knight moves a fourth time to exchange itself for a bishop moved only twice, making a loss of two tempi for development.

On 14...Qa5 15 Nxe6 fxe6 leaves White with an exposed king side and behind in development.

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  LucB: <onigorom: ... Nowhere in the game Ra8 has been played or g4 could have been played by Vishy>

I think <blackdranzer> was refering to move 37.

May-19-13  Mudphudder: Anand is going to have trouble defending his title. For sure. This was a pure slaughter.
May-20-13  anandrulez: Mudphudder: Many GM's said Wang can play very well if he is in mood , I think thats true . He is a good player , so I am not taking out any credit from him . Even Nigel short said he played a game that Nigel himself was surprised ....

But apart from that Anand could have been more cautious , bxh2 was a coffee house mouse unless it was backed with some amazing calculation (which Anand did try to) but missed something . OTB Anand tried a very dubious idea , to some extent it reminds be of Fischer vs Spassky bx , trapping b move !

May-21-13  hedgeh0g: 13...Nb4!? was an interesting try but needed to be followed-up correctly. Relatively best would have been: 14.Nc5 Qxd1 15.Rxd1 Nc2 16.Nxe6 fxe6 17.Rb1 Bd4 when Black's counterplay against f2 should compensate for his weak pawns.

13...Nb6 was probably a better move, objectively speaking. However, given the tournament situation, Vishy felt inclined to push for a win. Wang Hao simply played a solid game and simply let Anand self-destruct; after 14.Bxa2?, Black's game looks beyond repair.

May-21-13  Ulhumbrus: <hedgeh0g:> You may be right. On 13..Nb4 14 Nc5 Qa5 the knight on b4 lacks flight squares in the event that White plays 15 Be3 and threatens to pin the N on b4 by Qe1. On 13..Nb6 14 Nc5 Bc4 is possible. Yet a suspicion lingers: Can Black get no more out of the move 12 g4?
May-21-13  hedgeh0g: <Ulhumbrus> 13...Nb4 24.Nc5 Qa5 looks dubious to me on account of 25.Nxe6 fxe6 26.Qb3! where Bd2 is threatened and I think Black gets into trouble.

<Yet a suspicion lingers: Can Black get no more out of the move 12 g4?>

I doubt it. Black will probably play to exchange LSBs, since that bishop gets kicked around too much (note that 14...Qc8? fails to 15.Ba6!), after which he probably lacks the firepower necessary to exploit White's kingside structure. The knight on c5 discourages f5 and White should get good play in the centre with his rooks. A sample line might be: 13...Nb6 14.Nc5 Bc4 15.Qc2! Bxe2 16.Qxe2 Qb6 with a slight edge for White. I think 17.Be3!? looks like an interesting try, for instance.

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  Zenchess: After 14...Qa5, it's not so clear that Black is better. First of all, I fail to see how specifically Black can work up a king side attack seeing that the Q is stuck on the other side of the board. Secondly of all, after 15. Nxe6 fxe6 16. Qb3!, Black has serious structural weaknesses and I fail to see how he can hold his pawns together. Specifically, I fail to see how he can guard e6.
May-22-13  hedgeh0g: Didn't you just repeat what I posted?
May-22-13  Ulhumbrus: <Zenchess: After 14...Qa5, it's not so clear that Black is better. First of all, I fail to see how specifically Black can work up a king side attack seeing that the Q is stuck on the other side of the board. Secondly of all, after 15. Nxe6 fxe6 16. Qb3!, Black has serious structural weaknesses and I fail to see how he can hold his pawns together. Specifically, I fail to see how he can guard e6.>

On 14...Qa5 the black queen enjoys access to the king side via the fifth rank.

Black may have no need to guard his e6 pawn. On 15 Qb3 Kh8 invites White's queen to take the e6 pawn. On 16 Qxe6 White's queen has conceded control of the c2 square and this suggests 16...Nc2 eg 17 Rb1 Nd4 18 Qc4 Nf3+ 19 Kh1 Nd2 20 Bxd2 Qxd2 21 Rxd1 Qf4 22 Qxc6 Be5. Well, that at any rate is one thing White can't do.

However on 14...Qa5 there is no need to play 15 Nxe6. On 15 Be3 White threatens Qe1 followed by a3 and the knight on b4 lacks any good flight square.

This may be not the last word. The game warrants looking at further. Here is another idea: 13...Nc7 14 Nc5 Nb5 heading for d4.

May-22-13  hedgeh0g: <Ulhumbrus> White is indeed under no obligation to take the pawn on e6. After 16...Kh8 in your line, 17.Bd2! seems like a simple way for White to maintain an advantage, i.e. 17...c5 (17...Rab8? 18.a3!) 18.Bc3! - exchanging Black's best piece and further weakening his kingside [(18.Qxe6!?) (18.a3!? Qd8! 19.Be3)] 18...Qb6 19.Bxg7+ Kxg7 and I think White has a good game, although Black is not without chances since he can quickly manoeuvre his knight to d4 where White will find himself hard-pressed to get rid of it.
May-23-13  Ulhumbrus: <hedgeh0g> After 19...Kxg7 White cannot play 20 f4 at once as that allows 20...c4+ but on 21 Bc4 Black can preempt that advance by 20...Rf4
May-23-13  hedgeh0g: <Ulhumbrus> Okay, but I don't recall suggesting either of those lines for White...
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  Zenchess: <Ulhumbrus> In the line you gave me, White doesn't have to fall in with Black's plans. Simply 19. Bxf3! Rxf3 20. Qxc6, hitting the Rook on a8. White is two pawns up; they look rickety, but I don't see any way Black can coordinate his pieces any time soon.
Jun-19-13  notyetagm: Wang Hao vs Anand, 2013


Jun-19-13  notyetagm: Wang Hao vs Anand, 2013

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16 ♕a4-a5!

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"An excellent move" -- GM Danny King

Planning to <REMOVE THE GUARD> with 17 Rf1-d1, <DRIVING OFF> the Black d4-queen <DEFENDER> which <PROTECTS> the <LOOSE> Black b4-knight.

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