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Viswanathan Anand vs Fabiano Caruana
Tal Memorial (2013), Moscow RUS, rd 1, Jun-13
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  0-1



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Jun-13-13  VaselineTopLove: Poor play by Anand. He seems to be losing a lot of Ruys as white these days for someone with his knowledge and experience to younger and inexperienced players.

Even losing to the Berlin defense, an opening primarily intended to secure a draw by black.

Jun-13-13  refraction: Game was equal till move 20 but Anand made mistakes after that.
Jun-13-13  messachess: White's 48th must be another way of resigning. (Who says the Indians don't have a sense of humor!?!?)
Jun-13-13  refraction: <messachess>Seems people do that against Caruana Ivanchuk vs Caruana, 2012
Jun-13-13  fisayo123: <VaselinTopLove> It doesn't really matter in this "computer generation" of chess. And it seems more like Anand was outplayed as opposed to poor play. I fear for him against Carlsen. It could be a tonking.
Jun-13-13  ajile: Isn't there a gambit line here for Black when White takes 11.Nxe5 Nxe5 12.Rxe5 c6?
Jun-13-13  qqdos: <ajile> Agreed. But instead of 12...c6, wouldn't Black be better playing either his Bishop or Knight to f6.
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  Eyal: <Isn't there a gambit line here for Black when White takes 11.Nxe5 Nxe5 12.Rxe5 c6?> Compared to the "normal" Marshall, the bishop is on b7 rather than going to g4, so it doesn't make much sense to obstruct it - and the long diagonal - with c6. Usually 12...Qd6 is played, but the most common move is actually 11...Nd4 rather than Nxe5.
Jun-13-13  Jambow: Caruana is a little phenom on either side of the Spanish these days.
Jun-14-13  GmAjay: Vissy will come back. Sure !
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  PawnSac: Anand broke the 4th rank 3 times.
3. Bb5
and by move 20 did not have a single piece or pawn beyond the 3rd rank! Instead of 20.Be3 grabbing hold of c5, he continued retreating his knights to the 2nd rank, all the more inviting black to expand and take more space! He crowns his strategy with 22.d4? sacrificing a pawn.. for what? Oh yes.. To trade queens and a knight, leaving black with two lovely bishops and a pawn on f4 that restrains the knight that is now on the FIRST rank! This is not retreating folks. This is ATTACKING IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION! And i'll tell you what else it isn't. It isn't vintage Vishi. No point in going further.

Viswanathan Anand vs Sergey Karjakin
Tal Memorial (Blitz) (2013) Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Anderssen Variation (C77) 1-0

THAT was vintage Vishi. But this is not.

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  Fusilli: <PawnSac> <He crowns his strategy with 22.d4? sacrificing a pawn>

It looks like giving up the pawn is forced. How could he defend it? If 22.Re3 Bc5 23.Rg3 h5 looks quite dangerous (if 24.h4 gxh4 25.Rh3 Bxg2, btw).

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