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Boris Gelfand vs Viswanathan Anand
Zurich Chess Challenge (2014), Zurich SUI, rd 4, Feb-02
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Pin Defense (D12)  ·  0-1



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Feb-02-14  Ulhumbrus: If Black's a3 pawn is strong enough to prevent 34 Qxh6, notice how one evaluation affects another. If we evaluate the a3 pawn to be this strong then we also have to evaluate the white's queen's attack upon the h6 pawn to be no longer effectual enough to win that pawn on h6

In combinatorial terns the white queen is overworked. If she has to defend the square d3 and a potential mate on b2 at the hands of Black's queen she can then no longer take the pawn on h6.

Feb-02-14  latvalatvian: The great Anand is truly great! Hooray!
Feb-02-14  RedShield: Nobody stops Vishy for 20 games in a row!
Feb-02-14  john barleycorn: the power of positive thinking in action
Feb-02-14  harish22: This win exemplifies Vishy's style. In the 36 moves, that are played, his pieces rarely cross the fifth rank. Bg4, Bb4, Bd2, Nf4, Ng4 and finally the deadly Qf3. However he maneuvers in a restricted space and gets a positional advantage. This thorough understanding of position, was the reason why he was always able to edge his rivals like Kramnik, Topolav, Ivanchuk, Gelfand, Leko, Shirov etc. However this seems to have given him a habit of playing in cramped and passive positions. In a sense he has become like Tigran Petrosian.

This style however does not seem to work against the new generation. Carlsen, Aronian, Nakamura, Caruna are playing a different style of chess. There ability to create "imbalance" is something that anand needs to adapt. Just like Spassky and Fischer were eventually able to overwhelm Petrosian, the same thing is happening to Anand.

I am not a Carlsen fan. But his win against Caruna was amazing. Using the d6 pawn as a wedge (Euwe's idea against Najdorf in 1953), he plays against the weak light squares on Caruna's Q-side. The entire point of the exchange sac on f7. An idea simple to explain, after the fact, but absolutely amazing to carry out on the board.

I wish anand is able to expand his opening repertoire to handle Carlsen and Aronian.

Feb-02-14  lost in space: I think all this has nothing to do with opening, just with age.
Feb-02-14  RedShield: <Gelfand in a coma>
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  Penguincw: Probably Anand's last great tournament (that I remember of) was the 2012 WCC, where he beat Gelfand 2x (once in tiebreaks). Here, he beats him again.

Good momentum by Anand. Tomorrow, if he can pull it off against Carlsen with white, he'll moving to 500.

Feb-06-14  positionalgenius: Anand is well past his prime, <harish>. Almost the entire generation along with Anand/Kramnik is aging, and of course new players will rise. It's not a matter of Anand " adapting", it is that his skills are declining and he has been surpassed.
Apr-06-14  Chris321: <positionalgenius: Anand is well past his prime, <harish>. Almost the entire generation along with Anand/Kramnik is aging, and of course new players will rise. It's not a matter of Anand " adapting", it is that his skills are declining and he has been surpassed.>...haha what a load of BS!...i wish people can shut their traps when they don't know what to say!...Anand is a Super GM,a player far above 2700!...that speaks for itself Hello!!...i do detect a Blond streak somewheres around here with such kinda comments!
Feb-11-19  cwcarlson: 31.♖h1? ∓; 31.♖f1 ♕h4 32.♕f2= Houdini.
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