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Viswanathan Anand vs A R Saleh Salem
"The Salem Vish Trials" (game of the day Dec-04-2014)
World Blitz Championship (2014) (blitz), Dubai UAE, rd 4, Jun-19
Reti Opening: Advance Variation (A09)  ·  1-0



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  HeMateMe: My goodness, this looks painful.
Dec-04-14  thegoldenband: Ah, now THAT'S a pun.
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  Mating Net: Shades of Fischer vs Benko, 1963
Dec-04-14  crazyim5: It seems inevitable that white is going to win after Nf5. The finish was remarkably elegant!
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  piltdown man: Superb pun!
Dec-04-14  goodevans: 24.Qh6 was obviously going to be devastating so in black's shoes I think I'd have tried <23...Kh7> to block Her Majesty's entry. But after <23...Kh7 24.Be4> the threat of Bxg6+, etc. cannot be defended against (e.g. 24...Qe8 25.Nc7 or 24...Nf5 25.Bxf5 gxf5 26.Rh6#).
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  morfishine: Black is drowning in a sea of weak dark squares

Cool game, especially since its Blitz


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  Once: A powerful attack. A good reminder why we don't normally fisnchetto knights!
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  Penguincw: Black only made 23 moves (obviously), but 5 were spent on moving the queen knight (3...Nc6, 7...Nxb4, 9...Na6, 13...Nb8, 14...Nc6)...
Dec-04-14  MNW: Kind of like a reversed benoni! Awesome pun!
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  morfishine: <Penguincw> Good Point
Dec-04-14  Castleinthesky: Black loses too much initiative trying to activate his knights. His Vishes did not come true!
Dec-04-14  YetAnotherAmateur: I'm really curious what the thinking behind 22. ... h5 is. Because all I see is a hole on g5 opening up that wasn't there before.

I've played against black's kingside position frequently, and it nearly always works out in my favor. The problem is that it is extremely easy to get into the fort: 1. Slip the queen behind the pawn line, as shown here. 2. Get a knight to g5 or f6, and/or a bishop along the long diagonal. 3. Mate follows on h7, h8, or g7.

Now granted, most of my opponents are far from being GMs, so it's quite possible there are defenses I haven't thought of or gone up against, but in general this seems like it just opens your king up far too much. Once you get pieces behind the pawn chain there, it's worse than not having the chain at all, because it blocks defending pieces out even more than it blocks attacking pieces.

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  kevin86: The attack was TOO strong and black's game became cold potato soup.
Dec-04-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: Black sure made a lot of knight moves.
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