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Francisco Vallejo Pons vs Viswanathan Anand
Bilbao Masters (2014), Bilbao ESP, rd 2, Sep-15
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  0-1

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Sep-15-14  Pulo y Gata: 2-0! Did someone announce he's back?
Sep-15-14  zanzibar: <Opening Commentary>

It's funny, the engines give 9.Rc1 as +0.28/20, but played as 10.Rc1 as -0.40/20.

I guess the pin on the knight is too strong after 10...Ne4, and so 9.Nd2, 9.Qd4, and 9.Bxf6 (preventing 10...Ne4) are all preferred.

But then Anand fails to fully convert by immediately playing 11...Nxc3, instead of castling. Capturing prevents White from castling in effect, because of the e4-knight reloader:

11...Nxc3! 12.bxc3 Bxc3+ 13.Kf1 is best since if 13.Nd2 Nxc5

(Black to move)


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And d2 can't get any more defenders, so play could continue:

14.Qc2!? (d6+prevents ...Bf5) Ne4 15.O-O Nxd2 16.Bb5+ Kf8 17.Qxc3 Qxc3 18.Rxc3 Nxf1 19.Bxf1 g5 20.Bg3 Ke7


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Black's game is just so much more active, and not your usual QGD. (E.g. 5.cxd5 lets the lsb out).

I had the bad idea of trying 14.f3 to prevent ...Ne4, but then Black gets a devastating bishop outpost on d6 after 14...Bf5:

14.f3? Bf5! or 14...Bd7! and Black can slow play, building up tremendous pressure as White is tied up defending all his weaknesses.

Sep-15-14  zanzibar: At move 26 White had this position:


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Playing 26.Nb5 a6 27.Nd4 seems to just give the move to Black, with a big bump in eval that lasts the rest of the game.

Sep-15-14  vkk: this result isnt really much of a surprise.

im more interested in tomorrows game against aronian

Sep-15-14  SirRuthless: Brilliant game and result. I wasn't convinced by the weak KID from Pono but this was spectacular. Vishy is back and if he has been working with Fab like I suspect then Carlsen is in deep trouble.
Sep-15-14  vkk: Fab and Kramnik is who i suspect he's been working with.
Sep-15-14  1d410: Vishy has not been working with Fab. Fab has been working with Vishy.
Sep-15-14  Rascal Nikov: source ?
Sep-15-14  Strelets: Reports of an easy Carlsen victory this fall seem greatly exaggerated.
Sep-15-14  Everett: The line is reminiscent of the Cambridge Springs QGD.
Sep-15-14
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  Mating Net: 16...Ba6! unleashes the Bengal Tiger inside Vishy. This tourney is going to give Magnus plenty to think about.
Sep-15-14  RookFile: Anand uses an opening that Fischer had used with some success.
Sep-15-14
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  PawnSac: Vallejo-Pons...

#28 at 2712 in the FIDE Top 100 list.
#34 at 2713 in the live rating.

I don't see in this a convincing threat against Magnus. Anand is playing players WAY down the rating list ( Pono and Vallejo) and not the top 10.

Don't get me wrong. I like Vishi and would LOVE to see him in top form in the up coming match, but you can't predict a WCC top level outcome based on 2nd rate competitions.

Vishi should win this with points to spare and no losses or draws.

Sep-15-14
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  perfidious: <Pulo y Gata: 2-0! Did someone announce he's back?>

Who?

Oh, y'all mean that geezer A-nand that cain't play a lick, iffen ya believe a whole lot of what ya see heah!

Sep-15-14  vkk: Like I said the aronian game is pretty important just because
Sep-15-14  mrbasso: <source ?> Armchair expert spitballing. Isn't that enough source?
Sep-16-14  fisayo123: Nice win for Vishy with black against an in-form Paco.
Sep-16-14  hedgeh0g: Vishy has been showing good form of late, but I can't say I fancy his chances in the upcoming WC match.

He was terrified of Carlsen when they played last year and the result of that match probably isn't going to have done much to change that. Hopefully, he will at least make a fight of it.

Sep-16-14
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  HeMateMe: white's position is about to collapse.
Sep-17-14  latvalatvian: Anand risks losing the match to Carlsen if he continues studying with world # two. Why settle for world #2 analyses when Anand is world #1 analysis.
Sep-17-14  latvalatvian: Anand will win the match easily without #2.
Sep-17-14
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  HeMateMe: I think vishy will do a little bit better than last time. You get the feel that MC's focus is not 100% this time around.
Sep-18-14  Vinod S U: nyc game by vishy with the black...... he must win bilbao masters easily...

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