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Viswanathan Anand vs Francisco Vallejo Pons
Bilbao Masters (2014), Bilbao ESP, rd 4, Sep-18
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Central Variation. Modern Defense (D20)  ·  1-0

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Sep-18-14  piyushranjan: great win!
Sep-18-14  Ulhumbrus: The computer evaluations suggest that Anand wins this game in the style of Carlsen: After White gains a lead in development following the opening White's consequent advantage snowballs, increasing move by move until Black loses material.

21...Qb4 attacks the queen side but invites White to start a king side attack by Nf5. 22...Rc4 places pressure on the e4 pawn and induces the N on f5 to move by 23 Nd6 but 24 a3 displaces Black's queen and enables the N to return by 26 Nf5

Sep-18-14  psmith: Nice. Elegant classical play. Would have received the approval of Dr. Tarrasch, I think.
Sep-18-14  Reisswolf: Anand is now number 3 in the live ratings, ahead of Aronian. Not that ratings are terribly important for him at this stage, but it is still better to enter an important match with a rating that is climbing rather than declining.
Sep-18-14  parisattack: Yes, indeed. Beautiful and classically played! Anand certainly appears ready for battle. Not so sure about Carlsen, tho he is a difficult kid to read. Still should be a better match than the first.
Sep-18-14  honeypot: With nothing left to prove and the burden of being World Champ behind him, Anand really seems to be enjoying his game.

I wonder if the great man can cross 2800 yet again. Inflation has killed even Fischer, but I think a 2800 rating at age 45 will stand for a very very long time just like Fischer's 2789, Karpov's 2790 and Kasparov's 2856.

Sep-18-14  mrbasso: There is about zero chance that Carlsen will play the QGA. This game has no relevance.
Sep-18-14  Everett: <Ulhumbrus: The computer evaluations suggest that Anand wins this game in the style of Carlsen: After White gains a lead in development following the opening White's consequent advantage snowballs, increasing move by move until Black loses material.>

More like Karpov, who played D20 regularly and was ever the python in such "small advantage" positions.

Sep-18-14  DrLecter: <Reisswolf> Given the fact that the 2785-2800 club is so tightly packed and that its members slip out of this club every now and then, it has ceased to be a big accomplishment to break into this club, unless one can maintain that level of play and move upward to inch closer to Carlsen & Caruana.
Sep-18-14
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  Pulo y Gata: Anand is very well-prepared. The Nf3-d5 treatment ensures White a stable advantage, which Anand built up gradually.

Incidentally, Ponomariov and Nakamura are two of the top players who sometimes play the QGA, with some success.

Sep-18-14  dort: if only we could have Anand-Caruana game right before the world champion match. both just play incredible chess right now
Sep-18-14  Ke2: Boys this may be an actual good WCC.
Sep-18-14  1971: There is an outstanding clarity to Anand's play this tournament.
Sep-18-14  The17thPawn: <1971> - Agreed, Anand at his best shows a staggering understanding of positional and strategic play. I expect the upcoming championship to be much less one sided than the first contest.
Sep-18-14
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  PawnSac: we all certainly hope so. Anand was not in his best form in the last WCC, but it appears he will be a little more on top of it this time.
Sep-18-14  paavoh: This was clear as water by Anand. Vallejo perhaps made a few minor inaccuracies in the opening.

He could have muddied the water a bit by withdrawing the Bishop instead of exchanging it 11.- Bxe2, and I am not entirely sure about the Rac8/c6 maneuver either, White is better developed - usually QGA has b7-b5 and play on the Q side instead.

Sep-19-14  siggemannen: Nice to see the Chigorin Defence, even though a transposed one, in a higher level game again
Sep-19-14
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: The use of the d-file in the King side attack reminds me of one of those composed positions in a beginner's manual designed to teach a specific theme. Anand made this game look a *lot* easier than it is.
Sep-19-14  Ulhumbrus: I thought before, after looking at the computer's evaluations, that Anand had gained only a slight positional advantage following the opening, an advantage which snowballed.

However having taken a look at the game I must revise this opinion.

If we look at the position after 21 Ne3 White's pieces are no less than three moves ahead in development of Black's pieces.

If White can make this asset count and if other things are equal, Black is lost.

One conceivable explanation why the computer's evaluations make it appear that White's advantage is only slight and thereafter grows is that the computer's calculating horizon is limited and the evaluation becomes more accurate as the game progresses.

Sep-19-14  paavoh: @Ulhumbrus: I agree, white was leading by a mile in development. Then, it is surprising to learn what Vallejo had said about the game:

<<tzar: For those who cannot follow the games (in Spanish) Vallejo said after the game that he did not make any mistake, that he saw all Anand's moves coming but he could not avoid defeat. He does not understand why he lost. >>

Sep-19-14  PhilFeeley: <He does not understand why he lost. >

1. Rooks doubled on the d-file.
2. Queen and knight bearing down on the king.
3. No counterplay.

Sep-21-14  siggemannen: I think black should've gone for b5 stuff, controlling c4-square instead of Rc8-c6-plan.
Sep-19-18  gokusano: Anand cramped Pons!

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