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Viswanathan Anand vs Magnus Carlsen
"Anand the Third Day..." (game of the day Apr-05-2015)
Carlsen - Anand World Championship Match (2014), Sochi RUS, rd 3, Nov-11
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack. Two Knights Defense Blockade Line (D37)  ·  1-0



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Viswanathan Anand vs Magnus Carlsen (2014) Anand the Third Day...

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  kevin86: Anand wins the third game...good pun for Easter. But Carlsen won the match!
Jun-01-15  pinoy king: 34 move crush...
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  Penguincw: I forgot to ask. How was your Black Friday shopping?

But hmm. It's an Anand-Carlsen game. Must be from a recent WCC game!

Hey, I was right! That was the only thing I got right, as I incorrectly predicted 28.Qxb4 Qxc6 29.Qxa3.

For some reason, I don't remember stumbling across this game, but considering I haven't been following chess for the last 2 months, should've be too big of a surprise.

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But hey, Monday's tomorrow!

Nov-29-15  jith1207: Vishy-insane-nathan Anand!

Knew this game from the last Wcc, the only glorious day for the former world champ during the match. But this is still insane, that I don't get the puzzle solution correctly.

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  devere: Is this "problem" White to play and then Black to blunder? Suppose Black makes a reasonable reply to 28. Ra1 such as h5. How does White win then?
Nov-29-15  kubbybulin: Yet another game continuation...this is not a "puzzle". A puzzle would be 28. Qb4 Qc6 29. Qe7 actually leading somewhere worth going; but after the eventual Be5 that is necessary to set up the mate threats, black simply gives back the exchange with at least equality.
Nov-29-15  yadasampati: Beautiful victory by Anand! 28. Ra1 was impossible to find for me. And i also cannot figure out why he first played 33. e6 in the end, instead of directly Rc1. I assume it was necessary, but why?
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  agb2002: Too memorable.
Nov-29-15  morfishine: <agb2002> Ditto; but even if one hadn't seen this game or known the position, I don't see what's "insane". White achieved positional domination and that's that


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  Jimfromprovidence: <yadasampati> <And i also cannot figure out why he first played 33. e6 in the end, instead of directly Rc1. I assume it was necessary, but why?>

There was a superficial threat 33...Qxe5 seeing 34...Qxh2+. Maybe that was it, but he could have directly played 33 Rc1 or 33 Rc5, below.

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Nov-29-15  stst: Insane time is almost up... just make the first two moves and see... 28.Qb8 RxQ
29.PxR promote to Q ...
White's net gain is the R....
Nov-30-15  stst: the game moves... like the long poem ... might be necessary? but ... too boring....
Dec-09-15  nilanjanasm: Carlsen's 32.... Qe7 was a bad move . I think better was 32... h5
Apr-10-16  Chessinfinite: What a display of idiocy by <Chrisowen >
Oct-20-17  talhal20: This was the best game of the match
Aug-25-18  jabinjikanza: Battle of wits. Chess wizards!!!!!
Nov-04-18  joddon: this is the day vishy realises he has to use every ounce of his brain to win....against a machine who is set himself to win in every which way or all manners!!!!
Feb-26-19  rcs784: I just discovered an interesting curiosity about this game: Chessbase's online database contains the following game:

S. Chan (1872 Elo) vs. J. Low (1687 Elo), Skudai Kejohanan open 2016:

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bf4 Be7 5. e3 O-O 6. Nf3 Nbd7 7. c5 c6 8. Bd3 b6 9. b4 a5 10. a3 Ba6 11. Bxa6 Rxa6 12. b5 cxb5 13. c6 Qc8 14. c7 b4 15. Nb5 a4 16. Rc1 Ne4 17. Ng5 Ndf6 18. Nxe4 Nxe4 19. f3 Ra5 20. dxe4 Rxb5 21. Qxa4 Ra5 22. Qc6 bxa3 23. exd5 Rxd5 24. Qxb6 Qd7 25. Rc6 Rc8 26. O-O g5 27. Bg3 Bb4 28. Ra1 Ba5 29. Qa6 Bxc7 30. Qc4 e5 31. Bxe5 Rxe5 32. dxe5 Qe7 33. e6 Kf8 34. Rc1 1-0

Apart from a slightly different move order up to move 6 and White's 25th and 26th moves being interchanged, it's EXACTLY the same as the Anand-Carlsen game. Prearranged copycat draws, of course, are extremely common (even strong players have occasionally made them), but this is the first time I've ever seen two amateurs copy a famous decisive game.

I can only think the black player decided to throw a game to help his friend win the tournament, but playing a (nearly) exact copy of a recent World Championship game that everybody knows hardly seems like the way to do it--I can't imagine the tournament organizers would have failed to realize collusion was going on after seeing the moves of this game.


Apr-18-20  Open Defence: Is this the last time Anand beat Carlsen in classical time controls ?
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  chancho: Anand vs Carlsen, 2015
Apr-18-20  Open Defence: thanks <chancho> wow, so 5 years ago!
Apr-18-20  jith1207: <rcs784>: good find. ;)
Aug-12-21  Gaito:

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Black played 19...Ra5?! The engines do not quite approve of this move. Both Leela Chess Zero (Lc0) and Stockfish 14 (SF14) play 19...Nc3 in this position. So does Komodo 14. A likely variation: 19...Nc3 20.Nxc3 bxc3 21.Rxc3 Qd7 (21...Qb7 22.O-O is Komodo's choice) 22.Qd3 b5, with equality (Computer evaluation by SF14: 0.00) See diagram below:

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Aug-12-21  Gaito:

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Black played 26...g5!? Very interesting, but 26...h5! (threatening 27 ...g5 and 28 ...h4) deserved attention too.

For example: 26...h5 27.Ra1 Ra5! 28.h4!? Raa8 (but not 28...Bxh4? 29.Qxa5 Qxc6 30.Qxa3 and White wins) 29.Rc3 Qd5 (again not 29...Bxh4? 30.Raxa3 and White wins, however 29...f6 is the engine's move, as both Lc0 and SF14 play it, so it must be a good move too, though I don't quite understand it, probably it prepares an eventual breakthrough ...e5) 30.Rb3 f6 31.Rb5 Qd7 32.Rxh5 Bf8, and White has only a slight edge according to the computer (evaluation by SF14: +0.35). See diagram below:

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Aug-12-21  Gaito:

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In this position White already stands much better (computer evaluation by SF14: +1.88). Black played 27...Ba5? and after six moves he had to resign. The engine's suggestion is 27...h5, e.g. 28.h3 h4 (28...Kh7 deserves attention) 29.Bh2 Bf8, and Black is worse, but he could still put up a fight. Computer evaluation by Lc0: +0.89. See diagram below:

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