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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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  Phony Benoni: Selected as the 8th best game of 2014 by a vote of <chessgames> members.
Jan-25-15  Steve.Patzer: <RookFile> great observation on 7.....Nh5
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  offramp: <Phony Benoni: Selected as the 8th best game of 2014 by a vote of <chessgames> members.>

Are you referring to the Cascara vote? If so, you are totally correct.

There, this game received 2 nominations and was put on a shortlist of 8 to be voted on. In the voting this game received 2 votes from the same two Kibitzers and therefore finished 8th (last).

So it was definitely selected as the 8th best game of 2014 by a vote of <chessgames> members.

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  sandtime: <Phony Benoni> Where do we find out about games 1-7 ? Please.
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  Phony Benoni: <offramp> Msandfine> Complete voting and details can be found here:

Game Collection: Best Games of 2014

<chessgames> announced they would be using these as GOTDs for the next few days. I was hoing to keep up the suspense a little, but obviously that didn't work.

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  sandtime: Thanks PB
Jan-26-15  Moszkowski012273: Still wonder if Carlsen pondered 14...Bxa3
Apr-05-15  waustad: Having been Elijah in Inherit the Wind over 40 years ago I love the pun.
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  Phony Benoni: Darn. I hate it when the same game is GOTD twice in the same year. Screws up the index.
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  thegoodanarchist: Not to mention how many other great games are out there waiting to be GOTD
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  thegoodanarchist: <IFNB: <<Conrad>> <Who pissed in your cereal this morning?> I'm just speaking the truth. If you can point to someone here who reacts to your posts with anything more positive than annoyance or open contempt, let me know.>

Over at the 2015 US Open page the guy is verbally abusing a 14 year old kid:

<Conrad93: Chess players do not need your typical socially-awkward nerd stereotype representing chess.

We need to move away from that. Sevian is a horrible walking cliche.>

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US Championships (2015)

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  morfishine: Love the analogy, what-with this being Game 3
Apr-05-15  A.T PhoneHome: Anand has had an incredible career. For me, he has done everything he needs to. He doesn't need to "reach" anymore.

This game is a really good example of Anand's deep opening preparation! It never hurts to make Carlsen think a lot.

Apr-05-15  nalinw: Yes - considering what day it is and the match situation I think this is one of the best puns of all time.

What did they pick for April 1 - already forgotten :-) - ah yes - a made up game wasn't it?

Apr-05-15  A.T PhoneHome: <nalinw> This game was!

E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920


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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.

Game Analysis:

But hey, Monday's tomorrow!

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  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.

Nov-29-15  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.
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  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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