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Viswanathan Anand vs David Baramidze
GRENKE Chess Classic (2015), Baden-Baden GER, rd 6, Feb-08
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid (C95)  ·  1-0



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Feb-08-15  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 15 a4 White played 15 Bg5 h6 16 Bd2 with success in the games Spassky vs Unzicker, 1966 and Fischer vs Spassky, 1992

Instead of 18...ed 18...Nb6 followed by ..Nf6-d7 arranges the knights as in the game Karpov vs Spassky, 1973 and perhaps arranges them well, although White won this game

After 20 d5 Anand suggested that this Benoni like pawn formation was not good for Black.

Black's queen bishop on b7 bites on granite unless he can find a way to free it.

Short indicated that the "combination" 23...Nxd5 which appeared to win the exchange was in fact a grave error and fell into a trap. After White had lost the exchange by 26 Qa1 his attack on the long diagonal was too strong and Black had to lose a piece in order to avoid getting mated. With two pieces for a rook Anand went on to win the game.

Feb-08-15  Nf8: <It seems the whole Benoni-like structure adopted by Baramidze was a risky strategy, and 21…Rec8?! mistakenly prepared the losing 22…c3? Jan Gustafsson said in the commentary that it seemed Baramidze kept trying "to land a lucky punch" rather than play his normal game. This flailing right hook overlooked a simple tactical blow – that 23.bxc3 Nxd5 24.exd5 Bxc3 25.Qd1 Bxa1 26.Qxa1 - so far all this was played in the game – can’t be followed by picking up a piece with 26…Qxc2 due to 27.Bh6 Qc3 and... 28.Re8+!, winning the queen. Black could try 27…f6 in that line, but after 28.Re7 it doesn’t work either.> (
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  PawnSac: < 53. ..Rcb7 >
Of course not ..Rxc4 since 54. Ra7+ Kg8 55. Rg7+ ( ..Kf8 Ne6+ ..Ke8 Re7#) ..Kh8 56.Rb7+ wins the rook.. ..Kg8 57. Rxb8+ Kf7 58. Rb7+ Ke8 59. Ne6 and the King with an epaulette mate after Re7#

< 56. ..Rb8 >
to stop the pretty Nf8#

This is the problem with the rook vs. 2 minor pieces. The king gets swarmed by attackers. Anyway, its good to see Vishi finally win a game.

Feb-08-15  Marmot PFL: Baramidze played some good games to start with, then seems to have decided to mix it up with the higher rated players.

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