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Viswanathan Anand vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Norway Chess (2015), Stavanger NOR, rd 6, Jun-22
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Adams Attack (B90)  ·  1-0



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  markbstephenson: On Morphy's birthday Anand wins a la Morphy!
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  al wazir: What did 18. Kh1 accomplish? It gave black a chance to make at least one defensive move (not that he availed himself of it), e.g., 18...Kh7 and 19...Rg8. Why didn't Anand play Bxh6 immediately?
Jun-22-15  Rama: My guess, a housekeeping move to avoid surprises coming from checks on the diagonal(s), like playing h3 sometimes. This place is a shark-pit, gotta be careful.
Jun-22-15  Mr 1100: How much of this was prep? Especially considering even the computer apparently didn't find the key move(s) at first?
Jun-22-15  jindraz: al wazir: Kh1 accomplished more than one thing but you have to ask a computer. It certainly ruled out the defense g5 Qg3 Rd3 Bc5+ Kh1 Be3, and maybe also something about Nxe4
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  Sally Simpson: Hi al wazir,

Good question.

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Experience tells you, if you can, tuck the King out of the way before you go sac-happy.

Tucking the King out of the way stops any annoying tempo gaining checks and tempo is what it's all about when sac attacking a King.

Looking ahead at possible defensive set-ups you see the bones of this pattern from the above games with Black to play.

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That e7 Bishop is not helping Black but it has a check gaining a tempo for Black to hold his second rank with the Rook. The kind of annoying check I was talking about. In some lines in the actual game Bc5+ may have played a game saving part.

Leaving on or over-looking checks against yourself when sac-attacking is very dodgy and has been the downfall of many a 'this looks good' combination.

You often see the good guys moving their King from c1 to b1 after they have castled queenside. This is to get away from bolt from the blue checks on the open diagonal.... or pins.

I kind of know what I'm talking about here.

G Chandler vs J B Henderson, 1994

That clown Chandler thought he could save a tempo by not playing Kb1 but then again he's not what I would call one of the 'good guys.'

(recently found out that that game appears in one of the Adorjan 'Black is OK' books. Good. I hope someone somewhere learned something about King safety.)

Also Anand, or any attacking player, does not want to keep going over attacking calculation to keep looking at a possible check and what it can do. Black's defensive duty is much harder without a tempo gaining check. (18.Kh1 was a pre-attacking move.)

It's possible Anand had the coming attack on his prep-board before the game and decided or discovered Kh1 needs to be played because as was pointed out in the main Norway Chess thread, the game and sac idea had been seen before 'cept in that game White did not play Kh1. Black got a Queen check in and managed to get the Queens off. (though White still won.)

Anand polished up the attack.

Navara vs Grischuk, 2014

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  Jimfromprovidence: Another move that is just one tempo too slow is 20...Qxc2?!

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The idea is 21...Nxe4.

White to play and win is the exercise.

Jun-22-15  Conrad93: And this is why I don't play the Sicilian...
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  WannaBe: My fav opening as black! Gotta study this and find out why and where things went wrong.

I love playing the Najdorf, especially when white 0-0-0 and black 0-0. Invitation to a slug it out fight-fest.

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  WannaBe: I think with K-side pawns already advanced 11. 0-0 may not be most optimal.
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  HeMateMe: Home cooking?
Jun-23-15  Imran Iskandar: Anand is a chess god.
Jun-23-15  vsiva1: 23. g6 is Anand's initiative and invention. Even Stockfish could not able to find this great innovative move by great player. Immediately after playing 23. g6, Stockfish says >2.0 and White is winning. This is exactly here, I would say HUMAN MIND IS UN-COMPARABLE WITH MACHINES.
Jun-23-15  Octal: Navara vs Grischuk, 2014

Is worth comparing.

Jun-23-15  pankajdaga: <23. g6 is Anand's initiative and invention. Even Stockfish could not able to find this great innovative move by great player. Immediately after playing 23. g6, Stockfish says >2.0 and White is winning. This is exactly here, I would say HUMAN MIND IS UN-COMPARABLE WITH MACHINES.> Geez....The online Stockfish evaluation that you saw is subpar. Most websites have it set with limited depth and memory for non-paying users. It has no issues finding it. g6 is an important move to find but not an issue for GMs and computers alike.

Do not go overboard with your praise.

Jun-23-15  Shoukhath007: watch the amazing moves played by anand with lagrave. bye
Jun-23-15  Ulhumbrus: In the position after 15...Qc7 White's queen's rook on d1 is placed more actively than Black's queen's rook is placed actively on b8. White's queen's bishop on e3 is ahead in development of Black's queen's bishop on c8. In addition to this White has greater space overall.

If other things are equal and if White can make his lead in development and greater space count, White has a winning or almost winning positional advantage.

In that case it will be advisable for White to attack, and if then move 16 f5 makes the right choice of attacking move, this will a sound attack as it is based upon a positional advantage and it will be likely to succeed against any defence.

The computer evaluations suggest that 16...e5! reduces White's advantage. If we consider that a part of White's advantage consists of a lead in development this suggests the reason why: 16...e5 avoids opening lines.

Jun-24-15  Nova: <JimfromProvidence> Nice little puzzle! Of course 21. Nh5 pops out to my eyes with the not-so-subtle threat of mate on g7. Followed by the forced 21…Nxh5 22. gxh5 (opening up the g-file).

I admit that after the subsequent 22…Bxe4 I did not see the powerful (yet not too surprising) 23. Rg1! which sets up a most annoying check that will cost Black plenty of material. Black cannot get any pieces in the way of the upcoming check nor run his king away. So seemingly simple yet such a wonderful attack from Vishy!

Jun-24-15  Notagm: How about 22... Qxd3? The attack seems to be petering out, while Black is ahead in material.
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  Jimfromprovidence: <Nova> <Nice little puzzle! Of course 21. Nh5 pops out to my eyes with the not-so-subtle threat of mate on g7. Followed by the forced 21…Nxh5 22. gxh5 (opening up the g-file).

I admit that after the subsequent 22…Bxe4 I did not see the powerful (yet not too surprising) 23. Rg1! which sets up a most annoying check that will cost Black plenty of material.>

There is more to come. After 23 Rg1 black intercedes with 23...Bg5, giving back the bishop, evening the material.

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Now white wins a full piece beginning with 24 Qxg5+ Kh7 25 Qg7+!

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Jun-26-15  Ron: One of the best games of 2015. Perhaps worthy of future anthologies.
Jun-26-15  fisayo123: I haven't really checked this game properly, but surely, black was in time to play Kh7 at a certain moment? The sac on h6 just seems to dangerous to ignore.
Aug-05-15  FairyPromotion: I submitted the pun: Régime de Vishy

The credit goes to <CapablancaFan122>, as this was his idea in Radjabov vs Anand, 2002, as well as to whoever came up with the pun "Vishy Regime" first. I merely read about the idea there, and didn't want blatantly plagiarize without giving due credit. =)

Aug-05-15  Rookiepawn: Vishyssoise?
Dec-10-16  Imran Iskandar: MVL dismantled!
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