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Benjamin Gledura vs Viswanathan Anand
Gibraltar Masters (2016), La Caleta GIB, rd 7, Feb-01
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45)  ·  1-0



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Feb-01-16  Nietzowitsch: The Anand is running rough.
Feb-01-16  kamagong24: i guess Anand won't be doing this anymore

Feb-02-16  Pulo y Gata: This is an excellent game by Gledura. To outplay the former world champion in an endgame just like that, wow.
Feb-02-16  Ulhumbrus: 32...Bd8 undevelops the bishop (which from f6 dominates the N on f3) and allows White's knight to come to e5. Instead of this 32...Kd7 develops the king
Feb-02-16  xanadu: Perhaps to exchange BxN was a big mistake
Feb-02-16  King Radio: I think black's problems started well before the bishop/ knight trade. White's king is way too active. He may have had to trade off the knight, but it might be just a lost position at that point, anyway.
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  ajk68: I think 38...Kd7 is a mistake, letting the king put a threat to the pawn. He needed to do a carefully accounting for tempos.

Why not 38...b6+, ? Black can maintain the opposition. White would have a hard time making progress.

Feb-03-16  shintaro go: Yes. Very weird that Vishy played 38.. Kd7. Seems dead draw until that move.
Feb-03-16  Pulo y Gata: <ajk68> Black is still lost after 38...b6 39.Kd5.

Just imagine the position with white's king at g5 and black's kside pawns are in h5,g6 and f7 and his king on e7. Black will run out of tempo and white will win.

Feb-03-16  Ulhumbrus: <Pulo y Gata> After 38...b6+ one way for Black to lose is 39 Kd5 Kd7 40 Ke5 Ke7 41 Kf5 Kd6 42 Kg5 Ke5 43 Kxh5 Kd4 44 g4 Kc3 45 h5 Kb2 46 Kf4 Kxa2 47 g5 Kxb3 48 h6 a5 49 h7 a4 50 h8/Q and it looks like a win for White. Suppose that Black tries 38...f6 to keep white's king out of e5. Black has not yet played...Kd7 so White can't play Kb6. On 38...f6 39 Kd5 Kd7 White has the opposition but how can he use it to invade Black's position? He has to find some way of preventing Black from gaining a fortress
Feb-03-16  Pulo y Gata: <Ulhumbrus> Let's see for example: 38...f6 39.a4 b6+ 40.Kd5 Kd7 41. b4 and without calculation, I can say that black will run out of tempo moves and lose because he will have to move his king out of opposition.
Feb-03-16  siggemannen: So, where did Anand go wrong?
28...h5 perhaps?
Feb-03-16  Ulhumbrus: <Pulo y Gata> On 38...f6 39 a4 a5 Black has taken the opposition. Let us try a few moves: 40 Kb5 b6 41 Ka6 Kc6. Then if White tries to win this by avoiding repeating moves, one way for White to lose is 42 Ka7 Kc5 43 Kb7 b5 44 Ka6 bxa4 45 bxa4 Kb4 and White loses instead of Black.
Feb-03-16  Pulo y Gata: <U> On 38...f6 just a slight modification, I think 39. Kd5 is more accurate when Kd7 is forced, then 40.b4 is the correct move; for example, 40...b6 (b5 locks the qside to white's advantage as he has more moves to spare) 41.a4 transposes to my earlier example.

These are illustrative lines but the importance of each king's position is key.

Feb-03-16  johnkr: White king got way too active. 28...h5 was suspect, annotator at Chessbase suggested 28...Nd5. Still it's surprising to me that White could win this since B is usually thought to be superior to Knight with pawns on both sides. King activity!
Feb-03-16  johnkr: Black had the q-side weakness at b6, then White forced the k-side weakness when he played f3 and g4 so he could threaten to invade on the k-side. Very nice.
Feb-03-16  johnkr: Pulo after 38...f6 there is more than one way for White to win. Simply 39 f4 looks good to shut down Black's attempt at play. Then Black still is stymied for a good move. Kd7 still allows 40 Kb6.
Feb-03-16  Pulo y Gata: John, I don't know about 38...f6 39.f4 since tempo is very important. Black does not have to play Kd7 then, but simply f5 when black has enough tempo to maintain opposition.
Feb-04-16  Ulhumbrus: <Pulo y Gata> On 38...f6 39 Kd5 Kd7 40 b4 appears to win, as you indicate. In that case how about 38...a5 eg 39 Kb5 b6 40 Ka6 Kc5
Feb-04-16  Pulo y Gata: <U>, On 38...a5 again white is doesn't need to play 39.Kb5. The theme is the same: tempo and opposition.
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  kbob: Against Anand at the Alekhine Memorial 2013 Gelfand played 23. Bd4 Ne8 24. Rc1 and Vachier LaGrave played 22. Re1. Both drew in about 40 moves. Here Gledura plays 23. Rd1. Surprise in the opening does not appear to be a factor.
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  offramp: After 31...Bxf6,

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I really wouldn't expect an ex-WC to lose that position, as Black, to a MUCH lower rated opponent.

THERE IS CLEARLY a humongous disastrous disconnect between one of Anand's three brains and his hands/feet/facial expression.

His rampaging Necrolysing Spongiform Zika-viral St Vitus-syndrome CANNOT be controlled by a Breatharian Diet, as he tried to do in his most recent match v Carlsen.

It needs powerful drugs!

In this respect Guru Nanak says:

<"I am the Snake that giveth Knowledge & Delight and bright glory, and stir the hearts of men with drunkenness. To worship me <take wine <and strange drugs>> whereof I will tell my prophet, & be drunk thereof!... Choose ye an island!
Fortify it!
Dung [LOL] it about with enginery of war!
I will give you a war-engine.
With it ye shall smite the peoples <[ie the Norwegians]>; and none shall stand before you. Lurk![LOL] Withdraw! Upon them! this is the Law of the Battle of Conquest: thus shall my worship be about my secret house.">

Feb-28-16  Ulhumbrus: One of Leonard Barden's comments is <Anand’s 28...h5? was casual, allowing 29 Bg5! when the white king took control of the centre. An easy draw became a loss since if Black tries 36...Kc7 37 Ne4-d6 is very strong.>
Apr-23-16  Alexandro: In my opinion the wrong move of black pieces was 38.kd7...
Jun-20-19  Saniyat24: Kings' in the corner playing Rook...Hungarian style...!
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