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Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Viswanathan Anand
London Chess Classic (2017), London ENG, rd 7, Dec-09
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Hedgehog System (A17)  ·  1-0



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Dec-09-17  John Abraham: g4 turned out to be a great move.
Dec-09-17  siggemannen: Nepo plays like a punk and beats Anand to a pulp. Youngsters these days have no respect
Dec-09-17  Fanques Fair: Strange game. It seems that 27-...Qxb5, 28-Nxg6+, Rxg6, 29-Rxg6, Rg8!, 30-Rxg8,Nxg8 and Black is at least equal.
Dec-09-17  Ulhumbrus: The move 4...a6 moves a pawn in the opening and this eccentricity may enable White to react strongly by 7 g4 or pay less for it at least.

However can White in fact get away with it, or does 7 g4 perhaps react too strongly? Is the aim of 7 g4 out of proportion to the value of what Black may have conceded by the move 4...a6?

7 g4 is not a developing move. Suppose that Black plays a developing move in reply and gets his other knight out by 7...Nc6.

One sequence which the computer gives ( amongst many) is 8 g5 Ne4 9 cxd5 exd5 10 Nxd5 Be5 11 Nxe5 Nxe5 12 Bxe5 Qxd5 13 Bb2 Nxf2! 14 Kxf2 Qxh1 winning.

Anand's losses against Caruana and Nepomniachtchi bring to mind something which GM Chirila said during his commentary when speaking about the Berlin wall.

GM Chirila said that to play it a player needed to gain practice and experience in playing it against a training partner, and GM Chirila advised a player not to try it unless he had gained practice and experience in playing it against a training partner: To just learn computer analysis was not enough.

It may be that Anand needs to prepare not only openings or endings but certain types of middle game positions as well, and this means gaining practice and experience in playing then and handling them with a training partner, and not only to see the computer analysis of them.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: If the CG database is correct, the players left book after 7.g4, which rather amazes. If that move was pre-game prep, White had at least a psychological edge thanks to that move.
Dec-09-17  sudoplatov: Knowing how to play various types of positions is one of the differences between grandmasters and the hoi polloi. The Soviet School did lots of teaching of this type; what pieces to keep and what to exchange, etc. Capablanca and Lasker seemed to know these things intuitively.
Dec-26-17  yurikvelo: <---- multiPV

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