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Viswanathan Anand vs Maxim Matlakov
Tata Steel Masters (2018), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-13
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Anderssen Variation (C77)  ·  1-0



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Jan-13-18  ACMEKINGKRUSHER: Howdy,
Is Anand trying to be in form to Win The Candidates and "TAKE-ON" MAGNUS? Perhaps it is a WEE BIT too early to start that idea running! Just had to give Anand FANS a "Heart Flutter" OR TWO OR THREE! Let's see in a few more rounds. It was a Good game though! ACME KING KRUSHER!
Jan-13-18  Marmot PFL: Anand isn't in the candidates, although rated higher than some who are.
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  HeMateMe: why does white play 26.K-h2 instead of grabbing the pawn on b6?
Jan-13-18  JPi: I'm not sure that Black has to 0-0 here. 24...Kf8 (K is quite safe in g7) looks a more subtle approach. Positional: Black has to keep his Bishop wildly active 2 diagonals c8-f5 but also Ba6 thus c6-d5 come in mind; Tactical: the threat Ne2+ Kh2 Nxg3! KxN Qf4 mate is still there.
Jan-13-18  rahulthemoron: With the World Rapid title (over a field including Magnus the great) and now this, Anand seems to be on a roll. In Bengali, we have a saying that a fire flares up before it finally burns out. I feel that that is what is happening with Vishy. And personally, being an Indian and over 50, it naturally makes my day every time he wins.
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  chancho: Don't turn your back on a hungry Tiger...
Jan-13-18  JPi: After 26.Kh2 ad 27.Rf1 White looks better.
Jan-13-18  ChessHigherCat: 51. Qd5 was a great move because if Qxd5 52. exd5 Kf3 53. d6 and miraculously black can't stop the pawn!
Jan-14-18  LivBlockade:

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Position after 24...Bd7

White alertly played 25. Qd1, as Black threatened 25...Bxa4 as well as a beautiful mate in 3.

25...Ne2+ 26. Kh2 Qxh4+! 27. gxh4 g3 mate!

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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Could have sworn Black had the better position after move 23. Chess passed me by about a thousand miles ago and now it has begun to lap me.

Also intriguing; in my playing days after 1.e4,e5, games would almost always reach the standard Closed Ruy position after 9.h3. In retrospect, I wonder why. The once ignored lines such as 5.d3 have much of interest to offer.

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  thegoodanarchist: This heavy-piece ending reminds me a little bit of another Anand endgame, only Anand was on the losing end:

Carlsen vs Anand, 2014

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