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Viswanathan Anand vs Fabiano Caruana
Tata Steel Masters (2018), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-15
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Staunton Variation (C42)  ·  1-0



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  OhioChessFan: Another Petrov? Beats a Berlin.
Jan-15-18  BOSTER: Rook a1 to move. But where?
Jan-15-18  spingo: I'd say Rd1, Rd4, Qd3 and Rd7.
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  Absentee: <OhioChessFan: Another Petrov? Beats a Berlin.>

I thought they both drew.

Jan-15-18  BOSTER: Game is getting sharp.
Jan-15-18  Octavia: good choice, cg!
Jan-15-18  BOSTER: Now all black pieces are ready to invade on the second rank.
Jan-15-18  Octavia: when more pieces are swapped white wins with the a pawn :)
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  perfidious: Beats a Berlin is about the size of it.
Jan-15-18  BOSTER: Rook e3.
Jan-15-18  Marmot PFL: I would have played something else, Anand is a Petroff crusher
Jan-15-18  BOSTER: Black created the net for mate.
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  whiteshark: 41.Bxh6!!
Jan-15-18  Marmot PFL: 41 Bxh6 and Rd7 work?
Jan-15-18  BOSTER: The threat Qg6.
Jan-15-18  Marmot PFL: Well thanks for the lesson Vishy
Jan-15-18  BOSTER: <Marmot PFL>.You was right, like in the rook ending in round 2.
Jan-15-18  voyager39: Crushing lesson from a guy almost twice his age!

The younger generation have to force the oldies to retire. That's what Kasparov, Anand, Kramnik and co did.

The youngsters now don't seem upto the task at all.

Jan-15-18  Olsonist: And Karpov.
Jan-15-18  Octavia: well done!
Jan-15-18  John Abraham: will be interesting to see how Carlsen can now keep pace with Anand and Giri for the remainder of the tournament.
Jan-15-18  ChessHigherCat: What a classy final move!
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  thegoodanarchist: With 42.Rd6, White threatens 43.Rxh6# So of course 42…Qxf7?? is no good for Black because it doesn't stop the threat.

Black can unpin the g-pawn to defend h6, by playing 42…Rxe5?. But that just loses the Black queen to 43.Qxc4

So it seems to me that Black's best move here is 42…Qc1, defending h6. But then White can play 43.Rd8!, threatening 44.Qxg8# And 43…Rxd8?? is no defense because of the simple 44.Qxg7#

So the Black queen must go back to c4, 43…Qc4, to stop 44.Qxg8#. But White can then play 44.Rxg8+ Kh7 45.Qxg7#

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  Jambow: Vishy playing to win and not hold the line... Don't play these lines but I usually can win with the extra piece vs exchange... If my rooks look like they wont get coordinated I go all Petrosian and sack the exchange. Well Anand has really be showing out lately and I must say I do enjoy it.

Go Vishy !!!

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  perfidious: The ringleader of the Over the Hill Gang notches another young scalp!

What's not to cheer for, come to the renaissance of this great champion?

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