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Viswanathan Anand vs Alexander Grischuk
Tal Memorial (Rapid) (2018) (rapid), Moscow RUS, rd 8, Mar-04
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack. Fianchetto Variation (B31)  ·  1-0



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Mar-04-18  jith1207: White's 27th move would be a good medium Wednesday puzzle one day.
Mar-04-18  Marmot PFL: Unlucky for Grischuk, if he played 26...f6 to stop Ng5+ it's not clear where white's attack is going.
Mar-04-18  Ulhumbrus: 15 Ng3 threatens Bxg7 followed by Qg5 and Nf5+. Suppose that Black spends his move on 15...Nd7 at once. On 16 Bxg7 Kxg7 17 Qf5 f6 forces the queen away but this disturbs the pawns and brings out one point: Black has to make this concession because his c pawn does not defend his e5 pawn.
Mar-04-18  Jamboree: Sparkling final six moves! Morphyesque.
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  thegoodanarchist: Ground 'chuck!
Mar-04-18  jith1207: <Marmot PFL:Unlucky for Grischuk, if he played 26...f6 to stop Ng5+ it's not clear where white's attack is going.> that's correct, but the attack only started when that correct move wasn't played. The previous rook move probably just played into his mind.

One of the best sequence of moves that makes one love chess.

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  Ron: Video analysis of the game here:

I'm a fan of that YouTube channel.

Also, towards the end of the video, it seems that the analyst referred to

Tal Memorial (Rapid) (2018)

Mar-05-18  sanjayshah: What a game! A grandmaster of same rating could not understand move 25:Rg5 and collapse in just 30 moves. Well done Vishy!
Mar-05-18  Olsonist: Boom! 25.Rg5. Now that's how you do a rook lift!!
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  tpstar: Anand's brilliant finish here is indeed a fitting tribute to Tal.

<if he played 26...f6 to stop Ng5+ it's not clear where white's attack is going> White might have to break through with c3 & d4 since the Rf5 would be stuck.

Mar-05-18  BOSTER: After 19...a3 , 20.b3 it was necessary to play 20...c4 in order to activate the black queen, switching it on the queen's side Qb4.
Mar-05-18  Marmot PFL: Good video of both players as the game ends


Mar-05-18  Olavi: Mrtin Minski's study version:
Mar-05-18  BOSTER: It looks like black didn't see in-between move 28.Rxf7+
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  hoodrobin: Anand's Great Coordination!
Mar-07-18  anandrulez: <Marmot PFL:Unlucky for Grischuk, if he played 26...f6 to stop Ng5+ it's not clear where white's attack is going.> Yeah I think so too. Rxf7 is such a nice tactic to see OTB. But I think Grischuk was a bit overwhelmed by the position and didn't see Rxf7 like most of us. He just had to be calm and defensive to stop any kind of Ng5 idea and then White simply has nothing more than an ugly Rook. Not a classic, but nice one for chess fans. Tal often created such positions which are difficult to solve OTB but computers would defend easily.
Mar-07-18  GlennOliver: Very sporting of Grischuk to recognise the beauty of Anand's game and not to resign but instead to play it through to mate.
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  ChessHigherCat: < Vitez: I watched it here:>

Mato seems like a nice guy for someone whose name means "I kill" in Spanish

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  fredthebear: Cozio's Mate, a Dovetail Mate.

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