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John M Emms vs Viswanathan Anand
"Seen One, Seen Emms All" (game of the day Aug-18-2012)
Oakham (1986), Oakham ENG, rd 1, Apr-02
Bishop's Opening: Vienna Hybrid (C28)  ·  1-0



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Apr-20-04  Queen killer: I'm surprised Anand fell to such a relatively simple attack
Apr-20-04  Jim Bartle: Well, 1986 is not 1995 or 2004...How old was Anand then?
Apr-20-04  ajit: Anand would be around 16
Apr-20-04  ArchBishop: Emms would be about 17
May-12-05  Gowe: Emms had 19 when he played this game
Aug-13-05  Knight13: Good play by both players. The endgame is interesting.
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  beatgiant: Yes, the endgame is interesting. At first sight, we expect Black to have a good counterattack since White's king is cut off. But it all depends on time.

The best I could find is 39...d3 40. Rg3 Kc5 41. Rxd3 Rxg2 42. Rd2 Rg4 43. e5 fxe5 44. Rf2 but White still might be winning this.

Dec-18-05  Whitehat1963: Is it really impossible for black to promote one of those passed pawns at the end? What does Crafty think of the final position?
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  WannaBe: <Whitehat1963> Doesn't look like it, Shredder gives the best line for black is 47...Rxf8 48. Rxf8 Kd5 49. h4 Ke6 50. Rf1 e4 +8.50 (Infinite analysis)
Feb-29-08  hedgeh0g:

Emms was part of Derren Brown's "simultaneous exhibition", if anyone's interested.

Jun-09-09  WhiteRook48: what about getting the king over to help the d-pawn?
Dec-13-09  TheaN: The ending position is extremely easy, technically speaking. 47....Rxf8, otherwise 48.Qxf4† exf4 49.Kxf4 with a pawn less and the White King closer, 48.Rxf8 and now? 48....Kd4 49.h4 Kc3 50.h5 d2 51.Rd8 Kc2 52.h6 d1=Q 53.Rxd1, the typical Rook sac, when you're one up against a pawn whilst you have a pawn left this is often the winning tactic, 53....Kxd1 54.h7.
Aug-18-12  Moszkowski012273: 21.....cxd4 looks much better to me (need to check it). The pawn staying put on e5 would not of allowed this type of attack.
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  kevin86: black will lose quickly...the (future) champ falls.
Aug-18-12  The Last Straw: Congrats Emms. <sevenseamen> From my post at Emms vs P Wells some weeks ago this is what I mean.
Aug-18-12  rilkefan: <<Moszkowski012273>: 21.....cxd4 looks much better to me (need to check it).>

Of course it's hard to calculate out middlegame-endgame transitions, but I at least had the same reaction to black leaving the c pawns doubled and the hole on e5 asking for g4/g5. Stockfish thinks the game line is +0.6 or so after Qh5. After ...cxd4 22.g4 b5 23.axb5 Qc5 and attacks on both sides it evaluates the position as +0.1, and after 22...Rff8 and hanging tight as 0.0. I wonder if Anand had ideas about blockading on e5, holding the kside, and using the qside pawn majority after exchanges.

Aug-18-12  rilkefan: Stockfish recommends 7...Ng4 as giving black equality after 8.Qe2 O-O (depth 27, 0.6 Gnodes). It likes the immediate 6...Ng4 7.Qe2 Bf2+ 8.Kf1 Nd4 at -0.1 (depth 24, 0.3 Gnodes).

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