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Viswanathan Anand vs Anthony Miles
Hoogovens (1989), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-13
Caro-Kann Defense: Panov Attack. Modern Defense (B13)  ·  1-0



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Apr-26-10  SpiritedReposte: Forget bishops! Advantage of the two knights!
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  Fusilli: Pretty unpleasant to play this line with the black pieces. Black seems to be just too passive, which didn't suit Miles' style at all.
Jan-22-12  King Death: <Fusilli> Are you talking about 6...Be6? That line doesn't look too hot but maybe Miles was trying to stay away from the book lines after 6...Bg4 Nd5 8.Qb3.
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  Fusilli: <King Death> Yes.
Sep-28-20  DrGridlock: This game makes, "Mastering the Chess Opening, vol 1" by John Watson where Watson notes:

"Anand-Miles shows one way to convert the pawn-structure (pretty much by force) and then build up a superior position ... White has a moderate but certain advantage. It's difficult for Black to find anything positive to do, and Anand won rather easily."

Fat Fritz has a look at the position, and prefers 10 ... Bxc6 to the game continuation. That is after:

10 ... Bxc6
11 o-o o-o
12 Bf4 Nd7 (exchanges are coming quickly on e5) 13 Re1 Nxe5
14 Nxe5 Bxe5
15 Rxe5 b6 (exchanges are coming quickly on c5)
16 b4 bxc5
17 bxc5 e6

Black has a much more pleasant position:

Viswanathan Anand - Anthony Miles 1-0, Hoogovens Wijk aan Zee NED 1989

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White still has an edge (Fat Fritz' evaluation is .33), but it's no longer the "don't even think of playing this line" that Watson gives to 6 ... Be6.

Feb-05-22  jerseybob: <King Death: <Fusilli> Are you talking about 6...Be6? That line doesn't look too hot but maybe Miles was trying to stay away from the book lines after 6...Bg4 Nd5 8.Qb3.> Actually, this is a book line. Up to 9.Ne5 it's identical to Dake-Alekhine, Pasadena 1932 (1-0,38). Miles' 9..Bd7 is an improvement over Alekhine's 9..Qc8, but not enough.

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