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Oleg Romanishin vs Viswanathan Anand
PCA Candidates Quarter-final (1994), New York, NY USA, rd 7, Jun-??
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Exchange Variation with 6.e4 (D72)  ·  0-1



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May-18-10  Jaideepblue: Anand was leading 4-2 and needed just a draw, but he declined Romanishin's offer and went on to win.
Jun-24-13  csmath: That was the time Anand was more aggressive than today. Nevertheless 7. ... e5?! a move that Anand considered excellent would be secondary to 7. ...c5 today.

Romanishin response 12. Ne4?! is also now inferior to 12. b3! The point is to restrain black knights and to open diagonal a3-f8 for bishop. He went for wrong plan with queen on a3 and after being persistenly harrassed by black knights found himself in lousy position just a few moves later and then duly lost a pawn.

Strange enough Anand let him survive after a number of errors (by both)until Romanishin finally blundered last and lost.

Anand earned his reputation as a magician with knights.

Jun-24-13  csmath: By the way this game is a fine example how two elite WC candidates blunder elementary rooks ending with just one pawn. First Anand, not so clear in 80th move throwing a win then Romanishin quitle badly in 83rd move throwing a draw.
Jun-24-13  Nerwal: <First Anand, not so clear in 80th move throwing a win then Romanishin quitle badly in 83rd move throwing a draw.>

I find Anand's mistake at move 80 quite excusable although in hindsight this position is not so difficult to grasp. But ♖+♙ vs ♖ positions can be quite confusing and sometimes it's not so easy to decide whether you should cut the king, put the rook behind the pawn, or take the long side to prevent side checks with security distance. One small detail like the position of the defending king can change everything.

Romanishin's play on the other hand is just sloppy. 74. ♖h2 is fundamentally wrong, black was completely tied up, and white certainly didn't need to free the white king and misplace the black one just to win the h pawn. And 83. ♖a5 would set up an easy Tarrasch draw (rook on the long side checking with security distance, the drawing setup taught right after the Lucena-Salvio bridging method), so a grandmaster is supposed to know that...

Jun-24-13  csmath: Yes, I got the same opinion. I am guessing that Romanishin was feeling already so hopeless that he lost energy to play.

More or less the whole game, while important for the opening theory, was played poorly by Romanishin.

The game is also fine example of Anand's "knight magic."

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