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Viswanathan Anand vs Gata Kamsky
Candidates Match (1994), Sanghi Nagar IND, rd 1, Jul-25
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Modern Main Line (C89)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-07-04  samikd: WHAT AN INCREDIBLE GAME ! I am surprised nobody kibitzed on it yet.
Dec-06-05  sheaf: great attack by black, and equally great defense of white.
Dec-06-05  EmperorAtahualpa: Wow, this game is a thrill-ride!
Mar-01-09  WhiteRook48: Gata march through!
Mar-14-09  Hesam7: <<29...Bf4> 30 Ra6 Bxg5 holds no prospects, so White plays <30 Ne6>. Here, it’s important that Black select the right square for his bishop retreat.

After <30...Bh6!>, the bishop controls the e3-square, which is important in the variation 31 Re8 Qf3 32 Nf8+ Kf7–+. On <31 Nf8+>, Black does not play 31...Kf6 32 d5!? =, when the queen is ready to check on d4, but <31...Kf7!>

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And there seems to be no satisfactory defense against the threats of 32...Qf3 and 32...Qh3. All attempts to create counterplay against the black king fail even to create perpetual check.

32 Nd7 Qh3 33 Ne5+ Ke7 34 Ra7+ Kd6! (but not 34...Ke6? 35 d5+! cd 36 Ra6+, with a draw) 35 Nf7+ Kd5 36 Rd7+ (36 c4+ bc 37 Ra5+ Ke6–+) 36...Ke6 37 d5+ Kxd7 38 dc+ Ke8 39 Qd7+ Kf8 40 Qd8+ Kxf7 41 Qd7+ Kg6 42 Qe8+ Kg5–+.

32 Ra7+ Kxf8 44 c4 Qf3 34 Qa3+ Kg8! 35 Ra8+ Kf7 36 Qf8+ Kg6 37 Qe8+ Kg5 38 Qe7+ Kh5 39 Qh4+ Kg6–+.

32 Qb1!? Nxf1! (it’s drawn after 32...Qf3 33 Qa2+ Nc4! 34 Nd7 Kg6! or 34 Qa7+ Re7) 33 Qa2+ (nothing changes after 33 Kxf1 Qf3 34 Qa2+ Kf6) 33...Kf6 34 Nxh7+ (34 Nd7+ Kg5) 34...Kg6 35 Nf8+ Kg5 36 h4+ Kg4 37 Kxf1 Kh3–+.

We can conclude that Black would have won, had he played 29...Bf4!! 30 Ne6 Bh6!, which means that, instead of 26 Ra8+?!, White should have played 26 Ne5!, and settled for a roughly equal position. This winning plan for Black was not mentioned in previous commentaries, so the game never received a proper assessment.> -- Mark Dvoretsky

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Jan-06-10  fischer2009: 29 Rf1 what an excellent defensive move;i was wondering how d game cld end up in a draw;what an excellent move;so is kamsky's Re3
Mar-21-14  Blunderdome: Woah.
Mar-21-14  kia0708: Magnus Carlsen's favorite game
of all times
Mar-22-14  1LovU: Am i the only one who came here to see this game first time after knowing it's magnus carlsen's fav game of all time, after he announced on reddit.
Aug-17-14  fisayo123: Carlsen's favourite game, eh?
Dec-10-14  iamsheaf: This is how Vishy used to play once upon a time :-(... Super Sharp, incredibly tactical...
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  offramp: Definitely a great game. Was Anand's novelty 20.Ne4 ?
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  offramp: Sorry, hitman84's collection tells me that 22.Bd1! was the TN in this game.
Apr-22-21  superstoned: In addition to Magnus, Kamksy himself is also especially fond of this thriller!

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