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Edvins Kengis vs Viswanathan Anand
Tal Memorial (1995), Riga LAT, rd 2, Apr-14
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Main Lines (C80)  ·  0-1

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Dec-26-13  Doniez: Very elegant win by Vishy, after move 34 the way to success is paved in gold. I wonder whether or not Kengis was in trouble with the time control. Anyway, this match is not in the Anand top 10 matches but the ending is accurate and sharp.
Feb-21-21  Gaito: In the following critical position:


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White made the fatal mistake of neglecting the protection of his g4 pawn: 36.Qd3?? He had a good position, maybe equality, but that single mistake quickly decided the game. After 36.Qd3?? Qxg4, suddenly White's king is in inescapable danger and the game is decided (computer evaluation by Stockfish 13: -7.83). In 1995 Anand was at the height of his power, and he only needed one single mistake on the part of his opponent in order to assure a win. In that respect, chess is a cruel game: you can be playing good moves for 4 hours or more, but then one single slip quickly seals your fate. It is like driving a fast car in a high-speed freeway: you just can't make mistakes. In the diagrammed position, correct was 36.Rd4. A likely continuation might have something like this: 36.Rd4 Qf6 (Be5? 37.Qe2!) 37.g5! hxg5 (or else Qxg5 38.Qe2) 38.Qa6 Be5 39.Qxf6 gxf6 40.Rd3 (see diagram below)


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White would have had no problem securing the draw. The computer evaluation (Stockfish 13) is 0.00. A pity. But in 1995 players like Anand or Karpov (or Kasparov) only needed one single mistake on the part of his opponent in order to secure the win. If you wanted to draw, you had to play a perfect game. A most diffficult undertaking! (The same was with Bobby Fischer back in the seventies).

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