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Viswanathan Anand vs Ivan Sokolov
Hoogovens Group A (1996), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-18
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  0-1

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Feb-08-06  thom: anyone know where anand got wrong?
Oct-26-06  greenrook: The Queen sac looks very speculative - I can't think that Anand saw anything more than good attacking chances.
Dec-31-07  vanytchouck: I saw in some analysis that the winning move for Anand was 27. b3 !! wich leads the blacks in a zugzwang. The plan is to take the pawn g4 by Nf1, Nh2 and the Ne7 can't move because of 27...Nc8 28. Rxg6 + Kh7 29. Rh2# If 27...Rh8 28. Be6! followed by 29.Rf7 +

Later Anand was still winnig if instead of 28. Nxe5 he has played 28. Nbd2! Qc5 29. b3.
But the line 28. Rxa6 !! Qxa6 29.Nc5 Rxf7 30.Rxf7 + Kxf7 31. Nxe5 + Ke8 32. Cxa6 seems even better.

The loss is due to the move 28. Cxe5

Aug-30-11  hedgeh0g: The funny thing is that 21.Qxg4 was the first move I considered when I was playing through this game. I don't have Anand's calculation skill to justify it, but it's a very interesting sacrifice to seize the initiative. Material-wise, it roughly equates to a piece sacrifice in return for active pieces and a strong bind on the position, something a Sicilian player wouldn't hesitate to play (Nd5, anyone?).

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