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Viswanathan Anand vs Alexander Khalifman
Groningen Candidates (1997), Groningen NED, rd 3, Dec-15
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Neo-Modern Variation Early deviations (B62)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-27-05  Karpova: Great game by Khalifman and also a tragic one!

42...e3? premature (releasing the pressure)

now khalifman goes for repetition of moves in a still far better position! that's really crazy, isn't it?

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  plang: From the third round of the World Championship tournament. After a draw in the first game Anand's fortunate save in this game kept the match alive and he went on to win in the tie-breaks. He qualified for the final against Karpov after defeating Almasi, Shirov, Gelfand and Adams. 12..Bb7 was new; 12..0-0 had been played previously. The English attack (10 f3 and 11 g4) was not very effective against this move order and Khalifman pointed out that he missed the shot 14..e5! when 15 bg5 and 15 bg3 are both answered by 15..Nxe4 and after 15 Be3..d5 16 g6..Nh5 black is a bit better. Khalifman felt that Anand should have kept the queens on with 23 Qe3. 27 Bh3? was an error; 27 Bd4 would have been better.After 33..Kf7 Khalifman had a winning rook ending. 45..f4? was an error; 45..Re5 was better. Khalifman still could have won by 47..Ra5 48 b4..Ra1+ 49 Ke2..Ra2+ 50 Ke1..Rf2 51 R8d5+..Ke6 52 Rd6+..Kf5
and the king infiltrates via g4 and f3. Korchnoi was dismissive of Khalifman's decision to take the repetition: "It's typical of the Soviet schoolof chess - no risks".
Jul-09-12  wordfunph: "I was thinking about when to book my flight home until he played 42...e3."

- Vishy Anand

Source: Chess Asia Vol. 14 No.1

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  saffuna: <That’s the funny thing about knockouts. It’s almost like being able to see the car crash you’re going to be a victim of in the next instant and not knowing how to stop it. All I could think of during that lost position at the board against Khalifman was, ‘My goodness, if I lose this we’ll have to pack our bags and leave this evening.’ Then, almost as though there had been some sort of divine intervention, I found Khalifman aimlessly swatting about not knowing what to do, before he froze and agreed to a draw from what to me looked like a winning position.>


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