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Viswanathan Anand vs Veselin Topalov
Hoogovens Group A (1998), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-21
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (C78)  ·  1-0



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Feb-24-03  rags: A game full of combinations...!
Feb-28-04  vishyanand: super
Feb-28-04  crafty: 29. ... ♔d7 30. ♖xe7+ ♔xe7 31. ♕e4+ ♗e6 32. ♕xh7+   (eval 3.87; depth 15 ply; 500M nodes)
Mar-08-04  Whitehat1963: Now that's the kind of chess I like.
May-04-05  isolatedpawn: Excellent Game from the Tiger.
May-19-05  sheaf: This is a classic from Anand, one of the gems he has produced so far. Great game.
Oct-08-05  bomb the bishop: Good game, today however it seems ironically as if Topalov has outpassed Anand!!
Oct-08-05  ubid: Topa has improved way too much to lose like this now.
Sep-12-06  who: See
Sep-12-06  woodenbishop: Awesome game by Anand.

He, much like Korchnoi, Keres, and Bronstein, is truly one of the greatest grandmasters never to have become World Champion.

Nov-08-07  Jim Bartle: Analyzed at by Larry Christiansen.

(And time to remove Anand's name from woodenbishop`s list...)

Dec-30-07  meteficha: White to move. 26. ?
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  plang: Played in the 5th round, Kramnik had won his first 4 games and had a point lead over Anand. After this game coupled with Kramnik's loss to Shirov they were tied and they went on to finish in a tie for first. 12..Re8 was new; 12..Bb7 had been played previously. After 21 Nxe4 Anand evaluated the position as slightly better for white because the black rook on b6 left the back rank vulnerable and the black king was slightly exposed particularly with the opposite color bishops leaving the black kingside dark squares weak. Anand gave extensive analysis to show that black would have had better chances of holding after 22..h6 23 Qf3 though white would have had dangerous attacking chances. Topalov should have played 24..Qb8 supporting a possible ..Rb1. A pretty variation is 25..c5 26 Ra7!..Rb7 27 Rxb7..Qxb7 28 Qf3..Qc8 (if 28..Bf7 29 Qxf7+! and if 28..Kh8 29 Bh6!)29 Qc3 and wins.
Aug-21-14  SpiritedReposte: Relentless attack from Anand.
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  takchess: There must be a puzzle of the day in here somewhere
Feb-06-21  fisayo123: From move 17 the attack just plays itself. 18. Bxf7! 20. Ng5 followed by 21. g4!

And the finishing crescendo is just fantastic. 26. Nxg7!! just blasts black's hopeless defenses wide open.

Younger Vishy's tactical feel is one of the best in the game's history.

Feb-21-21  Gaito: According to the computer engines (Stockfish 13 and LcZero), the combination that began with 18.Bxf7+!? is just interesting, but by no means a winning combination. In fact, SF13 believes that the game was about equal up to move 24. The critical position was reached after 24.Ne6 (see diagram below):

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Black played 24...Qc8?? At a cursory glance that move doesn't look like a blunder, quite the contrary, it seems to be a perfectly logical move: Black's queen protects the threatened c7 pawn and at the same time attacks White's knight, so why should it be a blunder? Well, I am not the one who analyzes 60 million moves per second, so I should say that to me the move 24...Qc8 looks like a reasonable move. But Stockfish 13 quickly dismisses that move as a losing blunder (evaluation: +3.98). Instead, the engine suggests that Black play 24...Qe8 with equality (evaluation: +0.40). Let us see a sample variation (SF13 vs. SF13 at 30 seconds per move in a very fast computer): 24...Qe8 25.Nxc7 Qc8! 26.Ra8 Rb8 27.Rxb8 Qxb8 28.Ne6 Qb1 29.Kh2 Qa2 30.Qe1 Nd5 31.Ng5 Nf6 (see diagram below):

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The position is of equality, according to the engine's point of view (evaluation: +0.30), with a draw as a likely outcome.

Feb-21-21  Gaito: Now, let's take a look at the position after White's knight sacrifice on g7 (26.Nxg7!). White has already a winning advantage, but it is apparent that Topalov was in shock now (like a rabbit when being attacked by a snake), so he played weak moves and he lost in short order. A computer might have put up a tougher defense but it would have lost all the same. But computers have neither feelings nor emotions, and that's why you will never see a computer in shock.

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From the diagram, play continued with 26...Kxg7 (26...Rb8 was a tougher defense, but it would have lost all the same) 27.Qd4+! Kf8 28.Bh6+ Ke8 29.Re1, and Black resigned. After 29...Qd8 30.Qa4+ c6 31.Bg5! Kd7, White would win easily either with 32.Qa7+ or also with 32.Rxe7+

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