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Viswanathan Anand vs Jeroen Piket
Corus Group A (2001), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 11, Jan-26
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Staunton Variation (C42)  ·  1-0



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  plang: Played in the 11th round; after 8 consecutive draws this was first of 3 consecutive wins to finish the tournament that left Anand with an undefeated +4 a half point behind Kasparov who won the tournament. In Socko-Ippolito 1998 World Junior Ch. White had played 15 Qe3 and had gone on to win; 15 Nh4 was an improvement suggested by Anand's second Jobava that left White with a clear advantage. Piket's 16..Qd8? was refuted by 17 f4!; also losing would have been 16..Bd8 17 Nf5!..Bxf5 18 Bxf5..Qxf5 19 Qe8+..Kh7 20 Qxd8..Qd7 21 Qf8. Black's best defense would have been 16..Na6 17 Qb1..Re8 18 g3. The exchange 19..bxc 20 dxc cleared the d4 square for the White bishop but the alternative 19..Qf8 20 Ng6!..fxg 21 Qxg6..Bd7 22 Qh7+..Kf7 23 Bg6+..Kf6 24 g4!..Bxg4 25 f5 was no improvement. Piket resigned due to 23..gxh 24 Qxh4..f5 25 Qh5 with ab overwhelming edge (the tactical 25 Re8 would also be winning).

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