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Viswanathan Anand vs Garry Kasparov
Linares (2002), Linares ESP, rd 10, Mar-06
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-10-06  spirit: doesn't Anand vs GAZZA represent the highest level of chess we've ever seen?
Dec-21-09  The Rocket: erm.... no...

anand has a terrible record vs kasparov

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  plang: 17..Qxd5 had been played in a correspondence game the previous year but Anand still considered it a new idea over 17..Bxd5 which had been played a few times. Anand misjudged the position with 23 a3? and after 23..Rc8 Black started to take over the initiative; better would have been 23 Kb1..bxa+ 24 Ka1..Rc8 25 Rdh1..Kf7 with chances for both sides. Anand called 24..Nf8! "a brilliant move that I had overlooked. Black gets the knight out of the way and also clears the d-file; the alternative 24..0-0 25 Nb4 would have been strong for White. Anand thought that 26 Bc5 would have been a safer choice. Still White was able to hold the draw; a possible finish would have been 40 Rg4..Rxf3 41 Rxa4..Rf1+ 42 Ke2..Rb1 43 Rb4..Rxb2 44 Kd3 with equality.

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