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Victor Bologan vs Viswanathan Anand
Dortmund Sparkassen (2003), Dortmund GER, rd 3, Aug-02
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-04-04  Spassky69: Hmmm....Kasparov losing to Rublevsky was huge news heard around the world. Yet Anand losing to the same caliber opponent brings no kibitzing?! That's odd.
Nov-05-04  iron maiden: <Spassky69> Rublevsky is not the same caliber as Bologan, at least not the Bologan that went to Dortmund last year. Do you think people are biased for Anand or something?
Nov-05-04  milanez: Bologan didnt just beat Anand, he also won Dortmund that year with a score 6.5/10(+4 =5 -1, his only loss vs Anand)...
Nov-05-04  acirce: Bologan started out with the incredible 5.0/6 before slowing down with a loss against Anand and three draws. Anand, after a dismal start with 0.5/3 and a short draw against Kramnik in round 4, scored 3 wins in a row in rounds 5-7.

Kramnik played Bologan in the last round and could have catched up with him, had he won, but with a draw Bologan won the tournament with a whole point's margin ahead of Kramnik and Anand. Kramnik received the usual criticism of playing too safely, but it was not a draw without fight. Kramnik vs Bologan, 2003

Nov-05-04  iron maiden: <acirce> Actually, it's "could've CAUGHT up with him." (Just thought you might like to know since your English is otherwise virtually flawless.)
Nov-06-04  acirce: Ok, you might be right. ;-)
Nov-06-04  clocked: <acirce> you MAY be right. "might" expresses more doubt. There can be no doubting <iron maiden> because might makes right...right? ;-)
Nov-06-04  Minor Piece Activity: It might.
Sep-14-07  Karpova: Bologan:

14...Rd8?! (<not good due to Timman's 15.Nc4 Timman vs Larsen, 1980 which Bologan didn't play>)

16.Ng6! (<Mikhail Tal examined this pseudo sacrifice already>)

16...Nfe8N (<Tal and Dautov think it was the strongest reply>)

18.Rd3! (<useful for an eventual attack against the black Queen or the king's side>)

21.Qd2!? (<he calls it a polyfunctional move since it serves a defensive (a5, b4) and offensive (h6) task>)

21...a5?! (<the pawn on h5 was poisoned but black should have thought about playing 21...c5?! 22.dxc5 Qxc5>)

22.Ne2! (<white has the desired attacking position>)

22...b4?! (<did Anand underestimate the danger? 22...c5!?>)

25.Rc1! (<trapping the Queen after c2-c4>)

29.g5! (<don't let Anand come to rest!>)

32.Rg1!? (<not 32.g6 Nf6 33.h6 fxg6 34.Qg5 axb3 35.cxb3 Qb5 36.Qxg6 Qf5>)

35...Nf6 (<he thinks that 35...Nf8 was more stubborn>)


37...Ng4? (<desperation and Anand had used up almost all of his time>)


Sep-14-07  Resignation Trap: <Karpova> I have Bologan's book in both the Russian and English versions. It is a stupendous work, isn't it?
Sep-15-07  Karpova: I don't know his book.
Feb-18-09  anandrulez:
Bologan says this is his best game ! He was sweating after this game and why not when you beat Vishy in Dortmund like that ...
Mar-01-09  Chlipchlop: Indeed, this game is brilliant. :)
Stil I don't get 29. g5. It looks good but it looses initiative. Why not the simple 29. Bxd8 ?
Aug-04-11  wordfunph: quote of the game..

"Oh, what a task --- it's like pulling an elephant out of a swamp! Rivers of sweat coursed down my face, brought forth by Anand's dogged resistance. It did not matter that I was two pawns ahead; Vishy's saved worse positions than this. Nevertheless, the time- pressure ended and the game with it. The fifteenth world champion decided simply to resign."

- GM Viktor Bologan

(from the book Victor Bologan Selected Games 1985-2004)

Dec-12-12  jvasea1990: Analyse by Houdini 2.0c w32 3200+ elo

14 th black move

0.19 (depth 21) 14...Rd8 15.Nc4 Qd5 16.f3 Qb5 17.Nd6+ Bxd6 18.Bxd6 Nb6 19.Bc7 Rd7 20.Qxb5 cxb5 21.Bxb6 axb6 22.Ne4 Nd5 23.Rde1 O-O 24.g3 Rc8 25.Re2 b4 26.Rhe1 Kh7 27.Rd1 Ra8

0.28 (depth 21) 14...Nxe5 15.dxe5 Rd8 16.Qe2 Nd5 17.Bd2 Qc7 18.c4 Nb6 19.Bf4 O-O 20.Ne4 Nc8 21.g3 Qa5 22.Qg4 Kh8 23.Nd6 b5 24.cxb5 cxb5 25.Bd2 b4 26.Bxb4 Qxe5 27.f4

0.30 (depth 21) 14...Nd5 15.Bd2 Nxe5 16.dxe5 Qc7 17.c4 Nb6 18.Ne4 Rd8 19.Qc3 O-O 20.Bf4 c5 21.Nd6 Qc6 22.f3 Nc8 23.Ne4 Nb6 24.b3 Nc8 25.Be3 Nb6 26.g4)

0.32 (depth 21) 14...O-O 15.Nxd7 Nxd7 16.Ne4 Qf5 17.Bc7 Nf6 18.Nxf6+ Bxf6 19.Qxf5 exf5 20.c3 Rfe8 21.Rde1 Kh7 22.Kc2 Bg5 23.g3 Bf6 24.Bf4 Rad8 25.a4 Re4 26.f3 Ree8

Dec-12-12  jvasea1990: Houdini 2.0c
♗19: Çàùèòà Êàðî-Êàí: 4...♗f5 îñíîâíîå ðàçâåòâëåíèå 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3
dxe4 4. Nxe4
Bf5 ãðîçèò: ♗f5xe4
5. Ng3 ãðîçèò: ♘g3xf5 Bg6 6. h4
h6 Óêðåïëÿÿ g5 7. Nf3
Nd7 íåõâàòêà ïðîñòðàíñòâà. ÷åðíûå íå ìîãóò ïîéòè ñâîåé ôèãóðîé: f8 8. h5 ãðîçèò: h5xg6
Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 Ngf6 11. Bf4
e6 Çàùèùàÿ f5
12. O-O-O íåõâàòêà ïðîñòðàíñòâà
Be7 13. Kb1 ó Áåëûõ àêòèâíàÿ
ïîçèöèÿ Qa5 14. Ne5 Rd8
15. Qe2 ïîçèöèÿ Áåëûõ àêòèâíåå
16. Ng6 ãðîçèò:♘g6xe7
Rfe8 17. Nxe7+ Rxe7
18. Rd3 ïîçèöèÿ Áåëûõ àêòèâíåå
Ree8 íåõâàòêà ïðîñòðàíñòâà
19. Rhd1
Qd5 ãðîçèò: ♕d5xg2
20. Rg1
b5 íåõâàòêà ïðîñòðàíñòâà
21. Qd2
a5 (Õóæå, 21... Nxh5 22. Nxh5 Qxh5 23. Rh3 $14)
22. Ne2
b4 È÷åðíûå ïîëó÷àoþò ïðîñòðàíñòâåííûé ïåðåâåñ,
23. g4
Ne4 ãðîçèò: ♘e4xd2
24.Qe3 Ng5 25. Rc1 Nb6
26. b3 Ïðèêðûâàÿ a4+c4
a4 27. Bc7 Qa5
28. f4 ãðîçèò:f4xg5
Nh7 29. g5 hxg5 30. fxg5 Rd7 31. Bxb6 Qxb6 32. Rg1 axb3 33. cxb3 ó ÷åðíûõ îòñòàëàÿ ïåøêà: c6
Qa5 34. g6 fxg6 35. hxg6 Nf6
36. Rg5 ãðîçèò:♖g5xa5 Rd5 ãðîçèò: ♖d5xg5
37. Re5 ãðîçèò: ♖e5xe6
Ng4 (37... Ra8 è ÷åðíûå èìåoþò íåïëîõèå øàíñû,
38. Nc1 Qd8 $14) 38. Rxe6
Rf8 (38... Nxe3 è îò ìàòà íåò ñïàñåíèÿ, in 1 39. Rxe8#) 39. Qh3 Nh6 40. Rxc6 Rdf5 41. d5
çàâëå÷åíèå: d5 1-0
Dec-12-12  morfishine: White sandwiches Black
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: Bologan thought that 14..Rd8?! was an inaccuracy which could have been answered by 15 Nc4..Qb5 16 Bc7..Rc8 17 Nd6+..Bxd6 18 Bxd6..Qxd3 19 Rxd3 as in Timman-Larsen Amsterdam 1980 with advantage to White. 16 c4 was played in the draw Beliavsky-Tal USSR 1981; at the time Tal had analysed the sacrifice 16 Ng6!. In a 1995 correspondence game White had obtained a winning advantage after 16 Ng6!..fxg 17 Qxe6+..Kh8 18 hxg..Ng8 19 Bxh6!..gxh 20 Rxh6+..Nxh6 21 Qxe7..Nf6 22 g7+..Kg8 23 gxf(Q)+..Rxf8 24 Qxb7. Black's queenside pawn storm always looked slower than Whites; playing in the center with ..c5 would have given Black a better chance. Anand may have underestimated 25 Rc1 cleverly switch the play back to the queenside. 29 Bxd8 would have won material but Bologan wanted to keep the initiative without giving Black counterplay.

Played in round 3 - this represented Anands 6th loss without a win at Dortmund including a loss in round 2 with White against Radjabov as well as his disastrous winless -4 last place result in 2001 (he did not play in the event in 2002). He bounced back in the later rounds with 3 wins to finish tied for second tied with Kramnik a full point behind Bologan.

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