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Viswanathan Anand vs Joel Lautier
Tilburg Fontys (1998), Tilburg NED, rd 1, Oct-23
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  1-0



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Jul-29-09  WhiteRook48: what the...?
Jul-29-09  NakoSonorense: Please explain.
Jul-29-09  yevlev: Threat: f7 mate, if the rook will leave the 7th rank. Rf7/Rb7 --> Rxd6 fork
Rd7 --> still Rxd6. Black can't take the knight because of mate, and now f7 protected 3 times. And if R8c7 --> Rg3+ Kh8 f7#.
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  plang: 4..Qc7 is a hybrid system related to the Taimanov variation. Anand was amazed after the game to discover that his plan with 11 a3 and 12 b4 had been played in Kan-Flohr Moscow 1936. That game continued 13 f4..d6 and White won; Polugaevsky later improved with 13..d5 against Bagirov at Moscow 1960 although White went on to win this game as well. Anand's 13 Ra2! was an improvement as 13..d5 14 exd..exd 15 cxd..Ne5 16 Rd2 would have been strong for White. Nether the less, a year after this game, Lautier repeated the line against Magem at Pamplona 1999-00 and won with 13..Ne5. 16..Qxc4 17 Nd5..Nxd5! would have been fine for Black but Anand intended 17 Qc1! when the threats of Nd5 and e5 are difficult to meet.

Anand after 20 g4:
"...I felt that I should be much better, but later realized that the absence of the Knight on d4 (if the d2-Knight were on d4,"much better" would be an accurate evaluation) outweighed the advantage of having so much queenside space. The Knight on d2 is not very impressive and doesn't make a single move for the rest of the game!"

27..b5? was an oversight; Anand recommended 27..Bf8 28 Bd4..b5 29 cxb..axb with a complicated game. 39 Nd5 was the fourth time this Knight played to b5 the last two being decisive.

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