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Viswanathan Anand vs Garry Kasparov
Linares (2000), Linares ESP, rd 4, Mar-03
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation Modern Line (B92)  ·  0-1



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Aug-17-04  themindset: 30...Qxc4!!


Aug-17-04  Minor Piece Activity: I don't think it was that special but maybe I missed something. =) Does 23 Ne2?! look suicidal to anyone else?
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  Bobsterman3000: 30...Qxc4 was the culmination of a plan to take advantage of white's weak second rank with an invading rook. It started with the pawn sacrifice 26...h4
Nov-21-04  alexandrovm: very nice combination that started with the pawn sac on move 26! Anand puts his knight away preventing the rook invation, and is shocked by the Qxc4 move! Perhaps the rook on c2 would have been safer. Nice combination by Garry, and great idea too. Taking the bishop from the Queen's diagonal, penetrating with the rook, etc. Very impressive!
Jul-26-07  outplayer: What could have happened if Anand had rejected the pawn offer?
Oct-07-07  notyetagm: <themindset: 30...Qxc4!!


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Position after 30 ♖c1-c2:

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To meet the threat of ... ♖b2x♕d2, White has just <SELF-PINNED> his White c2-rook to his White d2-queen.

But this <PIN> of the White c2-rook to the second rank allows Kasparov (Black) to strike along the c-file with 30 ... ♕c5xc4!.

Position after a♕c5xc4!:

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May-12-08  Whitehat1963: So, what's the finish?
Aug-02-09  aasdfasdfg: I really don't understand this game, why not 29. Rc2, keeping the pawn and winning the game?
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  Fusilli: <Whitehat1963: So, what's the finish?> I guess it's just such a depressing position to play against Kasparov that Anand chose to save himself some time.

<aasdfasdfg: I really don't understand this game, why not 29. Rc2, keeping the pawn and winning the game?> Hey, take it easy, I'd say. Rc2 was probably a good move, but consider this: White's extra pawn is the lousy c4-pawn. In exchange, Black got the long diagonal for a strong bishop, open files for his rooks, and White has a completely broken pawn structure. You have to agree Black has a lot of compensation for the pawn, to say the least.

Jun-10-10  Ulhumbrus: 18 Bf3 seems inconsistent. Having defended the B on e2 by 17 Rc2, why not play 18 Qd4 now? With the bishop pair White may end up winning the game. The sequel to 18 Bf3 suggests It does not take much to turn an advantage into a lost game, particularly if the opponent is as strong as Kasparov.
Mar-29-12  The Rocket: Nc1 was a slow plan in a open position. Better is g4!

Anand played this game quite soft and was beaten down.

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  plang: Karpov had played 10 a4 against Polugayevsky with a lot of success in their 1974 Candidates Match (3 wins and a draw) but this line is now considered harmless. 10 Kh1 and 10 f5 are most popular; Anand's choice 10 Nd5!? is rarely played. 17 Bd3 was played in the draw Glek-Svidler 1995 Russian Ch.; 17 Rc2 was new. Shamkovich suggested (instead of 19 Nc1) 19 Qd4..Qxd4 20 Nxd4..Bg7 21 Nb3. 21 h3?! created a weakness on the kingside; Kasparov recommended 21 Nd3..Qd4 22 Be2..Neg4 23 Bxg4..Nxg4 24 Qf3..Qe4 with equality. Anand played 23 gxf? to control e4 but 23 Rxf3 would have been the lesser of two evils. 29 Ng1? lost immediately but after 29 Rd2..Qc8 30 Kh2..Rxe2 31 Qxe2..Nf4 Black would have had a decisive attack.
Jul-30-15  tivrfoa: 26... h4 was amazing. =)

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