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Viswanathan Anand vs Rustam Kasimdzhanov
World Cup (2002), Hyderabad IND, rd 3, Oct-12
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Novosibirsk Variation (B33)  ·  1-0

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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-31-05  Hesam7: I think Anand won the "Best Novelty" prize in the Informator for this game.
Sep-19-05  you vs yourself: <Hesam7> What was the novelty in this game?
Jul-11-07  thom: no one knows if it is true?
Jul-11-07
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  Chessdreamer: It is true. This game won "The most important theoretical novelty" prize of the Informator volume #86. The novelty is 23. d7! (23.Rad1- I Morovic vs I A Nataf, 2002
Dec-16-12
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  wordfunph: "Actually, I fed the position to the computer and went for dinner."

- Vishy Anand (when Grischuk asked him on 23.d7! whether he had hit on the idea himself)

Source: NIC Magazine 2003 #2

Apr-27-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: The top 2 players in each 6 player section (there were 4 sections) qualified for the quarterfinals; Anand had lost to Sasikiran in the previous round so he needed a win here. In this sharp, highly theoretical line Black had been defending well over the years against 23 Rad1; 23 d7 was an important improvement. A few of the possibilities were 23..Rc5 (23..Rcd8 24 Nd6!..Bc6 25 Nxe4..Bxe4 26 Bxe4 and wins) 24 Rad1..Bd5 25 Rxd5..Qxd5 26 Rd1..Bd4 27 Qg4+..Kh8 28 Qxf4..Rd8 29 Nb6..Qe6 30 Bxe4..Qxb6 31 Rxd4..Qe6 32 Bd3..Rxd7 33 Rxd7..Qxd7 34 Qh6!. Kashimdzhanov spent a lot of time on the blunder 26..Rf6?; Anand's preparation had concentrated on 26..Rh5 27 Qg4..Bxe4 28 Qxh4..Rxh4 29 Nd6 (29..Bxa1 30 Ne8) and Kashimdzhanov showed later that 29 Rad1! was even stronger. Neither player had considered the possibility of 27 d8(Q)! at first but once Anand found it he realized it was decisive.

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