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Viswanathan Anand vs Francisco Vallejo Pons
Linares (2005), Linares ESP, rd 12, Mar-08
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Hedgehog Defense (A30)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Mar-09-05  VishyFan: what the !@#$ing hell? what a blunderous game...., this should be rated as the worst game of this tournament....
Mar-09-05  percyblakeney: Vallejo missed the winning 66. ... Rd2+ (followed by Rd7, Rc7, Kc2 and advancing the b pawn).
Mar-09-05  VishyFan: was he in some kind of a time pressure then?
Mar-09-05  percyblakeney: I think Vallejo had at least ten-fifteen minutes left at the moment, and used maybe five of them without finding it.
Mar-09-05  VishyFan: huh! that was a blunder, but of course, that can be rated only after anand's 35th and 36th moves
Mar-09-05  euripides: The switch of the rook from the file to the rank is a trick worth knowing in pawn races, and it is surprising that a player of Vallejo's strength messed this up as the trick with Rb8 is so thematic.
Mar-09-05  percyblakeney: I followed the last moves on ICC, and "clear draw" and "clear win" had been said many times by both IM:s and GM:s before the 66th move was reached. Then it was finally agreed that the game was won for Vallejo, and some IM claimed that it was so basic that it was incomprehensible that Vallejo could spend time thinking it over at all. Ponomariov then implied that Vallejo just wasn't good enough to be able to find the win, and he didn't...

Vallejo spent almost ten minutes on his first move, if the relay is to be trusted, he could have needed those minutes at the end.

Mar-09-05  VishyFan: and probably Anand was hoping for something of this sort to happen, he has good confidence in Vallejo.. ;), after all they're good friends and team mates playing for OSC Baden Baden in Bundesliga 2005..... :)
Mar-09-05  a.dehaybe: 64...b3 65.h7 e3 Is this a draw?
Mar-09-05  810609: <a.dehaybe> usually no, as <percyblakeney> pointed out, there is simple trick with Rd2+ and moving a rook from h file to 7th rank with Rd7, but Vallejo gave Anand half a point... but what we know? We are just patzers :)
Mar-09-05  offramp: Anand got into a bad position because he was distracted by the India-Pakistan Test match.

Vallejo-Pons missed the win because the Chelsea-Barcelona game had just started.

Mar-09-05  Dionyseus: Why did he play 66...Kb1?? I don't see any purpose in it, and even I was able to see that Rd2+ wins.
Oct-13-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: This draw is not interesting, it is rather sad how a clear victory was thrown away by black.
Dec-24-08  KingG: 66...Kb1?? <After getting to the win Vallejo blunders horribly. The win is actually quite simple and really fundamental rook and pawn technique. MC[66...Rd2+ 67.Ke1 Rd7 68.Ke2 Re7 69.Rb8 Rxh7 70.Kxe3 Rd7 71.Ke2 Kc2 72.Rc8+ Kb1 73.Ke3 (73.Rb8 b2 74.Ke3 Rd5 75.Ke4 Ra5 76.Kd3 Ka2 77.Kc2 b1Q+ 78.Rxb1 Rc5+) 73...b2 74.Ke4 Ra7 75.Rb8 Ka2]> 67.Rb8 Rxh7 Incredible. 1/2-1/2

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