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Sergey Karjakin vs Viswanathan Anand
"A Corus Line" (game of the day Jan-12-2008)
Corus Group A (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-14
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  0-1

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Mar-23-14  Rama: Good eye, M.
Jul-22-14  Vinod S U: Anand's 24th move "Nc7" was adjudged the best move of the tournament,, top game by VISHY
Aug-01-14
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  perfidious: <Dom: I'll believe that computers are intelligent -- well, vaguely sentient anyway -- the day they start to have slanging matches and call one another 'idiot' and 'moron'.>

A moment not to be missed.

Aug-02-14  castagno: brazil chess, hi, 2 years later i thought the same you thought 2 years ago. Just the same! Don't worry... learning is endless...
Jan-23-15  Patanjali: On my machine Houdini 4 finds 24...Nc7 in under 5 seconds using a single thread. But other engines require more time. Either way, it's amazing that Anand was able to find this move over the board.
Feb-03-15  Kinghunt: Stockfish still has issues with this position, one of the few that still eludes (some) engines.
May-07-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: I <think> this could be the greatest game of all time.
May-09-15  fluzao: How To removerthe plugin that coverz the game image?
May-09-15  FairyPromotion: <offramp: I <think> this could be the greatest game of all time.>

Many times in sports, and probably in art too, being <the best> does not equal to being <the greatest.> Chess is both, and it is no exception. For example I have no question in my mind about which game was Fischer's best, it's R Byrne vs Fischer, 1963. Yet "Game of the Century" is definitely his greatest.

Likewise, this game might not even be regarded as the greatest of Anand in a couple of years (Aronian vs Anand, 2013 is being labeled as "Anand's Immortal,") but it is his best. In fact I also think that this is one of the best ever played, probably even the best ever.

As far as single moves go, black's 24th might be both the best and the greatest. While visually 24... Nc7 is not as flashy as some queen sacs, the depth of it still baffles a lot of engines. The ensuing combination is filled with original ideas that are extremely hard to comprehend before playing down a few more moves.

All in all, I find this game to be quite underrated. I'm glad someone thinks the same. =)

May-12-15
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  offramp: I have video-annotated this game at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uv....
Jul-20-16  j4jishnu: Robotic Opening! Haha!
Apr-29-17  ZackyMuhammad: Anand's Immortal
Oct-10-17  ZackyMuhammad: Karjakin was 16 years old in this game
Dec-03-17
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  offramp: < posoo: A previous kibitzer noted that this game somewhat loses its appeal because 24....Nc7 is the novelty...the implication is that Anand planned all this in advance, thereby making it less amazing. I thought about this for a while...and then realized that it is the very fact that top players must plan in advance that makes chess today great.

Chess has evolved to such a high level that there is an avalanche of theory. A top chess player must know it all, and then try to figure out exactly what lines his opponent may use. He must anticipate anything and everything. He is like an NFL head coach, diagramming schemes and deciding how he matches up best against his opponent. And he may have a few trick plays up his sleeve too...

THe fact is that there is not enough theory to cover the opening 3 moves...which first three moves are white's best? It's unclear. And so the amount of theory grows exponentially with every move.

Great chess, hurrah hurrah hurray!>

Well said. This is a brilliant game.

Mar-22-18  Toribio3: No way, the White King has no where to go. Vishy is truly immortal, you can learn a lesson from his game.
Apr-01-18
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  positionalgenius: Still one of the best games I've ever seen. The move ...Nc7! is simply brillant.
Jan-05-19  MrJafari: Nice and interesting game. As many mentioned Kc7 was the best move...Added to favorites game collection!
Jan-13-19  Chessonly: Vishy's Attacking Chess Games:

https://www.chessonly.com/vishy-ana...

Nov-08-19  Chesgambit: 21. Na3 book moves 21. Ne5!
Nov-08-19  Chesgambit: 24. Bg2?! 24. Nc7!!
Nov-15-19  Chesgambit: Anand Immortal
May-08-21
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  saffuna: The 365chess analysis engine suggests 27...Nf6 as a different way to free the f8 rook and start the attack.
May-08-21
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  saffuna: How does black continue after 27 Rxd6?
May-08-21
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  NM JRousselle: Rxa3 followed by a series of knight checks should do the trick after 27 Rxd6
May-09-21
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  chancho: 27. Rxd6 Nxa3+ 28. Ka1 Nb1+ 29. Kxb1 Ra1#

27. Rxd6 Nxa3+ 28. bxa3 Rxa3 29. Kb2 Ra2+ 30. Kxb3 Qa3#

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