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Etienne Bacrot vs Viswanathan Anand
MTel Masters (2006), Sofia, Bulgaria, rd 1, May-11
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov Variation (E12)  ·  0-1



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May-11-06  colp99: Wow! I just saw this game and I'm very impressed with Anand's skill in this game.
May-11-06  notyetagm: Bacrot versus Anand is getting into Alekhine versus Colle territory.

Alekhine played 10 games against Colle and won all 10 of them! See Alekhine's shutout of Colle at

May-11-06  samikd: <Bacrot versus Anand is getting into Alekhine versus Colle territory>

Well Anand has similarly overwhelming record against Shirov and Adams, to name a few.

May-11-06  Ezzy: Colle was only 35 when he died in 1932. He died after an operation for a gastric ulcer.

It was playing Alekhine that probably gave him the ulcer.

May-11-06  Idling: fantastic game by anand. great preparation. nice homework. i predict anand to win here.

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  tamar: <erasmus> Anand thought your 27 Ng4 would have drawn for White. (Chess Today)

27 Ng4 Qg7 28 Nh2! exd4 29 Rcf1 dxe3 30 Rxf7+ gets the Queen off.

Very hard to see, for me, because the knight retreats to the square it came from, but it accomplishes getting the queen off the very active h6-d2 diagonal.

May-11-06  Marmot PFL: <10.Bd3 Bb7 <This is a novelty.> It was played by Anand's colleague Saskiran a few days ago against Carlsen. It seems odd to play for exchanges with Ne4 then avoid an exchange a few moves later. White's plan with Rc1 and Bb1 were not very effective, maybe 13 e5 hitting Bf6 was more to the point, ex 13..dxe5 14 dxe5 Be7 15 Qe2 followed by Rad1 looks . Anand's comnination with 21..Bxe3 is very nice but 21...0-0-0 also seems like a good attack for black.
May-12-06  chessmoron: Dominance of Bacrot continues for Vishy (6-0 against opponent! Unbelievable.)
May-12-06  Montreal1666: 2 rooks are better than a queen. There must be a better move than 25.Rf4
May-12-06  Georgie Dubb: May be 25. d5 c5 26. b5 ... More solid.
May-12-06  Karpova: you know the french expression for punching bag?
it's <etienne bacrot>
May-12-06  Open Defence: <you know the french expression for punching bag? it's <etienne bacrot>> LOL and Russian is Ponomariov ?
May-12-06  Karpova: Ponomariov is from Ukraine.
May-12-06  Open Defence: <Ponomariov is from Ukraine> LOL didn't remember that hehehe
May-12-06  notyetagm: <Karpova: you know the french expression for punching bag? it's <etienne bacrot>>

You're cold, <Karpova>.

May-12-06  you vs yourself: GM Marin analyzed this game on chessbase:

I was surprised to see some !s for Bacrot's moves. He also likes Vishy's 25...e5 and 26...Qh6

May-12-06  trumbull0042: <I was surprised to see some !s for Bacrot's moves.> Given the widespread prejudice against Bacrot on this website, I can only interpret your statement as meaning you are surprised that Bacrot was capable of making any moves worthy of an exclamation mark. Is this what you mean? Or do you disagree with Marin's appraisal of his moves?
May-12-06  trumbull0042: <you vs yourself> Do you go to Harvard?
May-12-06  Montreal1666: Here is the answer from that link:

<White has two rooks and a pawn for a queen, which means a considerable material advantage. However, his pieces are not too well coordinated, which invites him to prudence in the next phase of the game. 25.Rf4?! A hardly noticeable inaccuracy, marking the turning point in the game. Obviously, White has to defend his e4-pawn somehow, but the rook is unstable on f4. After the safer 25.d5 White would have retained a solid position, with possibilities of coordinating his pieces.>

May-12-06  you vs yourself: <trumbull0042: .. you are surprised that Bacrot was capable of making any moves worthy of an exclamation mark. Is this what you mean? > No, that's not what I mean. This game ended so quickly that I didn't expect to see the loser get any !s.

And no, I don't go to Harvard. I want to in 3 years; so far it's not looking good. But there's still a chance, if I put enough effort in the next 3 years:-)

May-12-06  outplayer: See GM Minail Marin's excellent comments to this game at
May-23-06  tun20000: I don't understand why white move 23. Qxa8?
Oct-12-06  dramas79: <tun20000> I am puzzled by the move too. Why not 23. Qg3
Jan-29-07  GHOST19: Qg3 is followed by Bxc1 with activity for black. Qxa8 saves more material.
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  whiteshark: IM Malcolm Pein annotated the game here: (scroll down half way)
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