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Viswanathan Anand vs Tomasz Markowski
Bundesliga (2003/04), Germany, rd 4, Nov-23
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Polugaevsky Variation (B42)  ·  1-0



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  plang: Anand innovated with 9 f4 possibly thinking it was a good choice against an opponent who was known to prefer quiet, positional play; 9 a4 had been played in several previous games. 17..Rc8?! was dubious; more energetic was 17..b4 followed by ..a5 and ..a4 with decent prospects. Perhaps 19..Qd8 should have been considered. With 21 f6! breaking up Black's kingside and 22 a3! limiting the activity of the knight on c6 White developed a clear advantage. 22..Nc5?! did not solve Black's problems; Stohll recommended 22..Nd4 23 Rxc8..Qxc8 24 Nxd4..exd 25 Bxd4..Ne5 26 Be2 though White still would have had a clear edge. 32 Re1?!..Re6! improved Black's defensive chances a bit; stronger would have been 32 Bxd5..Rxd5 33 Re1+..Kd7 34 Qg4+..Kc6 35 Nc4..Rb8 36 Rxb8..Qxb8 37 Qf3! and the pin is decisive. After 37..Qh4? (allowing White's centralizing 39th move) White was winning again; better was 37..Qf4 38 Rxa6 when the a-pawn and the vulnerable Black king would have given White an advantage but would not yet have been decisive.

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