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Magnus Carlsen vs Viswanathan Anand
Chess Classic Mainz (2008) (rapid), Mainz GER, rd 2, Aug-03
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E06)  ·  0-1



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Aug-04-08  thathwamasi: I guess Magnus played catalan with Anand's upcoming championship match in mind. Hoping Anand won't unleash any preparations. But crystal clear play by Anand
Aug-05-08  Ulhumbrus: After 21..Bxc5 Black has got rid of his backward c pawn and has the superior minor piece.

Instead of 23 Qd2, 23 e3 follows the strategy of placing the pawns on squares of the same colour as Black's KB

Instead of 24 Qa5, 24 Qe1 makes it possible to contest Black's possession of the c and d files.

Aug-05-08  ajile: Anand just outplayed him. Simple as that.
Aug-07-08  thathwamasi: L Bruzon vs Anand, 2006

Anand has said that they were following this game until white played 18.h3.

Aug-08-08  PinnedPiece: 49. Qb6! This is where we see that Anand's mental processor contains loops and procedures nobody else has.


Jun-02-11  IRONCASTLEVINAY: Anand played gorgeous.
Jun-02-11  Jambow: In these types of games Anand reminds me of Lasker, dancing around with his queen poking holes and effortlessly catching what falls through.

He plays with ease on an open or semiopen board, not deeply complex but rought with opportunity, little tactics abound not in the Fischer linear frontal assault but like Lasker nip nip nip.

Jun-02-11  Jambow: 49. Qb6! either forcing the queen trade with + as the game went or sending the reciever a few yards closer to the endzone again with +.

Your choice Magnus arsenic or cyanide yum yum.

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