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Viswanathan Anand vs Alexey Shirov
XXIV Magistral de Ajedrez Ciudad de Leon (2011) (rapid), Leon, Spain, rd 2, Jun-03
Semi-Slav Defense: Anti-Moscow Gambit (D44)  ·  1-0



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Jun-03-11  Ulhumbrus: 31...Rf6 loses at once but if Black does nothing White can play 32 f4 to drive the N on e5 away and then play Bg4+
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  tpstar: Anand has really taken to this 1. d4 thing. ;>D

Great game.

Jun-03-11  ahmadov: Congrats to Anand for this very interesting game and win!
Jun-03-11  talisman: enjoyed it! they play tomorrow?
Jun-03-11  chesstoplay: < ajile >,


< This is basically an epaulette mate in the middle of the board correct? >

The basic diagram below says it all.

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The final position in today's 2nd game has some aspects of a < Hook's Mate >.

It lacks the needed Knight.

A White Knight would have to be on either d5 or f5 with the White Queen on e7.

Jun-03-11  Ulhumbrus: One might call it a T mate or a cross mate. The White Queen can checkmate the Black King from his rear two squares away because the Black King is denied the four flight squares d6, d5, f6 and f5 whilst the White Queen occupies e8 and controls the squares d7, e7, f7, e6 and e5.
Jun-03-11  paire: Wow... nice game Anand!
Jun-03-11  AVRO38: Anand shows why he's the World Champion and world #1.

Shirov on the other hand played one of the weakest moves (13...Qb6??) I have ever seen at the GM level.

Jun-03-11  EXIDE: I enjoy these rapid games far more than the dull draws that happened during the last Candidates match.
Jun-03-11  wordfunph: story of the game --- 13...♕b6?? and Vishy 1-0..
Jun-03-11  Helloween: <AVRO38, of the weakest moves I have ever seen...>This is complete exaggeration. Qb6 is standard placement in the Bg5 Semi-Slav. It's a very easy oversight in a rapid game.

See A Chernin vs Pavasovic, 1997 and countless others examples.

The only difference in this game was that White had not wasted tempo castling, which allowed the Nxg5 trick.

Try looking at a game without Stockfish or your comp's evaluation.

Jun-03-11  James Bowman: A game from a bygone era when chess was exciting and players put it on the line, this should go on Anands best game list IMHO.
Jun-03-11  NGambit: <Helloween>


Jun-03-11  Helloween: <James Bowman>I agree. Everything about this game was interesting, all the way up to the picturesque finish.

This looked like a fighting struggle from the 1940's or 50's chess era.

Jun-03-11  sevenseaman: This will be a mate to remember; and since its in the middle of the board, very hard to emulate.

There's an abundance of defenders that do not defend; they are like an expensive committee eating away the very society funds they were instituted to find ways to save.

Attacking the K from its rear the 'access-happy' White Q has only one assistant, the recumbent R; it wasn't expecting any guests but finds its sleepy vigil useful after all.

We could call it the 'drought mate' perhaps!

Jun-03-11  Everett: See what excitement rapid games bring to chess? Can there be some truth to Grischuk's opinion that chess is moving toward rapids?

Bronstein was championing the value of quicker controls for years, to de-emphasize the "study" and hilight the fight and execution of ideas over the board.

Jun-03-11  Atking: I will say it looks like a Capablanca game of his best days. Some trade marks : Not going to complication start the opening. A strong center (White hasn't play e5, so d5 is even more efficient). In a similar situation b4! was also played by Capablanca and the finish is smooth and elegant.
Jun-03-11  AVRO38: << of the weakest moves I have ever seen...>This is complete exaggeration. Qb6 is standard placement in the Bg5 Semi-Slav.>

Not with an unprotected rook on h8 and a pawn on g5. When a GM is out of book he needs to play the board. Memorized moves are useless in a new position.

Jun-03-11  parisattack: Very nice game by the WC! I like the 'aggressive 1. d4' style and this is a great example thereof.

<Everett: See what excitement rapid games bring to chess? Can there be some truth to Grischuk's opinion that chess is moving toward rapids?>

There is something to be said for Rapid - and like it or not it would appear Grischuk is correct. But I still much prefer classical time controls of yesteryear to get the best play possible from the combatants. Were FIDE my personal plaything games would be 40 moves/2.5 hours.

Jun-04-11  haydn20: Two q's. Is the "correct" alternative to 13...Qb6 13...Bg7? Does 27...Kg7 (instead of Ke6?) give Black any chance to live?
Jun-04-11  messachess: This is certainly great chess by Anand. A very interesting tune-up. This game is clearly Anand defeating Shirov on own ground, so to speak, just out-calculating him.

But, of course, it's more than that. You have to be in that particular 'seeing' mode to succeed at this. Anand is. Shirov was not (up to snuff.)

I don't know that Kasparov could have dominated Anand if Anand had played like this in their match.

After move 11, Anand just explodes with chess stuff. Really impressive. Too bad this is so far away (at least appears so) from Shirov's best. It's a little sad to see him not excel in a game like this. This was his kind of game, but, of course, so was it Kasparov's and Shirov could never overcome Kaspy's 'seeing.'

Jun-06-11  Riverbeast: Mate-o with a tomato

A little embarassing for Shirov to be summarily checkmated like that...I wonder if he evn saw the mate when he played...Rxg4? ;-)

Jun-12-11  espee956: Great Vishy ... shall love to watch this kind of games ever and ever again! Just lovely!! Congrats!!!
Jan-04-14  PinnedPiece: GTM: Score 45 par 44

Missed the last beautiful mating move, drat. Even though I had wished several times previously that I could station my queen on e8.


Feb-11-14  firebrandx: I've played both sides of this line on ICCF, and 11...Nh5 is the "easy" drawing weapon for black there. After 12.d5 Nxg3 13.hxg3 cxd5 14.exd5 exd5 15.Nxd5 Bg7 16.Ne3 Qa5+ 17.Kf1 Rd8 18.Nf5 Kf8 19.Rd6 Qxa2 20.Nxg7 Kxg7 21.Qd2 Qb1+ 22.Bd1 Nf6 23.Rxd8 Rxd8 24.Qxd8 Bd5!, black forces a perpetual as white's extra rook is completely out of play.

Basically on ICCF, 10.Qc2 Nbd7 11.Rd1 is a gamble hoping black doesn't know this trick.

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