Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Francisco Vallejo Pons vs Viswanathan Anand
Grand Slam Chess Final (2011), Sao Paulo BRA, rd 4, Sep-30
Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A04)  ·  0-1



Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 17 times; par: 96 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 30 more F Vallejo Pons/Anand games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: Olga is our default viewer, but we offer other choices as well. You can use a different viewer by selecting it from the pulldown menu below and pressing the "Set" button.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Sep-30-11  Marmot PFL: Once black plays g4 he may as well go after f2, then g3 or d4 will fall as well
Premium Chessgames Member
  Domdaniel: <chessgames> Thanks for including a link to the original (Aronian-Ivanchuk) game. Maybe you could make this a regular thing when switching to a 2nd game? It's helpful to late arrivals, like me.

Johannesque Carolum cano.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Bishoprick: Paco is praying for another miracle. Not likely against Anand, and only one miracle per tournament!
Sep-30-11  OneArmedScissor: Paco will have many miracles.
It's not your place to call them
Sep-30-11  TheFocus: This will be a nice win for Anand. It will be over soon. No need for VP to play this out.
Sep-30-11  SCUBA diver: The only logical move for White is 50. K-b3
Sep-30-11  tarek1: The funny thing is that Black doesn't even have to do Be1. He can do Bd2 and after the exchange the white g and f pawns are helpless.
Sep-30-11  Strongest Force: Vishy has too many wins for Paco too keep playing
Sep-30-11  ajile:

click for larger view

Analysis by Rybka 3 32-bit : 19 ply

1. (-5.08): 1...Bb7 2.Na7 Be1 3.Nb5 Bc6

2. (-5.07): 1...Bd7 2.Nb6 Be6 3.Na4 Be1

Sep-30-11  Strongest Force: Its kind of rude for Paco to keep playing...he is even starting to piss me off :)
Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: If White could have somehow traded the Knight for Black's dsb he would have an easy BOOC draw. Now this looks like a straightforward win for Black.

Great technique by Anand.

Sep-30-11  Ulhumbrus: Black threatens 53...Bxf2 54 Nc3+ Kf3 and the g3 pawn falls as well
Sep-30-11  tarek1: Yes, besides on Nc3+ the bishop falls even sooner.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Bishoprick: Spite check, and resign
Sep-30-11  SCUBA diver: Where is the dancing Rook.
Sep-30-11  Ulhumbrus: This game may make it into the textbooks as an example of how to handle the bishop pair.
Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: Another decisive game! Great fighting spirit in this event.

The 3-1-0 scoring puts Anand in a tie for 2-3 with Aronian.

Premium Chessgames Member Thanks to everybody for stopping by. Round #5 (the last one in Brazil) takes place tomorrow at 2:00pm USA/Eastern time. Hope to see you then!
Sep-30-11  Bluegrey: I did not like whites idea of exchanging the b pawn for the c pawn. Why eliminate the weak backward which was blacks only weakness. The computers seemed to like the move but I guess black already has a huge advantage its beyond the computers horizon to accurately evaluate because the inactive light squared bishop which was tied down to defending the c6 pawn can now come to c4 from where it can only be kicked out by the Knight. i thik Pb5 was a strategic mistake by Vallejo.
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Wow! So many players would have offered a draw after move 20, figuring the game was played out. White's Bishop is a glorified pawn, in the endgame.
Oct-01-11  Ulhumbrus: The move 13 Bxc6 concedes the bishop pair to Black, after which White is on the defensive for the rest of the game, and the defence does not in fact succeed in the end.

However this does not by itself explain why White loses the game.

If we take a look at the course of the rest of the game, we may be able to observe that Black's King invades White's King side, marching to the square f3. To do this the black king makes use of the white squares which are not defended by White's remaining bishop.

White could try to prevent this by placing the King side pawns on white squares instead, but then they might become targets for Black's Queen's Bishop.

White has been given therefore an unwelcome choice. He can either expose his King pawns to Black's QB by placing them on the white squares, or else he can place them on black squares and expose the white squares to invasion by Black's King.

It is possible that this masterpiece will become a part of chess history by entering the textbooks as an example of how to handle the bishop pair.

Oct-02-11  salamunalaik: i think FVP might have a stronger fight in 29.Nc5 than 29.b5.. might get a draw?
Oct-03-11  Ulhumbrus: With 17 h4? White opens the h file, although his Rook is able to attack the Queen side.

Perhaps White thinks that when he attacks on the Queen side with his Rook the exchange Rxh8 will serve to draw Black's Rook away from the Queen side.

It is not obvious at move 17 why this view is mistaken.

The reason is that at move 26, the second rank is going to be cleared of pieces, and so Black is able to reply to the Queen side attack Rc3-a3 with 26...Rh7! defending the extremity of the Queen side from the extremity of the King side, the opposite side of the board.

Oct-09-11  The Rocket: clearly showing how superior bishop pair is.. whites knight is powerless which is why Bxc6 was a moronic move since it was far from forced in a equal position.
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: A textbookwin,whick is likely to be found in future chessbooks.

And relatively easy to understand for the learning student.

search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
active BB (3:3||)
from 35_BB:BN - thE min0r Xchan9E sQEEzE by whiteshark
Book of Samurai's favorite games 4
by Book of Samurai
A04 Reti: Sicilian Invitation [Black]
by chess.master
Chess-Wise c4
by ISeth
Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A04) 0-1textbook B pair
from Strategic Planning Helped Fredthebear Get In/Awa by fredthebear
6) Chess-Wise c4
from yFredthebear Heard England Speak by fredthebear
active BB (3:3||)
from Endgame: BBvBN -the minor exchange squeeze by Baby Hawk
Zukertort Opening: Sicil (A04) 0-1 textbook B pair
from A04s of Fredthebear Checkrz by dheerajmohan

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC