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Viswanathan Anand vs Arkadij Naiditsch
GRENKE Chess Classic (2015), Baden-Baden GER, rd 2, Feb-03
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Exchange Variation (D41)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-03-15  Kinghunt: It seems Anand had a fairly sizable advantage out of the opening, but was unable to find the right plan to convert it.
Feb-03-15  paavoh: Looking at the game with a bit of low-depth engine lines, it seems that the advantage was lost during moves 34-37. Perhaps doubling and keeping them on the 7th rank, harassing the King and eliminating the King side pawns at some point? Any video comments by the players themselves?
Feb-03-15  Kinghunt: One idea for Anand would have been 32. Rdd6, more or less forcing 32... Re5 33. Ra6 Rxa6 34. Rxa6 Kf6 35. Rxa7, leading to this position:

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This wins a pawn very quickly by force. I'm sure he considered this, but must have thought that black has reasonable chances to hold. However, this id curious decision. It seems to me that due to the weakness of the black pawns, white has excellent chances of winning this position. Stockfish agrees and finds a forced win for white from the diagrammed position (at d=51 with 5-man tablebases, it evaluates the position as +81).

Feb-04-15  latvalatvian: The great and mighty Anand knows about the iron bound rules of Steinitz and will use them to win this tournament. The other players propably don't look at games before 1800 and are therefore at a disadvantage.
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  thegoodanarchist: Another draw. Clearly both players are hiding their preparation.
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  whiteshark: <thegoodanarchist: Clearly both players are hiding their preparation.> Best play against the <Berlin Wall>: 1.d4!

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