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Viswanathan Anand vs Adrien Demuth
Gibraltar Masters (2016), La Caleta GIB, rd 5, Jan-30
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C72)  ·  0-1



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Jan-30-16  Marmot PFL: 39 Kh4? (time trouble?) is a horrible mistake by Anand when he could play 39 Qxf7+ Kc8 40 Qg8+ Kb7 41. Nf6 with good chances to win. That has to hurt his confidence with the candidates soon to come.
Jan-30-16  GrandMaesterPycelle: The way 39.Kh4 loses is hardly simple, but the correct sequence with 39.Qxf7+ seems too obvious to miss.
Jan-30-16  manorchy: With this round 5 loss, Vishy drops out of the world's top ten (perhaps at least temporarily) after more than two decades on the list.
Jan-30-16  Gilmoy: <6..h5!?> against Anand :-O

Wise bravery by Black; he cannot reasonably expect to be randomly paired with Anand ever again. Now or never!

Ergo, <23..g3+!?> pawn sac to trap White's K on h? <28..Nd5?!> must raise many eyebrows. Good to see the (not-quite-a-)kid dare to attack and go down(?) swinging.

White's patient defense should have sufficed, but Black's aggression paid off, too. Finally, Serena dumps a forehand long and Kerber wins! No slam for Vishy --

Jan-30-16  visayanbraindoctor: A Steinitz!

Lasker and Steinitz will feel quite at home.

Since Kramnik revived one of Lasker's favorites, the Berlin, in his 2000 WC match with Kasparov, there seems to have been a trend toward 'old' openings. Present World Champion Carlsen looks to be spearheading this trend, with his conservative QGDs, closed Sicilians, London system, etc...

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  perfidious: <visayan: A Steinitz!>

When we see the Old Steinitz in a modern top-level game, that will be a shock; but hard to imagine that coming off.

Feb-01-16  Ulhumbrus: If we compare the opening of this game with the opening of the game Fischer vs Geller, 1961 in the latter game Geller did not play 6..h5 but played instead 6...Bh5. Fischer then did not play 7 Bxc6+ at once but played first 7 c3 Qf6 8 g4 Bg6 9 d4 ( sacrificing a pawn to open the game)9...Bxe4 10 Nbd2 Bg6 and only now 11 Bxc6+

It may be that the exchange Bxc6+ becomes justified only if Black cannot find safety other than on the queenside.

8 d3 makes no attempt to open the game. Perhaps the idea is to threaten hxg4.

8...Bxf3 relinquishes the bishop pair. Instead of this 8...Bd7 keeps it.

After 9 Qxf3 Black's c pawns are doubled and his king side is more exposed than White's. The exchange 8...Bxf3 begins to look like a serious mistake.

Is 10 Qd1 necessary? 10 Qe2 keeps the back rank open. If Black castles on the queen side the queen will have lost only one tempo.

10...g5 looks like a completely unsound attack. However it is up to Anand to find a good answer to it.

Instead of 19 Nc3, 10 c3 supports the advance d4.

12 g3 disturbs the king side pawns without necessity. Anand wants to prepare f4.

16 f5 opens the h2-b8 diagonal. Instead of this 16 Be3 gets the bishop out.

Perhaps the right course for White was to try to complete his development and prepare the advance d4.

Anand may have overlooked something somewhere. It takes just one oversight for the game to go completely wrong.

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  chancho: Smacked in the Demuth.
Feb-01-16  Pulo y Gata: Fire and Demuth.
Feb-03-16  dehanne: Giblunder.
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  Richard Taylor: Good game by Demuth, Anand was outplayed for sure.

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