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Viswanathan Anand vs Peter Svidler
"Anand Other One Bites the Dust" (game of the day Oct-25-2017)
Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge (2017), Zurich SUI, rd 6, Apr-16
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Normal Variation (B45)  ·  1-0

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Apr-17-17  zev22407: This is a great game by Anand, join and watch!
May-20-17  theagenbiteofinwit: Beautiful sacrifice. A double-edged position. Wow.
Oct-25-17  eykca: The avalanche of pawns is on...
Oct-25-17  The Kings Domain: Anand's combinative flair seems to come out when he plays against Svidler.

Fun pun. Strained, but a tribute to Queen is always good. :-)

Oct-25-17  dumbgai: Game of the day and daily puzzle are both Anand-Svidler games.
Oct-25-17
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  kevin86: The pawns will swallow black's king.
Oct-25-17
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  chessgames.com: <Game of the day and daily puzzle are both Anand-Svidler games.> Wow, that wasn't intended. Coincidences abound.

BTW, according to Anand vs Svidler, 2017 [analysis] 28...d5? was the culprit here. Better would have been 28...Bc8 29.Bd5 Rh8 30.Rb3 Nd7 31.f6 Bf8 32.Rf3 Ne5 = +0.22 (36 ply)

Oct-25-17  belgradegambit: It's amazing that Svidler has been Anand's client for years. 55 games and he's never beaten Anand.
Oct-25-17
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  Sneaky: Well Peter snuck in two victories during rapid events: Anand vs Svidler, 2000 and Svidler vs Anand, 2002. But yeah, Anand has Svid's number bigtime.
Oct-25-17  SChesshevsky: By the chessgames database it appears the quick Qe2, 0-0-0, g4 idea isn't that common. It looks pretty effective however, giving white initiative and Black problems to solve.

Is this line's first dozen or so moves really that rare?

Oct-26-17  Nerwal: <By the chessgames database it appears the quick Qe2, 0-0-0, g4 idea isn't that common. It looks pretty effective however, giving white initiative and Black problems to solve.

Is this line's first dozen or so moves really that rare?>

I guess in those lines Black is supposed to exchange on d4 rather early, making Svidler's attempt to proceed without it altogether very rare. There is a smiliar line in the Najdorf where White has the extra moves f3 and ♘b3 (which are not helping actually) : 1. e4 c5 2. ♘f3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. ♘xd4 ♘f6 5. ♘c3 a6 6. f3 ♕b6 7. g4 ♘c6 8. ♘b3 e6 9. ♕e2 ♕c7 10. ♗e3 b5 11. 0-0-0 (Anand has played it quite a bit as White, eg Anand vs Grischuk, 2011), but even there White's prospects are not bad at all.

Oct-27-17  zanzibar: After

<1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cd4 4. Nd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Qe2>

Things are fairly standard until 7.Qe2, a fairly rare continuation by White (1.5% frequency in <MillBase>):


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Opening theory should have a good reason why 7.Qe2 isn't played too often, and it seems 7...a6 isn't it - despite being Black's most common reply (at freq of 37%, but White wins 65% of the time).

It's clear that 7.Qe2 blocks the lsb in, so 7...a6 isn't needed for that. And without the queen on the d-file, any knight attack on d6 from b5 is neutered by ...a6 after the fact - so Black need not waste a tempo in prevent defense.

So, what is the best move for Black?

Quite possibly it's the engine recommended 7...e5 (at 29-ply), which catches the queen on the wrong file. <Millbase> also gives it the lowest scoring for White (only 41.6%).

(It also makes g4 a little harder to get too, what with the open diagonal for Black's dsb - in fact ...Ng4 might be in the cards for Black)

Of course, the stats are quite small, only 8 games. I'd recommend the move all the same -

Oct-27-17  SChesshevsky: Nerwal and zanzibar,thanks for the info. I have a suspicion that Anand had been sitting on this line for awhile and maybe decided to test it out. Unfortunately for Svidler, who probably was unprepared.

It does appear ...Nxd4 and or ...e5 might be necessary early. Maybe something like 9. g4 Nxd4 10. Rxd4 e5 which gets a tempo for maybe ...h6 and g4 is hanging.

Guessing white's probably still better but could be a decent try for black equality.

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