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Ding Liren vs Viswanathan Anand
Sinquefield Cup (2019), St Louis, MO USA, rd 7, Aug-24
Catalan Opening: General (E00)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: Looking at 31...Bxg3; 32.hxg3,Ra8; 33.Nxc4,Rxa4; 34.Nxe3,Rxd4.
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  An Englishman: ...and those guys play a *lot* faster than I can write.
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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: The game's fate now depends upon the b2 pawn--if White keeps it, he can salvage the half point.
Aug-24-19  caissafan1963: I think Black is a bit better here. I'm not sure if White can keep the b-pawn.
Aug-24-19  BOSTER: Even material is equal, black is better, because white b2 pawn is difficult to defend , and white king is far from b file.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Interesting pawn sacrifice; perhaps Anand thought that he could not hold onto the b-pawn if he had swapped a pair of horses. Can't put off my weekend chores any longer. Have a happy Saturday!
Aug-24-19  Caissanist: Anand seems to be letting the win slip again, even though he still has the advantage. He must be half dead with fatigue by now, especially after his exhausting and demoralizing game against Giri yesterday. I wouldn't be surprised if he ultimately loses this.
Aug-24-19  sceptic: Before 44. ..Na4 sesse had evaluation -6.41.

After 44. .. Na4: 0.00

Aug-24-19  vonKrolock: But 46.Nd2! is a Study like key move...
Aug-24-19  vonKrolock: Unless Black can still have some zugzwang trick in the sleeve!?
Aug-24-19  Caissanist: What was the winning move for black on move 44?
Aug-24-19  sceptic: 44. .. b3 ++
Aug-24-19  vonKrolock: Post-vitam analysis coming soon... Another normal night in Drawstown... :)
Aug-24-19  sceptic: Cryptozoology deniers will continue to insist that Anand is extinct.
Aug-24-19  csmath: If you are a fan of Vishy Anand make sure you not not overmedicate today,. Also keep a hat on your head not to pull the remaining hair out.
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  saffuna: According to Stockfish Anand missed three clearly winning moves, especially 26...Ne4.
Aug-24-19  Pedro Fernandez: Anand lost the move 21...Nc4!

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but certainly the omission 26...Ne4!! was even worse.

Aug-24-19  csmath: That is not all, he messed up the ending too.
Aug-25-19  Pedro Fernandez: Indeed <csmath>!
Aug-25-19  Ulhumbrus: One question is whether Anand had looked for moves such as 21...Nc4 or 26...Ne4. As in the preceding game his opponent had given him chances which existed only for a moment, and if he did not make use of these moments he could let a win slip.
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  MissScarlett: Forget Vishy, Ding seemed pretty clueless after the game, though, in his case, it's difficult to tell:

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  Sally Simpson: ***

'Forget Vishy...'

That is what I was thinking. Never mind his missed chances what about the so-called elite players giving him these chances.

As for the missed chances. Here.

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Anand had spotted he was winning the exchange and he was winning. So he went into the exchange wining line with 19.Bxh3 skipping past the opportunity to play 21. Nc4.

Sitting on your hands looking for a better move is something the youngsters with their vast supply of energy do.

Missing it was not a game losing blunder.

and here:

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Despite what jump a computer eval gives 26...Ne4 is not too easy to dig out over the board.

He may have seen and thought why risk it, this is a technically won game so went the professional way.. Anand is still winning without playing 26...Ne4.

Then Ding woke up and fought like a rat. The win was not as easy as Anand thought. It's not a tap in.

Tiredness with age crept in. That is something a player getting older cannot prepare for, you have to see how you handle it when you get older. (market for a book there: 'Game Plans for Geriatrics.')

Maybe he could not believe the chances he has been given and thinks about it too much then doubts himself or as I suspect, why bust a gut - this is winning. It was but the endgame had to be played more accurately than he envisioned.

He should just go for it like he did in this Armageddon game v Ding played a few months ago, Bishop sac-Knight sac and mate. Anand vs Ding Liren, 2019


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  whiteshark: <An Englishman: According to the tournament site, Anand missed an amazing move--26...Ne4!!; 27.fxe4,Rxe4.>

Position after <26...Ne4!!>:

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White to move

1) -4.32 (28 ply) <27.fxe4 Rxe4> 28.Nc7 Bxc7 29.Bxc7 Qxc7 30.Qc3 Qd7 31.Ng1 Qg4+ 32.Kh1 Rxd4 33.Qxe3 Rd1 34.b3 Qxh4 35.Kg2 Qg4+ 36.Qg3 Qe4+ 37.Qf3 Rb1 38.Qxe4 dxe4 39.Nh3 Rxb3 40.Nf4 Ra3 41.Nd5 Rxa4 42.Nc3 Ra5 43.Nxe4 b5 44.Nc5 b4 45.Nd3 b3 46.Kf3 Ra2

2) -5.27 (28 ply) 27.Qxd5 Nd2 28.Ng1 Qf1+ 29.Kh1 Bxh2 30.Kxh2 Qf2+ 31.Kh1 Qxh4+ 32.Kg2 Qf2+ 33.Kh1 Re6 34.Qd8+ Kh7 35.Qg5 Rh6+ 36.Qxh6+ gxh6 37.Bd8 Nc4 38.b3 Nd2 39.d5 Nxb3 40.d6 Nc5 41.Nc7 Qg3 42.Be7 f6 43.Ne8 Nd7 44.Nxf6+ Nxf6 45.Bxf6 Qxd6 46.Bb2 Kg6 47.Bc1 Qc5

3) -5.30 (28 ply) 27.Ng1 Nd2 28.Qxd5 Qf1+ 29.Kh1 Bxh2 30.Kxh2 Qf2+ 31.Kh1 Qxh4+ 32.Kg2 Qf2+ 33.Kh1 Re6 34.Qh5 Rh6 35.Qxh6 gxh6 36.Bc7 Nxf3 37.exf3 e2 38.Ba5 e1=R 39.Bxe1 Qxe1 40.Nc3 Qh4+ 41.Kg2 Qxd4 42.Nge2 Qb4 43.Kf2 Qxb2 44.Kg3 Kg7 45.Kf2 h5 46.Kg2 Qb4 47.Kf2 Qc5+ 48.Kg3

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

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  whiteshark: Position after <26...Ne4 <27.fxe4 Rxe4>>

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White to move

1) -4.50 (29 ply) <28.Nc7 Bxc7 29.Bxc7 Qxc7> 30.Qc3 Qd7 31.Ng1 Qg4+ 32.Kh1 Rxd4 33.Qxe3 Rd1 34.Qe8+ Kh7 35.Qe3 Qxh4 36.Kg2 Qg4+ 37.Qg3 Qe4+ 38.Qf3 Qg6+ 39.Qg3 Rd2 40.Kf2 Qxg3+ 41.hxg3 Rxb2 42.Nh3 Ra2 43.Nf4 d4 44.Nd3 Rxa4 45.Kf3 Kg6 46.Nc5 Ra3+ 47.Ke4 b5 48.Kxd4 Rxg3 49.Nd3 Kg5 50.e3 Kf6

2) -8.05 (29 ply) 28.Nc3 Rg4+ 29.Kf3 Qf1+ 30.Kxe3 Qxh3+ 31.Kd2 Rxd4+ 32.Kc2 Qf5+ 33.e4 dxe4 34.Qb5 Be5 35.Kb1 e3+ 36.Ka2 Rd3 37.Qe8+ Kh7 38.Ne2 Rd2 39.Bc3 Bxc3 40.Nxc3 Qc2 41.Qe4+ Qxe4 42.Nxe4 e2 43.Nxd2 e1=Q 44.Nc4 Qxh4 45.Kb3 Qxh2 46.Kb4 Qc2 47.b3 Qf5 48.Nb6 Qe4+ 49.Nc4 Kg8 50.Kb5

3) -10.31 (28 ply) 28.Bc7 Bxc7 29.Nxc7 Qe1 30.Qd3 Qxh4 31.Qxe4 Qxe4+ 32.Kg3 Qg6+ 33.Kf4 Qg2 34.Nxd5 Qxd5 35.Kg3 Qxd4 36.Ng1 Qxa4 37.Kg2 Qb3 38.Kf1 Qxb2 39.Kg2 Qc1 40.Nf3 Qd1 41.Ng1 Qe1 42.Kh1 Qf2 43.h3 Qe1 44.Kg2 Qd1 45.Kh1 Qc1 46.Kg2 Qe1 47.Kh1 Qg3

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

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  whiteshark: Position after <26...Ne4 27.fxe4 Rxe4 <28.Nc7 Bxc7 29.Bxc7 Qxc7>>

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White to move

1) -4.49 (26 ply) 30.Qc3 Qd7 31.Ng1 Qg4+ 32.Kh1 Rxd4 33.Qxe3 Rd1 34.Qe8+ Kh7 35.Qe3 Qxa4 36.Kg2 Qg4+ 37.Qg3 Qe4+ 38.Qf3 Qg6+ 39.Qg3 Rb1 40.Nf3 f6 41.Qxg6+ Kxg6 42.Nd4 Rxb2 43.Kf2 Rb4 44.Ke3 Kh5 45.Kd3 g6 46.e3 Ra4 47.Ne6 Rxh4 48.h3 b5 49.Ke2 b4

2) -6.60 (26 ply) 30.Qd1 Rg4+ 31.Kh1 Rxh4 32.Qf1 Rxd4 33.Qf3 Qe5 34.a5 Rb4 35.Kg2 Rxb2 36.Qg4 Qe4+ 37.Qxe4 dxe4 38.Ng1 Rb1 39.Nh3 Re1 40.Nf4 g5 41.Nd5 Rxe2+ 42.Kf1 Rf2+ 43.Ke1 Rxh2 44.Nxe3 Kg7 45.a6 bxa6 46.Nf1

3) -7.25 (25 ply) 30.Qxd5 Rg4+ 31.Kf3 Rxh4 32.Qc5 Rxh3+ 33.Ke4 Qd7 34.Kd3 Rxh2 35.Qe5 Rh4 36.a5 Qc8 37.Qc5 Qg4 38.a6 bxa6 39.Qc4 Qe4+ 40.Kc3 Rh1 41.Kb3 Qb7+ 42.Qb4 Qa8 43.Qc5 a5 44.d5 Rd1 45.Ka2 Qxd5+ 46.Qxd5 Rxd5

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

I'm gonna leave it at that.

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