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Wesley So vs Viswanathan Anand
Tata Steel Masters (2020), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-12
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53)  ·  1-0



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Jan-12-20  offramp: Poor Anand probably couldn't wait for this game to be over. It looks like torture from beginning to end.
Jan-12-20  cormier: 6...O-O +0.25 (36 ply)
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  Check It Out: Anand half-baked attack could have worked on someone less skillful, but not at Tata Masters.
Jan-12-20  Andrew Chapman: After 22..Nxg2, black may have a draw.
Jan-12-20  MordimerChess: Definitely drawing lines after 22..Nxg2 but seems like Anand decided not to go for it. Did he believe that this position can be won?

I covered this game in video:

I included also link to the past game interview with Wesley So... and it gives some extra light to the psychological warfare and preparation of the players. Good stuff, enjoy!

Jan-12-20  BwanaVa: I would, but the video is privae. :-(
Jan-12-20  parmetd: More like how far had So analyzed this with a computer at home.
Jan-12-20  MordimerChess: It's because it wasn't fully uploaded yet. Should be fine now as new viewers are coming :)
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  Sally Simpson: Anand had to sac on f2 - who amongst us would refuse to do it. Double checks in such situations are always good.

From here...

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and visualising positions akin to what actually happened.

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Ne3 coming, Raf8 in the wind, Black active attackers out numbering the defenders due to the traffic jam of the White pieces on the Queenside,

It just looks like a crush and if all else fails there will be a sac-sac perpetual. (above posts even hint there was draw there.)

Jan-13-20  parmetd: Apparently his prep ended with 16. Rb1
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  Sally Simpson: ***

I knew it would be prep - which I never have a problem with, working off board is part of the game and the harder you work the luckier you get.

Probably started from here.

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10.Ng4 is not a TN and analysing in the old days one would stop here.

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Black has Bxf2+ and a Knight dis-check....look at something else.

But nowadays if a box showed a plus for White despite the sac then the player will keep nudging the machine to see where it goes.

Don't know if prep'd especially for Annand. Vishy had this as Black v Adams in Adams vs Anand, 2000 there Mickey played 9.0-0. Only Wes can answer that.

Wes might has discovered it months ago and stored the idea for a later date.


Jan-14-20  Ulhumbrus: 22...Raf8 attends to the worst placed piece, bringing the queen's rook into play, but it seems that in the present case it is a mistake and that 22...Nxg2 is the right move.

Can one suggest a reason for this?

One example of a reason why is that the move 22...Nxg2 is necessary because the move 23 Qg3 covering g2 counts as a threat, a threat which the capture 22...Nxg2 answers.

This brings to mind the words of Capablanca in his book <Chess fundamentals> : <Direct and violent attacks against the king must be carried en masse, with full force, to insure their success. The opposition must be overcome at all costs; the attack cannot be broken off, since in all cases that means defeat>

Capablanca's remarks, if true and if applicable here, suggest that the move 22...Raf8 breaks off the attack and so loses.

Because White's queen side is undeveloped this suggests that White is unable to do anything useful with his time and this suggests that 22...Raf8 takes advantage of this to bring out the reserves.

However in fact White is able to do one thing which is not only useful but vital: White is able to bring his queen to the king side and hinder an attack, an attack which needs to break through before white has time to hinder it.

Jan-14-20  Pulo y Gata: Computer-suggested line. Anand was caught by a preparation and fell for ...Bxf2+
Jan-14-20  parmetd: Well 22... Nxg2 seems to hold.
Jan-14-20  sp12: Would black playing 13...Nxe4 now work?
Jan-14-20  QueentakesKing: I give credit to the nice combinative ability by Anand which made him a great champ.
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  HeMateMe: This isn't your father's Anand.
Jan-23-20  sp12: Does 16...Qh4 provide any possibilities?
Jun-03-20  cormier: 12... Bf2 better is 12...Qe8 13.O-O Nh5 14.Nb3 Bb6 15.Be3 Bxe3 16.fxe3 Rxf1+ = 0.00 (24 ply) 13. Kf2 ⩲ +0.70 (28 ply) 13... Ng4 14. Kg1 Ne3 15. Qe2 Nc2 16. Rb1 N6d4 17. cd4 Qd4? 17...exd4 18.Nf3 d3 19.Qf2 Qd6 20.Bd2 Rf7 21.Bc3 Raf8 ⩲ +0.68 (20 ply) 18. Kh2 ± +2.18 (24 ply)

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