Anand Wins Games Quickly
Anand Wins Games Quickly
When talking about the greatest chess players of all time, we often talk about Magnus Carlsen or Garry Kasparov and compare their weaknesses and strengthens. Not long ago, however, Magnus Carlsen was very young and still on his way to become one of the world’s strongest grandmasters. At that time, a Super-Grandmaster from India dominated the chess world, became World Chess Champion and defended his title for many years against various challengers such as Vladimir Kramnik, Boris Gelfand and Veselin Topalov.
It should be obvious who we’re talking about – Vishy Anand. Although today Vishy Anand lives in the shadow of Magnus Carlsen, we should not forget that Anand has won almost every title a professional chess player could wish to win. Moreover, it is important to note that with an ELO rating close to 2800 Vishy Anand still joins the top chess players in the world.
In this video GM Damian Lemos takes a closer look at the “Tiger of Madras” and his outstanding results during his career. He investigates a quick win by Vishy Anand against another chess legend – Viktor Korchnoi. In this game, Anand wins in just 19 moves against such a strong chess player. Damian sheds light on this game and shows us how Anand did it.
Wijk aan Zee 2000: Anand, Vishy (2769) – Korchnoi, Viktor (2659)
The game starts with a well-known line in the French Defence. 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Nbd7 6.Nf3 Be7 7.Nxf6+ Bxf6 8.h4 h6 9.Bxf6 Nxf6 (see the diagram on the right).
This is a typical position in the French Defence. With the move 8.h4, Anand shows some ambition to attack on the kingside should Black castle that side. That’s why Korchnoi delays castling for the moment and the game continues 10. Qd2 b6 11.0-0-0 Bb7 12.Ne5 0-0 (Black has to castle now as otherwise, he can’t challenge the centre with the move …c5.) 13.Bd3 c5 (see the diagram on the left).
With this last move, Black tries to create some counterplay in the centre. If Black waited passively instead, White would sooner or later start a strong kingside attack with g4, g5, opening up lines against the Black king.
Anand continues 14.dxc5 Qc7?! 15.Rhe1 Bxg2 (see the diagram on the right). Korchnoi captures the g2-pawn. This looks very dangerous for Black as he opens the g-file which can be used by White to create a mating attack. Korchnoi’s idea is that 16.Rg1 is not immediately possible because it could be answered by Qxe5. The rook on e1 has to protect the knight on e5.
Anand, however, sees all that and notices that he has the nice resource 16.Re2!, threatening to play the other rook to g1 on the next move. It is very hard to defend for Black. The game continues 16…Kh8 17.Rg1 Bd5 18.Qf4 (threatening the discovered check Ng6+ followed by Qxc7, winning the queen) Qxc5 19.Re3! (see the diagram on the left) Korchnoi resigns – Anand wins.
Black has no defense against the numerous threats. If Black would play 19…Rac8, for instance, 20.Reg3 (threatening Rxg7) Nh5 21.Qxh6!! gxh6 22.Rg8+ Rxg8 23.Nxf7 mate.
A brilliant attacking game by Vishy Anand. If you want to take a look at the game in detail and get plenty of explanations by GM Damian Lemos, you should definitely check out the whole video.
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