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Understanding Anand's Bc4 move vs Ivanchuk 1992

In short, the key idea is to prevent white from playing h2-h3! Bc4 forces the exchange of light square bishops, and thus, sets up Rh3 which blocks the h2 pawn and keeps both the h2 and g4 pawns weak. ...
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What was Anand thinking in the 1994 Armageddon blitz semifinal?

From a YouTube comment section dedicated to the game (I did not find the primary source, so it may be untrue): Anand was asked about this in the interview after. Smirin did not play the opening Anand ...
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Unfinished Chess game between Viswanathan Anand and Garry Kasparov

High level players usually resign when they have a lost position. There's no point in continuing the game for thirty more moves when defeat is inevitable. Checkmate is actually a rare occurence in ...
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Anand - Carlsen Game 1 WCh 2014, why not 12.Qc3+?

[FEN ""] [Event "WCh 2014"] [Site "Sochi RUS"] [Date "2014.11.08"] [Round "1"] ...
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Who was the last Indian player to beat Vishy, and when?

The answer is: Yes Krishnan Sasikiran vs Viswanathan Anand FIDE World Cup-C (2002), Hyderabad, rd 2, Oct-05 King's Indian Attack: Yugoslav Variation (A07) 1-0 http://www.chessgames.com/perl/...
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Understanding Anand's Bc4 move vs Ivanchuk 1992

Phonon's answer is great, and I might not otherwise try to add anything, but I thought that adding Anand's own words might be worthy. In particular, of note, is that his "bad" Be7 holds his position ...
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Why is g5 much better than gxh5 in this position of Anand?

With rook on g1, 13. gxh5 gives it a direct open file against the king. Wrong! The black king is not on the g file. It is on the h file and the rook on f8 is ready, if required, to come to g8 and ...
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Unfinished Chess game between Viswanathan Anand and Garry Kasparov

Checkmate is just one way a game can end. It can also end on time, game loss penalty, or resignation. If you can make your opponent convinced enough of the futility of their position that they resign, ...
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Which World Champions other than Viswanathan Anand had a jolly personality?

OK, the only World Champion I can name for being jolly besides already mentioned Mikhail Tal is probably Vladimir Kramnik, who is always a pleasure to listen to in interviews, http://www.youtube.com/...
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Is the first game of World Chess Championship 2013 the shortest game in WCC history?

Technically speaking, the shortest game in a World Championship is Game 2 of the Fischer vs Spassky Match 1972, where Fischer did not show up to play and lost by forfeit. Fischer was supposed to play ...
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What is the maximum Elo rating that Magnus Carlsen could have if he loses the 2014 WCC to Anand?

In a hypothetical situation where Carlsen knew that he was going to lose the match and his number one priority was to preserve his rating points, then his best option would be to lose as quickly as ...
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What happened to the official website for the World Chess Championship 2010?

Apparently, FIDE didn't renew the site, so somebody purchased it. You can check the old contents at http://web.archive.org/web/20100701000000*/http://www.anand-topalov.com
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How many moves ahead does Anand calculate in his mind?

How far ahead a strong player like Anand sees depends on the position. On move 1 he doesn't see any moves ahead because he doesn't know which of several perfectly good replies his opponent will play. ...
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Intention of two moves of Topalov vs Anand

Well I'm no GM but for me there's a couple of things going on. In the given position white is threatening to take the pawn on a6 If white can get a knight to d6 he will fork the rook on e8 and the ...
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Why did Gelfand resign against Anand in the shortest match in WCC?

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1666558 the shortest game is World Championship history. It's not so much the material difference, after Bd3 Qxb1+ two Rooks is not enough for the Queen ...
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What are the merits of Anand's exchange sacrifice in game 9 of 1995 World Chess Championship?

Well, the obvious answer is that taking it leaves white with two connected passers (possibly after a future a6). That is incredibly strong since they control so many central squares, and threaten to ...
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What was the last open tournament Anand participated in before this Gibraltar 2016 event?

The 1993 Biel Interzonal according to The Hindu.
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Video of Anand vs Kasparov from 1996

This video was recorded by Chessbase and released with their Magazine 56 (stated here https://en.chessbase.com/post/remembering-yury). So I guess you have to get your hands on this magazine for the ...
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How would the evaluation of the engine suggested endgame in the Anand vs Carlsen game be determined?

Averbakh provides the following plan in an example with three pawns per side, i.e., no e-pawn. Use King and Rook to restrict the knights mobility Begin a pawn storm to cramp Black to the maximum ...
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How would the evaluation of the engine suggested endgame in the Anand vs Carlsen game be determined?

First, despite the big eval, it is still probably equal in the long run with best play. In the games below, the weaker side often weakened the position, making easier for the stronger side to win. ...
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Which World Champions other than Viswanathan Anand had a jolly personality?

Magnus Carlsen looks jolly to me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EY27lgnPKWI
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Why did Gelfand resign against Anand in the shortest match in WCC?

Here's my take (FWIW): Black's remaining queenside pieces are undeveloped, He's lost control of the dark squares, He can't conquer either White's back or 2nd rank, His queen is trapped, He's about ...
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Anand - Gelfand 12th game in World Chess championship 2012

This is a very old question, but the reason is that this is an easy draw at that level, despite the pawn minus for black. The main reason is that black is quite active, and has a monster B on d5. The ...
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Did Aronian make a mistake in the opening against Anand in round 1 of the FIDE Candidates 2014?

According to Anish Giri in New in Chess 2014/3, 13...Nf6 was a dubious move. Black should have played 13... Nf4! 14. Nf3 Nxg2! 15. Kxg2 a5!! with a dangerous attack. The threats are 16... a4 and 16... ...
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