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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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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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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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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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Who was the last Indian player to beat Vishy, and when?

Given this question was asked a while ago, the answer has obviously changed. Pentala Harikrishna won a classical game against Anand in the 37th European Chess Club Cup 2022, held on October 2022. ...
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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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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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Analysis of Viswanathan Anand vs Vladimir Kramnik in the 2013 Zurich Chess Challenge?

I don't know why it doesn't have a well-defined answer yet. There's already another answer but there's some information missing (from my perspective). And the link given in the question's comment is ...
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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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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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