SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
Tiviakov gives the MASSAGE to World Champ Anand
Anand (left, back to us) and Tiviakov this past Saturday
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5!
The exclamation mark is for avoiding the main lines of the Sicilian, in which Anand is like a fish in water. Besides, Tiviakov feels very comfortable (and very confident) in lesser known lines.
4…Nd7 4. d4 cxd4 5. Qxd4 a6 6. Bxd7 Bxd7 7. c4 e5 8. Qd3
Here 8…b5! is necessary, and gives Black satisfactory counterplay. It is true that Tiviakov had already won a game with this continuation (8…b5 9.Na3!?), but this is no reason to avoid playing the best move! In the opening Anand plays without a clear plan (and no sense of danger) and quickly ends up with a passive position.
8…h6 9. Nc3 Nf6 10. O-O Be7 11. a4!
If Black can not get in b5, then he will be left with a strategically lost game. The backward d-pawn plus White’s complete domination of the d5-square are reasons sufficient to condemn Anand’s handling of the entire line…
11…b6 12. b3 Ra7 13. Rd1 Bc8 14. Ba3 Rd7
Beginning the well-worn manoeuvre Nd2-f1-e3-d5 (f5) which has given Black players more than their fair share of nightmares…in the game continuation Anand did not succeed in creating a single threat and Tiviakov demonstrated complete domination of the position. Anand threw in the towel at move 50, but not before a LOT of suffering. Well worth to study this game several times!
POSITION AFTER WHITE’S 41st MOVE (41.Kg2)
Black has been better for the entire game but now–in the midst of the chaos of the last few moves– it seems as though White is getting out! He threatens Rc8-ch as well as Qxg6-ch, both capable of being immediately fatal to Black. TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE?
This brilliant resource is a very cold shower to the White player! With the Queen stuck over on h6–unable to come to the defence of the White monarch–Black has a winning (mating) attack. VERY NICELY CALCULATED!
42. Kxg3 Qxe1 The check on g4 is even more precise! 43. Kh3 Qf1 44. Rg2 Qf3 45. Kh2 Be5 46. Kg1
46…Qd1 47. Kf2 Bd4 [0:1]
It is forced mate!
A good shag…
POSITION AFTER 16 MOVES
A sharp line of the Najdorf has produced (predictably !) a crisis where Black still has not castled (Happy, William ?!) and invites disaster.
The position is begging for a sacrifice! A cold-blooded computer would prefer the Vulcan-like 17. Qh5! and after 17… exd4 18. Bxd4 O-O? 19. Qg6! is game over. HOWEVER, a warm blooded human wants to thrust the knife in deep (and immediately!):
”E tu, Brutus?” (Rough translation: ”Take this and choke on it and die!”)
A stock sacrifice designed to open lines around the Black King and prevent him from castling. As with most things human, it is completely speculative and does not meet with our silicon brothers approval…but who cares? We are human, after all! (Besides, this is fun!)
17… fxe6 18. fxe6 g6!? (there is a good argument for [18… b5!? 19. Qh5 Kd8 20. Bxg5 Bxg5 21. Rf7 Be7 22. Rd1, when White has some compensation and dangerous threats] 19. Rf7 !?
Objectively not the best continuation, but so what? It is a wonderfully good shagging going on, regardless of who wins! The peanut gallery is in ecstacy…
The silicon beast suggest 19… Bxe6! 20. Bxe6 Nxf7 21. Qxg6 Bg5 22. Rf1 Rf8 with an unclear position where White must still prove himself…
A typically human reaction to White’s last move. Black wants to push the Queen back from its active position before taking on f7. (Completely overlooking White’s next move, ofcourse!)
This is what we chess players get up in the morning for ….an orgy of sacrifices: first a lowly pawn, then an aristocratic Knight, next a lofty Rook and finally the bitch herself! Fuck what the silicon beast says…I am enjoying it!
The Queen can not escape because of forced mate:21… Qb6? 22. Re7 Kf8 23. Rf1 Kg8 24. Re8 Kg7 25. Rf7#
21…QxR 22.PxQ Kf8 23.Rd1!
For a mere exchange White has a large positional advantage: the Bishop pair, a strong pawn on f7 and numerous threats. Should we be surprised that Black was not able to hold the game?
SPRAGGETT ON CHESS