Friday, September 26, 2008

Anand's Technique

This game was taken from an old game of Viswanathan Anand in Biel 1997 against one of the strongest GMs of the day, Joel Lautier.

We begin our quest with move 30.

Lautier just played 30. Qe1.

We know the a-pawn is definitely going to fall and it's pointless to defend this but Anand shows a good way of taking control of the game and winning this.

In this position, what would you do?

I won't give you the answer here but I'll link the actual answer to

Once you've see the moves Anand plays, everything becomes crystal clear and is self-explanatory. Anand displays very fine technique here in the art of positional play.


  1. Nice playing on checkmate that way. Wish i could play that way. :-)

  2. Wow, incredible attack (mating net, fork, pin combined). I wish I could come up with moves like that. :)

  3. nice game. i added it to my collection. thx, dk

  4. tiger & like: If we could play that way we would be grandmasters too. :-)

  5. chesstiger, likesforests and polly: I was quite amazed at the tactical combos of Rook and Queen. Absolutely murderous.

    dk: thanks, as always! :)