Sunday, December 21, 2008

My match with Vishwanathan Anand

On the sidelines of the PanIIT Alumini meet being held at IIT Madras, Vishwanathan Anand - World Champion of Chess put in an appearance and played 14 boards of chess in a rapid mode of play. This was the sequence of moves played at table 4 by Narendranath (a 2000ish rated player and captain of the IITM chess team whom I met while playing chess at the InterIIT sports meet held earlier). It was real fun. Have a look.
White: Vishwanathan Anand
Black: Narendranath (IITM)/Divye Kapoor(IITR)

1. e4 c5      ; Sicilian Defense
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. Bb5 a6     ; push the bishop
4. Bxc6 bxc6  ; have a doubled pawn
5. O-O d5     ; try opening the doubled pawn
6. d3 Bg4     ; try pinning the Knight
7. h3 Bh5     ; push back the bishop
8. Nc3 d4     ; push the Knight and block the center
9. Na4 b3     ; Knight threatens entry
10. Bg5 h6    ; Push the Bishop
11. Bxf6 Qxf6 ; Bishop v/s Knight exchange
12. g4 Bg6    ; Break the pin on the Knight
13. Kg2 h5    ; Support the white pawns
14. g5 Qf4    ;
15. Qd2 Qc7   ; Push back the Black Queen
16. Nh4 Bh7   ; Push back the Black Bishop
17. f4 Bd6    ; Develop the Black Bishop
18. Nb2 Kd7   ; Break Black's Castling
19. Nc4 Raf8  ; Bring rooks into play
20. a4 Qb8    ; Start supporting the White Knight at the hole at b6
21. a5

Match abandoned due to lack of time.