Anand Blunder in Two Knights Defence: Can You Save the Game?

White loses a piece with 44.Nc5 What should have White played?

The scene was Linares 1991 and Viswanathan Anand was pitted against Alexander Beliavsky of Slovakia. The Two Knights Defence game progressed along with White maintaining an advantage and actually missing super smashers by playing 34.Kc1 instead of 34.Qa5 or 34.Qb4. Black defended along bravely. In the position on the left, Black has just played 43….Ne4 and White blunders with 44.Nc5+ Black promptly replies with 44….QxNc5! White resigns as he goes one piece down. Could White have saved the game after 43…. Ne4? What would have maintained White’s advantage instead of 44.Nc5+

Anand Viswanathan (IND) (2650) – Beliavsky Alexander G (SLO) (2655)

Result: 0-1
Site: Linares (Spain)
Date: 1991

[…] 1.e4 e5 2.¤f3 ¤c6 3.¥c4 ¤f6 4.¤g5 ¥c5 5.¥xf7+ ¢e7 6.¥d5 £e8 7.d3 d6 8.¥xc6 bxc6 9.¥e3 £g6 10.¤f3 ¥xe3 11.fxe3 £xg2 12.¦g1 £h3 13.¦xg7+ ¢d8 14.¦g3 £h6 15.£e2 ¤g4 16.h3 ¤f6 17.¤bd2 ¥a6 18.O-O-O ¢e7 19.h4 ¦ag8 20.¦g5 £f8 21.¤h2 £f7 22.b3 h6 23.¦f5 ¥c8 24.¦f3 £h5 25.¦df1 ¦g3 26.d4 ¦xf3 27.¤hxf3 ¤g4 28.£d3 ¦f8 29.£c3 ¥d7 30.¢b2 exd4 31.exd4 ¢d8 32.e5 ¦f4 33.¦e1 £f5 34.¢c1

(34.£b4 ¢c8 35.£a3 ¢b7 36.exd6 ¦xf3 37.¤xf3 £xf3 38.¦e7 £f5 39.£c5 £xc5 40.dxc5 ¢c8 41.¢c3 h5 42.¢d4 ¤h6 43.¦h7 ¤f5+ 44.¢e5 ¤xh4 45.¦xh5 ¤g6+ 46.¢f6 cxd6 47.cxd6 ¤f4 48.¦h8+ ¢b7 49.¦d8 ¤d5+ 50.¢e5 ¤b6 51.c4 ¥h3 52.¢f6 ¥d7 53.¢e7 (0:00:11) 33…Qf5)
(34.£a5 d5 35.£xa7 ¥e6 36.£c5 ¥d7 37.£c3 £e6 (0:00:11) 33…Qf5)

34…¢c8 35.a4 d5 36.¢b2 ¥e8 37.¦e2 £f8 38.a5 ¢b7 39.a6+ ¢xa6 40.e6 ¢b7 41.¦e1 £d6 42.b4 ¤f2 43.¤b3 ¤e4 44.¤c5+

(44.£e3 ¦f6 45.¤fd2 £xb4 46.¤xe4 dxe4 47.£xe4 ¦g6 48.e7 ¦g8 49.c3 £b5 50.¢c2 ¦g3 51.¤c5+ ¢a8 52.h5 ¦h3 53.£e2 £a5 54.£c4 ¦xh5 55.£b4 ¦h2+ 56.¢d3 £b5+ 57.£xb5 cxb5 (0:00:02) 43…Ne4)


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