Wednesday 26 April 1995
A look of horror then came over Alekhine's face. His reasoning had been: "He can't go there, because I mate him." When he did go there, Alekhine was struck with an "Oh no! I thought he couldn't do that" panic reaction. Then he composed himself, smiled, and played the mating move.
None of which explains the end of the Anand-Vaganyan game in Riga a few days ago. Finding himself under increasing pressure, Vaganyan made a horrible mistake with 20...f5, totally missing 21.Ne5! But what was he thinking when he took the bishop? There are five possibilities:
a) He thought Anand had blundered a piece away;
b) He thought it was a sacrifice, but missed 22.Qxf7 mate;
c) He was so disgusted he felt he deserved to be mated;
d) He picked up the wrong man;
e) He was being a gentleman.
a, b and e are unbelievable; d is ruled out because he would still have had time to resign before Qxf7. So c must be correct, unless someone knows better.
White: V. Anand
Black: R. Vaganyan
1 e4 e6 12 c4 Bd7
2 d4 d5 13 c5 Qc7
3 Nc3 dxe4 14 Rfd1 h5
4 Nxe4 Nd7 15 Nd2 Rd8
5 Nf3 Ngf6 16 Nc4 Bc8
6 Bd3 Nxe4 17 Qe3 b5
7 Bxe4 Nf6 18 cxb6 axb6
8 Bg5 Be7 19 Rac1 Bb7
9 Bxf6 gxf6 20 Qf3 f5
10 Qe2 c6 21 Ne5 fxe4
11 0-0 Qb6 22 Qxf7 mate
Final scores in Riga: Kasparov 71/2; Anand 7; Ivanchuk 61/2; Kramnik and Short 6; Gulko 5; Yusupov 41/2; Ehlvest 31/2; Kengis, Timman and Vaganyan 3.
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