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Play Like Vishy

Play Like Vishy

Former World Champion Vishy Anand is one of the strongest chess players in history and still going strong. Follow along for five of Vishy's greatest games, including wins against his fellow champions, Kasparov, Kramnik and Carlsen.

  • Play Like Vishy: Anand vs Kasparov

    Garry Kasparov was the World Champion from 1985 - 2000. He was a nemesis of the young Anand. Kasparov won a 1995 match 10.5 - 7.5. However, Vishy won his share of games as well, including this crushing victory in 1991. See if you can find Vishy's path to victory against the reigning champion.

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  • Play Like Vishy: Anand vs Lautier

    Vishy once played the rare Scandinavian Defense in a World Championship match, but his best ever Scandinavian was on the White side against French GM Joel Lautier. Anand played aggressively and won with a brilliant queen sacrifice. See if you can work your way through this amazing combination.

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  • Play Like Vishy: Kramnik vs Anand

    In 2008 Anand won a World Championship Match against his predecessor for the title, Vladimir Kramnik. Amazingly, Vishy won two of the first five games with the Black pieces. Vishy's Semi-Slav defense worked incredibly well even after Kramnik knew it was coming. This is game five, when Vishy was already leading by a point.

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  • Play Like Vishy: Aronian vs Anand

    Grandmaster Levon Aronian has been one of the top players in the world for years, but Vishy has beaten him in several critical games in World Championship cycles. In this game from the 2013 Tata Steel tournament, Vishy dealt Levon his only loss by returning to the Semi-Slav. Follow along and see one of Anand's greatest attacking games.

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  • Play Like Vishy: Anand vs Carlsen

    No one keeps the title forever. In 2013 Magnus Carlsen defeated Vishy in a match to take the World Championship. Vishy then won the next candidates tournament and earned another shot at the title. Carlsen won again, but only after a hard fought match, with Vishy winning this key game. Follow along and see how Vishy took down the reigning World Champion.

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