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BY 1995, ANAND WAS COMPETING FOR THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST GARRY KASPAROV.


king walks over to g1.


46. ... Kb4 Quicker is 46. ... h4 47. Ra8 Kb3 48.


Rb8+ Kc3 49. Ra8 Rc4+ 50. Kd5 a4 51. Ra7 h3 52. Ra8 Kb3 53. Rb8+ Rb4; or 46. ... Kb3 47. Rb7+ Kc3 48. Rb1 Rc4+ 49. Kd5 Rf4 50. Ke5 Rh4 51. Rc1+ Kb2 52. Rc8 a4.


47. Rb7+ Again White can prolong matters by a


few moves with 47. Kd4 h4! 48. Rb7+ Rb5 49. Rc7 a4 50. Rc4+ Ka3 (50. ... Ka5?? 51. Kc3=) 51. Rc1 Rb2 52. Kc3 Ka2 53. h3 Rb3+ 54. Kc4 Rxh3 55. Rc2+ Kb1 56. Rg2 Rf3 57. Rg1+ Kc2 58. Rg2+ Kd1 59. Kd4 h3 60. Ra2 a3 61. Ke4 Rg3 62. Kf4 Rc3 63. Ke4 Kc1 64. Kd4 Kb1.


47. ... Rb5 48. Ra7 48. Rc7 a4 49. Kd3 Rd5+ (49. ... a3??


50. Kc2=) 50. Ke4 (50. Kc2 Rc5+) 50. ... Rc5 51. Ra7 Ra5 52. Rb7+ (or equiva- lently 52. Rxa5 Kxa5 53. Kd3 h4 54. Kc4 h3 55. Kc3 Kb5) 52. ... Rb5 53. Rxb5+ Kxb5 54. Kd3 h4 55. Kc3 h3 56. Kb2 Kc4 wins for Black.


48. ... a4 49. Kd3 Kb3 50. Kd2 50. Rc7 a3 51. Rc3+ Kb2 52. Rc2+


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Kb1 53. Rg2 a2 54. Kc4 Rb8 55. Rg1+ Kb2 56. Rg2+ Ka3 57. Rg3+ Ka4 58. Rg7 Rb4+ 59. Kc5 Rb5+ is curtains for White.


50. ... a3 51. Kc1 a2 52. h3 Rb4 53. Ra8 Rc4+, White resigned.


There you have it, my perfect score


against the man now known as the “most versatile world chess champion” for his victories in many match formats. To be fair, of course, within a few short years my FIDE rating had barely nudged to 2400 while Anand’s had catapulted to 2700.


Unfortunately, I blew my big chance in the next round by losing to IM Kamran Shi- razi where I missed the knockout punch having had my opponent on the ropes. I finished with 5½ after drawing Sisniega in the last round. As for Anand, he qui- etly and quickly decimated two strong masters to conclude with 6-2. An out- standing outcome for a few minor mortals; a forgettable failure for a growing giant, and all in all remarkable reminiscence exactly a quarter of a century ago, the day I knocked off the champ.


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Anand at the 1987 World Open Round 1: Marcel Sisniega (2486)


Round 2: Alex I. Sherzer (2391) Round 3: Robert F. Bukovac (2147) Round 4: Anthony Randolph (2212)


Round 5: Ferdinand Schlierkamp (1973/5) Round 6: Steven A. Taylor (2325)


Round 7: Inguar Asmundsson (2448/1) Round 8: Danny Edelman (2436) Round 9: Karl Dehmelt (2388) Round 10: A. Larry Remlinger (2442)


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