In 1995, Garry Kasparov faced Indian superstar Viswanathan Anand in a World Championship match.
The first eight games of the match ended in a hard-fought draws. Kasparov was unable to set Vishy serious problems in the opening.
In the 9th game – a shock followed. Playing the White pieces, Anand managed to open his account by breaching Kasparov's patent Najdorf Sicilian in a splendid positional style.
However, the very next game completely turned the match in Kasparov's favour. Anand repeated the Open Ruy Lopez that already appeared in the match, and run into a magnificent piece of opening preparation by Kasparov. After blitzing his first 22 moves and sacrificing a full rook, Kasparov obtained a winning endgame which he was careful not to spoil.
The initiative shifted into Kasparov's favour. In the 11th game, he uncorked another match novelty – he played the Sicilian Dragon for the first time in his life. Anand obtained a reasonable position, but the shadow of the previous game apparently still haunted him. At move 28, he naively tried to grab the exchange and allowed Kasparov to win with the help of a beautiful tactical stroke.
After scoring two further wins in the 13th game (yet another Dragon) and 14th game, Kasparov acquired a dominating lead. He maintained the 3 point margin until the end of the match, which ended before the schedule - after just 18 games. Thus, Kasparov defended his title – as it turned out, it would be the last World Championship match he would ever win.
Were it not Anand's first World Championship match, things might have turned out differently. He committed a number of naive mistakes: - Repeating the opening in the 10th game, allowing Garry to display his brilliant preparation - Trying to grab an exchange in the 11th game - Employing his hidden surprise - the Scandinavian defence - only in the 14th game
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