White to play and win

This position is taken from a very nice game played between GM Gregory Kaidanov and Viswanathan Anand in Moscow, 1987. White has already sacrificed one piece to get the initiative and goes for the second killer blow. Can you spot it? Later, GM Kaidanov was to remark “At this point Vishy looked up at me. There was so much pain in his eyes that I remember this look until today.” This remark appeared in Jan 2009 issue of Chess Life. You can replay the full game with our super Chess King applet in the extended post. We found this game by searching through GigaKing database of chess games played from the beginning of time.



Kaidanov Gregory S (USA) (2420) – Anand Viswanathan (IND) (2505)

Result: 1-0
Site: Moscow (Russia)
Date: 1987
[…] 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 ¤c6 5.cxd5 £xd5 6.¤f3 e6 7.¤c3 £d8 8.¥d3 ¤f6 9.O-O ¥e7 10.a3 O-O 11.¦e1 b6 12.¥c2 ¥a6 13.b4 ¥c4 14.b5 ¤a5 15.¤e5 ¦c8 16.¦e3 ¦c7 17.¦g3 ¦e8 18.¥h6 ¥f8 19.¥g5 ¥e7 20.¥xf6 ¥xf6 21.¥xh7+ ¢xh7 22.£h5+ ¢g8 23.¤e4 ¥d5 24.¦h3 ¢f8 25.£xf7+ 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 ¤c6 5.cxd5 £xd5 6.¤f3 e6 7.¤c3 £d8 8.¥d3 ¤f6 9.O-O ¥e7 10.a3 O-O 11.¦e1 b6 12.¥c2 ¥a6 13.b4 ¥c4 14.b5 ¤a5 15.¤e5 ¦c8 16.¦e3 ¦c7 17.¦g3 ¦e8 18.¥h6 ¥f8 19.¥g5 ¥e7 20.¥xf6 ¥xf6 21.¥xh7+ ¢xh7 22.£h5+ ¢g8 23.¤e4 ¥d5 24.¦h3 ¢f8 25.£xf7+
(25…¦xf7 26.¤g6+ ¢g8 27.¦h8# (0:00:03) 24…Kf8)