Viswanathan Anand made a queen-move when his rival Shakhriyar Mamedyarov was not around. He noted down the move and at once realised the decisive error he had committed. He foresaw a two-move checkmate that Mamedyarov could deliver.
The moment Mamedyarov returned to the board, Anand surprised him by resigning. It took Mamedyarov some time to realise what had happened.
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Such was the dramatic end to Anand’s eighth-round clash in the Norway Chess at Stavanger on Thursday. The loss saw Anand (13 points) slip a rung to the third spot, behind leader Magnus Carlsen (15) and Mamedyaro (14.5).
As Mamedyarov recalled, “When I come to the board I see there’s something going wrong. The faces of the chess players, of other chess players, I think everyone saw this (move) Qxf3, only not me!… Here I asked (Anand) why he resigned, because it’s strange, and he asked me, "you don’t see this one?”
In the final round, Anand needs a victory over Aryan Tari to keep alive the chances of forcing a tie-breaker for the title.
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