Master Class by Vishy Anand: amazing analysis

by Nisha Mohota
1/31/2016 – On January 29, Vishy Anand gave a Master Class which lasted one hour 25 minutes. This was filled with high quality analysis and some brilliant ideas shared by the five-time World Champion, and this video is now available to you. IM Nisha Mohota, who attended this Master Class, gives us first hand experience of what it felt like learning from the Indian legend.

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The entire Master Class, courtesy of the Tradewide Gibraltar organizers, can be viewed clicking here.

Today there was a Master Class by Anand which was enjoyed by one and all! The hall was packed and some had to sit out in the lobby where there was a huge screen so they could watch everything. Luckily I had occupied the seat in the hall well on time and I could enjoy the Master Class face to face!

An eager audience awaits the arrival of the legend. The demand was large, and most ended
up watching it transmitted on a large screen in the lobby outside (photo by Nisha Mohota)

Anand arrives and gets settled (photo by Nisha Mohota)

Anand showed his game against Evgeny Bareev from Wijk Aan Zee in 2004, and while the game was certainly interesting, the analysis of the game was the real show. Justifying his choice, the five-time World Champion shared some amazing lines that just left one gobsmacked.

See for example this amazing position which could have been reached in the game:

Anand - Bareev, Wijk Aan Zee 2004

Black’s last move (in the analysis ) was 33...Bg7+. Here, if White plays
34.Re5+ Kd4 35. Re4+ and then 35...Kd3 counter check! Basically every
check is countered by a check of its own.

Even GM Conquest, co-hosting, seemed mesmerized as Anand showed the many wild lines.
In the spirit of the title 'Master Class', the champion would pause every now and then, and
engage the audience by asking them to try their hand at finding a move. No engines to save
them here! (photo by John Saunders)

After the game Anand answered the questions of the audience on various subjects- he told the story of his meeting with Fischer, the one player he would want to play with - Morphy, his reason for coming back to open tournaments after so long (There are a couple of good ones these days) etc.

On the way back to the room, he meets his friend and long-time second
Surya Shekhar Ganguly (photo by Nisha Mohota)

A huge thanks to Stuart Conquest and his team at the Gibraltar Chess for making such high quality learning content available to all the chess lovers!



Nisha Mohota became India’s youngest WIM in 1995 and India’s fourth WGM in 2003. Since February 2011 she has been a full IM – her highest ever Elo rating was 2416. She has represented India in 25 countries, playing for India in the 2004, 2008 and 2010 Olympiads. Her first love, chess, helps her continue her other passion: writing, photography and travelling.
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Bill Alg Bill Alg 2/1/2016 10:34
@guest1227491: Yes it is true, those masterclasses (not only this one, but the ones from previous years: I remember at least one with Ivanchuk and one with Li Chao, you could still look them up somewhere) are so good partly because of GM Stuart Conquest, who has this ability you mentioned.
PFH PFH 2/1/2016 03:50
Thx Bertman!
guest1227491 guest1227491 2/1/2016 10:19
A lovely masterclass! Special thanks also to GM Stuart Conquest for asking interesting questions to Vishy along the way, which made it easier for a patzer like me to understand.
onufri onufri 2/1/2016 05:01
Anand liess die Funken sprühen.
X iLeon aka DMG X iLeon aka DMG 2/1/2016 04:39
Wow, interesting presentation, not so much (for me, at least) for all the fireworks but for how, right out of the opening, Vishy is already explaining exactly how the structural changes would affect the endgame if reached - that was my deepest satisfaction here! :)
sicilian_D sicilian_D 2/1/2016 01:40
The best was after the ...Kd3+, when White moves the rook and which leads to "answering a discovered check with another discovered check!"
Bertman Bertman 2/1/2016 01:28
@PHF My apologies. I didn't realize clicking on it would only open the image pop-up. I placed the link in the label now.
NYTed NYTed 2/1/2016 12:31
Here is the correct URL:

http://livestream.com/gibchess/events/4737803/videos/110876228
PFH PFH 2/1/2016 12:00
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nuit nuit 1/31/2016 10:27
Vishy is a true legend.
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