Garry Kasparov and Viswanathan Anand had some insane battles back in the 1990s as Kasparov was at the height of his power and Anand was explosively rising up the ranks to challenge for the title of world chess champion. A marked feature of the Kasparov vs Anand matches was the clashing of two iron-willed competitors. Both Kasparov and Anand featured playing styles distinguished by dynamic attacks and energetic piece-play. At the time of the game examined below in 1996, Anand was one of the only players in the world who would dare open with 1. e4 against Kasparov, as most other players were simply too scared to play against KasparovĀ“s pet weapon against 1. e4 - the Sicilian Najdorf!
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