2013 was a terrible period for Viswanathan Anand. It was the year in which he lost the world championship title. In the pall of gloom there was one illuminating moment that lit up the sky early that year. It was the day on which Vishy played his immortal game against Levon Aronian at the Wijk-aan-Zee Tournament.
Admittedly, Vishy had prepared the line and some ground work was done before. But after the first 12 moves everything had to be seen over the board. As the struggle escalated, fans watched with bated breath. Right when it appeared that Levon had taken care of all the threats he resigned before a stunned audience. A proud moment for Vishy.
In the debate that followed connoisseurs compared it with the other immortal game. Enjoy both!-Ed.
Georg Rotlewi – Akiba Rubinstein, 1907
Levon Aronian – Viswanathan Anand, Wijk-aan-Zee 2013