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Peter Svidler vs Vassily Ivanchuk
Linares (1999), Linares ESP, rd 7, Mar-01
French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation Main Line (C18)  ·  0-1


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Aug-29-03  bunti: As in many lines of the french winawer poison pawn variation and in the sicilian kan where black queen is on c7 black is forced to play a6 to counter Nb5. With black's 14th move of Na5 black avoids having to do this and he can instead begin attacking along the c file. This attack along the c file is solidified with white's poor 17th move of c3 which allows black to achieve a breakthrough with d5. Almost all of the action in this game occurs along or near the c file while white resorts to pushing the pawn up the h file but it doesnt reach in time.
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  gambitfan: Is 7... Qc7 better than 7 ...0-0 or eeven 7 ... Kf8 ?????
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  aw1988: All of those mentioned moves are possible here. Although I'm always a bit weary personally of castling kingside in the French...
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  Marmot PFL: Jacobs says - Such games indicate why Short and Adams acclaim Ivanchuk as a genius.

Probably white should play 15.Nb5 Bxb5 16.Rxb5 instead of the passive strategy he plays in this game.

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  hrvyklly: <Marmot PFL: Jacobs says - Such games indicate why Short and Adams acclaim Ivanchuk as a genius.> Don't forget Kasparov too, "... as shown by the irrepressible genius of Vasily Ivanchuk..."
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  euripides: Ivanchuk wins the game with his advanced knight on d2. It reminds me slightly of his knight on a6 in

Ivanchuk vs Aronian, 2006

He seems to have an eye (backed by deep analysis) for chances to put his pieces on awkward-looking but ultimately justified outposts.

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  kurtrichards: Ivanchuk should have tried the French Winawer at Biel 2009.
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  plang: One of the ideas behind 13 Rb1 is to answer 13...0-0-0 14 Nxc3..a6? with 15 Qxa6!. Based on this game one has to wonder whether White has time to spend a tempo on 15 g3!?. 17 c3?! was new but it created light square weaknesses and was inferior to the previously played 17 Nd4. After 18..d4! Svidler was already in trouble as 19 Bxf5..dxc 20 Qxc3..Rd1+ wins material and 19 0-0..dxc 20 Qxc3..Qxc3 21 Nxc3..Nxg3! 22 Nxa4..Nxf1+ 23 Kxf1..Rd1+ 24 Kf2..Rc8 25 Rb5..Rc2+ 26 Kg3..Nc4! is also decisive for Black. Finally, after 24..Kb6 White had to lose material. Seirawan thought that 25 Kf2..Bxh1 26 Rxh1 offered better defensive chances.

Played in round7 on a Monday; the previous day Ivanchuk, Svidler and their seconds had gone together to a bullfight in Villenueva.

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