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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Garry Kasparov
8th Euwe Memorial (1994), Amsterdam NED, rd 4, May-16
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Amsterdam Variation (B93)  ·  1-0
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Jul-20-07  Squares: My favourite game! What an onslaught delivered from the bishop offering! Ivanchuk, from what I have read and seen with my infinite (I count hve spelt that wrong) wisdom could have been even better than he turned out.
Aug-04-07  alexandrovm: playing with defficit for the most part of the game...you beat Kaspa was pissed during and after the game
Aug-08-07
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  whiteshark: Black missed excellent resigning chances!
Aug-08-07  geigermuller: <aerohacedor: Had Ivanchuck played 14. Ne7 instead of b4, it would have been an easy mate.> b4 is best to shelter the white king, attack the Q and make Ne7 possible
Jan-03-08  Billy Vaughan: <whiteshark>LOL, I bet Kaspy just didn't want the ignominy of losing in, like, 13 moves. Amazing game!
Feb-05-08  hedgeh0g: It's very rare to see a GM lose his queen within 15 moves and Kasparov no less! Something only Ivanchuk could pull off.
Mar-23-08  Paraconti: Why not 11...0-0?
Mar-23-08  eyalbd: "You insulted me in the opening therefore I will insult you back by playing till the mate"

I am sure that was in Kasparov's mind during the game.

Mar-23-08  thegreatzidane: 11 ...0-0 12. Bxg7 Kxg7 13. Qxf6+ Kxf6 14. Nd5+ and loses the queen.
Apr-16-08  The Rocket: was this classical chess?, from what I know ivanchuk beat kasparov 4 times in classical chess, is that correct?.
Jun-22-08  sallom89: Amazing play by Ivanchuk.
Jan-10-09  sleepyirv: <eyalbd> It isn't insulting if White was right to play it.
Jan-26-09  Stuckman: It's pretty obvious Kasparov accidentally ate a brownie from a local bakery before the game, forgetting that he was in Amsterdam. Ha ha, okay, bad joke.
Jan-04-10  eyalbd: 14...♕d8? was a mistake since black can save the game by 14...♗g7! 15.bxa5 ♗xf6 16.♘xf6+ ♔g7 and thanks to the threat on both Knights black regains his lost piece.
Apr-11-10
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  maxi: Kasparov only made one mistake, 9...e5??, which opens lines for an attack on the weak square f6 and leaves a nice hole in d5. You just cannot do that against Ivanchuk.
Aug-24-10  licuan: what a skilled matador CHUCKY was!
Aug-24-10
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  HeMateMe: Had to replay it, when I saw the Queen was gone. Thought it was a hallucination or bad score sheet.
Dec-26-10  Blunderdome: Yeah, I think 14...Bg7 would be OK for black. 14...Bg7 15. bxa5 Bxf6 16. Nxf6+ Kg7 17. Nxh7 Kxh7 18. Nb3 or 15. Qxg7 Kxg7 16. bxa5 exd4
Jan-29-11  TheOutsider: Played out terribly by Ivanchuk. I've always found it strange how these players find the will to play on after losing their queen in the opening/earmy middlegame. e5 was the first mistake.
Dec-26-11  pablo333: 9... e5 was black's losing move: I'm surprised at Garry Kasparov (of ALL people) making such an error.
Dec-26-11  Isolani: Hmm, so I guess 6. f4 is called the Amsterdam variation of the Najdorf. I must admit I did not know that 6. f4 even had a name prior to looking over this game tonight.
May-13-12  rilkefan: Per stockfish, 14...Bg7 was 0.5 (depth of 30, 1.5 Gnodes). It prefers simply Nb3 to Bh6, assessing it as 0.7, with main line 11...O-O 12.O-O-O Be6 13.g4 Nbd7 14.Rh2 h6 15.Kb1 b5 16.Rhd2 (depth 28, 1 Gnode). Certainly Bh6 has the advantage of requiring black to defend accurately in an entirely unexpected position.
Apr-29-14  sicilianhugefun: The Ukrainian makes it look so easy to defeat the beast from Azerbaijan...
Apr-29-14
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  perfidious: <sicilianhugefun: The Ukrainian makes it look so easy to defeat the beast from Azerbaijan...>

Lest those who would sing hosannas for Ivanchuk's play get carried away, this is one of precisely four wins in thirty-seven classical games for Ivanchuk vs Kasparov.

Apr-29-14
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  plang: Ivanchuk is one of a small group who won as many as 4 classical games against Kasparov. I see that as a positive not a negative. Anand has 3, Topalov 2, Shirov 0, Gelfand 0 etc.
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