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Viswanathan Anand vs Vassily Ivanchuk
Dortmund Sparkassen (1997), Dortmund GER, rd 1, Jul-04
French Defense: Winawer. Positional Variation (C19)  ·  1-0


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Aug-13-03  ksadler: For anyone who is interested, this game is annotated at
Dec-11-05  who: I did't realize it but seirawa is reusing material. It's in his chess column this month as well.
Dec-11-05  peters4n6: what's the continuation for white here? Bxa5? Be7-d6?
Dec-11-05  aw1988: I think it's Bxa5.
Dec-11-05  peters4n6: Yasser does comment that Ivanchuk resigned preamturely. Bxa5 seems the way to go and then it appears a bit zugzwang-ish for black from then on
Dec-11-05  Boomie: I can't find a clear win for white here. Does anyone have a plan?
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  plang: 7..h6 is a very rarely played move; typical of Ivanchuk's creativity. Seirawan recommends active counterplay on the queenside for black with 16..Kb7 followed by ..a5,..Ka6,..Rb8 and ..b5. Instead Ivanchuk defends passively and slowly gets outplayed. This tournament strengthened Ivanchuk's reputation for being eccentric. In both his losses, against Ivanchuk and Kramnik, he resigned in positions where there appeared to be a lot of play left.
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  whiteshark: If I'm not mistaken this is Anand's last white victory against Ivanchuk.

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In the end <43...Kc6> was the decisive mistake here.

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  whiteshark: Here is black's best defence:
<43...g4 44. h4 Ng7 45.Bxg7 Qxg7 46.Rf1 Ka7 47.Rf6 Qd7 48.Ref2 R8b7=>

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May-29-12  screwdriver: A very lively game regardless of whether it should've been resigned or not.
Sep-13-14  AmselChess: I know this has been said before, but why did Ivanchuk resign in this game? Seirawan says "invasion down the f-file", but Rf2 defends c2 and cannot move. White can protect c2 with his queen but then Qe4 and if the rook moves away there's perpetual. Even with computer help I just can't find a win.
Sep-13-14  Retireborn: <Amsel> The game is annotated by Anand in Informator and he asseeses the final position as (slightly better for White, because the bishop is better than the knight.) There isn't a win and one can only suppose that Ivanchuk resigned in a fit of undue pessimism.
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