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Lars Bo Hansen vs Vassily Ivanchuk
EU-ch U20 (1986), Groningen NED, rd 4, Dec-22
Queen Pawn Game: Symmetrical Variation. Pseudo-Catalan (D02)  ·  0-1
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May-26-03  ivan2kilu: Very pretty game. White was killed by moving the knights over 5 times in the opening.
May-26-03  Cerebrate2006: Nice queen sack, for the moving the knight too much, instead of Nb5, Nb3 would have been much better. I dont know why white thought of that.
May-27-03  ughaibu: Nb5 threatens Bd5, it's quite a normal move in this kind of position.
May-29-03  Cerebrate2006: Yes, but it too easily attacked out there. Ah it may just be my pastivity coming into play. (forgot how to spell, sorry)
Dec-20-04  Whitehat1963: The ending is a Monday puzzle beginning at black's 32nd move.
Jun-04-05  sharkbenjamin: IVANCHUK should be playing for the title.
Jun-07-05  notyetagm: Beautiful mating sequence by Ivanchuk: 32 ... ♕xg2+!! 33 ♔xg2 ♖g8+ 34 ♔f1 ♖h1#. To avoid mate White has to play 34 ♕g4 ♖gxg4+ 35 ♔f1 ♖h1+ 36 ♔e2 ♖xa1, losing a rook and a piece and now White can't even grab the Black f5-pawn because of 37 ♖xf5?? ♖g2+ 38 ♖f2 ♖xf2#.

Tremendous play by Ivanchuk but <Hansen's 30 ♘e5?? looks like one of the worst moves I've ever seen a grandmaster make>. Even if he didn't see the mating line given above, at the very least the prospect of opening the a7-g1 diagonal for the unopposed Black dark-squared bishop should have dissuaded from this knight foray.

Jun-07-05  notyetagm: <sharkbenjamin: IVANCHUK should be playing for the title.>

I could not agree more. Topalov and Ivanchuk are playing the best chess in the world right now. Bologan, Sokolov and Sutovsky have also been on a tear as of late.

Jun-07-05  notyetagm: Wow, I just counted the tempi that White wasted with his king's knight. After 26 ♘xe6 ♕xe6, I know it's unbelievable but <White has just traded a piece that moved 11 times for one that moved only 2 times!> If you give Ivanchuk <9 tempi> you are definitely going to lose.
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