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Artur Yusupov vs Vassily Ivanchuk
"Table Tennis" (game of the day Dec-02-2008)
Bruxelles 52/573 (1991), Brussels BEL, rd 8, Aug-??
Nimzo-Indian Defense: St. Petersburg Variation (E43)  ·  1-0


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May-19-04  get Reti: Should've played 32. Qh6+
Dec-03-04  Whitehat1963: Interesting game, instructive puzzle-like ending in a game that features the opening of the day.
Dec-03-04  aw1988: <get Reti> after 32. Qh6+ Kg8 (32...Kf7?? 33. Qg6#) the game is a dead draw via 33. Bxe6+! Qxe6 34. Qg6+ Kh8 35. Qh6+ Kg8 etc. (note 35...Nh7?? 36. Qxe6)
Jan-12-08  aazqua: Interesting game. Not a particularly "speculative" attack as white can see that very quickly he will have at least a draw. Nothing wrong with repeating moves - this is a common tactic with time controls to get close to the next control in case you need more time to figure things out.
May-18-08  computer chess guy: It's a nice game, but Yusupov had "help" from his opponent: 22. .. ♘f6?. Shredder suggests .. ♗b4, .. ♗xg5, ..♗d6 are alternatives that equalize, although deeper analysis may show something different.
Nov-06-08  Andrijadj: Anyway,this Ivanchuk-Yusupow match was a great event...Quality of the games is astounding...
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  arsen387: great game. For me the most beautiful part of the game was the triumphal advance of the g pawn in the end. After N moves 39.Qd7! is killing.
Dec-02-08  nasar: what happens after 35....Ng8 36 Qd7+ Kf8 38. Bb4+ Be7
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  arsen387: <nasar: what happens after 35....Ng8 36 Qd7+ Kf8 38. Bb4+ Be7> I guess you mean 38...Ng8 39.Qd7+ Kf8 but now Bb4+ isn't a good move. Good move is 40.g6!, which threatens 41.g7# The only reasonable defense to 40.g6 is 40..Be7 (any N move allows Bh6+ and loses quickly) but now seems like 41.b3 (to divert the B from crucial diagonal) is winning.

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If now Ba6 then Qe6 with mate in couple moves. if Nf6, then Bh6+ Kg8 Qc6 is also winning because of the same mate threat

Dec-02-08  nuwanda: after 38...Ng8 39. d5 looks very strong...
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  arsen387: I just saw that my analisys is a little flawed. 41.d5! is right instead of 41.b3? as now 41..Nf6 is met with 42.Qe6! with undefendable double threat Qf7# and Bh6#, while in b3 line 41..Nf6 followed with 42..Bd5 holds.
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  whiteshark: Artur gives a fine display.
Dec-02-08  Bobwhoosta: These are the type of games I seek to play everytime I hit the board. Sac, sac, attack, attack, and whether sound or not I learn a little more about how to attack. Of course, I draw very little, and either win or lose because I'm always fighting for the win. If I was to improve my game by changing one category, it would be "don't fight when there is no fight!!". But this was good. Anyone know where black went wrong? I saw ...22. Nf6? was mentioned by <computer chess guy>.
Dec-02-08  Samagonka: The Rook sac on the h-file looks like a loss at first glance but it is actually the beginning of havoc for black's exposed and eventually defenceless king.
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  Chessmensch: The game Jim Bartle refers to in his 2004 post (above) is this one. It is a former GOTD.

Ivanchuk vs Yusupov, 1991

Dec-02-08  swordfish: I'm a big fan of Yusupov, both his games and the book he wrote with Dvoretsky. However, it's remarkable to me how Ivanchuk was playing near the top level back in 1991 and remains near the top today. Other than Anand, of course, the cast of characters seems to have changed completely.
Dec-02-08  MarbleSkull: I think Benjamin Lau was right about cxd4 being bad for black here, if you look later on in the game it created a very stressful situation for Black's knights in 12-13. The pawn on e6 is very weakly covering, as taking gives the white rook an open e file.

But yeah, had he not done cxd4 earlier, I don't think Ivanchuck would've had to do 13.Nce7, he could have instead used the move to shore up his kingside somehow.

What a great game.

Dec-02-08  soberknight: Great game.
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  Jimfromprovidence: Black should have tried ...h5 one move earlier, at 18...h5. Now, if white continues as in the text with 19 Qh3, then 19...Qc6. Now, if the line again follows the text with 20 Rxh5 gxh5 21 Bh7+ Kg7, this is the position.

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White cannot play 22 Qxh5 because 22…Nf4 thwarts it.

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White cannot play 23…Ne6+ because of 23…Qxe6. White’s g pawn is also triple-attacked. White’s queen, which is en prise, is forced to move to g4 in order to avoid mate or capture.

Aug-17-11  DrMAL: A second great game in addition to Ivanchuk vs Yusupov, 1991 and a good example of Fischer variation in Nimzo even if black lost; this variation is not common today. With 8.Bd2 (instead of 8.Na4) it is even more uncommon.

8...cxd4 has the idea of giving white an IQP (Isolated d-pawn) with pressure on it but it cannot really hold for long. A similar idea turned ugly for black faster is illustrated in Kasparov vs Tal, 1987 After 14.Nxd5 white is well poised for a K-side attack but black enjoys a positional edge otherwise.

An interesting idea is 18.Rxh7 but the combination 18...Bxg5 19.Rxg5 Kxh7 20.Qh5+ Kg8 21.Bxg6 does not leave white with enough firepower for anything other than draw by perpetual.

18.Qg4?! had its obvious ideas so close to black's king, but in reality 18...h5! 19.Qg3 Qc7 gets rid of the threat with positional advantage for black. Chucky played drawish 18...Ba6?! instead.

<Jimfromprovidence> above also pointed out 18...h5! but he used an incorrect response otherwise (19.Qh3?! is poor).

22...Nf6? was a blunder, overlooking the fact that after 23.Nxe6! taking the knight either way (also) loses. The sac 20.Rxh5?! was otherwise poor, without this blunder white's best was a perpetual similar to the 18.Rxh7 idea I presented above.

I'm not sure if Yusupov was stalling with the repetitions following 26.Qg5+ to buy time (seems not) or if it took him awhile to see how Qg3+ then Qh5+ wins via Bxe6! (forcing black's queen to take). In either case he played a great finish!

Aug-19-11  qqdos: <DrMAL> There are some very interesting annotations and comments on the psychological dimensions of this game (and the "Evergreen!" 9th and 10th games of the match) in Dvoretsky's 1992 book Secrets of Chess Tactics, pp.167-73 (also worth a look at is Tony Kosten's 1994 book New Ideas in the Nimzo, pp.103-4). Apparently Artur was in an ideal frame of mind (in view of events in Moscow - the coup had failed! - this was 21:Aug:1991) to play for a vital win in this decisive game on the morrow. He reckoned Chucky was prone to suffer from nerves when under attack, provided he (Yusupov) could sustain the tension over a long enough period. Chucky spent about an hour after 18.Qg4 before playing 18...Ba6?! Artur decided to sacrifice his rook, 20.Rxh5! as all other continuations were inferior. Chucky desperately needed the 1/2 point to clinch the match and (perhaps unnerved) seems to have been distracted by the belief, after 22.Qxh5 that a perpetual was the best White could hope for. As you point out his response 22...Nf6? was a blunder and Artur found the right sequence (23.Nxe6+! and 25.Bf5+!). Yusupov out-calculated his younger opponent in a fearsomely complicated game. Instead of 24.Qh6+, the next day John Nunn found the following "astonishing" line: 24.Be4! Rh8 25.Qg6+ Kf8 26.Bxd5 exd5 27.Qxf6+ Kg8 28.Qg6+ K f8 29.Bd2!! Qc4 30.h3 - "White threatens 31.a3 or 31.Bf4. Despite being a rook ahead, Black is defenceless. Amazing!" (Dvoretsky).
Aug-19-11  qqdos: <correction> in the above post, the John Nunn line should begin 22.Qxh5 Bxg5 23.Bxg5 f6 then 24.Be4! Rh8 etc. as demonstrated by Nunn. Yusupov had indicated that he feared this possibility (22...Bxg5 in preference to 22...Nf6? chosen by Ivanchuk) and (during the game) he had not been able to see how he could develop his attack. Hope this now makes sense. Sorry for the confusion.
Aug-01-16  posoo: now look at DIS kabitzer "BONJAMIN LAU,"

wat on EARTH cod his problem have BEEN?

He has "LEFT" chusgums dot com? WHY?

Becos people are yelling at him!?

Yelling at peple is da ESSENCE of chesse? WHO DOSUNT enjoy shouting at each other?


i wonder if da man is living in da woods now. peaceful like THORROW.

Nov-26-16  Saniyat24: Can White play Bh6 as his 33rd move?
Mar-04-17  The Kings Domain: At first I thought the attack was going nowhere only to have the whole plan slowly reveal impressively. Memorable win by Yusupov. Those were the last great days of the game.
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