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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Garry Kasparov
"Planet Ivanchuk Rising" (game of the day Oct-12-2017)
Linares 9th (1991), Linares ESP, rd 1, Feb-23
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack (B51)  ·  1-0


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Mar-07-13  Helloween: <altai> 5...Nxe4, while playable, leads to White achieving a lot of long term compensation on the e-file, particularly on the pawn at e7, as in Y Gruenfeld vs Van der Wiel, 1985
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  fiercebadger: The day before this game Ivanchuk arrived late at the hotel at 5 Am he slept till after afternoon then played this game !it was round one
Aug-14-13  Ed Frank: Few games I've seen are as lucidly beautiful as this one.
Apr-15-14  sombreronegro: Not really a classic knight vs bishop game emphasizing the superiority of knights. This is what I would call a bad bishop game. This was so dire that there was need of a two passenger air lift , let alone one problem child.

I would not consider this his famous sicilian because this is not the Najdorf which I think he learned to love more after this game. He is already screwed by move 9. e6 does not free his bishop but rather just entombs another one. This game always amazes me. I always know something went wrong when the only piece advancing off the first rank is my king.

Sep-13-14  sicilianhugefun: 37... Kh7 quite a curious move... Why even bother of making it..??
Sep-14-14  talwnbe4: According to Stockfish, 23.c5 isn't some kind of brilliant move and Kaspy should have played 23..dxc5 with an even game. 23..Rxc5 just leads to a double attack against b6 and d6. 23. c5 Rxc5 24. Nc4 1.5 The knight threatens b6 and d6
Jul-22-15  Chessman1504: It's amazing how Kasparov, perhaps the greatest player, gets mated here. Ivanchuk is such a great player, and I would have loved to see him become world champion around the Kramnik-Anand era.
Sep-24-15  DanielHoseano: Another great game by GM Ivanchuk
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  MissScarlett: <The Garry Handling Show>
Jan-31-17  peteg000: Can someone please explain the meaning of 12. Kh1.
Jan-31-17  gokusano: Placing the King on the h1 square. Pardon me if I'm wrong.
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  morfishine: The Game of the Century!

Chucky's Immortal!


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  ChessHigherCat: <peteg000: Can someone please explain the meaning of 12. Kh1> The intention was probably to get the K off the open g file, enable Rg1 (as he played on move 20) while at the same time getting the king off the diagonal where black could eventually pin the Q with Bc5 or force a trade of queens with Qc5 if white advances the f pawn. Do I win a chocolate easter bunny?
Oct-12-17  uniqueid: One of my favorite Chucky games, also one of the best annotations by kingscrusher -
Oct-12-17  Olsonist: This is such a beat down but if you look at Chessgames Notable list, it doesn't make the top ten of the 90s and two other Chucky games do (well, he lost one of those.) If you beat down the reigning world champion and arguably the GOAT, that should rank. Sure, Gary's Immortal ranks higher but this was a great game.
Oct-12-17  Cheapo by the Dozen: I got this up to the "Two pawns for the exchange plus a strong attack" point.

If it weren't for White's bishop covering h6, this would have been a Monday-easy puzzle. I examined a variety of ways to solve that problem directly, but eventually realized that Qf1 was a defense for White against almost any non-forcing line, before or after the exchange sacrifice at g2 as the case might be.

So then I locked back in on the first two moves of the actual solution, and eventually examined ... Bxg3 as a way to get rid of the pesky e3 bishop. :)

Oct-12-17  AlicesKnight: At move 36 Black's "strategic movement towards the rear" (Gunsberg, on a Steinitz game) is noteworthy. Black's territory is shrunk bit by bit like a game of Go.
Oct-12-17  paavoh: <MissScarlett: <The Garry Handling Show>>

That suggestion was better IMO than the current pun.

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  ChatGrognon: Brilliant game indeed!
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  kevin86: Champ bites the dust!
Oct-12-17  dumbgai: Impressive from Ivanchuk, it's rare that you see Kasparov get steamrolled like this.
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  keypusher: Good golly! Compare

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H E Atkins vs W Meiners, 1899

"Vacuum-packed development" -- you don't expect that to happen to Kasparov.

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  keypusher: Also

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Fischer vs Julio Bolbochan, 1962

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  HeMateMe: Geez, just very rare to see Kasparov tied up in knots like that, really beaten in the opening.
Mar-04-18  luhur: this is first time i saw kasparov been checkmated.
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