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|Mar-17-08|| ||positionalgenius: Excellent game. Ivanchuk's brilliant play demonstrated again.|
|Apr-25-08|| ||arsen387: From the annotation on move 23..Bd7
< The critical moment. White now mistimes his effort to eliminate his one queenside weakness, the b-pawn. By playing instead 24 Qd2 he would maintain the balance of the position. In particular, Black could not then complete his mobilisation with 24...O-O on account of possible sacrifices against the h6-pawn introduced with 25 Bf4. Note, however, that White cannot sacrifice at once with 25 Nxh6+ gxh6 26 Qxh6 on account of 26...Nd3.>
I don't understand how 25.Bf4 could help to that plan with sacrifice on h6? Could anyone explain the idea behind it?
|Apr-25-08|| ||Eyal: <arsen387: I don't understand how [24.Qd2 0-0] 25.Bf4 could help to that plan with sacrifice on h6? Could anyone explain the idea behind it?>|
Well, 25.Bf4 aims at h6 and creates the threat of 26.Bxh6, where 26...gxh6 would lose immediately to 27.Qxh6 threatening both mate on h7 and Nf6+. So Black probably has nothing better than to give up a pawn with 25...Nd3 26.Bxd3 cxd3 27.Qxd3; if 25...Bg5 then 26.Ra3! (stronger than 26.Qxb4 Bxf4 27.Nxf4 Qg5 28.Nxh6+ Qxh6) with a strong attack, e.g. 26...Bxf4 27.Nxf4 and again Black has to contend with the powerful threat of a sac on h6 - this time Nxh6+.
|Apr-25-08|| ||arsen387: thanks <Eyal>, now I see it. I don't know why but I considered only the threat of 26.Nxh6 sac and never 26.Bxh6! with an unstoppable attack.|
|Aug-12-08|| ||shach matov: a rather average game by ivanchuk, but kaspy was definitely not in form here (a rare occasion). why not 6.f4 right away for white, storm the kings side since black wasted two moves with the Bb4-Bf8 nonsense. with white dominating the king side and soon to be opened queen side where is black to castle?? with all the tempos wasted by chucky, this should have been a complete disaster for black. This game should be called Black Magic ( or miracle ).|
|Oct-03-08|| ||TheaN: <31....0-0 32.0-1> is typical: how often, usually on a somewhat lower level (I've had it happen a few times), is it not that the game ends with a defensive move? Castling, in that way, looks unique (keeping the checkmates with a castle aside) but involves the same principle. Quite a few times did one of my games end with a King move that did not fuel an attack or passed pawn.|
|Oct-13-08|| ||sleepyirv: Ivanchuck channels Petrosian, very enjoyable.|
|Feb-11-09|| ||Lt.Surena: 20.Ng4?, f4 seems better. White is getting restricted to playing defense contrary to what it is supposed to do in French Defense (ie. aggressively staging an attack in the king side).|
Thank you Mr. Keene for a wonderful game analysis.
|Mar-11-09|| ||blacksburg: wow, i can't believe i've never seen this game before.|
|Nov-25-09|| ||OnlyBelieve: Of all the games that I've seen on this site, this one stands out. This was just monstrous - I'm glad I play the Winawer. :)|
|Nov-25-09|| ||Shams: after 21...axb4:
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Now Kasparov took on b4; Keene suggested b2-b3 instead, but why can't white just leave things as they stand? ...b3 temporarily shutting the bishop out on b1 doesn't seem to be worth the positional cost, and trading on c3 looks better for white than the game continuation. What am I missing?
|Mar-18-10|| ||Bonifratz: I love 31...0-0 1-0 :)|
|Mar-23-10|| ||James Bowman: Interesting note all the games in the data base that Ivanchuck beats Kasparov it's in less than 40 moves no long end game victories which seems unusual to me at his level of chess.|
|Oct-23-10|| ||dr.phon98: 5...Bf8 is the only move that will free the e7 square for the Knight. I think this is the simplest reason, bec. if Nh6 then BxN destroying the kingside.|
|Oct-23-10|| ||Elsinore: Interesting that on move 8, Keene correctly describes Ivanchuk's strategy as anti-intuitive b/c he doesn't develop a piece while retreating the one piece he had developed. But when you look at the board at move 27, you see that Kasparov has four of his pieces on his back rank, while Ivanchuk has 3 minor pieces deep in Kasparov's territory, with the Queen and Bishop ready to attack.|
|Nov-13-10|| ||sevenseaman: I think Vassily Ivanchuk had the wherewithal to be a World Champion. Sad!|
|Nov-13-10|| ||GilesFarnaby: I think that the French is still the opening against which Kasparov has the worst record. Well, and that Pyreneese Gambit|
|Nov-30-10|| ||MTuraga: Ivanchuk copies Petrosian's style and Kasparov crumbles. Petrosian was a difficult opponent for even the best like Kasparov, Fischer, Botvinnik and Tal.|
|May-08-12|| ||solskytz: <Ray Keene> What a brilliant and illuminating piece of analysis, GM Keene!|
For me you are here clarifying intriguing points of strategy, giving a great lesson.
|May-08-12|| ||lost in space: I played this system as Black often (also the Bb4-f8 move; later b6, Qd7 Ba6). |
The advantage for Black is to get rid of the bad bishop (either vs the white bishop - or soemtinmes avs a white night (o.k. when the positon can kept close)
Normally Black has a very hard time if white is able to somehow open the position - often tried with c4 and f4-f5.
|May-14-12|| ||LoveThatJoker: This is an awesome game!
|Dec-08-12|| ||parisattack: Wonderful example of this variation - although Kasparov certainly went along too easily.|
Similar to the Gurgenidze Robatsch in both essence and form, black's KB returns home once the job of closing the center is accomplished. In that line black sometimes tries to temporize by not even playing Bg7 to save a tempo.
|Mar-22-13|| ||ironTigran63: This game reminds me from a game in a simultaneuos display by Kasparov (white), that I was attending to; only with the difference that Garry didn't lose in such a crushing style!|
|Mar-30-13|| ||solskytz: Strangely, I now realize that all of this myth about Ivanchuk being this giant-slayer are urban legend material...|
Here it says that GK had 11 wins against VI, to 4 of the latter.
Against Carlsen - it says 8 to 3 - for some reason I thought it was 8 to 1.
For some reason, there is something that makes his wins over the greats very memorable - maybe it's the fact that the Greatest players lose rarely (like Reti being immortalized on having beaten Capablanca in 1924)
|Apr-17-13|| ||sicilianhugefun: Kasparov once said that when Ivanchuk is playing with him, Ivanchuk plays like Chucky but against lesser mortals, Ivanchuk just play like a Patzer. Perhaps this explains why Ivanchuk defeated Carlsen and Kramnik during the candidates match in London.|
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