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Garry Kasparov vs Vassily Ivanchuk
"Enrage the Beast" (game of the day Jul-20-04)
Horgen (1995)  ·  French Defense: Winawer. Advance Variation General (C16)  ·  0-1
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Oct-13-08
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  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
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  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
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  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.

Many thanks!

Solskytz

May-08-12
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  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!

LTJ

Dec-08-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Aug-20-13  Chessman1504: I think this game is one computers would have trouble understanding. It seems so conceptual and highly positional.
Aug-20-13  Chessman1504: This game also highlights Ivanchuk's startling versatility.
Aug-20-13
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  Eggman: Nice comments by GM Keene.
Nov-28-13  Chessman1504: Ivanchuk is a chess genius of the highest order.
Nov-28-13
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  Jim Bartle: Quite true. Unfortunately sometimes that genius isn't transferred to the board.
Apr-16-14
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  Domdaniel: Exquis.
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