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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Garry Kasparov
Linares (1997), Linares ESP, rd 8, Feb-13
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation. Steiner Attack (E80)  ·  1-0


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Oct-06-04  ConLaMismaMano: Was 25.0-0 a trap for Kasparov so he would take the knight on a2?
Oct-06-04  Whitehat1963: O.K., perhaps I'm blind, what happens if white takes the queen with 26. Nxa2?
Oct-06-04  ConLaMismaMano: Then 26...Ne2+ winning back the Queen.
Jun-12-06  dakgootje: Followed by something like 36. ...Re3 37. Rac1 Na4 (think doesnt matter which knight) 38. Nxa4 Nxa4 and white can maybe give some checks and win because of the material advantage
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  plang: Ivanchuk is particularly good at playing against gambits. This was his 4th (and last) against Kasparov. 14 N1a2 is an unusual knight maneuver. Kasparov tries to punish it all game but always comes up a little short. 16 Rb1 is a really clever way of lessening blacks pressure on the a file. After 26 Rf2 Kasparov has no tactical tricks left and the passed pawns decide. The game was lost on time though at that point it didn't make any difference anymore. Voted the #1 game in Informant #69.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Larry Christiansen says, "and now 17...f5! gives Black lively play." but doesn't explain what Black gets for the exchange.
Nov-23-06  Brown: umm... as if this game wasn't "lively" already.

Seriously, Karpov couldn't have played against Kasparov's lack of coordination on the Q-side any better. Ivanchuk's ideas and execution at times are truly amazing.

Jul-17-08  fictionist: Was this the game where Kasparov got annoyed at Ivanchuk for saying something after Kasparov said "j'adoube"?
Jul-30-08  VaselineTopLove: Yes Kasparov said "J'adoube" to which Ivanchuk replied "Silvous Plait". And then Kasparov didn't shake hands with him at the end. I don't know what Ivanchuk said means though and the context.
Dec-07-08  Resignation Trap: This game was obviously played before FIDE placed mushroom soup on their list of banned substances!

See :<He had hardly been seated at the Ciudad Feliz when Yuri Vasilyev, a Russian reporter who covers every tournament with Kasparov among the competitors, came in after him with a prying look on his face. He wanted to know what Ivanchuk was having for lunch. Ivanchuk told him that he had ordered mushroom soup – a dish of which the Russian name sounds like the French ‘champignon.’ It seemed the right choice, he said, because within a few hours he would be playing against the champion – which in Russian is pronounced as ‘shampion.’ These ‘champignons,’ Ivanchuk went on, were after all the only mushrooms that could be cultivated. The same went for world champions. That was why, he explained to the baffled Vasilyev, he was having ‘champignon’ soup now. The ‘shampion’ himself he would have for dessert. Rarely did a prediction prove to be more correct. Kasparov won the tournament that year, but that afternoon he suffered his only defeat.>

Jul-31-09  WhiteRook48: 35...Nc3 allows a skewer
Nov-13-11  JoergWalter: <VaselineTopLove: And then Kasparov didn't shake hands with him at the end.>

Kasparov ran from the board without a handshake and when passing by a group of journalists he said very audible: "F**k Ivanchuk".

What a good sportsman and nice guy.

Nov-13-11  King Death: <JoergWalter> This reminds me of a story I read about Alekhine: he was giving a simultaneous exhibition that was about to start and the organizers added a board for a local political figure. Alekhine knocked it over. I'd guess this was when he was hitting the bottle pretty hard.
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  notyetagm: Ivanchuk vs Kasparov, 1997

<Whitehat1963: O.K., perhaps I'm blind, what happens if white takes the queen with 26. Nxa2?

ConLaMismaMano: Then 26...Ne2+ winning back the Queen.>


Feb-15-14  wordfunph: <fictionist> as reported from British Chess Magazine..

Ivanchuk: I felt well and was ready for an intense fight. Some days later, Kasparov said he did not shake hands with me, when he lost on time because of my impolite behaviour during the game. He mentioned that, at the beginning he said "j'adoube" and my answer was "s'il vous plait". So, what's wrong?

when Kasparov was asked why he didn't shake hands with Ivanchuk when he lost on time..

Kasparov: Well, he irritated me a lot when I said, before the game: "J'adoube", and with a smile he said to me: "S'il vous plait". He was also hitting the clock sometime. And the worse thing is to see how badly he was playing here almost every day and how well he played against me.


May-19-14  solskytz: This last claim from Kasparov sounds strangely familiar when talking about Ivanchuk...

Some things never change

May-20-14  TrueFiendish: How dare he lose to the others but beat me!
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  iking: 25. O-O!! such a wonder to see
Jun-15-16  cunctatorg: Imho, Vassily Ivanchuk is for chess at the end of 20th century and the start of the next one what was Akiba Rubinstein for chess at the beginning of the 20th century!!

I wish him good luck with all my heart!

Jul-19-17  Saniyat24: 22.b4, 25.0-0, 30.Ra2, 32.Nc7, 36.Rc2...!!
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  ChessHigherCat: <fictionist: Was this the game where Kasparov got annoyed at Ivanchuk for saying something after Kasparov said "j'adoube"?> <VaselineTopLove: Yes Kasparov said "J'adoube" to which Ivanchuk replied "Silvous Plait". And then Kasparov didn't shake hands with him at the end. I don't know what Ivanchuk said means though and the context.>

I hope this answer was worth waiting nearly a decade: Kasparov said "J'adoube" and Ivanchouk said "S'il vous plaît" meaning "Please!" in the sense of "Come, now". If Ivanchuk had wanted to be polite he would have said "Je vous en prie" = "Go right ahead/please do".

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  ChessHigherCat: A couple points I forgot to address:

1) I don't know why two Russians would be speaking French to one another in Chile. "J'adoube" is international chess jargon but "s'il vous plaît" certainly isn't, so maybe there was some kind of irony in that. I just noticed the quote from "British Chess Magazine" a couple posts up, according to which Ivanchuk said it with a smile, so he probably (incorrectly) thought "s'il vous plaît" meant "go right ahead", the way Russians use "pozhalsta", which can either mean "please" or "after you/please go ahead" when they hold the door for you. The mere fact that he was smiling was probably perceived as mockery by the somewhat paranoid K (a disorder he shares with Kafka's K, whose paranoia is usually justified by the circumstances).

2) <JoergWalter: <VaselineTopLove: And then Kasparov didn't shake hands with him at the end.>

Kasparov ran from the board without a handshake and when passing by a group of journalists he said very audible: "F**k Ivanchuk">

He was actually so flustered that he said "Chuk Ivanfuk!"

Jul-21-17  Saniyat24: ha ha ha..."Chuk Ivanfuk"...thanks for remembering to share that <ChessHigher Cat>many more people will surely have a 'chuckle' over that...
Jul-21-17  Saniyat24: may be "Chuk Ivanfuk" can be the pun for this game...!

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