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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Jeroen Piket
Linares (1997), Linares ESP, rd 10, Feb-15
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit Lopez Defense (C33)  ·  1-0


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May-01-04  shr0pshire: I am sure there is some rhyme to the reason, but can someone explain why 7.d3 !?. I think there are several other viable options, that were most likely thought over, but I am not sure why they were not implemented.

7. Nxf3


7. Qxf3.

I don't see why these weren't used at the time rather than the more dangerous, 7. d3.


Jun-09-04  skeet: From what I can tell, both Nxf3 and Qxf3 invite ...Bg4, which looks unpleasant. It looked like Ivanchuk wanted to quickly throw another piece out there (a correct idea when playing the King's Gambit) while preventing Black from developing his Bishop to a powerful square. Obviously the plan succeeded: Ivanchuk used his initiative and lead in development to continue his entertaining attack.

I could have said "he declines the pawn for the initiative."

Aug-12-04  bigdave: Both 7. Nxf3 & Qxf3 lose immediately to 7...QxB+

Incredible how Ivanchuk dominates with active piece play against the loose black king position and underdeveloped army.

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  plang: This was played at Linares,1997 (not labeled here for some reason). Only game i am aware of where Ivanchuk uses this opening. Fascinating position; after 8 Kg2 Piket has made 6 pawn moves and brought his queen out. Is that worth the exposure of whites king? 10..Qf2+ is completely illogical; whites only weakness is his exposed king. Perhaps 16..Bc3, and 18..Nc6 is a better way to defend!? 23 Kh1 is a cool move; clearing the g file. This book gets out of the books very quickly. It is another example of how the Kings Gambit can be used to put both players in an unfamiliar position almost immediately. There are so many untried ideas.
Dec-12-06  percyblakeney: Ivanchuk didn't have one of his better Linares tournaments in 1997, sharing 7-8 with Gelfand. Kasparov won easily after beating among others Kramnik, Adams, Topalov, Anand and Polgar, but... Ivanchuk vs Kasparov, 1997
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  plang: I stand corrected; Ivanchuk defeated Nicolic in 2004 with the same variation.
Oct-23-16  Christoforus Polacco: If 27... N:e6 probably 28.Rfe1
Oct-23-16  Christoforus Polacco: Probably better : 31...Rb6
Oct-23-16  morfishine: Powerful game, forcing all the way
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