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Bartlomiej Macieja vs Vassily Ivanchuk
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001/02) (rapid), Moscow RUS, rd 2, Nov-30
French Defense: Classical. Steinitz Variation (C11)  ·  0-1
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Jan-20-03  BLD9802: I think this is one of the more entertaining games of recent times. Ivanchuk is a dangerous player on his day.
Jul-19-05  samvega: King gives 18.Nxe5 Bxh4+ 19.Rxh4 Rxc2! 20.Qxc2 Qxg1+ 21.Kd2 Rf2+ 22.Kd3 Bb5+ 23.Kc3 Rxc2+ 24.Kxc2 Qxf2+

Does 18..Rxc2, then ..Bxh4+, transpose? I ask because this game appears in King's new Test Your Chess. Finding the correct continuation to 18.Nxe5 was one of the questions, and I wanted to confirm that the move order was not critical here.

Test Your Chess is an excellent book so far. Good balance of positional and tactical games, and as always he has an enjoyable style of writing.

Jul-21-05  samvega: Any takers?
Jul-23-05  samvega: The penny finally drops: I'm on everybody's ignore list.
Jul-23-05
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  TheAlchemist: <samvega> Patience is a virtue, my friend. :-)
Jul-23-05
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  tamar: Nah. We're waiting to see if you actually eat the fried worms.
Jul-23-05  aw1988: Who's talking!?!?!??!??!
Jul-23-05
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  tpstar: <samvega> Correct = for this combination, either 18 ... Bxh4+! or 18 ... Rxc2! works, followed by the other move. Note 18 ... Rxc2! 19. Nxd7? Rxe2+ & 20 ... Qf2+ and Black wins. There is no other Zwischenzug to ruin it.

The key is Black's powerful Rooks bearing down on White's position, with the poor King stuck in the middle.

Jul-23-05  samvega: Thanks <tpstar>, I was almost positive there couldn't be any zwishenzug's, it's just that King is usually scrupulous about pointing out variations in move order.
Jul-23-05
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  tamar: <samvega, tpstar> Shredder is finding a big difference between 18...Bxh4+ and 18...Rxc2. Apparently g3 is good in one variation and not in the other.

18...Rxc2 19 Qxc2 Bxh4+ 20 g3 Bxg3+
21 Kd2 Qd4+ 22 Nd3 and there is no winning continuation for Black.

18...Bxh4+ 19 Rxh4

(the difference is that if here 19 g3 Bxg3+ 20 Kd2 Qd4+ 21 Qd3 Rf2+ 22 Ne2 Rxe2! 23 Kxe2 Bb5 Black crashes through)

19...Rxc2 20 Qxc2 Qxg1+ wins as given in the earlier post.

Jul-23-05  samvega: <tamar> sadder, but wiser...
Jul-23-05
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  tpstar: <tamar> Thanks for checking that. Surprising that for Line 1 Black has nothing better than 21 ... Qd4+ here; I figured 21 ... Rf2+ would win the Queen, but missed 22. Ne2 Bb5 23. Qxh7+ wins.

Great puzzle!

May-24-06
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  offramp: Indian GM Parimarjan Negi has been wondering around the chess universe but he keeps getting lost!

Can you find him before his time runs out?

Mar-22-10
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  Garech: Fantastic game, what a brilliant final position! The mistake was 20.Be3 ... Qh5+ instead and white is definitely better.
Aug-27-12  archangelo spumoni: I am not sure that 14...Ndxe5 wins. After 15.dxe5 Nxe5 16.Bc2 Bd7 17.Qd4 looks better than 17.Qe2 (which Macieja actually played).

14...Nxd4 15.dxe5 Nxe5 16.Ngf3 Nxf3+
17.Nxf3 e5 looks a little better for Black.

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