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Garry Kasparov vs Vassily Ivanchuk
Linares (1999), Linares ESP, rd 9, Mar-03
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense. Main Lines (D27)  ·  1-0


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Apr-17-05  Nezhmetdinov: Only now, when Kasparov is about to regain the pawn he left to its fate on move 13, can Ivanchuk resign. A beautiful dance for partner and patsy. I love Ivanchuk but he is made to look out of his league here. As he in turn makes Kasparov look when he meshes the now sadly departed Azeri's pieces into the top right hand corner in that famous game. The contests between these two were surely created for the dedicated epicure.
May-18-05  jondoe: Wow, the white square white bishop completely locks every single black piece on the queenside through control of the b5 square! Endgame bishops are ruthless with no queens or rooks on board!
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  offramp: The last two comments seem somewhat exaggerated. This is the final position.

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Ivanchuk seems to have thought that after 36....Nxc6 he would lose a piece to 37.Bb5, skewering the two knights; in fact he can play on: 37...Nb4 38.Nxb4 Nd6 39.Bd3 axb4 and this position is a draw.

In their other game from this event, Ivanchuk vs Kasparov, 1999, Ivanchuk also resigned in a position where he could certainly have played on. Is this a case of an inferiority-complex?

Nov-23-05  ughaibu: Maybe he was worried about Kasparov poisoning him.
Nov-30-05  KingG: Ivanchuk lost this game on time.
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  offramp: I have seen Kasparov's annotations to this game and he doesn't mention Ivanchuk losing on time.
Jun-05-06  KingG: <offramp> Well, i was trusting John Watson on this. In Chess Strategy in Action, he adds this comment after 36.Nd5:

<Here Black's flag fell. White would still have a large advantage due to his two bishops after 36...Nxc6 37.Bb5 Nb4 38.Nxb4 Nd6 39.Bd3 axb4 40.Bxd4>

Jun-05-06  alicefujimori: No. Ivanchuk did not lose on time in this game. He resigned. This was proven in the Nr.3 of the 1999 NIC magazine. According to both Dokhoian (Kasparov's second) and Timman's annotations to this game, both said that Ivanchuk resigned here.

Timman's analysis showed that Ivanchuk could of drew with 36...Nc6.

About the other game Ivanchuk vs Kasparov, 1999, analysis by Timman has proven that although Ivanchuk did resign prematurely, Kasparov still would had won the game.

Jun-19-06  lopezexchange: KingG, after 40.Bxd4 it is a dead draw. Nothing left for white. Kasparov did miss an easy win with 35.Bc5,d4; 36.Nd5,Bd8; 37.Bb5,Nc7; 38.Nxc7,Bxc7; 39.Bxd4. If 36...Nxc6; 37.Bb5,Nb4; 38.Nxb4,Bd6; 39.Nd3 wins;
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  acirce: <lopezexchange> Dead draw? You mean the pair of bishops in an open position mean nothing? It's rather obvious that White has a clear advantage although if Timman analyses it to a draw I will trust him as well.
Jun-24-06  lopezexchange: Acirce, the pair of bishops in an open position means a lot. But here the extra mobility doesnt win material, so it seems a dead draw. I played this with white against myself and this is what I came up with. I am open to suggestions. Do you see a forced win here?

40. Bxd4 Ne8 41. g3 Bd6 42. Bc4 Kf8 43. Kf2 Ke7 44. Be3 Ng7 45. Ke2 Nf5 46. Bf2 h5 47. Kd3 Kf6 48. Bd5 h4 49. g4 Ne7 50. Bd4+ Kg5 51. Be3+ Kf6 52. Bd4+ Kg5 53. Bxf7 Bxh2 54. Bc5 Kf6 55. Bc4 h3 56. Ke4 Bb8 57. f4 Nc6 58. Bg1 g5 59. Bd5 Ne7 60. Bd4+ Kg6 61. f5+ Kh7 62. Bb7 h2 63. Ke3 Ng8

I will give it a rest and try again to win with white a few weeks from now. Maybe there is something there, but to me it looks a dead draw right now.

By the was, 39.Bd7 seems a tad stronger, though I cant find a win there either. Dead draw.

At any rate, as I mentioned in my earlier post, Kasparov missed an easy win with 35.Bc5

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  plang: A month earlier at Wijk-aan-Zee Kasparov had played 11 Bf4 against Anand in a relatively short draw. 13 Qd3 had been played in the draw I.Sokolov-C.Hansen Malmo 1998; 13 d5! was Kasparov's improvement. Ivanchuk apparently played 13..Nc4 to avoid the main lines of Kasparov's preparation; it has not been repeated though Dokoian admitted that the Kasparov team had underestimated the move in conjunction with 14..Re8. Seirawan was critical of 16..a5?! recommending 16..h5 instead. With 20 Na4! Kasparov avoided the complications that would have occurred after 20 Bg5..Nde4 21 fxe..dxe 22 Qd2..Bb4 23 Re3..Qc7. The tempting 24 Rxe8..Qxe8 25 Bxf6..Bb4 26 Qc1..Ba3 would have led to a draw by repetition. Kasparov missed 35 Bc5!..d4 36 Nd5 immediately.

Seirawan on the game:"Ivanchuk continues to irritate and baffle the poor annotators and analysts of the world. For the second time against Kasparov, he prematurely threw in the towell. I can only imagine that he was in such bad form - or at least felt himself to be - that he didn't see a trick with Nc6-b4. Now that the d5 Knight is in the air Black can play 36..Nxc6 37 Bb5..Nb4 38 Nxb4..Nd6. Black now wins back a piece. Unfortunately , he is still lost, but it is worth fighting on!"

Seirawan based his conclusion on extensive analysis by Kasparov and Dokoian. Timman subsequently identified a number of resources in these lines for Black that indicate that Black could have drawn. He thought that White's best chance (after 38..Nd6 in Seirawan's quote) would have been 39 Bd7 (a suggestion of Van Wely) and after 39..axb 40 Bxd4..Nb7 41 Bc6..Nd8 42 Bd5..Bd6 43 Kf2 White should have excellent winning chances.

Jul-06-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Kasparov vs Ivanchuk, 1999.
Your score: 68 (par = 53)


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