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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Loek van Wely
Amber Blindfold (2006), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 3, Mar-20
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. English Attack (B80)  ·  1-0
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Mar-20-06  Hidden Skillz: oh wow who would have thought blacks kingside will be completely open in the last eight moves
Mar-21-06
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  Mating Net: Black never saw it coming.
Mar-21-06  shortsight: It's blindfold, but nevertheless very impressive kindside demolition. If I could play as good as a blindfolded Chuky, I would have been champion in my region :)
Mar-22-06  Ashram64: great game by chuky... completely over ran his opponenet
Mar-23-06  notyetagm: What an incredible kingside demolition by Chucky. In the final position Black is mated no matter what he does.

The power of the queen and rook attacking a poorly defended king is awesome.

Mar-28-06  aragorn69: Lubosh Kavalek gives high praise to this game : <<Sometimes you wonder how much the players see when they are not allowed to look at the pieces. It is a pure joy to watch the Ukrainian veteran grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk conduct his attack against the Dutch champion Loek Van Wely. It is simple, effective and elegant. It is also a primer on how to strike with the English Attack against the Sicilian defense.>>

Full analysis at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dy...

Mar-28-06  ChessPieceFace: interesting that big chucky was able to produce a game as pretty as this one and yet not win another game in the tournament.

i didn't really notice any major blunders by black in the game (other than in the post's analysis they give 13...Qc7 as more "flexible").

were the other players chucky ran up against just that much better?

Apr-01-06  LIFE Master AJ: < <shortsight> It's blindfold, but nevertheless very impressive kindside demolition. >

Too true ... and that's putting it mildly.

Dec-28-06  notyetagm: Ivanchuk is such an incredible genius.

This brilliant kingside attacking game was just voted the 10th Best Game in Chess Informant 96. And it was a blindfold(!) game! Judge GM Larry Christiansen voted it the -fifth- best game of the 30 games presented to the GM jury.

And did I mention it was a blindfold(!) game?

Ivanchuk has talent far beyond that of normal GMs.

Dec-28-06  notyetagm: 21 ♘d5!!
May-11-08  notyetagm: <notyetagm: Ivanchuk is such an incredible genius.

This brilliant kingside attacking game was just voted the 10th Best Game in Chess Informant 96. And it was a blindfold(!) game! Judge GM Larry Christiansen voted it the -fifth- best game of the 30 games presented to the GM jury.

And did I mention it was a blindfold(!) game?

Ivanchuk has talent far beyond that of normal GMs.>

What an attack by Chucky, and blindfolded at that!

May-11-08  notyetagm: Ivanchuk fans should be sure to check out this game, an incredible -blindfold- win over Van Wely from Amber Blindfold 2006 in which Chucky demolishes Van Wely's kingside defenses with an extraordinary sacrifical attack.

Position after 21 ♘c3-d5!!


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Position after 26 ♗d4xg7!


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Position after 29 ♖d1-g1+ 1-0


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May-11-08  notyetagm: From http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dy...:

<A Blindfold Masterpiece

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The 15th Amber Rapid and Blindfold tournament, featuring some of the top players in the world, is underway in Monaco. After yesterday's eighth round, Vishy Anand of India led the rapid event with 6 points; Russia's Alexander Morozevich dominated the blindfold competition with 6 1/2 points. The tournament concludes Thursday.

Sometimes you wonder how much the players see when they are not allowed to look at the pieces. It is a pure joy to watch the Ukrainian veteran grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk conduct his attack against the Dutch champion Loek Van Wely.

It is simple, effective and elegant. It is also a primer on how to strike with the English Attack against the Sicilian defense.

Ivanchuk-Van Wely

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.f3 Be7 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.0-0-0 0-0 10.g4 (The English Attack in a nutshell. Both sides are sending their pawns toward the enemy kings, but the white pawns seem to have more speed.) 10...Nxd4 11.Bxd4 b5 12.g5 Nd7 13.h4 Bb7 (In the game Abrahamyan-Milman from this year's U.S. championship, black did well with the flexible 13...Qc7. It continued 14.Kb1 b4 15.Ne2 Ne5 16.f4 Nc4 17.Qd3 a5 18.g6 e5 19.gxh7+ Kh8 20.fxe5 dxe5 21.Nf4 Ba6 22.Nd5 Qd6 23.Qf3 exd4 24.Rg1 Qe5 25.Bxc4 Bxc4 26.Nxe7 Qxe7 27.Rg4 f5 and white resigned. On the other hand, after 13...b4 14.Na4 Bb7, Bobby Fischer's idea 15.Nb6! works, for example 15...Nxb6 16.Qxb4 Rb8 17.Bxb6 d5 18.Bc5 Bxc5 19.Qxc5 Qd7 20.Qd4 Rfc8 21.Rh2 a5 22.Qe5 and in the game Najer-Ehlvest, Minneapolis 2005, black did not have sufficient compensation for a pawn.)

14.a3! (Slowing black on the queenside is the best move. The turbo-charged attack 14.g6!?, with the intention 14...hxg6 15.h5, leads to a fascinating draw after 14...b4! 15.gxh7+ Kh8 16.Nd5! exd5 17.Bxg7+! Kxg7 18.Rg1+ Kxh7 19.Bh3 f5 20.Qf4 Rf6 21.Bxf5+ Kh8 22.Rg7!! Kxg7 23.Qg4+ Kf7 24.Qh5+ Kf8 25.Qh8+ Kf7 and white does not have anything better than a perpetual check.) 14...Rc8 15.Rg1 (White is ready to roll his kingside pawns further.) 15...Ne5 (The complications after 15...d5?! 16.exd5 e5 17.d6! exd4 18.Qxd4 Bxf3 19.Rd3! are in white's favor.) 16.Qe3 Nc4 17.Bxc4 Rxc4 18.h5! (Ivanchuk is not wasting time on prophylactic measures like 18.Rg2 or 18.Kb1, played previously. He wants to establish his attack first and put his opponent on the defensive.) 18...Re8 (Instead of freeing the square f8 for his bishop to defend against white's assault along the g-file, he should have looked the other way and opened the b-file with 18...b4 19.axb4 Rxb4.) 19.Kb1 Qc7? (Limiting the range of his rook on c4 and leaving the rook on e8 unprotected, black is vulnerable to an astonishing combination. For better or worse, he should have tried 19...b4 20.axb4 Rxb4.) 20.b3! Rc6 (After he forced the black rook to retreat to a bad square, Ivanchuk leaps into a powerful attack.)>

May-11-08  notyetagm: <21.Nd5!! (The knight sacrifice works because both black's rooks are misplaced and white can open the g-file at will.) 21...exd5 (After 21...Qc8 or 21...Qd8 white wins with 22.Nf6+!) 22.exd5 (Black does not have a good defense against 23.g6!) 22...Rxc2 (After 22...Rc5 white knocks the black king down with a decisive punch 23.g6!, for example 23...hxg6 24.hxg6 Rf8 25.gxf7+ Rxf7 26.Rxg7+! Rxg7 27.Qe6+ Rf7 28.Rh1! with mate on h8; or 23...fxg6 24.hxg6 h6 25.Qe6+ Kh8 26.Rh1 with the threat 27.Rxh6 mate; or 23...f6 24.Qe6+ Kh8 25.Bxf6!, exploiting the pin on the e-file and threatening 26.Bxg7+!)

23.g6! (The pin along the e-file freezes black's dark bishop, and Van Wely can't properly defend the square g7.) 23...hxg6 (After 23...fxg6 24.hxg6, black is defenseless against either 25.gxh7+ or 25.Qe6+ Kh8 26.Bxg7+ Kxg7 27.Qf7+ Kh6 28.Qxh7 mate. After 23...f6 24.Qe6+ Kh8 25.h6! hxg6 26.hxg7+ Kxg7 27.Rxg6+! Kxg6 28.Rg1+ Kh7 29.Qh3 mates.) 24.hxg6 Rf8 25.gxf7+ (White can also finish the game with 25.Rh1!, for example 25...fxg6 26.Qe6+ Rf7 27.Qxg6; or 25...Bxd5 26.Rh8+ Kxh8 27.Qh6+ Kg8 28.Qxg7 mate; or 25...Bf6 26.Bxf6 fxg6 [26...gxf6 27.Rh8+! mates soon.] 27.Bxg7! Qxg7 28.Kxc2 winning.) 25...Rxf7 (After 25...Kxf7 26.Rxg7+ Ke8 27.Re1 Rf7 28.Rxf7 Kxf7 29.Qe6+ Ke8 30.Rh1 or 30.Rg1 decides.) 26.Bxg7! (Another way to go was 26.Rxg7+! Rxg7 27.Qe6+! Rf7 28.Qh6! Bf6 29.Bxf6 Rxf6 30.Rg1+ and white mates soon.) 26...Rxg7 27.Qe6+ Kh8 28.Rxg7 Kxg7 (After 28...Rb2+ 29.Kxb2 Bf6+ 30.Kb1! Kxg7 31.Rg1+ and white mates.) 29.Rg1+ (After 29...Kh7 30.Qh3+ Bh4 31.Qxh4 mates.) Black resigned.>

Sep-03-08  sicilianhugefun: thanks to those who kibitz on this game. Ivanchuk is really indomitable!!
Nov-11-08  notyetagm: <sicilianhugefun: thanks to those who kibitz on this game. Ivanchuk is really indomitable!!>

What a game by Ivanchuk this is!

Chucky really is a @#$%ing genius.

Nov-14-08  dehanne: Great game. Van Wely didn't make any serious error, yet he is both gracefully & brutally routed.
Nov-15-08  notyetagm: <dehanne: Great game. Van Wely didn't make any serious error, yet he is both gracefully & brutally routed.>

And remember, Chucky played this brilliant attack *blindfolded*(!!!!).

Oct-28-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  hedgeh0g: Hard to believe that this was a blindfold game. Chucky simply demolished his opponent's Najdorf.
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