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Alexey Shirov vs Vassily Ivanchuk
Aerosvit (2007), Foros UKR, rd 10, Jun-28
Spanish Game: Closed. Bogoljubow Variation (C91)  ·  0-1
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Jun-29-07  whatthefat: It's a real shame Ivanchuk won't be at Mexico, when he's playing with such insight. Who knows, he could even have won the thing!
Jun-29-07  Monoceros: I was sure that 21. exf6 was a crucial mistake. It opens the K file and half-opens the KB file, along which Ivanchuk gets a lot of play. Couldn't Shirov have locked up the position with 21. g5...his King would have been safer, I thought. But Fritz 9 doesn't agree with me. :-/
Jun-29-07
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  lilfoohk: Well , Ivanchuk plays like Shirov here.
Jun-29-07  notyetagm: <Ron: Well I am glad some have brought attention to this game. Some observations: Excellent tactics by Ivanchuk starting at move 26.>

Ivanchuk is a =stupendous= tactician.

Go Chucky!

Jun-29-07  notyetagm: <whatthefat: It's a real shame Ivanchuk won't be at Mexico, when he's playing with such insight. Who knows, he could even have won the thing!>

Yes, I am hoping that Chucky pounds Svidler into dust in the last round to make a statement about his omission from Mexico City.

Go Chucky!

Jun-29-07  chessmoron: <whatthefat> <notyetagm> Then you should really cheer him on to win the World Cup and beat Topalov which I'm sure can and beat the winner of Mexico.
Jun-29-07  mang00neg: just wow
Jun-29-07  notyetagm: <mang00neg: just wow>

Yes, Chucky is like on fire right now!

Go Chucky!

Jun-29-07
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  Peligroso Patzer: This was certainly a game of tremendous brilliance!

It should also be noted (for the information of those who consult this page in the future) that this game was tremendously significant in the tournament competition. It was played in the tenth and penultimate round of the Aerosvit tournament. Ivanchuk's win against Shirov (which completed a surge that earned him 3.5/4 in Rounds 7 - 10), enabled him to move into sole possession of first place, 0.5 points ahead of Karjakin (and to push the rallying Shirov 1.5 points behind his [Ivanchuk's] tournament-leading score of 7.0/10). Both Ivanchuk and Karjakin had draws today, by virtue of which Ivanchuk took clear first.

Jun-29-07  djmercury: Nh2 made a drawing position turn to a completely lost one. Kudos to Ivanchuk for completely exploiting that mistake, but I can't see what made Shirov decide to move his knight in such a bad spot.
Jun-29-07  Per: Chucky is a great player, a true natural, but too inconsistant to win Mexico IMOP
Jun-30-07  whatthefat: <tarlan13>, <djmercury>

It's possible that Shirov avoided 26.Ng5 on account of something like 26...Bxg5 27.Qxg5 hxg4 28.hxg4 b4 29.d5 bxc3!? 30.dxc6 Qd2 which looks very dangerous.


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Maybe White is okay here, but certainly the position is not simple to analyze, as both the black c- and e-pawns are very strong.

Jun-30-07  cannibal: <Per: Chucky is a great player, a true natural, but too inconsistant to win Mexico IMOP>

It's quite difficult to win a tournament that you're not even participating in.

Jun-30-07  acirce: Yes, this is most probably a great game indeed. Chucky is a genius.
Jun-30-07
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  chancho: Why doesn't this guy get invited to all the elite events? He has a pleasing style, and his personality while out of this world, makes good copy.
Jul-01-07  dejavu: this guy chucky , he plays like super gm when the tourney is not for a certain important title, but alas he he just melts down when the chips are down.
Jul-01-07  TylerD: Ivanchuk has already won several Linares.
Jul-01-07  Jim Bartle: On the Ivanchuk (personal) page there's some analysis claiming that he never really got over his Candidates' loss to Yusupov in 1991. Interesting, particularly his loss in the key game nine may have been caused by picking up the wrong knight at a key moment, a mistake he recognized immediately.
Jul-01-07
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  chancho: <Jim Bartle> Hola, como van las cosas por alla?
Jul-01-07  orio24: Really, great pity Ivanchuk is not in Mexico, this is an amazing game.
Jul-01-07  Jim Bartle: chancho: gracias por preguntar, pero creeme, no quieres saber...
Jul-01-07
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  keypusher: <Why doesn't this guy get invited to all the elite events?>

Well, he's risen to #4 in the world, so he should definitely keep a close eye on his mailbox. :-)

Jul-02-07  whatthefat: Has anyone else had a look at the line <26.Ng5 Bxg5 27.Qxg5 hxg4 28.hxg4 b4 29.d5 bxc3!? 30.dxc6 Qd2> which I posted a diagram for above? Any Rybka fanatics out there interested in doing a run? :)

Chessbase also claims that 26.Ng5 was the way to go, labeling 26.Nh2 Shirov's only serious mistake in the game; but I wonder whether Black isn't already better. At least OTB I would prefer to have the Black pieces in the above line.

Jul-03-07
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  chancho: <Jim Bartle> Entiendo. De todos modos que tus problemas sean pocos y tus alegrias sean abundantes.
Feb-29-12  Xeroxx: quality game right here
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