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Robert Lee Hess vs Alexander Vladimirovich Ivanov
Foxwoods Open (2008), Connecticut, rd 3, Mar-20
Modern Defense: Standard Line (B06)  ·  1-0


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  luzhin: Black's provocative opening play got the treatment it deserved. The tricks begin with 14.Na4! If 14...Qxd4 then 15.e6+ wins a piece.
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  Breunor: Soltis had this game in his column today. The finale is 31 Q x f7 (or Kh8)32 B c3 ch and its all over.

Congratulations to Robert Hess, he made a GM norm!

Apr-01-08  Riverbeast: Random piece of trivia....this is the second time Alexander Ivanov's Robatsch has gotten crushed by a present or former Stuyvesant High School player in a tournament game....The first must remain nameless
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  luzhin: Probably Black's best chance of defending was to play 21..Nxd4 22.Qxd4 Bc5.
Apr-02-08  Strongest Force: RiverBeast, did you go to stuyvesant? It has to be close to being the #1 highschool in the country. I already know you beat Ivanov. I like Hess's style of play.
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  FSR: What a beautiful crush! Ivanov would have gotten away with crap like this against lesser players.
Jun-05-08  Riverbeast: Ivanov plays this kind of stuff against everybody, including other GMs. It's just his style - he likes to go out of book and is something of a maverick in that regard.

Of course, the downside of such a style is sometimes he plays the opening in an inferior manner, and gets duly punished

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  parmetd: black's opening was garbage.
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: If there were some sort of Ugliest Pawn Award, black's loser on g6 would win it hands down. Maybe 12...Bxf3 wasn't such a good idea.
Jun-26-08  mate2900s: I was at this tournament it was funny watching the bewildered facial expressions of Ivanov's as he tried unsucessfully to get hisself out of the mess he got into
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  GrahamClayton: Nice clearance sacrifice by Hess with 30.d5! to clear the a1-h8 diagonal.

31. ♗c3+ ♔h6 32. ♖xf8 wins a piece, but 31. ♖f7+! ♕xf7 32. ♗c3+ wins the Queen.

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  profK: The next ten years will be interesting !
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  perfidious: <Riverbeast: Ivanov plays this kind of stuff against everybody, including other GMs....>

For the most part, he responds with 1....g6 to 1.c4/d4/e4 against non-GMs, but typically goes in for 1. e4 e5 when playing fellow grandmasters.

In the summer of 2000, dropped by an international event held at Stratton Mountain, Vermont and was shocked to see him essay 1.e4 c6 against Walter Browne.

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