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Ivan Cheparinov vs Vassily Ivanchuk
M-Tel Masters (2008), Sofia BUL, rd 10, May-18
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation English Attack (B48)  ·  0-1
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May-18-08  minasina: There were live commentaries: http://www.chessdom.com/mtel-master... with GM Vladimir Dimitrov

http://chesspro.ru/chessonline/onli... with GM Sergey Zagrebelny in Russian; “translation” (without functioning board): http://google.com/translate?u=http%... may need instant reload

May-18-08
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  messachess: Interesting, instructive game i'd say. i wonder if 26.pxp would have improved.
May-18-08  achieve: <i wonder if 26.pxp would have improved.> Not much -- the Nc3+ followed by ...Bf6 causes White so much problems (like mate threats and loss of material) that it was hard to pull off... But of course for an amateur (I'm one of them) quite hard to find, but Ivanchuk would no doubt have found the refutation.
May-18-08  mindkontrolle: holy cow!!!!!!!
May-18-08  Andrew Chapman: Perhaps 17.Rg3 was a mistake, missing that a4 would not be a safe place for the knight after b4, because of Bd8 preventing Nb6 in response to Bc6
May-18-08
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  Gypsy: <22.Be3!?> is a curious move. I think many would play <22.Bb2>; from there the bishop defends as well as attacks.

Perhaps White was playing for win at any cost? Take no prisoners, draw is not good enough, type of thing?

May-18-08  shr0pshire: Although this is pure speculation, but Cheparinov may have been playing for a win at all costs to try to get Topalov a win for the tournament. There could have been some allegiance showing through in this game.
May-19-08  notyetagm: <shr0pshire: Although this is pure speculation, but Cheparinov may have been playing for a win at all costs to try to get Topalov a win for the tournament. There could have been some allegiance showing through in this game.>

Yes, Cheparinov "took one for the team" in this game. :-)

May-19-08
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  Gilmoy: <Jim Bartle: Cheparinov thought ...> More like, after Chucky's vile 27..Bf6, Cheparinov noticed that he was losing his Q (28..Nc3+ and 29..Ne2+). White had no choice but to keep checking until his Q and Rd6 were both "safe" -- and never had time to answer the pretty B+N mate pattern.
May-19-08
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  Troller: <shr0pshire>, <notyetagm>: A possibility, sure, but then again - Chepa is the kind of player who often tries to win at any cost just for his own sake. Baku Grand Prix is a case in point.
May-19-08  percyblakeney: <<22.Be3!?> is a curious move. I think many would play <22.Bb2>>

Zagrebelny at Chesspro gives Bb2 a question mark because of Nc5 (followed by Nxa4) though.

May-19-08
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  acirce: <Perhaps White was playing for win at any cost? Take no prisoners, draw is not good enough, type of thing?> Given the tournament situation and the way he played this, I would say so; he probably thought a draw just as bad as a loss. His entire "attack" looks desperate, and is never close to working.
May-19-08
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  twinlark:

My trusty abacus advises me that Chep's first big blue was <19.Nc1> allowing the breakup of the queen side.

The beads recommend <19.Bxe5 Nxe5 20.Nd4 (to prevent ...Bc6)> followed by <21.b3> and the Knight on a4 has a bolt hole. Black's still better though.

There's a mysterious looking pawn sac with <19.Na1 Bc6 20.f4 Bxa4 21.fxe5 dxe5> which I don't profess to understand. Might be just a silicon dream.

Chep could have made a game of it with a double exchange of pieces on b6 starting with <24.Bxb6>, but defending such an endgame was understandably unappetising.

After that he just lurched from disaster to disaster till Chucky put him to the sword.

May-19-08  Veryrusty: Yes, <Twinlark: Chep could have made a game of it with a double exchange of pieces on b6>, when you play through the game it's evident that once Black gets in 27. ... Bf6, the Queenside attack comes first *or* White just enters an endgame down a Pawn and with weaknesses galore. For that reason, I don't like 26. Rxd6, preferring 26. Nb3 instead. But the position is already bad.
May-19-08
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  messachess: It's a very uncomfortable position for white after 17...b4. So, it's initiative vs. initiative after 17.Rg3. 18.Na4 is countered easily with 18...Bd8, and white's N foray quickly becomes a weakness. Backing up gets into the intricacies of Sicilian play--18.Ne2 looks terribly weak. Maybe 18.Bxe5 pxB 19.Qd2 then, looks too risky.
May-19-08
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  acirce: <Chepa is the kind of player who often tries to win at any cost just for his own sake. Baku Grand Prix is a case in point.>

Maybe, but what games do you have in mind? He's certainly a fighter, but I don't know where he was so particularly reckless.

May-19-08  zoat22: Cheparinov was not trying to win for his own sake... he wanted to help Topalov have chances to win the tournament...
May-19-08  sallom89: what a nice game.
May-19-08  minasina: http://chessok.com/broadcast/live.p... Rybka analysis, some critical points and variations
May-19-08  notyetagm: Black to play: 32 ... ?


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<White is treatening mate in one with his queen on Qh8#, and if Black plays 32...g6 it is 33...Qxf7#. But Ivanchuk has it all worked out: 32...Nc3+ 33.Ka1 Nb5+>

Position after 32 ... ♘a4-c3+ 33 ♔b1-a1 ♘c3-b5+ 0-1


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<and now if 34.Kb1 Black plays 34...Na3 mate! It's all over. 0-1.>

(VAR) Position after 34 ♔a1-b1? ♘b5-a3#!


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The above diagram shows the lovely <BLACKBURNE'S OTHER MATE> variation which forced Cheparinov to resign.

Jun-16-08  minasina: Rybka analyses relocated (see my previous post): http://chessok.com/broadcast/live.p...

INTERNET CHESS CLUB / Chess.FM, FREE "GAME OF THE DAY": http://webcast.chessclub.com/Mtel08... commentary by GM Nick DeFirmian

Jun-16-08
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  Gilmoy: <notyetagm>: That chessbase commentary by Europe Echecs is a hoot, borderline sensationalist. <White is t[h]reatening mate in one with his queen on Qh8# ...> Black wins easily through defense alone: 32..Ke8 <White's R is trapped, and Black is two Rooks up> 33.Qg8+ <what else?> Kxd7 34.Qxf7+ Ne7 .

I laugh at the way they show a diagram after 28..Bxe5 with the text <It looks really scary, with all the white pieces lined up for an assault on the lone king ... Which colour would you choose to play?> Like a circus barker hyping the challenger's chances!

Oct-31-08  Karpova: Press Conference after the game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctlk...

After Cheparinov's short statement, Ivanchuk is being asked and he doesn't stop talking while the translator almost gives up.

Nov-12-09  The Rocket: "After Cheparinov's short statement, Ivanchuk is being asked and he doesn't stop talking while the translator almost gives up."

lol

Mar-08-18  Petrosianic: <Gypsy>: <Perhaps White was playing for win at any cost? Take no prisoners, draw is not good enough, type of thing?>

Exactly. It was a last round game, Chucky had a 1 point lead and only with a Chucky defeat could Topalov have any hope of catching him. That's why Cheparinov went all out for the win. Not for himself. He was stuck in 4th place no matter what. He was trying to help a fellow Bulgarian tie for first.

That sounds cheesy, but it's not illegal, or (arguably) even unfair. It's a natural defect of the tournament format that people don't play equally hard in every game.

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