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Alexey Shirov vs Vassily Ivanchuk
Aerosvit (2008), Foros UKR, rd 8, Jun-16
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  0-1


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Jun-16-08  Whitehat1963: I don't think Shirov is nearly the player he used to be. (Or perhaps never was? Or maybe Ivanchuk has always been better?) In any case, since 2000, Chucky holds a +10-3 lead on him in decisive games in the database. (Yes, that includes blitz games, etc.)

Jun-16-08  jhunjk: 32.. Rd3!!. Great combination by Ivanchuk.
Jun-16-08  notyetagm: Black to play: 32 ... ?

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<jhunjk: 32.. Rd3!!. Great combination by Ivanchuk.>

Position after 32 ... ♖d8-d3!!

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Wow, I don't even know how to -CLASSIFY- this tactical thunderbolt; it is a <PIN> down the f-file combined with <INTERFERENCE> along the 3rd rank.

A -WICKED- tactical shot by Ivanchuk. Ivanchuk is clearly one of the world's foremost tacticians.

Jun-16-08  vanytchouck: You can call it an interception or obstruction.
Jun-16-08  notyetagm: <vanytchouck: You can call it an interception or obstruction.>

I know, but it also involves a <PIN>.

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  minasina: There were live commentaries: with GM Konstantin Sakaev in Russian; "translated" (without functioning board): may need reloading with GM Sergei Shipov in Russian; "translated": (without board): may need reloading

Jun-16-08  vanytchouck: tactical combinaisons occuring in games (most of all at this level) almost always involve several motives. I would say it is an "obstruction" because it's the main and the decisive one. The pin of the knight is just (in my opinion) a secondary tactical motive wich for good allows the obstruction to work.
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  luzhin: Shirov was unrecognizable in this game. In the final position 37.Kg1 Bxe4! 38.Qe8+ Kg7 39.Qe5+ Kh7 and it's over. Or 37.Kh3 Bxe4! 38.Qe8+ Kg7 39.Qe7+ Kh7 40.Rg1 Bg2+ wins.
Jun-16-08  Bobsterman3000: Great move, but most of us could probably envision 32...rd3! somewhat quickly over the board.

But what about 22...ba6 to preserve the LS bishop? Ivanchuck used 3 moves to get that bishop to a6 in a somewhat unorthodox fashion.

The move seems innocuous at the time but the light-squared bishop was a killer during those final exchanges, especially with Shirov opening space in front of his king. If 22...be3 then 23. Nxe3 and the game's looking somewhat bland and drawish...

Jun-16-08  utrarapido: When playing 5 Bd2, Shirov forgot he was playing Chucky rather than Chucker.
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  minasina: INTERNET CHESS CLUB, "GAME OF THE DAY", commentary by GM Larry Christiansen
Jun-17-08  gauer: Is 32 ... Rd3 an example of a Novotny ( )? Here, a sacrificed piece (a Rook apparently is Hung to the Knight) Interferes at the critical square d3, with threat of 33 ... Rxf3 next. QxR Unpins the Knight; Q off Rank continues the checks, winning material; NxR self-Blocks the defence of f3 through d3, when 34 QxN has no time, due to 33 ... QxP+, checking.
Jun-20-08  ounos: <notyetagm: <vanytchouck: You can call it an interception or obstruction.>

I know, but it also involves a <PIN>.> (And yes, there is no spoon either).

Mar-16-19  SpiritedReposte: Also no pun! Such a nice crush of a super GM needs gotd status.
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  thegoodanarchist: Ivancuk’s pawn structure was super solid. He offered White nothing
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