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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Wang Yue
Linares (2009), Linares ESP, rd 8, Feb-28
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Jaenisch Variation (C42)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Feb-28-09  Billy Vaughan: Great Rook ending here.
Feb-28-09  Marmot PFL: These guys blitzed out the first 15 moves in like a minute each, its all been played so many times. Maybe they mix in a round or two of Fischer random to vary things a little.
Feb-28-09  Chlipchlop: Black should have tried harder here I think.
And I still don't understand how Ivantchouk lost a pawn. :/
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  Eyal: Position after 15...Rac8:

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<Together with the Marshall Attack, this tabyia is one of the biggest nightmares for 1.e4 players.> (Marin on chessbase)

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  Eyal: Position after 31...Nc4:

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<Apparently Ivanchuk was confident enough to hold the rook ending with a pawn down when he went for 32.Bxc4 and indeed - the way he held it was instructive (creating a weakness on h6)> (

<32.Bxc4!? A remarkable decision. Ivanchuk probably felt that only White can be worse in this position, because of his weak pawns. The ending to which he transposes is objectively dead drawn, although at grandmaster level (up to World Champions) it frequently ended in a win for the active side. Ivanchuk's confident play in the final part of the game proves that he knew his lesson well. [...]

40.h5! Very logical play. In order to make queenside progress, Black will need to march in with the king, sacrificing one or two kingside pawns. Therefore, it is essential for White to bring his own candidate to promotion closer to the back rank. [...]

47.Ra7 It is obvious now that White is out of any danger.> (

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  Eyal: Btw, 16.a4 as played by Ivanchuk in the "nightmare" diagram position was a novelty:

<The pluses: the a-pawn is less vulnerable and White has more control over the useful b5 square.

The downside: it's still a Petroff.

More seriously, the move puts no immediate pressure on Black [compared with the familiar moves Bd3/h3/c4/Nd2], and he's able to unravel pretty easily.> (

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