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David Navara vs Vassily Ivanchuk
Tata Steel (2012), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-25
Benoni Defense: Classical. New York Variation (A70)  ·  0-1


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Jan-25-12  bubuli55: Herezzz Chucky!
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  rilkefan: I was surprised to see Qc2/Be2 in the opening - maybe white has wasted time. Running stockfish on white's 16th move it thinks 16.Nxe5 Bxe5 17.f4 (which is what I expected at a glance) is answered by Bxc3 and f5, striking at the center before white can prepare e5; and 17.Ne2 first is equal at a depth of 24 because (just guessing) white wants the knight on c3 and if he doesn't push f4 black gets active on the kside while if he does black is just solid and white needs time to get his minor pieces out of the way of the center so he can get his rooks into action.

But stockfish thinks 15.g4 or Bc2 was good for white - the former is 0.6 at a depth of 28 (...Ng7 16.Bf4 Ne5 hack the minor pieces and then f4 and f5).

And it also likes g4 on move 11 - +0.8 at a depth of 25 - to be followed up by the usual manoeuvre of Bf4/Nd2/Nc4.

Obviously Ivanchuk will have looked at f4 thoroughly before the game - well, who knows what he does.

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  AylerKupp: Another example of the Benoni losing by force. ;-)
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  Penguincw: Ivanchuk keeping pace with Aronian by winning Navara with the black pieces. Who will win the tournament?

Round 11

Round 12

Round 13

It seems like wins in Round 11 and draws in Round 12, which will leave Aronian at least a share of first due to being up a point with one round to go.

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  wordfunph: "I don't know, he just missed 30...Re2, position was about equal he could play 28.Ra4 instead of 28.g3. It wasn't simple, I wasn't sure I was in time trouble."

- Vassily Ivanchuk

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  ajile: <AylerKupp: Another example of the Benoni losing by force. ;-)>



But hey Ayler what about the early Bf4 lines? Been used effectively lately against the Benoni. I think Aronian used it recently.

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  AylerKupp: <ajile> I don't know if you're talking about this one: Aronian vs V Gashimov, 2010

The Benoni is double edged, no doubt about that. Here's a slightly later example from the same tournament: Vallejo-Pons vs V Gashimov, 2010. Apparently Gashimov learned something from his game against Aronian. Then again, Vallejo-Pons is not Aronian.

But, as Isaac Newton's 3rd law says, Actioni contrariam semper et æqualem esse reactionem. (For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction). The last word on the Benoni, IMO, has not yet been written. But be prepared for a wild ride! And, after all, isn't that the whole point?

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  ajile: (Aronian-Gashimov 2010) - Nice game. The White DSB is still irritating. Maybe Black should play ..Nh5 before White can play h3 giving the bishop a place to hide.

I think I've seen other games in this line where White combines Bf4 and Ne2-Nc4 putting dangerous pressure on Black's d6 pawn. Note that White normally secures the c4 square against ..b5 by Black by playing a4 after Black plays ..a6.

But Gashimov actually did OK in this game out of the opening but was outplayed in the middle and late middle game.

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  ajile: 14.a5 by Aronian seems strong and White is better on the q-side in the game after. Pons didn't play ..a5 and so didn't get the nice q-side bind.
Jan-25-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: LEFT BEHIND

Navara vs Ivanchuk, 2012 30 Bd3xNf5? leaves behind e2-sq for 30 ... Re5-e2!

Jan-25-12  notyetagm: <wordfunph: "I don't know, <<<he just missed 30...Re2>>>, position was about equal he could play 28.Ra4 instead of 28.g3. It wasn't simple, I wasn't sure I was in time trouble."

- Vassily Ivanchuk >



Navara vs Ivanchuk, 2012 30 Bd3xNf5? not 30 ... Re5xBf5?! but stronger 30 ... Re5-e2!

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  whiteshark: The ‘Piet Zwart Prize’ – 500 euros set aside for the best game of the day by the municipalities of Velsen and Beverwijk – went to Ivanchuk.

GM Ivan Sokolov [the judge] was impressed by the way ‘Chukie’ handled the modern Ben Oni line, in which black delays castling, changing pieces and freeing his game. <“The most interesting aspect was that after move #27, the black knight on g7 turns out to be much stronger than the white bishop on d3, as he demonstrated convincingly,”> Sokolov said.

Ivanchuk himself felt that he “was in good shape the last few days” and said that Navara had giving him a helping hand, allowing the devastating <30.Bxf5 Re2. <“Before that, I believe the position was maybe about equal.” >>

Source: tournament report rd 10,

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