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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Wang Hao
"Bride of Chuky" (game of the day Sep-11-2016)
Chess Olympiad (2012), Istanbul TUR, rd 11, Sep-09
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Schlechter Defense (E52)  ·  1-0


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Sep-10-12  rilkefan: Stockfish much prefers 18...Qe7 with a slight edge for black (I guess in view of the backward c pawn, shades of Naka-Kramnik) instead of ...Nc4 with almost a pawn advantage for white. Basically it seems black drops a tempo in the game line and anyway wants the knight to go to c6 to be able to exchange off the strong e5 knight. It thinks 19...Qc7 was losing. Instead ...Qe7 (with pressure on e3 after f5 exf5) or ...Nxe5 were nearly equal.
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  Eyal: <Stockfish much prefers 18...Qe7 with a slight edge for black [...] It thinks 19...Qc7 was losing. Instead ...Qe7 (with pressure on e3 after f5 exf5) or ...Nxe5 were nearly equal.>

A crucial difference between 19...Qc7 and 19...Qe7 is that with the latter move the queen eyes the f6 square, so that Black can defend against the 20.Bxc4 dxc4 21.f5 attack by 21...exf5 22.Rxf5 f6!

Sep-11-12  master of defence: What´s the finish?
Sep-11-12  Alesavio: 29.Rd1+ Ke4 30.Qg5 and mate. A masterpiece from Ivanchuk and one of the best games of Instambul olimpiad.
Sep-13-12  pkkandel: indeed,what a great game this is.ivanchuk is a genius.
Sep-14-12  Naniwazu: A neat win by Ivanchuk using the Pillsbury Attack formation with Ne5 and f4. After 21. f5! gxf is not possible for obvious reasons and if Black plays exf5 then Rxf5 wins.
Sep-15-12  notyetagm:
Sep-15-12  notyetagm: <blunderclap: Kasparov speaks enthousiastically about this game on chessbase:>


Sep-16-12  Ulhumbrus: The point of 26 h7-h8/Q+! is that after the check 27 Qg7+ Black's king's rook is on h8 instead of on e8 so that the withdrawal 27...Kd8 invites the capture 28 Qxh8+. So we can say that the sacrifice 26 h7-h8/Q+ is a preparation for the check 27 Qg7+ so as to continue and conclude successfully White's king hunt
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  Ron: <Kasparov: Ivanchuk is one of those players we should all appreciate for his great talent and tireless appetite for chess.>

Well said.

Sep-17-12  notyetagm: <blunderclap: <notyetagm> I pasted all that he said about this game into my post.>


Sep-17-12  notyetagm: <Alesavio: 29.Rd1+ Ke4 30.Qg5 and mate. A masterpiece from Ivanchuk and one of the best games of Instambul olimpiad.>

Yep, my top 3 Olympiad games:

Ivanchuk vs Wang Hao 1-0
Aronian vs Ivanchuk 1-0
Kramnik vs Aronian 1-0

Nov-03-12  SuperPatzer77: Ivanchuk's brilliant move is 26. h8=♕!!! - "O divine!!!"


Sep-11-16  morfishine: Another great game splattered with a manure-like game title
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  catlover: Very, very enjoyable game.

I also enjoyed the commentary on youtube from <kingscrusher>. Thanks for posting the link, <blunderclap>.

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  playground player: The pun reminds me of a fourth-grade class whose members, asked to write a little essay on "the best movie ever," practically all opted for "The Bride of Chucky"--which had only just been released, and hardly anyone had yet seen it.
Sep-12-16  Fire on the Beard: Ivanchuk must be one of the most creative players of this era.

As for the pun: I personally think it's literally the best one they've used all year, but to each his own.

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  kevin86: A great game...jokes aside.
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