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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Loek van Wely
Tata Steel Masters (2015), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-12
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Normal Variation (B45)  ·  1-0
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Jan-12-15  Marmot PFL: Van Wely is an eternal Sicilian player, yet he gets crushed. I mean devastated.

My 2 cents is instead of Bd7, Rc8 would be Be7, Qc7 and keep either side castling open. (Or play different opening against Ivanchuk (maybe Caro-Kann)).

Jan-12-15  Mudphudder: Ivanchuk's piece were amazingly coordinated through the entire game. Truly fascinating.
Jan-12-15  kyg16: Chuky is back. Thanks for the chess Vassily, one of the greatest players of the 90s & 00s.
Jan-12-15
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  Gilmoy: Queenside piece storm! after <32.Bxb4>:


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Jan-12-15  1d410: A mind-boggling tornado!
Jan-12-15
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  HeMateMe: wonderful game. black is just strangled.
Jan-12-15  Ulhumbrus: The way things go so wrong for Black suggests the following question: What causes things to go wrong for Black or for White?

Although the pin 14...Bg4 and 15...Bxd1 wins the exchange it is also inconsistent in one way: Why has Black played 13...e5 if not to discover an attack on White's N on a4 by 14...Nd4?

Jan-12-15  suenteus po 147: Ivanchuk makes the queenside castle seem like the most natural thing in the world to move forward and demolish Van Wely's pawns and pieces. Very instructive.
Jan-12-15  disasterion: What a brilliant game. It's hard to see exactly where black goes wrong... Relentless pressure from Ivanchuk. Interesting that he chose to go with the exchange sacrifice and hang on to the bishop pair with 17.Rxd1 rather than Bxc8.
Jan-12-15  disasterion: <Ulhumbrus> I take your point about 13...e5, though 14...Nd4 15.Bxd4 Bxa4 16.fxe5 looks very unpleasant for black. And 14...Bg4 with the skewer is hard to resist. I wonder if van Wely thought he was ok at that point?
Jan-12-15  BOSTER: Black to play 16... Nd4 to cut the line a7-g1 and open< c> file.
Jan-12-15  disasterion: <BOSTER: Black to play 16... Nd4 to cut the line a7-g1 and open< c> file.>

Really? Isn't it a couple of moves too late for that? With a rook, knight and bishop all hanging I can see the temptation to throw another knight on the fire, but after 17.Rxd1 I don't see how black benefits from the coming exchanges. 17...Qxc2+ leads nowhere, and the c8 rook and f6 knight are still hanging.

Jan-12-15  nmchessknight: Ivanchuk makes playing chess fun. What a game! When he is on his game he rocks.
Jan-12-15
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  Penguincw: And Ivanchuk wins the battle between the 2 oldest players in the tournament.
Jan-12-15  galdur: 37.Nb5 Black has been totally demolished. Splendid job.


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  chancho: Chucky at 45 still churning out the chessic art.

Good to see him doing so well.

Jan-12-15  BOSTER: After 17.Rxd1 Ra8
if 18.gxf6 Rxa6
Jan-12-15
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  Mendrys: Wow, what a game by Ivanchuck. Very reminiscent of Bronstein in my opinion.

Somehow I think my computer is mad as a hatter to be content with the extra pawn and evening up the exchange with 17. Bxc8 and the even weirder 19. fxe5 Nd7xe5 20. Nb6 0-0 21. Nxa8


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as the former gives up a strong bishop and the latter seems to relieve the pressure on black.

Jan-12-15  Fanques Fair: Can someone tell me why 16-...., Bxc2+ was not played ?

That was a reason why I would never contemplate 16-Bxa6 in this position ...

Jan-12-15  galdur: <Fanques Fair> Black won´t be long for this world I think after 16..Bxc2+ 17.Qxc2 Nd7 18.Bxc8 Qxc8 19.Rc1


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Jan-12-15  Papagambit: Chuky has always been one of the most talented, creative, deep thinking chess players in the world although erratic/ "moody"!? Look at his awe inspiring win over Kasparov with white in a sicilian with Garry at his prime!!
Jan-13-15
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  tpstar: 7. Qe2 is rare but has the highest winning percentage in the database = Opening Explorer

This game breaks new ground as four games went 8 ... Qc7 9. g4 Opening Explorer while this is the first one with 8 ... Bd7 9. f4.

15. Qg2 is a Rook sacrifice, with one key position after 15 ... Bxd1 16. Bxa6 Ra8 17. gxf6:


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Here 17 ... Rxa6 and the Na4 is hanging, then 18. Rxd1 gxf6 19. Nb6 Rxb6 doesn't work for White. So add 17. Bb6 first:


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Now if 17 ... Qb8 18. Bb5 saves the Na4 with tempo while attacking the Nc6, also the Bd1 and the Nf6 are loose, or 17 ... Qd7 18. Rxd1 Rxa6 19. Nac5 saves the Na4, yet Black has 19 ... Qg4 saving the Nf6. Complicated!

Jan-13-15  galdur: <Papagambit> Yep, Ivanchuk-Kasparov 1991 after 36...Qh8. The same unmistakable style


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Jan-13-15  Ulhumbrus: One alternative to 9...Rc8 is 9...Qc7 followed by 10...0-0-0 castling on the same side as White
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