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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Ivan Saric
Tata Steel Masters (2015), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-16
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Pin Defense (D12)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jan-16-15  chessdgc2: A d5-break would be could be White's final chance to regain an advantage. Let's look: 1...Nc5 2. d5 exd5 and......NOPE. Don't see anything leading to an advantage. Chuky should have kept the Q's one!!! Dayum!
Jan-16-15  lost in space: 26..Kf8 I do not understand. Chuky has now 27. Rc2 with a slight advantage or the d5 break (I have no clue if this break is good here, I have to admit)
Jan-16-15  lost in space: Alos 27..b5 is maybe not the best - I guess. Now 28. d5 and I think Chucky’s winning chances are back
Jan-16-15  chessdgc2: The d5-break won't work at all unless White finds a way to get rid of g6. At thaqt point, White can press e6 with f5 and only then a "d5" would wreak havoc. It seems odd how neither player cares about the open c-file. White doesn't want Black to have it, or does he?
Jan-16-15  chessdgc2: d5 does in fact work, but not without Bc6 first which is exactly what Chuky did! Amzing here! Black seems lost!
Jan-16-15  lost in space: Seems Chucky agrees with you. He played 18. Bc6. Have to check 28. d5 after the game with a silicon monster.
Jan-16-15  chessdgc2: The game is up for grabs still! There's been several occasions I was certain Black was lost and every time he slips out or Chuky lets him out :) Who is gonna win this?
Jan-16-15  Marmot PFL: Think black advances a-pawn and trades 2 for 1, then draws 3-4 pawn down (unless white can force zugzwang, but yaz doubts it)
Jan-16-15  lost in space: After 32...Nd7 the position looks very drawish for me. I think Black can just run down the queenside with his panes exchanging his 2 pawns there versus the a pawn and the remaining endgame is still draw - especially because the Bd5 is the wring bishop to convert the h-pawn (which will most probably remain after trading the pawns on the kingside)
Jan-16-15  chessdgc2: Ok, here's what I get. Black is committed to protecting f7 while White's K and walk over to the Q-side. Details of this are vague, but a quick "brain-scan" makes it seem White still has an advantage...anyone?
Jan-16-15  chessdgc2: If White gets Black's 2 Q-side pawns, it seems like he can win. Right now, it isn't clear what Black can do to stop him....
Jan-16-15  SatelliteDan: Carlsen won.
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  FSR: Houdini says that Black is equal after either ...Nf4 or ...f6. But the natural ...Ke7? apparently would be a lemon (+.66).
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  FSR: OK, Saric played 40...Nf4, one of the two drawing moves.
Jan-16-15  lost in space: After 41. h4 the position looks very drawish. No way to win this without a blunder from Black.
Jan-16-15  Marmot PFL: 41...Ng2 42 h4 Ne3 and they can call it a day.
Jan-16-15  Marmot PFL: Ivanchuk still leads but 3 or 4 guys a half point back.
Jan-16-15  chessdgc2: 1...Ng2 2. h5 Ne3 3. Be2 and then what?
Jan-16-15  Marmot PFL: Carslen skips press conference to go to soccer game, RHIP.
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  FSR: <Marmot PFL: 41...Ng2 42 h4 [actually h5] Ne3 and they can call it a day.>

Indeed. 43.h6 Nxg4?? 44.h7 is entertaining, but Saric probably won't fall for it. :-)

Jan-16-15  chessdgc2: FSR: Yes, the game is drawn here
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  FSR: You never know. They could still reach a position like this:

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  FSR: In the final position, even 49...Kf6 draws.
Jan-16-15  chessdgc2: CHESSGAMES.COM: Thank you so much for the broadcast. It seems like Ivanchuk stood winning chances while the Qeens were still on. Instead of Rc2 alloing the Q-trade, White could have played Qc2 although this leaves d4 undefended, nothing is attacking it! :)
Jan-16-15  SatelliteDan: Thank you
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