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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Sergei Yuryevich Shipov
Ch World FIDE (1999), Las Vegas, NV USA, rd 3, Aug-06
Gruenfeld Defense: Three Knights Variation. Petrosian System (D91)  ·  1-0

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Dec-25-06  Oprenovic: i got to this game because it is in a collection positional play against grunfeld which i hoped could be interesting to me while i play grunfeld very often myself

but in this game white got nothing serious out of opening although the line with 11...Qa5+ and 12... Nc6 is considered dubious, then white still maintains some initiative but he wins the game quite easily only thanks to the blunder 27...Nf5?? while after 27...f5 it would still be a fight although with better chances for white

Dec-13-13
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  plang: Game 1 of their third round match in the World Championship; Ivanchuk won the match but was then eliminated by Nisipeanu in the next round. Ivanchuk had never played 4 Bg5 before; he was clearly trying to surprise his opponent. 6 Bf4 is not as popular as 6 cxd or 6 Bh4 but it seems like a reasonable alternative. The solid 15..b6 had been played in Zvjagincev-Azmaiparashvili Portoroz 1997 (drawn); 15..Be6!? playing for complications was new. 24..Nxc8 looks like an improvement keeping the rook behind the a-pawn. Again, 25..Ra8 26 Rb7..Bf8 looks like an improvement for Black. After 27..Nf5! Black was lost; 27..g5 or perhaps 27..Bh3 are alternatives. According to both the Informant and New In Chess the final moves in the game were 41..h4 42 d7..h3 43 d8(Q)..h2 44 Qd3..h1(Q)+ 45 Kd4+ 1-0.

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