Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Vassily Ivanchuk vs Peter Svidler
Linares (1999), Linares ESP, rd 14, Mar-10
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Rubinstein Variation (C48)  ·  1/2-1/2



explore this opening
find similar games 57 more Ivanchuk/Svidler games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can get computer analysis by clicking the "ENGINE" button below the game.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-05-16  Sularus: wild draw
Jan-05-16  Sularus: I wonder why white did not take the other rook, that is 17. QxR
Premium Chessgames Member
  fredthebear: < Sularus: I wonder why white did not take the other rook, that is 17. QxR >

Excellent point Sularus. Black just gives the first rook away, and White could have taken the second. Why not 18.QxBc5 (the other bishop he did not take) or 18.Qa4 etc.?

Obviously White fears the bishop pair aligned upon his castled king and his own bishops are not ideally placed. Black would be left with a huge but temporary advantage in mobility. When coordinated, three active pieces can often generate checkmate. It would be interesting to read the GM's notes.

Premium Chessgames Member
  fredthebear: After 27...Bxa5 the Black queen is overworked. She cannot protect both her bishop and the d4-pawn. This allows White to rid himself of the bad bishop on the dark squares. Immediately thereafter, White connects his rooks with much improved mobility. "Mobility is all important." -- Tarrasch.

On the other hand, Black has rid himself of the problem of White's passed a-pawn and no longer has to defend his isolated d-pawn w/a piece. Therefore, Black's mobility is also somewhat improved by being relieved of defensive obligations. Although the Black bishop was in better shape than White's, it was limited.

NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any gratuitous name-calling of any members—including Admin and Owners—or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Four Knights 5.Bc4
from Black Repertoire 1.e4 e5 Compiled by Chigorin by Patca63
Four Knights Spanish. Rubinstein (C48) 1/2-1/2 Q for 9 pts.
from 4 NW 4 NE 4 SW 4 SE Good to Fredthebear by fredthebear
Four Knights Spanish. Rubinstein (C48) 1/2-1/2 Q for 9 pts.
from Spaniards Settin' Sail by fredthebear
The Four Knights
by prime rib
The rubinstein 4 knights variation
from Two Knights Additional Study by tak traxler
The Four Knights
by nkvd
Four Knights 5.Bc4
from Black Repertoire vs. 1.e4 by Chigorin
Four Knights Spanish. Rubinstein (C48) 1/2-1/2 Q for 9 pts.
from yFredthebear's Pawn Mowers & Trimmers by trh6upsz
Round Fourteen, Game #54
from Linares 1999 by suenteus po 147
The rubinstein 4 knights variation
from Two Knights Additional Study by takchess

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us

Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC