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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Viswanathan Anand
Reggio Emilia (1988/89), Reggio Emilia ITA, rd 1, Dec-28
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Chigorin Variation (C42)  ·  0-1

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Aug-09-03  Brian Watson: Wow!
The idea behind 11.Nfd2 seems to be this: if 11.Ncd2, white is cramped, black isn't forced to exchange, and if white exchanges on e4 himself, the recapture fxe4 favours black (correct?); wheras 11.Nfd2 prepares the pawn fork, intending to force 11...Nxd2 12.Nxd2.

Black's 11... 0-0-0, ignoring the threatened fork is amazing!

I also liked 10...Qd6, ignoring the threatened b7 pawn. And the final two move combination is really neat: the obvious idea 17..Nf2+ 18...Re1+ doesn't go anywhere, but interpose Bxg2+ . . .

Aug-09-03  Brian Watson: Why not 15.Nxe4, instead of Nb3?
May-18-05  pantlko: wow........what a game by anand.u cant beat a international level GM in 18 moves.nice combination.........
May-18-05  Boomie: Looks can be deceiving. The plan of 10...♕d6 and 11...O-O-O is too ambitious. Anand blundered with 13...♗h3 and was losing the game until Ivanchuk blundered with 17. ♔h1. The following shows Fritz evaluations to help compare moves.

10. ♕b3 ♕d6 (0.96)

(10... O-O 11. ♕xb7 ♖f6 12. ♕b3 (0.81))

11. ♘fd2

(11. ♕xb7 ♖b8 12. ♕a6 O-O 13. ♘bd2(0.81))

11... O-O-O 12. f3 ♗h4 13. ♖f1 ♗h3? (1.56)

(13... ♘xd2 14. ♘xd2 ♗h5 15. ♗xf5+ ♔b8 (0.54))

14. ♕c2 ♕g6 15. ♘b3 ♖hf8 (1.83)

(15... ♖he8 (1.68))

16. ♘a3 (1.46)

(16. ♔h1 ♗g4 17. ♗f4 ♗h5 18. ♘a3 (1.81))

16... ♖de8 (1.74)

(16... f4 17. ♘c5 ♖de8 18. ♔h1 (1.46))

17. ♔h1??

(17. ♗f4 ♗g5 18. ♗xg5 ♘xg5 19. ♔h1 (1.84))

Dec-05-05  alexandrovm: Anand's fastest win over a top GM. Nice finish deflecting the rook from f1, the only place where white can defend from mate.
Dec-05-05  Petrosian63: Wow!!!

Ivanchuk was one of the best players back then. Wasn't he?

Dec-05-05  sitzkrieg: Now compare it to Anands nice Russian game where he played Bf5.. And lost in even less moves. SOmeone has the link?
Dec-05-05  sitzkrieg: And Ivanchuk was quite good but I think his best days were a little later <Petrosian>
Dec-05-05  alexandrovm: < Petrosian63: Wow!!!

Ivanchuk was one of the best players back then. Wasn't he?> at only 19 years old perhaps my friend. Anand was also 19.

May-13-08  Whitehat1963: Wednesday puzzle after 17. Kh1.
Sep-24-08  notyetagm: <pantlko: wow........what a game by anand.u cant beat a international level GM in 18 moves.nice combination.........>

Wow, Ivanchuk(!) losing a White(!) game in 18(!) moves!

Mar-07-09  outplayer: The blunder 17.Kh1 causes a lack of development. The correct move is 17.Bf4! thwarting all threats.
Sep-29-09  amateur1971: why not 15.Nxe4 instead of Nb3?
Sep-29-09  yalie: <amateur1971: why not 15.Nxe4 instead of Nb3?>

Nxe4 is drawish. Nb3 gave chukky real advantage. He just messed up with 17.Kh1 (maybe he intended to play it a move earlier - for example 16.Kh1 Bg4 Na3 Bh5 Bf4 looks good for white.

Instead of 17. Kh1, chukky could have played 17. Bf4 Bg5 BxB NxB Kh1 Ne6 Bb5 Nf4 gxh for a near winning advantage.

Oct-21-10  sevenseaman: Important ...18. Bxg2 and not Bxf2.
Jan-10-18  Whitehat1963: +2.78 (19 ply) 16.Kh1 Qxg2+ 17.Qxg2 Bxg2+ 18.Kxg2 Nd6 19.Na3 Rde8 20.Bd2 f4 21.c4 dxc4 22.Nxc4 Nf5 23.d5 Nce7 24.d6 Nd5 25.dxc7 Kxc7 26.Rg1 Kc8 27.Nc5
Nov-26-19
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  FSR: Quite a sequence of blunders according to Stockfish. Black blunders four moves in a row (moves 13-16). White blunders on two consecutive moves (16-17) and resigns after Black's 18th move.
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