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Viswanathan Anand vs Vasyl Ivanchuk
"The Brother from Another Planet" (game of the day Apr-15-2023)
Linares (1991), Linares ESP, rd 8, Mar-05
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  0-1



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  perfidious: The winning idea readily suggests itself to an experienced Sicilian player, after which it is matter of making the tactics work.
Sep-06-13  patzer2: The brilliant 29...d5!! initiates a combination to trade the Knight and a pawn for two central White pawns, which exposes White's King and Queen to a winning attack.

However White's position can be decisively exploited with other less brilliant alternatives. For example, <Gofer> <MarkFinan> and <morfishine>'s suggestion of 29...Ng4! is also sufficient. For example after 29...Ng4! 30. Qg3 h5 31 h3? (position below),

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the deflection 31...Bh4! (position below) is crushing.

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Here 32. Qxh4? (Others such as 32. Qf3 Nh2! also lose) yields the following position

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with mate-in-two after 32...Qe3+ 33. Kf1 Nh2#.

Sep-06-13  MiCrooks: While d5 is beautiful shoving the pawn right into c4 and e4, Ng4 is still completely winning and only slightly "worse" than the game continuation.

I think it is funny that all of those that "found" d5 but missed Bg5(!) also missed that the immediate Rxd2!! instead of Bg5 is by far the best move on the board!

I don't fault Chucky for not finding it, as Bg5 is quite concrete and pragmatic. But how much nicer if he had seen and uncorked Rxd2 instead...

Sep-06-13  MiCrooks: You also have to allow for the fact that Anand did not put up the best defense, so Chucky having spent much time I am sure looking through d5 would have been searching for clear, concrete wins as Anand varied from the best defense.
Sep-06-13  patcheck: Material is equal.

This puzzle has really been very difficult for me. I think the solution could be: Nxd5 or d5 but I didn't get the solution.

Sep-06-13  morfishine: <patzer2> Thanks for looking! Yes, the deflection <Bh4> is what I had in mind, but at a different move: 29...Ng4 30.Qg3 <30...Bh4>. Your continuation is more decisive


Sep-06-13  gars: <bubuli55>, Thanks a lot!
Sep-06-13  waustad: I started it right. Anand didn't walk into the tactical stuff I noticed, but there was more than I realized.
Sep-07-13  DcGentle: Well, it's a pity but understandable that players don't want to suffer until checkmate, once their play has become hopeless. Nevertheless some beautiful twists and turns are missing from the games this way.

The process of checkmating can be tactical when removing the enemy king's defenders, but the positional element of restricting the enemy king dominates.

So this is not boring and here there are some mate lines:

[Event "Linares, Vaiants not played"]
[Site "Linares"]
[Date "1991.??.??"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Viswanathan Anand"]
[Black "Vassily Ivanchuk"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B90"]
[Annotator "Gentle,DC"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "6k1/q3bpp1/r1b4p/p2rpP2/Np6/1Q6/PP1NK1PP/2RBR3 b - - 0 32"]

32... Bg5 {<was played, but...>}

(32... Rxd2+ {<is an even more spectacular route to checkmate. Black's position is so strong, that the removal of knight d2 will speed up the end, even by giving the quality.>} 33. Kxd2 Qf2+ 34. Be2 Be4 {<threatening 35... Bg5+ and 35... Rd6+ with mate in 5 respectively.>} 35. Rc8+ Kh7 36. Qd3 Bg5+ 37. Kc2 Bxd3+ 38. Kxd3 Qxe1 {<Obviously the white king is in a mate net.>} 39. Bh5 e4+ 40. Kc4 Qf1+ 41. Kb3 Qd3+ 42. Rc3 bxc3 43. bxc3 Qb5+ 44. Kc2 Qxa4+ 45. Kb2 Rb6+ 46. Ka1 Bf6 47. Bg6+ Kh8 48. Bxf7 Qd1#)

33. Rc2 Bxd2 {<Black resigned, but let's see the real finish.>}

(33... Bxd2 {<Now interposing a piece at c5 seems to be the strongest defense.>} 34. Nc5

(34. Rc5 Bxe1 {<By taking the rook now White is kept off from taking rook d5 due to fast mate.>} 35. Qe3 Bd2 36. Qf2 Rd4 {<threatening 37... Bf4 and 37... Bxa4.>} 37. Kf1 Bxa4 {<All of a sudden rook c5 and bishop d1 are loose pieces.>} 38. Rxe5 Bxd1 39. Re8+ Kh7 40. g3 Rc6 {<threatening 41... Rc1 with mate in 7.>} 41. Kg2 Rc2 42. Rc8 Qb7+ 43. Kg1 Rxc8 44. h4 Bg4 45. Kh2 Rc1 46. Qg2 Re4 47. Qf1 Re2+ 48. Qxe2 Qh1#)

34... Bb5+ 35. Kf3 {<Black could capture rook e1 now, but restricting the white king by optimizing the positions of Black's heavy pieces is more important here. Engines don't get this.>} Rad6 36. Rxd2 Rxd2 {<with the threat 37... Qxc5 and fast mate.>} 37. Rxe5 Qa8+ {<The queen will head to d8.>} 38. Ne4 Rxd1 39. Kf4 Qd8 {<with the main threat 40... Qh4+ and mate in 6.>} 40. Qg3 R6d3 41. Rxb5 Rf1+ 42. Kg4 Rxg3+ 43. Kxg3 Qd3+ 44. Kg4 Qxe4+ 45. Kh3 h5 46. Rb8+ Kh7 47. Rh8+ Kxh8 48. g3 Rf2 49. a3 Qg4#) 0-1

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  mistermac: Got 31, and par 50.

These games need me to spend somr time actually analysing a little longer!

Sep-03-18  Saniyat24: What a gem...!
Sep-03-18  John Abraham: it's a good game from Chucky
Sep-04-18  Saniyat24: "The fight for e4".
Apr-15-23  Honey Blend: Only the likes of Vishy can attest to how awesome "Planet Ivanchuk" must have been back then, and not to mention this was Linares 1991. Nonetheless I suppose it would still be a pretty dangerous planet to visit even today...
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  HeMateMe: Vishy and Chuck were friends, going back to their days as rival youth players.
Apr-15-23  goodevans: I have to admit to not understanding at least half of what was going on in this game. "Planet Ivanchuk" indeed. Ironically, almost the first move I anticipated correctly was <29...d5!> which was a Friday ("difficult") puzzle a decade ago.

The move which baffled me the most was the preceding <29.Bd1>. It removes a defender from d5, blocks d1 for K or R and blocks c2 for the R (as per <Jim>'s observation). I'm at a complete loss as to what Anand was thinking.

I enjoyed the last few moves. At least I was able to understand them.

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  Diademas: @<Teyss>
I can assure you I had no racial slur in mind.
My grasp of the English language is nominal at best.
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  MissScarlett: Mine too.
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  Teyss: <Diademas> I knew it, you're part of the good guys. And your English is fine.
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  fredthebear: Good intentions, or bad intentions, it doesn't matter. Racist comments including references to color should be promptly removed. The color of one's skin has NOTHING to do with chess and needs NO discussion whatsoever on these pages. One's ignorance is no reason to discuss it.
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  MissScarlett: <The color of one's skin has NOTHING to do with chess and needs NO discussion whatsoever on these pages.>

Are you suggesting the following statement from the Maurice Ashley bio be deleted?: < In 1999, Maurice became the first African-American to achieve the grandmaster title.>

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  fredthebear: That's not a discussion. That's a fact. Everybody knows that FTB deals in facts.
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  MissScarlett: How about discussing who'll be the second? Twenty-five years is a long time.
May-02-23  stone free or die: <

<Diademas> ... My grasp of the English language is nominal at best.

<Missy> Mine too.

So <Missy> admits a nominal grasp of English, as I've long suspected!

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  perfidious: Dang--never would have believed that!

Shows what <Ah> know!

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