Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Viswanathan Anand vs Vasyl Ivanchuk
Dortmund Sparkassen (1997), Dortmund GER, rd 1, Jul-04
French Defense: Winawer. Positional Variation (C19)  ·  1-0



Get this game explained with Decode Chess
explore this opening
find similar games 131 more Anand/Ivanchuk 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
Aug-13-03  ksadler: For anyone who is interested, this game is annotated at
Dec-11-05  who: I did't realize it but seirawa is reusing material. It's in his chess column this month as well.
Dec-11-05  peters4n6: what's the continuation for white here? Bxa5? Be7-d6?
Dec-11-05  aw1988: I think it's Bxa5.
Dec-11-05  peters4n6: Yasser does comment that Ivanchuk resigned preamturely. Bxa5 seems the way to go and then it appears a bit zugzwang-ish for black from then on
Dec-11-05  Boomie: I can't find a clear win for white here. Does anyone have a plan?
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: 7..h6 is a very rarely played move; typical of Ivanchuk's creativity. Seirawan recommends active counterplay on the queenside for black with 16..Kb7 followed by ..a5,..Ka6,..Rb8 and ..b5. Instead Ivanchuk defends passively and slowly gets outplayed. This tournament strengthened Ivanchuk's reputation for being eccentric. In both his losses, against Ivanchuk and Kramnik, he resigned in positions where there appeared to be a lot of play left.
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: If I'm not mistaken this is Anand's last white victory against Ivanchuk.

Premium Chessgames Member

click for larger view

In the end <43...Kc6> was the decisive mistake here.

Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Here is black's best defence:
<43...g4 44. h4 Ng7 45.Bxg7 Qxg7 46.Rf1 Ka7 47.Rf6 Qd7 48.Ref2 R8b7=>

click for larger view

May-29-12  screwdriver: A very lively game regardless of whether it should've been resigned or not.
Sep-13-14  AmselChess: I know this has been said before, but why did Ivanchuk resign in this game? Seirawan says "invasion down the f-file", but Rf2 defends c2 and cannot move. White can protect c2 with his queen but then Qe4 and if the rook moves away there's perpetual. Even with computer help I just can't find a win.
Sep-13-14  Retireborn: <Amsel> The game is annotated by Anand in Informator and he asseeses the final position as (slightly better for White, because the bishop is better than the knight.) There isn't a win and one can only suppose that Ivanchuk resigned in a fit of undue pessimism.

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

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: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, 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 ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

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?]
Round One, Game #2
from Dortmund 1997 by suenteus po 147
Why did it end this way?
by waustad
13... c4
from 97ft_Middlegames; ...c4 in the French Trenches by whiteshark
anand ruylopez as white
by senankit

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | 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 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC