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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Artur Yusupov
"Brussels Routs" (game of the day Aug-10-2016)
Candidates Match (1991) (rapid), Brussels BEL, rd 9, Aug-24
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Classical Fianchetto (E67)  ·  0-1



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  saffuna: < Ivanchuk wasn't in his prime. His best chess was played in the late 2000's.>

Really? At the time of this match he was 22, ranked 2nd in the world, had won Linares (including a victory over Kasparov), had defeated his earlier round opponent (Yudasin?) 4.5-0.5, and was generally considered to be the biggest threat to Kasparov.

Apr-11-17  Conrad93: He was rated No. 2 in the world in 2007 as well. That was when he reached his peak rating of 2787. He has improved since then.
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  saffuna: You're right. I had not realized that.
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  saffuna: Remember it was more or less a rapid game, under tremendous pressure, and the coup in Moscow was going on at the same time.
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  saffuna: I'm saying it was difficult to play their best. They both said that afterward, as did the other USSR players in Brussels (Gelfand and Karpov).
Jul-11-17  Saniyat24: The Black King should be on g8 and not on h8 in the penultimate is a complete analysis of the game by GM Yasser Seirawan...

Jul-11-17  ChessHigherCat: On move 21, we see a splendid example of "Yusupov's Gun" with Bishop-Knight-Queen-Knight perfectly aligned on the g file preparing to give a dose of Cancer in Uranus.
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  perfidious: <CHC: On move 21, we see a splendid example of "Yusupov's Gun" with Bishop-Knight-Queen-Knight perfectly aligned on the g file preparing to give a dose of Cancer in Uranus.>

Not to Saturn, or one of the other planets?

Jul-11-17  ChessHigherCat: Maybe on Saturday night
Aug-08-17  malt: Nice move 32.Nf2! and 33.Nh3
Jan-03-18  saintdufus: Yusupov's 28...Rg6!! reminds me of Spassky's 16th move in Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960, 16.Nf7!!, letting the opponent take a whole rook *with check*.
Jan-04-18  morfishine: Incredible game, a pity it was a playoff game at less than classical time controls


May-18-18  malt: I like Brussels routs !
Sep-18-18  Whitehat1963: This game is otherworldly!
Oct-03-18  bkpov: Why not 30. Nc-e7?
Someone please help!
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  perfidious: <bkpov: Why not 30. Nc-e7? Someone please help!>

The game continuation was forced, as 30.Nce7 loses to the clearance idea 30....Qh1+ 31.Bxh1 Nh2+ and mate next move.

Oct-05-18  LieutenantZipp: The kitchen sink, I tell you!
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  saffuna: <Why not 30. Nc-e7?
Someone please help!>

30. Nce7 Qh1+ 31. Bxh1 Nh2 mate

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  saffuna: <30. Nce7 Qh1+ 31. Bxh1 Nh2 mate>

Sorry, still not mate. 32. Ke1 Rg1 is mate.

Oct-10-18  Inocencio: Both players are warriors. They entertain spectators.
Apr-12-20  Llera: Llera: <error: 36.Rdb1 Ne4 37.Ke1 Qg1+ 38.Bf1 Qf2+ 39.Kd1 Qxf1+ 40.Kc2 Qxe2+ 41.Kb3 Qd3+ 42.Kb4 Qc3+ 43. Kb5 a6+ 44. Kb6 Qxc4 looks pretty good for Black> Hasn't anyboby noticed that if 36...Ne4, White has a draw by repeticiĆ³n with 37.Rb7+ Kg8 (37...Kh8 Nd2+ is the same) 38.Rg7+ Kh8 (or ...Kg8, 38.Rg7+ Kh8 39.Rf7 Nd2+ 40. Ke1 Nxg2 41. Rf8+) 39.Rf7 Nd2+ 40. Ke1 Qxg2 41.Rf8+ is draw by repetition.
Jul-29-20  Playchess1vn: Here's my short analysic of the game:
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  saffuna: I put Stockfish to work before white's 25th, the "wrong knight" move. It saw 25. Nde7 as winning for a looong time, before finally seeing black's winning line and reversing to -2.5 or so. The evaluation fluctuates a lot through Yusupov's moves, especially preferring 27...Bf6 to Re6 and giving white the advantage after 28...Rg6 allowed the white queen to snatch the a8 rook.

But it eventually comes around to comprehending Yusupov's sacrificial attack.

What does Stockfish think of 25 Nce7? At depth 35 it still gives white a massive advantage.

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  perfidious: It is telling that even <fishie> took a while to come to grips with this extraordinarily complex position, pointing up the difficulties even a great player faced at the board, and serves as a cautionary tale for those who routinely score strong grandmasters for their errors of omission and commission.
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  saffuna: When I played Nde7 at depth 28 or so, stockfish went several moves giving white +4 or more before jumping to 0 after I believe 28... Rg6, then going negative bigly.

I suspect it's the sacrificial maneuvering with the black queen and rook, plus the brutal pawn on e3, that kept stockfish from seeing it sooner.

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