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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Patrick Wolff
"No Taylor-Joy for Vasily" (game of the day Nov-11-2021)
Biel Interzonal (1993), Biel SUI, rd 1, Jul-16
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Central Variation. Modern Defense (D20)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-01-17  Howard: Inside Chess stated that Wolff missed chances to gain a significant position in this game, but I don't recall exactly where.

Incidentally, Wolff got off to a good start in this interzonal, achieving a score of +2 at one point. But...he slipped up in the later rounds.

Anyone know what he's doing nowadays ?

Oct-27-20  MrSmearkase: This game was used in the Queen's Gambit show on Netflix with Harmon vs. Borgov, Moscow 1968 as the dramatic finale. The show deviated with 37.Ne6:
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  Everett: Agad is a world treasure at this point
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  Morten: Probable sequence as played in the Netflix series:

37. Ne6 Ra4 38. b3 Rxe4 39. Nxd6 Bxe6 40. dxe6 cxd6 41. e7 d5 42. Bc5 Qe8 43. Qf3 Qc6 44. b4 Qe8 45. Qf5+ Kh8 46. Qxf6 gxf6 47. Rxf6 Qh5 48. Rf8+ Kg7 49. e8=Q Re2+ 50. Kf1 Qxh3+ 51. Kxe2 Qg2+ 52. Rf2 Qe4+ 53. Kd2

Jan-08-21  Helios727: With 44... Qe8 being the losing blunder.
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  Teyss: SF (15 min.) evaluates 37.g4 from the game at -0.6 and 37.Ne6 from the series at 0.0 so it's quite close.

In "The Queen's Gambit", after the moves listed by <Morten> we reach this position before Black's 44th move:

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SF gives White a small advantage (+1.3): Black has an extra P and two connected passed P in the centre but the e7 P is a thorn in the side. Black should have kept the Q on c6 to protect f6 and prevent the WQ from infiltrating via e6.

But Borgov plays 44...Qe8? allowing the Q sac winning the N with a strong attack on the BK: 45.Qf5+! (necessary to allow 48.Rf8+) Kh8 46.Qxf6! gxf6 47.Rxf6 Qh5.
(Here Black could have better defended with 48...Qxe7 49.Bxe7 d4 and White still has an advantage but has to be careful about these Ps. Borgov thought he could reach perpetual check.)
48.Rf8+ Kg7 49.e8=Q

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In the final position Black cannot check any more and White will mate soon.

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  Teyss: "No Taylor-Joy for Vasily" (CG deleted some of my pun submissions without explanation so I'll kibitz them for memory's sake.)
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  OhioChessFan: I'm probably the only person on the site who hasn't seen The Queen's Gambit, so I had to google the pun.
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  al wazir: <OhioChessFan: I'm probably the only person on the site who hasn't seen The Queen's Gambit>. No, you're not.
Nov-11-21  Brenin: <OhioChessFan>, <al wazir>: I haven't seen it, either, though I did recognise the name.
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  Teyss: <OhioChessFan> <al wazir> <Brenin> Highly recommended despite a few easy solutions for a non-chess audience (high win rates, lying down the King to resign, etc.).

Wolff missed an opportunity here.

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42...Nxg4! 43.hxg4 Qxg4+ 44.Qg3 (forced because if the K moves Black wins after ...Rd1(+) or Rxe4) Qxe4+ 45.Rf3 (forced) Rd2+ and ...Rxb2.
The d5 P will fall, Black will have 5P for B and the WK is exposed.
After the exchange of pieces as in the game, Black has Q+P vs Q but it's drawish.

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  HeMateMe: I saw something on the internet called 'Punslingers'!


the more cryptographic the pun, the more boring it is. Sorry.

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  Teyss: <HeMateMe> Point taken. Just thought it would be useful to see this key game from the series which is a huge critical and commercial success and has unexpectedly promoted Chess worldwide (to be clear, I don't have any stakes in Netflix). For info Kasparov and Pandolfini were consultants for the TV series and all games shown are real, of which this one for the final.

The game is interesting too. Apologies to those who think otherwise.

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  keypusher: <Teyss> I like your pun better than I liked the series! Agree that it was good for the game, though. Thanks for your accounts of key points in this game, but real and TV versions.
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  MissScarlett: I enjoy looking at Miss Taylor-Joy, but don't need to watch six hours of overblown American tripe to do so. A couple of minutes suffices.
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  fredthebear: The Queen's Gambit show on Netflix...
Won 11 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Limited Series, plus Golden Globes for Best Limited Series and Best Actress.
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  Plaskett: The answer to Howard´s first comment on this thread is here -
Nov-11-21  thegoldenband: <Teyss: "No Taylor-Joy for Vasily" (CG deleted some of my pun submissions without explanation so I'll kibitz them for memory's sake.)>

I've seen that happen with one or two of my puns that were subsequently chosen for GOTD. (My impression is that GOTD puns are chosen mostly by the admin these days, rather than by vote.)

However I've also seen puns disappear for what I assume were content-related reasons, e.g.:

Carlsen vs H A Gretarsson, 2003

I submitted that with "Trouble Is My Middle Name" and it got nuked (which doesn't bother me -- fair cop).

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  Teyss: <keypusher> Thanks for the positive note.

<thegoldenband: My impression is that GOTD puns are chosen mostly by the admin these days, rather than by vote.> Not mostly but single-handedly: J Friedman vs Gulko, 1993 (kibitz #100)

<I submitted that with "Trouble Is My Middle Name" and it got nuked> That was asking for it ;-)
<fair cop> You mean vice squad.

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  HeMateMe: But <scarzzy> never missed an episode of <the royals> and liz hurley's boobs..
Nov-12-21  thegoldenband: <Teyss> Ah, glad to know that it's been confirmed that voting is essentially meaningless. I wish they'd update the pages to make that clear, since it's better to own the farce than to conceal it (the farce = voting, of course).

And yeah, I'm not at all surprised that the Gretarsson pun got nuked. It was on the edge at best!

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