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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Anatoly Karpov
Linares (1994), Linares ESP, rd 5, Mar-01
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Nimzowitsch Variation (E15)  ·  0-1



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Feb-11-05  csmath: This game is a part of tremendeous run Karpov had in Linares 1994, his biggest tournament win ever, with 2.5 points ahead of Kasparov and Shirov and with amazing 6/6 start in the tournament. I just don't get why did Ivanchuk resign so early here. Flagged?
Feb-11-05  iron maiden: With Ivanchuk, early resignation is always understandable.
Feb-11-05  WMD: He simply resigned in self-disgust at blundering away a pawn.
Feb-11-05  MoonlitKnight: With Ivanchuk, nothing should be a surprise.
Apr-30-05  rndapology: Qe3 was a blunder
Apr-30-05  aw1988: I think so, why not just f4?
Apr-26-09  M.D. Wilson: Ivanchuk would also be down the exchange is a losing endgame.
Apr-19-10  xombie: The hedgehog! The QID is an opening that I find extremely tricky (and rich). Karpov is a prolific resource in providing insight there.
Feb-08-11  Everett: Karpov and Ivanchuk have played many blitz/blindfold games at Monaco/Amber, but relatively few classical games during the time Karpov was still very strong. I think this is Karpov's only win vs. Ivanchuk in classical chess.
Jan-18-12  solskytz: Of course 28. Qe3 is a blunder. If karpove played 27...Bg5 then after 28. f4 Nxf4 29. Nxf4 e5 there is 30. Bxd6.

With the Queen on e3 this last resource isn't available, which means that black gained a pawn, net and clean.

Why do some guys say that Ivanchuk will soon be down the exchange? This I really don't get...

Where's the win of the exchange after a move such as, say, 31. Rb1?

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  thegoodanarchist: <M.D. Wilson: Ivanchuk would also be down the exchange is a losing endgame.>

No, White can remove a heavy piece from the c1-hg diagonal and avoid the skewer. But he won't get the pawn back.

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  Jonathan Sarfati: <Everett:>, according to this site, Karpov beat Ivanchuk +5-1=20 in classical chess.
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  perfidious: Same as most of Karpov's victories at Linares, it can be explained away by the fact that most of his opponents had to go up against Kasparov the day before, so were 'softened up' (according to <Eric Schiller>'s phraseology in his work on the great man).

My view? I think Schiller's thesis is a crock.

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  morfishine: <perfidious> On your comment: <My view? I think Schiller's thesis is a crock> I agree with you completely. Chess annotation is a difficult endeavor. Its too easy to drift into cliche or gross generalities; but we see this continually coming from people who apparently have too much time on their hands


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  Sally Simpson: Hi Perfidious,

Maybe...Maybe not.

But something strange, unexplainable comes across the board when facing a good player who has 'the board presence' (struggling for a word there.)

What effect would this have on non-players.

I was reading a book published in 2015 about Kasparov v Deep Blue.

The programmers who were sitting opposite Kasparov making the computer moves all say they felt uncomfortable, uneasy, if Kasparov looked up from the board they could not hold his stare, they had to look away. None could be 'the opponent' two games on the trot. They all felt ill after the game.

"Of the five programmers who sat opposite Kasparov in 1997 two have committed suicide, one is in a lunatic asylum, another gave away all his worldly possessions and joined a hippie commune, the 5th is in prison serving 10-15 years for arson."

page 94, 'The Deep Blue Aftermath' by Joe King.

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  OhioChessFan: <"Of the five programmers who sat opposite Kasparov in 1997 two have committed suicide, one is in a lunatic asylum, another gave away all his worldly possessions and joined a hippie commune, the 5th is in prison serving 10-15 years for arson.">

And the rest are regular contributors on Kenneth Rogoff

Oct-23-16  Howard: Well put !
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  perfidious: <Geoff....But something strange, unexplainable comes across the board when facing a good player who has 'the board presence'....>

First time I ever played John A Curdo in a serious game, way back in 1978, I was ~1750 and he was the strongest player in New England.

To describe myself as nervy was an understatement, but I settled in after the first dozen moves or so and put up a hard fight before losing.

All the experience at the board proved useful, come to playing poker--when I began playing events with top pros, including world champions, my toughest opponent was myself.

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  saffuna: <And the rest are regular contributors on Kenneth Rogoff>

"They're coming to take me away, hey hey...."

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  Jonathan Sarfati: <perfidious>, wasn't that also a Kasparov excuse for Karpov's brilliant performance? Karpov had won the "Fide World Championship" and Kasparov had beaten Short in the PCA match, and Kasparov said that the winner of Linares would be the true champ. Didn't turn out so well!

However, despite this, I think that Kasparov really was the world champ until he lost to Kramnik, and the "FIDE Champions" were not real).

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  perfidious: <Jonathan> No idea whether or not Kasparov tried to put that view out there, but of course he did not take losses at all well.

Agree with you in re Kasparov being the true titleholder until going down to defeat against Kramnik. Even when Karpov took Anand down, the latter was blown out from a series of matches in a short period, facing a rested opponent--hardly a fair basis for a title match, in my opinion.

Oct-27-16  Olavi: <Jonathan Sarfati: <Everett:>, according to this site, Karpov beat Ivanchuk +5-1=20 in classical chess.

As always, this site is wrong. The only other Karpov win is from the non-rated Polugaevsky birthday thematic tournament (still a serious game in my opinion):

Ivanchuk vs Karpov, 1994

The thing is that all the rapid tournaments that have been in vogue since the 90's tend to get included. For instance the Frankfurt Classics were 25 minute games.

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  morfishine: I think Ivanchuk resigned due to being a pawn down, which when facing Karpov playing at this astronomical level, is pretty much hopeless

However, I would've kept playing with this many pieces still remaining


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