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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Anatoly Karpov
Buenos Aires Sicilian (1994), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 4, Oct-??
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B47)  ·  0-1



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Mar-24-04  glass318: Hi folks, need some help here. Why did black win this one? Did white run out of time or is there something else to it?
Mar-24-04  rosoft2001: white will loose the Bishop from f1...
Mar-24-04  Jim Bartle: Just a quick glance from a lousy player, but it seems black's king has gotten over to control the white a-pawn, while the black h-pawn will promote sooner or later. (?)

This was played during the Polugaevsky tournament, where the open sicilian was obligatory. So it wasn't rated, and probably wasn't taken that seriously by the players. It was even won by a non-Sicilian player (Salov).

One point is that though the tournament was named after Polugaevsky, nobody played the P variation, leading him (an observer) to say, "At least it wasn't refuted."

Mar-26-04  glass318: Thnx folks...
Oct-18-09  chry3841: Rg1 and white is lost
Oct-18-09  tonsillolith: Wow, look how symmetric Karpov's pieces are after 13...Rac8. *drools*
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  perfidious: <Jim....One point is that though the tournament was named after Polugaevsky, nobody played the P variation, leading him (an observer) to say, "At least it wasn't refuted.">


Ivanchuk's 14.Nf3 is probably stronger than 14.h3, as played in W Chapman vs A Shaw, 1984. Somehow I felt I should have gotten a good game afterwards, but did not find much.

Feb-13-16  cunctatorg: "So it wasn't rating, and probably wasn't taken that seriously by the players..." An outraging remark imho, the conjecture that some of the greatest players in the history of the game (and particularly one with the strong will of Anatoly Karpov and his uncompromising and ambitious mentality of a total winner and one with Vassily Ivanchuk's love for the game and his respect for his particular opponent's value) would miss the opportunity to have a historic fight and the opportunity to prove that they could stand their ground in an opening not included into their opening repertoires like a certain ... Sicilian (?)... rofl

If computers can't essentially refute it, this is a battle of the giants...

"... It was even won by a non-Sicilian player (Salov)." Imho the outcome of this tournament would be one more striking proof of the effectiveness and ambition of such a great player as Valery Salov was if Valery Salov wasn't a Sicilian player... Salov was playing the Sicilian as Black but he never did that as White because he wasn't a P-K4 player; nevertheless it seems that supergrandmasters who play one opening only as Black (or White) are quite able to understand its dynamics from the point of view of the other color. Therefore the outcome of the tournament was just one more proof ot the greatness of play of Valery Salov...

As for the game itself, the dynamics of Black's position after 43... h3 seems to me even more intriguing that this dynamics after 13... Rac8. I repeat that this may be a BATTLE OF GIANTS!!

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