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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Alexey Shirov
"Chucking the Queen" (game of the day Sep-08-2018)
Hoogovens Group A (1996), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-16
Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System (D44)  ·  1-0

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Jul-02-14  winfriedsellars: Why is nobody commenting on 27. ... Qxb2? In my opinion simply 27. … Qxd1 – and Black may still draw.
Sep-08-14  Ke2: that's a queen fork you don't see everyday

<winfried> after 28. Rxd1 Kxb8 29. Rd4 he's down a clear pawn and the 3 v 1 is much stronger than the 2 v 1. you're barely playing for 1 result here.

Jan-13-15  Conrad93: <Is that really true? In any case, I'm sure nobody had played it before Ivanchuk.>

It may be the mainline, but this was definitely a novelty by Ivanchuk.

There's another correspondence game with the sacrifice played in the sae year, but I think that was after this game, not before.

May-10-15  ribbiteyes: can someone point out the next few moves here; after rook to a1
May-10-15  Nerwal: <can someone point out the next few moves here; after rook to a1>

White puts his rooks on the c file to take the c4 pawn by force (even if defended twice), after which things are clear.

May-19-15  ribbiteyes: I appreciate your input Nerwal. I wasn't sure if there was something more sinister going on that I was missing, needless to say that this caliber of play is insane good.
May-19-15  ribbiteyes: By the way Nerwal......e4
Apr-09-16  DWINS: What a magnificent conception by Ivanchuk, and to think that he didn't win the $300 "player of the round" award for this game. Instead it was awarded to a hometown player. This caused him to refuse the award when his sixth round game was selected. I Sokolov vs Ivanchuk, 1996

However, Shirov missed a draw with 27...Qxg7 28.Rxa7 Kb8 29.Rda1 Re8 30.Nd6 Re1+ 31.Rxe1 Kxa7 32.Nxc4 Qd4 (0.00). I'm glad that he did or else this amazing game probably wouldn't be as well known.

Dec-28-17  clement41: Nice 21 Qg7! try but is ...d4 really best?
Mar-13-18  Ironmanth: An amazing game!
Mar-22-18  Toribio3: I love this game. Both players are gladiators!
Sep-08-18
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  HeMateMe: The Chukster! Doesn't black have some counter play with his passed pawn, using it to shield the king? while advancing the c pawn he might also advance the f pawn, try and move it into white's position to break up his king cover?
Sep-08-18  catlover: Great game. The game title fits it well. Plus, it is worth a chuckle.
Sep-08-18  Ironmanth: Great game; wonderful concepts from two incredible attackers.Working at getting better by calculating and envisioning such awesome lines. Thanks, chessgames, for giving this aging lover of the game hope for improvement! :))
Sep-08-18  WorstPlayerEver: 23... Rc7 24. Nxb7 Rxb7 25. Bxa7 Rxg7 26. Rfd1 Rg5 27. Bd4 Rg6 winning for Black


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23... Rc7 24. Nxb7 Rxb7 25. Rfd1 Rd7 26. Bd4 f5 27. h4 Rgxg7 28. Bxg7 Rxg7 29. Rxd5 Qb6 30. Raa5 c3 and mighty Black wins again.


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White can still fight after:

23... Rc7 24. Nxb7 Rxb7 25. Rfd1 Rd7 26. Bd4 f5 27. h4 Rgxg7 28. Bxg7 Rxg7 29. Rxd5 Qb6 30. Rad1 c3 31. bxc3 bxc3 32. Rxf5 a5


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Sep-08-18  cormier: <<<<Notes by Stockfish 8> 17... ed5?> 17...Nb8 18.axb4 cxb4 19.Qd4 Nc6 20.Qd1 Na5 21.Qd4 Nc6 = 0.00 (28 ply)> 18. ab4 + / = +0.79 (28 ply)>
Sep-08-18  shannie: If a human can find 21Qg7 why don't we take that brain and put it to use on cancer research??? or poverty, or world peace.
Sep-08-18  Whitehat1963: Stockfish analysis: -0.58 (21 ply) 23...Rc7 24.Nxb7 Rxb7 25.Rfd1 Rd7 26.Bxa7 Rxg7 27.Bd4 Rg4 28.Bh3 Rxd4 29.Rxd4 c3 30.Rc1 Qc5 31.bxc3 bxc3 32.Rf4 Kd8 33.Bxd7 Kxd7 34.Rxf7+ Ke6 35.Rh7 c2 36.Rh6+ Ke5 37.Kf1 Kd4 38.Rh5
Dec-28-20  ZoneChess: The Botvinnik of the Semislav. Qg7 is worse for white provided that black knows the exact 20-move line out of the situation. One mistake and white wins with a +7/+8 advantage.
May-19-21  sophiephilo: Can someone explain why on move 26.Qb6 and not 26. Qxb7?
May-19-21
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  moronovich: <sophiephilo: Can someone explain why on move 26.Qb6 and not 26. Qxb7?>

Good question.The idea must be to protect the all impotant pawn on d4 and then go Kxb7 next.

May-19-21
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  fredthebear: Here some video links for this brilliancy:

- Kingscrusher: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyJ...

- Ridmovs - Malayalam Chess Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRh...

- Chess Guru: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?...

There are a few video replays w/music in the background, no annotations, but FTB does not include such in his video collection (just use your cursor and replay the game to whatever sound you wish). Also, FTB only includes video annotations spoken in English, Pig Latin, whiteshark, Brooklynese, Pawnee, Tex-Mex, and Pirate-Ahoy!

May-19-21
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  saffuna: Also some pretty deep analysis in Vol. 1 of "Fire on Board."
Jul-08-21  Olsonist: There is no counter play. White is just going to capture the c-pawn with the two rooks. Nothing white can do about it. Then capture the f-pawn. Then advance k-side pawns. White has to avoid a perpetual but that's not hard.
Sep-23-21  Saniyat24: Ivanchuk's king sits in g1 like a yogi, while his two rooks cause havoc...Ivanchuk must have a chess calculator in his brain to see ahead after 22.fxg7...!
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