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Vassily 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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Jan-01-13  chesssalamander: 21. Qg7! Who the heck does that? Way to go Chucky!
Mar-25-13  Cemoblanca: Ku-dos! :)
Jun-26-13  Snehalshekatkar: Mouth wide open!!
Oct-01-13  ChessYouGood: The discussion thread is a good example of the modern misunderstanding of the general theory of beauty - Qg7 is clearly sublime rather than beautiful
Nov-28-13  Chessman1504: Ivanchuk, tactical monster
Apr-19-14  RadRichiie: For those of you that don't know, 21. Qg7 is the Mainline of the Botvinnik Variation in the Semi-Slav... many people have played this line, including Carlsen...
Apr-19-14  Jim Bartle: Is that really true? In any case, I'm sure nobody had played it before Ivanchuk.
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
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  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
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