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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Vladimir Kramnik
"The Mean Queen" (game of the day Dec-06-2016)
Amber Blindfold (2002) (blindfold), Monaco MNC, rd 9, Mar-26
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Delayed Exchange (C85)  ·  1-0



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Mar-06-04  InspiredByMorphy: move 26 and 33 are very strong. Great job by Ivanchuk!
Mar-06-04  InspiredByMorphy: Its too bad Ivanchuk wasen't in Linares this year. What a record against Kramnik. Both completely equal with 10 wins a piece and 28 draws! I hope Ivanchuk plays Kramnik again soon. Ivanchuk is the man!
May-19-04  arjunkakar: i cannot understand this game. what was the purpose of 33.bc5? why on move 36 ivanchuk missed the mate oppertunity by killing the black bishop? also blacks 23rd qdx1 is a horror - is it all down to errors in blindfold or am i missing something? can anyone tell please?
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  tpstar: <arjunkakar> This is an excellent game to study featuring two of the strongest players in the world. The opening is a rare variation of the Ruy Lopez Exchange where White waits until after 4 ... Nf6 & 5 ... Be7 to trade 6. Bxc6 ("Doubly Deferred"). Black got a fine position up to Move 14, where 14 ... e4!? was maybe premature; perhaps 14 ... Rad8 first. After 20 ... Nxe4?! White won material with 21. b3 = 21 ... Qd5 22. Rad1 Qe5 23. Rxd8 Rxd8 24. Qxe4, or 21 ... Qxc2 22. Rec1 Qd3 23. Rd1 like the game, so Black made the best of it with 23 ... Qxd1+. The theme for that tactic is Remove the Defender = deflect the Qc4 or the Re8 away from the Ne4 (21 ... Qb4 22. a3). The next problem Black faced was a weak back rank which White exploited beautifully with 27. Qc4+ Kh8 28. Qf7 tying the pieces down to defending e8 & f8, otherwise mate. On 32. Qc8! White threatens 33. Bc5 winning the Bf8; 32 ... Kf7? 33. Qe6++, so Black tried 32 ... Rd5, but this lost to 33. Bc5! anyway because of 33 ... Rxc5 34. Qe6+ Kh8 35. Qf7, and now 35 ... Be7/Bd6 36. Qe8+ mates, or 35 ... h6 36. Qxf8+ Kh7 37. Qxc5 wins. Black's last moves were desperation, then he resigned.
May-19-04  Troewa: 23...Qxd1 was probably the best move he could've made in the situation. Any other Queen move seems to lose a minor piece after 24. Rxd8 Rxd8 25. Nxe4

The purpose of 33. Bc5 wasn't clear to me either, I ran it through an engine and it's apparently the best move. If black takes it with the Rook he'll eventually get his rook and king forked by the white queen...or lose the game like in the text.

[33. Bc5 Rxc5 34. Qe6+ Kh8 35. Qf7 h6 36. Qxc5]

On move 36 White didn't miss the mate, he just had to get out of check first.

May-19-04  Troewa: <tpstar> Sorry, simultaneous posting.
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  tpstar: <Troewa> Word up, homebro! There's plenty of room for all of us here! The free exchange of ideas and suggestions makes us all better. Besides, we need to verify posts for mistakes - especially mine.
Dec-29-04  Whitehat1963: I love 33. Bc5, making the rook useless defensively.
Apr-02-06  blingice: What a fantastic game! It looks like a Morphy game, with moves like 21. b3, 26. Qd3, and 33. Bc5.
Apr-02-06  orio24: 33. ♗c5! move forces the rook to get away from the d-file, and that way from the defense of the ♗f8. Imagine there was played immediate 33. ♕e6+ ♔h8 34. ♕f7, then there is the defense 34. ..♖d8 and black is still moreless alive. But when you compare the position from the game, after 35. ♕f7, you see it is much worse for black. White threatens to take the ♗f8 with a checkmate, if bithops goes away, then there will be the same checkmate after 36. ♕e8+ and if black saves himself from it by 35. ..h6, then it takes bishop and also the rook with 36. ♕xf8+ and 37. ♕xc5. You see that black is completelly lost, and therefore just gives a couple of desperate checks before the end. Now you understand that the 33. ♗c5! move was finishing the game.
Jun-10-08  Xeroxx: This is an absolutely incredible and fantastic game!

I will now add it to my collection!

Dec-06-16  schnarre: ...A fine display of both game play & commentary!
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  profK: Blindfold !!!!! Chucky, this is amazing stuff ....
Dec-06-16  morfishine: Yawn

Whats up with all the High School gushing over this game?


Dec-06-16  goodevans: @morfishine - Will you be auditioning for the role of Ebenezer Scrooge this panto season?
Dec-06-16  Travis Bickle: <morfishine> Morpho plays these type of games on a regular basis with 5 year olds... LOL!
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  kevin86: Insane game!
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  Honza Cervenka: 33.Bc5 is studylike winning shot.
Dec-06-16  stuart oring: To Arjunakar in Ivanchuk game. I believe the B-C5 is so if RxB, Q can attack the black bishop with the mate threat.
Dec-06-16  alkinoos 3844: <Arjunakar> on move 36 Ivanchuk didn`t miss mate in one, of course! 36.Qf8 would be an illegal move because the white king is in check.

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