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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Jonny Hector
Sigeman & Co (2003), Malmo SWE, rd 5, May-03
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Archangelsk Variation (C78)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: If 59...Qd7, then 60.Nb3+, 61.Nxc5+ and 62.Nxd7.
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  Richard Taylor: I found the Nd4 move in Barden's puzzle of the week in out Listener. He asked the 'solver' to find the most efficient win and Nd4 uses the threats of forks and mate etc so I (or we, my son and I) decided on that.

An interesting game.

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  Richard Taylor: <Honza Cervenka: If 59...Qd7, then 60.Nb3+, 61.Nxc5+ and 62.Nxd7.>

Yes, and if 59....Qe8 then 60. Qxe5! I liked as spectacular...

Or also 60. Nb3+ leads to mate.

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  Richard Taylor: Hector seemed to drift and allow control of the a file and later d5. The line below shows a possible improvement for Black courtesy of Stockfish.

14...Be6 15.Nf1 h6 16.Ne3 g6 17.Red1 Kg7 18.Nd2 Rfe8 19.a4 Ra8 20.g3 Red8 21.Qf3 Rg8 22.Qe2 Rgb8 23.a5 Rh8 24.Nf3 is about =

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  plang: In the draw Murrey-Beliavsky Graz 1996 White had played 9 Nc3; Bxc5 was new. Played in the 5th round; three rounds later Hector tried 12..Ne7 against McShane but lost that game as well. 18..Qe6?! allowed the exchange of the light-squared bishops; better was 18..Nf6 inviting a repetition. 20..Qxh3?! 21 Qf5!..Qxf5 22 exf..Ne7 23 Rxe5..Nd5 24 axb..axb 25 Ra6..Nhf6 26 Rc6 would have been strong for White. 23..Kh8?! planned ..f5 in response to a kingside attack when Ivanchuk was actually planning play on the queenside. 26..Nd6?! interfered with the Black queen's ability to help defend the queenside. 37..g6?! created new weaknesses; better was 37..f6 38 Qa3..Qc6 and Black should be OK. 39..Qc8 would have been better so as to answer 40 Bd5 with 40..c6. 40..bxc would have been a tougher defense with a passive but possibly defensible position.

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