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Alexei Dmitriyevich Fedorov vs Vassily Ivanchuk
Corus Group A (2001), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-20
King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Rubinstein Variation (C39)  ·  0-1

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Dec-23-06  Shajmaty: Trouble starts for White with 19. Rf1? Safer was 19. Bxe6.
Nov-15-07  Jazzer32: Trouble starts with 2.f4
Nov-15-07  Jim Bartle: Touché.
Jun-07-08  Morphyisgod: Yah, trouble for black
Jul-19-08
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  whiteshark: <Shajmaty: <Trouble starts for White with 19. Rf1? Safer was 19. Bxe6.>> I think troubles started much earlier, maybe at move 8.
Dec-14-08  c06bxx9: It's my opinion that 6 d4 is a mistake. He should have played 6. Bc4 instead of d4. Then would follow 6. ..d5, 7. exd5 .... This move order later prevents Nc6 and Nxe4 both of which cause problems for Fedorov.
Feb-23-09  NARC: Has anyone tested 11. Qb3 instead of
11. Ne5?
Jun-15-11
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  perfidious: Does 7....Nc6 put 6.d4 out of business, and force White to play 6.Bc4 instead?
Jun-15-11  Helloween: <perfidious>It looks like it. Nowadays more Masters play 3.Bc4, anyway.

<c06bxx9> 6.Bc4 d5 7.exd5 Bd6 8.d4 Nh5 as in Murey vs Hebden, 1988

Sep-27-11  SimonWebbsTiger: 7...Nc6 might not be as clear as all that. (Been preparing the black side of the King's Gambit today.)

Ivanchuk mentions some options for white in his notes in Informator (80/322). 8. d5 Ne5 9. Bf4 is one, whilst he reckoned white can improve with 14. Qe4! instead of 14. Bg5?

Mind you, the ever creative Chucky suggested black could improve himself with 11...f6 or 11...Nxd2 12. Qxd2 Nxe5 13. dxe5 Be7 14. 0-0-0 Be6

There is a similar Spassky (who else!) - Fressinet game in the cg.com database.

It's amazing that new ideas are still being unearthed in this venerable old opening.

Jul-05-14  Conrad93: Actually, trouble starts with 4. h4.

4. Bc4 is the only real way to play the gambit.

Jan-16-15  Conrad93: John Shaw devotes a whole chapter to Ivanchuk's "refutation."
Mar-12-17
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  plang: Fedorov had played 6 Nxd4 previously; here he tried 6 d4. 7..Nxe4 is the most popular move but Ivanchuk's 7..Nc6 while new did not really represent a new plan. Ivanchuk compared the Black setup after 9..d5 to a Petroffs defense though with Black having an extra pawn. After 14 Bg5? Black was clearly better; Ivanchuk recommended 14 Qxe4..Bf5 15 Qe3..Rae8 16 Bb5..Nxe5 17 dxe..Bxe5 18 0-0..c6 19 Bc4 with some compensation for the pawn. After 21 Bxf2? White was lost; better was 21 Kc2..cxd 22 cxd though Black would have had a clear edge.

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