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Pentala Harikrishna vs Vasyl Ivanchuk
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004) (rapid), Tripoli LIB, rd 2, Jun-22
Nimzo-Indian Defense: St. Petersburg Variation (E43)  ·  0-1



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Aug-28-04  Whitehat1963: Unstoppable h-pawn. I just don't understand white's play in this game at all.
Aug-28-04  RisingChamp: Yes it would require a psychologist to say why someone as good as Harikrishna played like that.Maybe I am just not good enough to understand his play but his whole middle game seemed to be founded on the hope that a 2700+game would move his c6 knight and walk into a one move mate.E.g Ba6,qe4,qh1,Bb5-a6 and though this might be theory 0-0-0 looks awful
Aug-28-04  RisingChamp: P.S I think he needed to retreat with the admittedly counterintuitive Bf1.The position already looks poor for him.
Aug-28-04  Whitehat1963: I'm far from a great chessplayer, but what do you think of 11. d5, <RisingChamp>?
Aug-28-04  RisingChamp: Doesnt solve the problem Whitehat it just loses a pawn to temporarily block that diagonal.Black just plays exd5 and then pushes the pawn again and the diagonal is open yet again.I have researched this a bit and this is apparently a novelty in a variation where black scores 60-70% and a very dubious novelty at that.
Aug-28-04  RisingChamp: All my confidence as a chessplayer comes from games like this and knowing that even classy Grandmasters can play like patzers sometimes.
Aug-28-04  Whitehat1963: Yeah, even I think Harikrishna was way out of his (her?) depth on this one.
Jan-18-05  ChessMan94: <Whitehat1963> Pentala is a male. You can see more info on him by searching "Harikrishna" on
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  offramp: Ivanchuk did very well considering his opponent was probably banging a tambourine all through the game.
Feb-15-05  RisingChamp: Tambourine?I dont get it.
Oct-11-17  varnick: 21.rookd7 and white wins easily after Qc6 !
Oct-11-17  7he5haman: <varnick> No. If 21.Rxd7 then 21...Qf5
Oct-11-17  7he5haman: <RisingChamp> Neither do I. Stupid racist joke as far as I can see. But I'd expect no less from offramp. Clearly he hasn't changed.

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