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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Teimour Radjabov
Calvia Olympiad (2004), Calvia ESP, rd 6, Oct-20
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  1-0



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Oct-21-04  ChessMan94: Why 16..Kf7? Perhaps to avoid 17 Qb5+? Why not 16..Nd6? If 17 Bc5 then 17..Ng6 followed by Be7 and 0-0. Bottom line is, was 16..Kf7 the best move??
Oct-22-04  clocked: Imaginative play by Chucky!

<ChessMan94> 16...Kf7 seems fine. If instead 16...Nd6 then white may play 17.f4!? exf4 18.Bd4

Oct-24-04  WMD: "Then I played a good game against GM Dizdarevic,and then I lost unexpectedly against GM Ivanchuk. He sometimes plays very well, you never know. He tried a strong novelty against me, (Nb4 against Ne7 in the opening) and I couldn't manage to put enough resistance, and after Be3 and Qe2 I had no chance. No one has ever played this move before, it's a new idea and I didn't expect such an unpleasant opening surprise." Radjabov interview, Olympia bulletin.
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  tamar: 9 Nb4 is the weirdest move I have seen in a while. What is the idea after 9...Nf6 which seems fine after 10 f3 d5 Radjabov in the interview sounds like he was booked to the gills and unable to adjust when Chukky opted for this. Does anyone know what the idea is?
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  beenthere240: I read that the strongest line goes 10 c4 Ne4 with a murky position. I know that 9... Bb7 leads to problems after Nb5.
Aug-05-05  notyetagm: In an article entitled "The Best Game of 2004" in the August 2005 issue of the British Chess Magazine, this victory by Ivanchuk was the runaway winner. A panel of GMs, inlcuding Kasparov, voted on a selection of games. Gary's top three choices were Anand vs Rublevsky, 2004 (#1), Sutovsky vs A Kovacevic, 2004 (#2), and this game third. Sutovsky's win is really very nice.
Aug-05-05  notyetagm: Is it 26 e6+! or 26 e6+!! ?
Aug-17-05  notyetagm: Winner of the Best Game Prize for Chess Informant 92:
Nov-19-05  Poisonpawns: This game is unbelievable.I am not used to seeing 9.Nb4 in the sveshnikov but Ivanchuck played his but off to make it work.
Mar-06-06  ahmadov: I remember that I was watching this game live and I was very upset after Teimour lost it. Since then I had been wating for a game like the one Teimour won in Linares yesterday.
Nov-11-08  notyetagm: The <Best Game of 2004>, according to a prestigious panel of Russian chess experts lead by IM Maxim Notkin.
Oct-07-10  sevenseaman: One may aspire to reach such a position every time. All White's pieces are developed and positioned strategically. They are like an army of snipers in vantage positions controlling the minutest stir of the opponent.
Feb-05-13  LIFE Master AJ: Nice win by White in Kalashikov Sicilian. (Researching this opening for my January <2013> "Game of The Month.")
Feb-05-13  LIFE Master AJ: See Opening Explorer for more details.
Jul-25-13  EvanTheTerrible: Such a great performance by Chucky.
Mar-09-21  Saniyat24: Reading the posts it seems that 9.Nb4 is the novelty in this position, but in find similar games 9...Bd7 is given as the novelty, so which one is correct?
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  kingscrusher: Ivanchuk remains on his guard to the end. If the casual Rxe7 then WHOOPS :

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And white is getting mated :)

Watch out for those "weaknesses of the last move" :)

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