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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Sergey Karjakin
Corus Group A (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 13, Jan-29
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Quiet Line (A28)  ·  1-0



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Jan-29-06  Whitehat1963: Excellent technique from Ivanchuk.
Jan-29-06  Ulhumbrus: Karjakin conceded the bishop pair for nothing and on this occasion paid for doing so.
Jan-29-06  GBKnight: From what I can see Karjakin's 12..Nxd5 was a new move. Previously 12..Bxd5 had been played in Onischuk-Gurevich 1999, which ended in a draw a few moves later. I think the exchange of queens allowed Ivanchuk to demonstrate fantastic technique.
Jan-29-06  euripides: After 58 e6, Black is close to zugzwang. Bishop and king moves allow a catastrophe and if 58..Ng6 59 h5 Ne7 60 Bd3 Black is helpless. 58...g6 is a decisive concession to this pressure; now Ivanchuk simply brings his king to f6 when Black can no longer blockade e7.
Jun-20-06  Whitehat1963: Why not 40. Bxe5, picking up the extra pawn with the king?
Jun-21-06  Kangaroo: <<Whitehat1963>: Why not 40. Bxe5, picking up the extra pawn with the king?>

BECAUSE of <40 ... g7-g5 +> - only one extra pawn and White has very week dark squares on the king side.

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  Richard Taylor: This game is in "Chess Evplained: The English Opening." by Zenon Franco Black has a number of alternatives for example

9. ... Ne5 has been played. Also there us 11. ... g5 which either leads to draw or a loss for White pr is unclear. But even with 2 Bs Ivanchuk (and seemingly no compensation for Black) plays a brilliant end game to win. Most players probably wouldn't get to the end without an error.

But Black can complicate with 11. ... g5!?

Mar-25-12  haydn20: <Richard Taylor> 9...g5 10. Qxg5 Rg8 11. Qh6 looks OK to me. On the other hand, 9...Bf5 10. cxd5 0-0-0 and Black looks better (?). What does Franco have?
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  Richard Taylor: No its 11. ...g5 12. Qxg5? (better is 12. Qg3, a move I found, well I and a computer!) Rg8 13. Qh6 Rg6 (leads to draw unless White plays to f4) so 14. Qh4 Rg4 15. Qh6 dxc4 16. f3 Rg6 17. Qf4 when Franco gives 17. ...Nh5 as winning (it is only =) but the best move seems to be 17. ... Nd5 which leads to a position with small advantage for Black.

Do you mean 11. ... Bf5? I've played Black in this position (or line) a few times - one I won with a brilliant attack! (In another game I won but in another I went wrong early in the line before this arose). And in another I actually played g5 (in another position) and lost. In that game (same opponent)I played 11. ...d4 which is not so good. (I hadn't looked at this game at the time.) Franco doesn't go into this particular position in so much depth but Bf5 is the right idea here I think (without checking it on a computer).

Having had a look on Fritz 11. ...Bf5 looks good 12. cxd5 0-0-0 13. f3 g5 14. Qxg5 Rxd5 15. Bc4 Rg8 16. Rxg8+ Nxg8 17. Bxd5 Bd3 and Black is better.

Apr-29-12  chessking11: What an amazing endgame by Ivanchuk. To my untrained eyes, the 2B's+4P's vs. B+N+3P's looks dead drawn, as all the pawns are on the same side. Ivanchuk however proves that an active king wins more often than not. Impeccable technique by one of the top players of the day. I wish I could do that.
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  ChessCoachClark: This game is included in CHESS EXPLAINED: The English Opening (Franco; 2006).

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