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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Francisco Vallejo Pons
Morelia-Linares (2006), Linares ESP, rd 13, Mar-10
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense. Vienna Variation (D39)  ·  1-0

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Mar-10-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Is that e-pawn suppose to march down to g? I don't play 1.d4, so can someone, maybe <Sneaky> explain this to us?
Mar-10-06  you vs yourself: I wonder why Pons resigned. Is there an immediate win?

24...Qd8 25.Qb3 Kf8
What does white do now?

Is it the extra pawn, over-extended black pawns and insecure black king?

Mar-10-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: After 24 ... Qd8 25. Qb3 Kf8:


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Find a move for White which wins material.

Mar-10-06  aw1988: Rxe4, perhaps?
Mar-10-06  you vs yourself: <tpstar> 26.Rxf6 Qxf6 27.Nh5 Qd7 28.Nxg7 Qxg7 and white's still only a pawn up, no?
Mar-10-06  EmperorAtahualpa: <24...Qd8 25.Qb3 Kf8
What does white do now? >

<you vs yourself> I think 26.Rc6 Qe7 27.Ne6+ Qe7 28.Rc7 Qd6 29.Rxg7 this wins the rook and Black's king is still in trouble.

Mar-10-06  you vs yourself: Ohhhhhhhhh! The queen and king are in the right pattern for the knight to fork. So, the rook can go nuts.
Mar-10-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Oh wait...I'm not sure now. :)
Mar-10-06
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  tpstar: <you vs yourself> Correct - your line is an exchanging combination, which you wouldn't pull off unless you were clearly winning. See how the Knight yearns to check the King at e6, so ...
Mar-10-06  you vs yourself: <tpstar> Thank you!

The forking square at e6 was the key and white was already up a pawn. Nice win by Chucky.

Mar-10-06  drmariogodrob: I think <aw1988> is right. 26. Rxe4 creates the threat of 27. Ne6+ which will cost at least an exchange, and probably the d pawn as well.
Mar-10-06  drmariogodrob: And... too little too late. :-)
Mar-10-06  orior: I think Re5 is better in the position after Kf8
Mar-10-06  safar: Actually after 26. Rxe4 the d-pawn also falls, as 26...Qd7/d7 is followed by 27. Rxe4!, the fork at e6 still being on. And if 26...Qb6 then 27.Ne6+ is lethal.
Mar-11-06
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  Mateo: 22... Nf6? loses the e pawn after 23. Re5. This cannot be good. I think Vallejo-Pons should have played 22... Qb6 (a good square for the Queen, protecting his d pawn, and attacking the b pawn). White is much better anyway, but Black can still fight.

So, maybe Ivanchuk should have played 22. Rc6 (instead of 22. Rh5?! which seems to be an inaccurracy).

Now, if 22... e5? 23. Qb3 wins.

If 22... Nf8 23. Re1 wins.

If 22... Ne5 23. Qb3! Nc6 24. Qe6 Kf8 25. bc Qe8 26. Re1 wins.

Mar-11-06  euripides: After <22...Qb6> White could try 23 Rh6. Then 23...Nf6 24 Rxf6+ Kxf6 25 Nh5+ Kf7 26 Nxg7 Kxg7 27 Qg4+ or 23... Nc5 24 b4 or 23...Re8 24 Nh5 with the idea of Re7+ if the rook moves or 23...Qxb5 24 Nxe6 all look good for white. 23...Nf8 might then be the most robust though it's fairly depressing.
Mar-11-06  euripides: Sakaev says that 15....Nd7 should hold despite his win in Sakaev vs Y Yakovich, 2005
Mar-15-06  alexandrovm: Ivan played actively and won a fine game very fast...
Mar-15-06  Ulhumbrus: 5...dxc4 goes into a form of the Slav Botvinnik counter-gambit where Black lacks a bishop on f8 defending g7 and has lost a tempo besides. The result is that when Ivanchuk replies to ...h6 with exf6 and fxg7, Black can't play ...Bxg7 but has to respond with ...Rg8 instead.
Mar-15-06  coolblues: What in the world was 20...Bc5 supposed to do?
Mar-15-06  alexandrovm: <Ulhumbrus: 5...dxc4 goes into a form of the Slav Botvinnik counter-gambit where Black lacks a bishop on f8 defending g7 and has lost a tempo besides. ...> the Slav Botvinnik was defended many times by Botvinnik. Kasparov liked white's side and won fine games with it...
Dec-26-06  Whitehat1963: A detailed analysis on this game, and several other recent masterpieces, available here:

http://www.chesscafe.com/informant/...

Oct-19-07  notyetagm: This brilliant Ivanchuk miniature win is included in the new update of Dr. Nunn's "101 Brilliant Chess Miniatures" (http://gambitbooks.com/books/GMSWin...).
Oct-20-07  notyetagm: 18 ♘g2-f4!!, 19 ♖a1-c1! (Ivanchuk)

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