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Rustam Kasimdzhanov vs Vassily Ivanchuk
37th Chess Olympiad (2006), Turin ITA, rd 4, May-24
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Flohr System (C92)  ·  1-0



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May-26-06  suenteus po 147: Kasimdzhanov showing he has what it takes to play in the big leagues, in spite of XXII Torneo Ciudad de Linares (2005)
May-26-06  Montreal1666: What an exiting game!!

18)g4 was a bit surprizing to me. It may appear as a move that weakens the white's King, but it actually becomes an attacking move. It opens up the files for the white's Rooks.

May-26-06  chessmoron: <suenteus po 147> Well, Rustam is a big league player as well. So it's not really surprising that he beat Ivanchuk.
May-26-06  cotdt: Why is Rustam's rating so low for a big league player? He is clearly much stronger than his rating.
May-27-06  ataturk: Maybe it is because he plays too much? Does he?
May-27-06  DutchDunce: I think it's because of his inconsistency. After winning the world knockout in '04, he slunk to the bottom at Linares and placed sixth at San Luis. Still, he does have the potential to pull off that brilliant upset every so often, as he did here. He also came close to beating Anand at a rapid tourney last year.
May-27-06  DutchDunce: Then again, Chucky may be the grand prize winner in the inconsistency category. Here is a man who went +2/-0/=8 vs. Kasparov in his last 10 games against him, yet somehow has a habit of dropping games against considerably lower-rated opposition.
Dec-18-06  AdrianP: Rusty does a chessbase media presentation of this game on, I think, chessbase magazine 114. 18. g4!!? is indeed the big novelty. If I remember rightly, Kasim relates how he and Chukky had been discussing this exact line at breakfast before the game...!
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