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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Nigel Short
Dortmund Sparkassen (1997), Dortmund GER, rd 6, Jul-10
Sicilian Defense: Kveinis Variation (B40)  ·  1-0



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  plang: 4..Qb6 is a pet line of Shorts. A month before this game Short had played 9..Nc6 against Topalov and won. His new move 9..b6 worked out poorly as it limited the mobility of his queen. He said later that Ivanchuks lively and self-assured attitude and quick moves had made him nervous. 13..e5 prevented a black square bind but left his position passive. 33 c5 initiated the decisive breakthrough. If 37 Bxd6..Nb4 38 Qd3..Qb6 39 Qb5..Rd6 40 Qe8+ only draws for white. If 37..Rxd6 38 Bxd6..Qb6 39 Bc5..Qd8 40 Kc1..a5 black is much worse but can still play on. Shorts 37..Be6? lost a piece and the game.
Sep-07-07  aazqua: Very nice. Ivanchuk focuses on the weak backward pawn and eventually snaps it off. Short plays for complications and gets burned.
Sep-07-07  kingsindian2006: <aazqua> your comment is oops i used your favorite word.
Sep-13-17  Saniyat24: Short of Space...

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