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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Andrei Sokolov
European Club Cup (2006), Fuegen AUT, rd 2, Oct-09
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Kmoch Variation (E20)  ·  1-0

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Oct-13-06  mang00neg: Spanked.
Oct-13-06  dabearsrock1010: 4. f3 doesnt look like a normal move, but Ivanchuk is the man so whatever. I think Ivanchuk is my fav player.
Oct-14-06  aragorn69: I don't see a forcing line for White... For example, after 24.-Bb7 25.Qd3 does not seem to impede bxa4.
Oct-14-06
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  Ron: Sokolov resigned because he was going to lose material: if 24. ... Bb7 then 25. Bxd5 Bxd5 26. Rxf6!! etc it seems other 24th moves for black will also lead to a loss of material for black This game is worthy for an Ivanchuk collection.
Oct-14-06  shr0pshire: <dabearsrock1010> f3 is theory in the nimzo indian and used in several other openings early on such as the trompowsky in a very similiar fashion.

It is used in the fasion that Ivanchuk used, to build a strong pawn center, and usually in a center pawn storm.

Oct-16-06  WarmasterKron: According to the tournament results database, black is the French/Russian GM Andrei Sokolov, not Ivan.
Feb-09-09  notyetagm: http://chessmind.powerblogs.com/fil...

<Ivanchuk-Sokolov from the ECC

As I noted a few days ago, the world championship is not the only ongoing event featuring top players; there's also the European Club Cup. One of those elite performers is Ukranian legend Vassily Ivanchuk, and his recent game against one-time phenom (and still a strong GM) Andrei Sokolov caught my eye. <<<What amazed me was how quickly and forcefully Ivanchuk was able to push a player of Sokolov's caliber off the board. Frightening!>>>>

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