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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Peter Svidler
Linares (1998), Linares ESP, rd 10, Mar-04
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Modern Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1-0



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  plang: Ivanchuk finished 6th (out of 7) with -2. His two wins against Shirov and Svidler in the 9th and 10th rounds, however, were brilliancies. This game was voted the best game in Informant 72. 20..h5 (18..h5 without the repetitions) was new; 20..Nc6 had been played previously. Ivanchuk left himself only 7 minutes for his last 15 moves. 25..b5 gave back the pawn so that the threats to trap the queen would be eliminated but did not really diminish Ivanchuk's initiative. 30..f5? 31 d5! led to the destruction of Black's kingside; Ivanchuk recommended 30..a6 or 30..Bc6 with a small advantage for White. A pretty variation would have been 37..Kf8 38 Ng5..Bd5 39 Nh7+..Kg8 40 Bd4..Kxh7
41 Rxg7+..Kh6 42 g4 with the idea of 43 bg6 and 44 g5#. Ivanchuk's 38 Rxg7+ nicely illustrated the power of the two bishops. 39..a4 was a better defense though White is still close to winning at this point. 43 Be4! followed by pushing the h pawn would have also won.
Feb-23-18  Saniyat24: In find similar games, 20.Bc4 (or after) is given as a novelty, but Ivanchuk played h4 as his 20th move. Bc4 was played by Ivanchuk in 14, 16 and 22nd move, so which one of the moves is the novelty?
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