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Loek van Wely vs Vassily Ivanchuk
"Amber Grease" (game of the day Mar-18-2007)
16th Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2007) (blindfold), Monaco, rd 1, Mar-17
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Nimzo-English Opening (A17)  ·  0-1

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Mar-17-07  Ashram64: awesome attack by chucky-cheese! at least they are able to pull more ordinary combinations than many boring draws
Mar-17-07  Marmot PFL: Grabbing the piece with g4 looks way too risky.
Mar-17-07  crwynn: Yeah, van Wely thought a long time before playing it...perhaps in a rapid one should not worry so much about trying to calculate these things to a clear resolution, and just keep things simple.

But I expect he was unhappy with his position anyway, and decided he should at least have an extra knight.

Mar-17-07  slomarko: dismal performance by Van Wely. They should stop inviting him to these super tourneys he's clearly not in the same league. If one thinks that players like Grischuk have to sit at home and watch...
Mar-17-07  dehanne: <They should stop inviting him to these super tourneys he's clearly not in the same league.> Who cares? He brings his wife along.
Mar-17-07  TheSlid: What a great attacking game from Ivanchuck - marvellous stuff!
Mar-17-07  TheSlid: He, he, all the kibbitzes on this page are quite amusing, especially the one alluding to a Knight and Mrs van Wely. BTW, fritz confirms <Marmot's> observation.
Mar-17-07  TheSlid: After 21... g3 the game is up!
Mar-17-07  ajile: Nice game by the Chuckster.
Mar-17-07  slomarko: Van Wely said after the game that he played like a moron. One cant but agree.
Mar-17-07
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  tpstar: Beautiful use of the QB on the long diagonal working with Black's major pieces plus the advanced Pawn to create an overwhelming Kingside attack. After 23 ... Rf8 notice the Bd3 must mind f1 (24. Bxe4? Rf1+) and the same after 24. Nc2 Rhf6 so Black builds the attack with tempo. At the end 26. Qe2 runs into 26 ... Rf2 (27. Bxe4 Qxe4) and White is finished.
Mar-18-07  Wild Bill: The conclusion of this game is as pleasing as any by Marshall or Spielmann.

Simply beautiful.

Mar-18-07  jmrulez2004: wow...chucky really knows how to exploit a weakened defense with lots and lotas tactics..AWESOME!!!
Mar-18-07  jmrulez2004: its possible ivanchuk did two segments of calculations...first is move 14/15-21...then move 22 till so one so forth.....If he calculated the whole thing 13 moves ahead...mannnthat is impressive....
Mar-18-07  leonato13: Can someone explain to me why Van Wely keeps getting into these tournaments. Where are his good results aside from the dutch championships? And aren't there much better, or at least, more original and exciting players to invite?
Mar-18-07  malthrope: WoW! [make that a double WoW!!] Thanks Chuky - to watch this chess game 'live' was a joy to behold! ;-)

<leonato13: Can someone explain to me why Van Wely keeps getting into these tournaments. Where are his good results aside from the dutch championships?>

I'd suggest that question be posed to the Dutch billionaire Joop Van Oosterom who has privately funded through the 'Max Euwe Association' all sixteen of the 'Amber Melody ~Blindfold & Rapids~ chess tournaments' in Monaco! :-) Regards, - Mal

Mar-18-07
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  playground player: I still say the top players of today have too many draws on their resumes. Far too many! If a draw were to cost both players ratings points, or some other penalty, we'd see a lot more playing to win.
Mar-18-07
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  fm avari viraf: I think, Wely was groping in nocturnal darkness while Vassily launched a furious attack which literally crushed him. Even 25...Rf2 wins immediately.
Mar-18-07  hedgehog: <dehanne> See what you mean. http://home.wanadoo.nl/daniel.brore...
Mar-18-07  Elxiddicus: Why not 23.Rxg2 ?
Mar-18-07  gauer: The exposed King met some ladies again, much the same as Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 , but this time it was the black, not white, King Bishop Pawn that brought the white set-up his grief.
Mar-19-07
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  kevin86: The promotion looks like a snazzy way to simplify---instead it is a neat way to divert the queen and set up a mate by 28♕xh1 ♕g4+ 29 ♔h2 ♖h6$. The moves,of course,are forced.

BTW,in a pixieish thought,I had the idea to make the checkmate sign a dollar sign-instead of a pound sign,as above. Any opinions?

Mar-19-07
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  Domdaniel: <kevin86> -- <in a pixieish thought,I had the idea to make the checkmate sign a dollar sign-instead of a pound sign,as above. Any opinions?>

Er, yeah, this: what's pixieish about currency symbols? Since when do pixies use money?

Also, the normal checkmate symbol is a hash [#] -- neither a pound nor a dollar symbol. Pixies and hash, of course, that's a different question entirely...

Great game by Ivanchuk, of course (but 25...Rf2, not ...e5, would be mate in 5) -- and I simply don't understand the people complaining about the Van Wely invite. All-elite tournaments simply reduce the chances of games like this: every tournament needs its rabbits.

And don't forget than Van Wely is still strong enough to demolish a field of 'ordinary' grandmasters.

Mar-20-07  madlydeeply: Ivanchuk's games inspire me the most to find a chess game and start moving pieces around...Wheee!
Aug-31-11  DrMAL: English gone Nimzo there are a few other games in the CG database Opening Explorer up to 14.Ne1 that makes this one unique. I like how Chucky started a K-side via 14...Qg5 and 15...Rf6 with 17.g4? he showed how it wins. It's amazing to me they were blindfolded other than that blunder this game was played with high accuracy by both sides.
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