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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Viswanathan Anand
16th Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2007) (blindfold), Monaco, rd 3, Mar-19
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E37)  ·  1-0



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Mar-19-07  fian: The time control for this game was 25m+20s. At the end of the game, according to the official site, Anand had 13 mins left while Ivanchuk had 24. At one stage Chukky had as much as 29 mins on his clock!
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  al wazir: Why didn't black play 11...Ng3 ?
Mar-19-07  notyetagm: 22 f4! is a brilliant <DECOY FOR TEMPO> by Ivanchuk.

Position after 21 ... ♕d8xg5? 22 f3-f4!:

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White's tactical point is that after 22 ... ♕xf4 23 ♖e4,

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White <GAINS TIME> on the <EXPOSED> Black f4-queen to double his rooks on the open e-file against the soon to be <WHOLLY PINNED> Black e5-knight. That is, because of the <PRIMARY THREAT> of 24 ♖e1x♕f4, Black cannot respond to the <SECONDARY THREAT> of 24 ♖a1-e1, doubling rooks on the open e-file. In effect, White gets to lift his e1-rook to e4 in preparation for doubling <FOR FREE (WITH TEMPO)> since Black must meet the threat to his queen.

If Black then saves his <EMBARRASSED> f4-queen with say 23 ... ♕f5, then the sequnce 24 ♖ae1 f6 25 f4 wins the <WHOLLY PINNED> Black e5-knight.

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A magnificent example by Ivanchuk of the lurking tactical danger that exists whenever a minor piece is on an open file. <MINOR PIECES DO NOT BELONG ON OPEN FILES!> They will be <PINNED> against which ever friendly piece is behind them -or- to a mating/checking focal point behind them on their first rank.

Mar-19-07  notyetagm: Position after 23 ♖e4:

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Black: <Oh my god! 23 ♖e4 threatens 24 ♖ae1, doubling rooks on the open e-file, threatening to <PIN> and win my Black e5-knight. I should meet this threat by moving my knight with 23 ... ♘c6??.>

White: <If you do that, then you save your knight but lose your queen to 24 ♖x♕.>

Black: <Oh my god! Then how do I meet both threats?>

White: <You can't.>

Black: <I resign.>

Mar-19-07  notyetagm: The tactical concept <DECOY FOR TEMPO> really is amazing. Here the sacrifice of the White f4-pawn allows White to <GAIN TIME> for doubling rooks on the e-file.

This <TEMPO> for doubling rook is what Anand missed when he blundered with 21 ... ♕xg5?.

Mar-19-07  marcwordsmith: I would like to repeat Al Wazir's question: Why didn't Black play 11. . . Ng3?
Mar-19-07  Resignation Trap: <marcwordsmith> and <al wazir> 11...Ng3 doesn't achieve much: 12.Qb2 Nxh1 13.Qxg7 Rf8 14.Bh6 Qe7 15.Qxf8+ Qxf8 16.Bxf8 Kxf8 17.g3 and soon Black will have to give up his cornered Knight for a Pawn.
Mar-20-07  marcwordsmith: thank you sir
Mar-23-07  notyetagm: My favorite petite combination of the week. :-)
Mar-25-07  notyetagm: This is the Petite Combination Of The Year, in my book. Short and elegant.
Apr-01-07  gauer:

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is 22 white on move, with the purported diagram position of the above game. Can anyone recall the source position of the diagram? It neither shows up in his variations, nor in any other recent Amber bouts between these pair of titans that he may have intended to comment on. Quite possibly, he may have set an April Fool's Trap.

Apr-02-07  jmrulez2004: to al wazir..macwordsmith and resignation trap..after Black plays 11.Ng3....what bout.....12.....e4!!!!!!!whatdo you think
Apr-03-07  gauer: I guess I could mention that the associated commentary is the Globe & Mail chess column editor: Jonathan Berry
Apr-20-07  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <jmrulez2004> What do we think? I think that April 2nd isn't Fool's Day anymore.
May-21-07  notyetagm: God how I love this petite combinaison by Ivanchuk. And Anand missed it completely!
May-21-07  Aspirador: <Petite combinaison> is the buzzword here. So let me say it once again: petite combinaison.
Aug-04-07  alexandrovm: Decoy for tempo? That phrase best describes what transpired here, in this game...
Sep-24-07  notyetagm: <alexandrovm: Decoy for tempo? That phrase best describes what transpired here, in this game...>

Best example of <DECOY FOR TEMPO> that I have ever seen: <TEMPO> for doubling rooks on the e-file against the soon-to-be <PINNED> Black e5-knight.

May-14-08  Hesam7: It seems that the losing move was 18...Ne5?? after that there is no way back. 18...a5 looks like an improvement.
Jun-03-08  shujikun: yeah quite confusing me.did anand resigned?
Feb-14-10  notyetagm: Game Collection: Decoy for tempo

Bacrot just played a great <DECOY FOR TEMPO> 20 ♗c4xf7+! 1-0 to win a miniature against Bareev at Aeroflot.

Feb-15-10  notyetagm: Game Collection: Decoy for tempo

Bacrot vs Bareev, 2010

20 ?

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20 ♗c4xf7+! 1-0

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20 ♗c4xf7+! <DECOYS (DRAGS)> the Black g8-king onto the <EXPOSED> f7-square so that 21 ♖e1x♘e7+ will come with <CHECK(!)>, winning easily.

20 ... ♔g8x♗f7 21 ♖e1x♘e7+ <check!>

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Ivanchuk vs Anand, 2007

22 ?

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22 f3-f4!

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Ivanchuk's *brilliant* 22 f3-f4! <DECOYS (DRAGS)> the Black g5-queen onto the <EXPOSED> f4-square so that the upcoming 23 ♖e1-e4, preparing to <DOUBLE ROOKS> on the open e-file against the Black e5-knight, comes with <TEMPO>.

22 ... ♕g5xf4 23 ♖e1-e4 1-0 Δ ♖a1-e1

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Feb-15-10  notyetagm: Game Collection: DOUBLING needs to be done with TEMPO!

Ivanchuk vs Anand, 2007 22 f3-f4! drags g5-queen to f4 for valuable tempo 23 Re1-e4 1-0

Can anyone else suggest games to add to this collection?


Mar-06-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: DOUBLING WITH TEMPO (ON FILE, RANK, DIAGONAL)

Ivanchuk vs Anand, 2007 22 f3-f4! prepares doubling on e-file with tempo 23 Re1-e4 1-0

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  Richard Taylor: 17...Qd5 keeps equality. 17 Be4 was dubious and 18. Ne5 gives White the advantage.

Black needs to keep the pressure on e2 then look to getting to c4 with the Q.

As played it seems he clogs up the e file.

I usually don't bother with Blindfold games as I always feel there is a kind of freak show aspect. I cant see how anyone can play it. It is hard enough for me when I see the board!

I know they can visualise well but I don't think they go very far without making errors. More so than "sighted chess".

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