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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Pavel Eljanov
Aerosvit (2007), Foros UKR, rd 7, Jun-25
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Nimzowitsch Variation (E15)  ·  1-0

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Jun-26-07  notyetagm: Position after 52 ... ♘e7-c6??


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52 ... ♘e7-c6?? and Black loses the knight after 53 ♖h7-h6+ ♔e6-d7 54 ♖a5-d5+ <REMOVE THE GUARD>.


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Jun-26-07  notyetagm: Amazing how a top player like Eljanov, who will be rated over 2700 on the July 1 rating list, can make such a blunder as 52 ... ♘e7-c6??.

The warning sign <LINED UP PIECES (MISPLACED PIECES)> should have flashed before his eyes as he was comtemplating 52 ... ♘e7-c6??, placing his Black c6-knight on a square on which it was both <UNDEFENDED> and <LINED UP> with his Black e6-king. So the Black c6-knight suffers from both <LACK OF PROTECTION> and <MISPLACED PIECES>.

This alignment Black c6-knight + Black e6-king probably provoked Chucky into playing the winning <SKEWER> 53 ♖h7-h6+ nearly instantaneouly.

This blunder was probably induced by the ridiculous time control being used. According to ICC, both players were just about down to their 30-second increment at this point.

Jun-26-07
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  tamar: Eljanov was stuck with that knight on e7 for 31 moves!

52...Nc6 makes matters worse, but no move could save his game.

Jun-26-07  kingsindian2006: notagm, everyone is a grandmaster reviewing the game. amazing how people on this site think they can do better than the pro's. since you guys are so good at analyzing, i wonder why your not on this site?hmmmmmmm
Jun-26-07  Nezhmetdinov: Ivanchuk is the king of the world and I love him. He has actually improved the quality of my life. Name me someone else who could play this game. Go on, I dare you!
Jun-26-07  Maroczy: When is someone going to put together a collection of Ivanchuk's games annotated by Vassily? They would sell like hot cakes.
Feb-15-09  WhiteRook48: 52...Nc6 may also beat the Short-Krasenkow game in blunders where Short played 121. Re6??
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