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Loek van Wely vs Vassily Ivanchuk
Aerosvit (2008), Foros UKR, rd 10, Jun-18
Zukertort Opening: Kingside Fianchetto (A04)  ·  0-1



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Jun-18-08  hedgeh0g: IVANCHUK
Jun-18-08  percyblakeney: 20. Qe2 turned out to be a bad idea.
Jun-18-08  Philidor: My God, I (with an emphasis on "I") could've beaten Van Wely today!
Jun-18-08  notyetagm: Black to play: 21 ... ?

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Here Ivanchuk (Black) played the crushing 21 ... ♘g4-h2!, based on the tactical theme <X-RAY>.

Position after 21 ... ♘g4-h2! 0-1

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The point is that the Black e5-bishop <X-RAYS> the critical h2-square -THRU- the White f4-bishop <DEFENDER> of this square. So Black effectively has -THREE- pieces attacking this square (Black h4-queen, g4-knight, -AND- e5-bishop) versus only -TWO- White defenders (White g1-king, f4-bishop).

21 ... ♘g4-h2! <FORKS> the White f3-queen and f1-rook and is <TABOO> since its capture by the White f4-bishop leads to Black <RELOADING> on the h2-square with mate, as shown below.

(VAR) Position after 22 ♗f4x♘h2?? ♕h4x♗h2#

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  keypusher: Loek, Ma, I'm drowning!
Jun-18-08  crwynn: What does White play? 20.Qc1 Qh4 threatens 21...Nh2 22.Be5 Re5 with an attack. Maybe 21.f3 Nh2 22.Be5 Re5 (22...Nf1 23.Qf4) 23.Rf2 where the Black kt is trapped? I don't know, it's complicated, and White has had a difficult position ever since 13...g5 IMO.

Anyhow, compare Black's sixth move with his seventh in Karjakin vs Ivanchuk, 2008

At the time people were trying to fathom the strategic depths of this novelty, but I'm starting to think Ivanchuk is just having fun. Admittedly his new "trademark" move is more rational in this game.

Jun-18-08  percyblakeney: <What does White play? 20.Qc1 Qh4 threatens 21...Nh2 22.Be5 Re5 with an attack>

After 20. Qc1 Qh4 something like 21. Rd3 (that can be followed by Rh3) seems to be good enough.

Jun-18-08  crwynn: A defensive rook lift, that's a nice idea. Well anyhow I'm not the only one who missed it.
Jun-18-08  euripides: 13...g5 to restrain the king's side majority and protect the knight on e5 reminds me of 17...g5 in one of my favourite Botvinnik games:

Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1954

Smyslov was criticised for this move and lost, but Botvinnik defends it in his notes.

Jun-18-08  pastpawn: Whenever I try a bayonet like that, my Kingside ends up like a swiss cheese, with the opponent's pieces occupying the holes :).

I'm always impressed by the calculational ability/strategical judgement of a Smyslov, or Chuky (or Alekhine or Fischer, for that matter) in games like these.

Jun-18-08  Augalv: Van Wely Loek - Ivanchuk Vassily, Aerosvit 2008, 10th Round.

1.Nf3 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.e4 e5 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Nc6 6.Be3 Qf6!?

Again Queen move in early stage?! Vassily is really enjoying this :) Just recall game against Karjakin - Qf6, against Shirov - Qd6 now again Qf6.For the record, other options are 6..Nge7 and 6..Nf6.

7.Nxc6 dxc6 8.Nc3 Qe7 9.Bd3?!

New move but not so good.Bishop will move again soon.More natural is 9.Qd2 or 9.Be2 Nf6 10.f3.

9..Nf6 10.h3

10.f3 O-O 11.O-O is another scheme.

10..Nd7 11.O-O O-O 12.Qc2 Ne5 13.Be2 g5

Securing his Knight, 13..Be6 14.b3 g5 is similar to game.

14.Rad1 Be6 15.b3 Rfe8 16.Bh5 g4!

Ivanchuk is trying to avoid exchanges like in 16..Rad8 17.Rxd8 Rxd8 18.Rd1 where White can seek advantage in endgame.

17.Bxg4 Bxg4 18.hxg4 Nxg4 19.Bf4 Be5 (diagram)

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Van Wely bunders horribly, there was nothing wrong with 20.Qc1 Qf6 21.Bg5 Qg6 with balanced position.

20..Qh4 21.Qf3

21.Qd2 Rad8 is winning for Black.

21..Nh2! 0-1

Nice way to fising the game, a bit unusual motiv.

Extracted from blog about Sergey Karjakin

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Instead of Bh5, I would have played f3 and prayed my dark square Bishop doesn't get captured. Also, I thought that 7...dxc6 was interesting, conceding a king-side pawn majority in order to get the Bc8 into play more quickly than ...bxc6 and d7-d6.
Jun-19-08  minasina: this was live commentary with GM Sergei Shipov in Russian; "translated": (without board): may need reloading
Jun-19-08  notyetagm: <percyblakeney: <What does White play? 20.Qc1 Qh4 threatens 21...Nh2 22.Be5 Re5 with an attack> After 20. Qc1 Qh4 something like 21. Rd3 (that can be followed by Rh3) seems to be good enough.

crwynn: A defensive rook lift, that's a nice idea. Well anyhow I'm not the only one who missed it.>

Yes, that is a -BRILLIANT- idea: play the <ROOK LIFT> ♖d1-♖d3-♖h3 not to -ATTACK- along the h-file but rather to -DEFEND- the h-file weakness by <BLOCKING> the h-file.

Jun-20-08  Whitehat1963: What's best play after 22. Qg3+?
Jul-18-08  The Ninth Pawn: From Game Collection: The Ninth Pawn's Chess Course :

In Van Wely vs Ivanchuk, 2008 , Black plays the strong 21. ... ♘g4-h2! The h2-square is defended adequately because the number of defenders must be counted AFTER the attacker(s) have captured.

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  Breunor: Does 21 Rd3 really work? What if black simply takes the bishop, 21 B x f4?

Thanks for any help.

Jul-20-08  The Ninth Pawn: <Breunor> I see no White advantage after 21. ♖d1-d3 ♗e5x♗f4 22. ♖d3-h3 ♕h4-g5.
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  Breunor: Ninth,

It isn't a matter of white's advantage, I think people are saying that Van Wely could have saved the position with 21 Rd3, but I think it loses. Doesn't the line you show win for black? Isn't Ivanchuck then just up a piece?

Thanks again.

Jul-20-08  The Ninth Pawn: <Breunor> Yay! I have a nickname!

The position could also have been "saved" by 21. ♕e2x♘g4, I suppose. Still a very strong game by Ivanchuk.

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