chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Vladimir Kramnik vs Vassily Ivanchuk
Tal Memorial (Blitz) (2008) (blitz), Moscow RUS, rd 33, Aug-30
Gruenfeld Defense: Three Knights. Hungarian Variation (D93)  ·  0-1

ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

Get this game explained with Decode Chess
explore this opening
find similar games 112 more Kramnik/Ivanchuk games
sac: 35...Rh1+ PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: If you find a mistake in the database, use the correction form. There is a link at the bottom that reads "Spot an error? Please suggest your correction..." Avoid posting corrections in the kibitzing area.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

A COMPUTER ANNOTATED SCORE OF THIS GAME IS AVAILABLE.  [CLICK HERE]

Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-30-08  talchess2003: the game score is messed up. moves 37-39.
Aug-30-08  notyetagm: Black to play: 35 ... ?


click for larger view

35 ... ♖c1-h1+!!


click for larger view

Wow, what a <TACTIC> by Chucky in his critical win against Kramnik, 35 ... ♖c1-h1+!!.

36 ♔h2x♖h1 ♕c6-c1+


click for larger view

And now the point of Ivanchuk's brilliant tactical play is that 37 ♔h1-h2 to get out of check <LINES UP (ALIGNMENT)> the White h2-king with the White e5-queen for the <BISHOP FORK> 37 ... ♗h6-f4+.

(VAR) 37 ♔h1-h2 ♗h6-f4+ <fork>


click for larger view

Hence the point of 35 ... ♖c1-h1+!! is to setup the <QUEEN FORK> 36 ♕c6-c1+, which is a <DOUBLE ATTACK> in which one <TACTICAL TARGET> is the White h1-king and the second <TACTICAL TARGET> is the f4-forking square.

Chucky knows by heart that a <SQUARE> (f4-forking square) can be a <TACTICAL TARGET>.

This tactical sequence is also a great example that you must <FORCE YOUR OPPONENT TO LINE UP HIS PIECES!>. Kramnik is not simply going to <LINE UP (ALIGNMENTS, CONFIGURATIONS)> his White ♔♕ to be <FORKED> by the dark-squared Black h6-bishop, Ivanchuk -forces- him to <LINE UP> his ♔+♕ with the brilliant <ROOK DECOY> 35 ... ♖c1-h1+!!. Kramnik clearly missed this nasty tactical idea or else he would not have played the enabling 34 ♖d1-d8? in the first place.

Aug-30-08  VaselineTopLove: What about 35...Rg1.. how does that look?
Aug-31-08  Woody Wood Pusher: This is a wonderful game by Ivanchuk, Kramnik has no idea how to fight with the black pieces but Chucky sure can! Rh1! is such a great move, a nice combo for a five minute blitz game even for a GM, I wonder how far back he had prepared this? It obviously took Kramnik by surprise!
Sep-01-08  cannibal: <WWP: Kramnik has no idea how to fight with the black pieces but Chucky sure can!>

I would almost be inclined to agree with regard to classical chess, but you sure know how to misplace your every single comment. Incidentally Kramnik scored +6 with black in this tourney, even half a point more than with white.

Dec-11-08  computer chess guy: 24. .. a5!, preparing to open lines and invade the Queen side, was a nice move.
Feb-09-11  fab4: Yeah looks like after 37. Rd1 you can jump straight to 39..Qd1 and 40. Kh2.

Great tactical resource by Ivanchuk but to me Krammnik's attack smacked more of desperation and bet he had little conviction in it.

Nov-05-11  notyetagm: Kramnik vs Ivanchuk, 2008
Nov-05-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: SQUARE CAN BE A TACTICAL TARGET
Nov-05-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: INTERPOSE! INTERPOSE! INTERPOSE! INTERPOSE!

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.


NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: BLITZ. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Tactical Combinations: Decoy/Fork
by nakul1964
TACTICS.: DECOY/FORK
by PinkLedDoor
Tal Mem.Blitz 2008
from Ivanchuk is IN by amadeus
rook and bishop sac
from Combinations by Jaredfchess
Grunfeld emotions 2
by Yopo
SQUARE CAN BE A TACTICAL TARGET
by notyetagm
INTERPOSE! INTERPOSE! INTERPOSE! INTERPOSE!
by notyetagm
rook and bishop sac
from Combinations by wwall
INTERPOSE! INTERPOSE! INTERPOSE! INTERPOSE!
by trh6upsz
Tactical Combinations: Decoy/Fork
by ravel5184

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2020, Chessgames Services LLC