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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Sergey Karjakin
Corus Group A (2009), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-25
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation Traditional Line (B92)  ·  1-0



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Jan-25-09  Billy Vaughan: I'm loving the dancing Chucky rook!

Good going, Ivanchuk. Keep it up!

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  sleepyirv: I know what Ivanchuk should go as for Halloween...
Congrats on the win!
Jan-25-09  Gilmoy: Aaah! The alternating light and dark sides of Ivanchuk's dancing face are distracting me like a strobe light! I feel an overwhelming urge to play 1.d4!
Jan-25-09  chessic eric: looks like Aronian threw away his advantage against Van Wely!?!
Jan-25-09  hedgeh0g: CHUCKSTER!!!
Jan-25-09  Salaskan: Chucky is just so unpredictable. After throwing away two games due to time trouble and losing one by taking an excessive risk, he bounces back with a brilliant victory that is reminiscent of his past winning streaks.

While it was a difficult position with many opportunities to go wrong, he played almost flawlessly. After 23.b5!! Chucky played a series of forced moves ending with 29.Rb6 that left Karjakin completely helpless.

It's unlikely that Ivanchuk will be able to make up for his bad performance in the first few rounds, but I'd like to see more of these games :)

28...Rd7? was a tactical oversight that Ivanchuk could have capitalised upon with 29.Rxe6! Nxe6 30.Bxc4 Kf7 31. exf5 when he wins easily with a bishop pair+pawn against a rook. Both players, however, were correct to see that 31.Bxf8 Kxf8 32.a6! bxa6 (to allow the white rook to come onto the a file later) 33.Rxe6 Rd2! 34.Kf2 Rxc2 35.Rxa6 would probably be drawn, because white has to sacrifice his bishop for one of the two pawns.

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  keypusher: A really beautiful game.
Jan-25-09  hms123: <Salskan> <30...Rd1+> is better, and the win is not so easy.

<29. Rxe6 Nxe6 30. Bxc4 Rd1+ 31. Kf2 Rd2+ 32. Kf1 fxe4 33. Bxe6+ Kh8 34. Bb4 Rxc2 35. fxe4 Rc1+ 36. Ke2 Rc2+ 37. Ke1 Rb2 38. Bd6 Rb5 39. Bd5 Rxa5 40. Ba3 Rb5>

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Jan-25-09  whiteshark: Finally, ♗♗ were collecting ♙♙♙ with 37.Bxa3 39.Bxe5+ and 40.Bxa6.
Jan-25-09  KingG: Of all the people Ivanchuk had to play well against, why did it have to be Karjakin?
Jan-25-09  Warheart: <Of all the people Ivanchuk had to play well against, why did it have to be Karjakin?>


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Jan-25-09  shr0pshire: When I go on streaks of losing what may seem like countless games, and then I have a couple of good games in me. I like to think I have a little Chucky in me.

Playing well or not, Chucky is someone who I can relate to on the chessboard.

Jan-25-09  messachess: This was a fine contest. Chucky just came out ahead. Congratulations Chucky!
Jan-25-09  Augalv: <KingG: Of all the people Ivanchuk had to play well against, why did it have to be Karjakin?>

Good question.

Oh, btw, you'll find commentary on this boring game at

Jan-25-09  FrogC: Full marks to Karjakin for sportsmanship. Generous appreciation of his opponent's play on the blog.
Jan-25-09  Augalv: <FrogC> That's not Karjakin's blog, it's a blog about him. <Warheart> is the creator, those are his words.
Jan-26-09  positionalgenius: one of the best games so far this year, a real nice positional win.
Jan-26-09  M.D. Wilson: A great game. 23.b5 is strong. A great way to start the attack.
Jan-26-09  Ulhumbrus: With 23 b5 Ivanchuk gains the bishop pair and a permanent advantage with it, an advantage which he keeps until he wins the game.
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  tamar: 22 Qa3 is weird and wonderful. Think about it.

Not only did Ivanchuk have to plan 23 b5, he had to see that he was giving up a pawn in the process, and that Karjakin had a plausible defence that was nearly equal.

Moreover, Ivanchuk had to see for example that five moves down the line, after a forced queen trade, he had the resource 28 Bc5, a perfect in-between move combining attack and also keeping an eye on Black's a pawn.

These lines were hard to pin down even with the aid of a computer, but to actively shoot for such positions is beyond comprehension.

Jan-26-09  Augalv: Where in the hell did Sergey go wrong?!
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  tamar: 22...f5 maybe. 22...Kf8 is passive, but hard to crack.
Jan-26-09  Augalv: Thanks.
Jan-26-09  WhiteRook48: what's surprising is this game is played yesterday
Jan-26-09  Billy Vaughan: Ivanchuk should play more games against Karjakin. They all seem to be so good!
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