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Vladimir Kramnik vs Vassily Ivanchuk
Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2009) (blindfold), Nice FRA, rd 9, Mar-24
Gruenfeld Defense: Brinckmann Attack (D82)  ·  0-1

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Mar-24-09  Jim Bartle: Ivanchuk's play after winning the rook looked extremely subtle and precise. Or was it routine for an elite GM?
Mar-24-09  notyetagm: Wow, back-to-back(!) blindfold losses for Kramnik.
Mar-24-09  notyetagm: <Woody Wood Pusher: Looks like White is the new Black for Drawnik.>

ROFLMAO

White is the new Black. LOL. You crack me up some times, <Woody>.

Mar-24-09
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  kamalakanta: <Jim Bartle: Ivanchuk's play after winning the rook looked extremely subtle and precise. Or was it routine for an elite GM?>

It seems to me that some aspects of Ivanchuk's technique are at World Champion level.

Mar-25-09  aragorn69: Mig/Kaspy on this blindfold masterpiece:

<"VA-SSIL-YYYY!" That is how you know Vassily Ivanchuk has added to his legend. "A brilliant game! Amazing! He would be proud to play such a game in rapid!" said Garry Kasparov of Ivanchuk's Amber blindfold win with black over Kramnik yesterday. "Many players would be happy to play such a game in classical! Great chess!" I was clueless, having spent the last hour on subway and ferry. Unfortunately, Garry's 'annotations' to the game were limited to head shakes of admiration at several points in a Grunfeld that turned into an endgame by move 20. Ivanchuk made magic with his knight, always the toughest piece to visualize in action, even with your eyes.>

Mar-25-09  KamikazeAttack: <"A brilliant game! Amazing! He would be proud to play such a game in rapid!" said Garry Kasparov of Ivanchuk's Amber blindfold win with black over Kramnik yesterday. "Many players would be happy to play such a game in classical! Great chess!" >

This would go some way in making London 2000 less painful. Oh Kasaparov lol

Mar-25-09
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  Ron: This is a beautiful game by Ivanchuk.
Mar-25-09  KingG: Well, Ivanchuk didn't sound too pleased about it in the most recent video on the amber site http://www.amberchess2009.com/photo.... He is asked if it's his best blindfold game here so far, and he says no as there were too many mistakes.

I don't really know how objectively good this game is, as quite frankly I'm not strong enough to say. It certainly looks impressive, but one thing I have noticed is that Kasparov often praises the play of whoever happens to beat Kramnik. I remember he also called another Ivanchuk win over Kramnik from a few years ago brilliant.

He also often praises Carlsen's games as brilliant. Carlsen of course does play some brilliant games, but I'm not always particularly impressed by the ones he singles out. It also strikes me that Carlsen is by far Kasparov's favourite player of the new generation.

I don't know, it's obviously pointless for me to argue with Kasparov on chess matters, but it seems to me that he has his own agenda, and may not always be totally objective in his assessments. I don't know whether that applies here or not, but it's just a general observation.

Mar-25-09
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  JointheArmy: <It certainly looks impressive, but one thing I have noticed is that Kasparov often praises the play of whoever happens to beat Kramnik. I remember he also called another Ivanchuk win over Kramnik from a few years ago brilliant.>

You could replace Kasparov's name with any random kibitzer and chances are the statement would still be valid.

Mar-30-09  notyetagm: <JointheArmy: <It certainly looks impressive, but one thing I have noticed is that Kasparov often praises the play of whoever happens to beat Kramnik. <<<I remember he also called another Ivanchuk win over Kramnik from a few years ago brilliant.>> >>>

Kramnik vs Ivanchuk, 2007

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