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Vladimir Eduardovich Akopian vs Vassily Ivanchuk
FIDE Jermuk Grand Prix (2009), Jermuk ARM, rd 13, Aug-23
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Anderssen Variation (C77)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-23-09  garcimitch: Simply Chucky!
61...Fxe4+ is quicker but who cares? With this win, Ivantchuk wins the first price alone.
Aug-23-09  percyblakeney: A draw could have more or less secured shared first for Ivanchuk, and with black against a 2700+ opponent it may have been tempting to go for the Rybka recommendation 21. ... Qd4 22. Bc3 Qd6 etc. But Ivanchuk wanted more than a draw, and was rewarded with another win against one of his favourite opponents:

Aug-23-09  notyetagm: Chucky is back!


Aug-23-09  DarkandStormyKnight: How does 61...Fxe4+ win? Are you meaning the Bishop? That doesn't win at all but blunders.
Aug-23-09  braimondi: Why not 61...Bxe4+?

I don't see a stalemate...

Aug-24-09  mpl: 61... ♗xe4+ 62. ♖xe4 ♖a1+ 63. ♔h2 f3 Δ ♖g2+, ♖h1#

but, the heck with it...

Aug-24-09  vanytchouck: < braimondi: Why not 61...Bxe4+?

I don't see a stalemate...>

There is no stalemate as the king can finally (after several checks) escape in ... a4!

But of course after 61...Bxe4 + 62. Rxe4 Kxe4 63. Re6 + Kd3 64.Re3+!? and the rook can't be taken because of the stalemate.

Aug-24-09  crwynn: It is much simpler than that because of 61...Bxe4 62.Rxe4 Ra1+, no stalemate tricks anywhere.

Ivanchuk may have been short on time, being Ivanchuk, and wanted no risks, but anyhow his move wins just as easily.

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