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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Boris Gelfand
Tal Memorial (2009), Moscow RUS, rd 7, Nov-12
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Pin Defense (D12)  ·  1-0



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Nov-12-09  PinnedPiece: Chessok:
<43. Kc3
(43... Re2 44. Rxh6 Re3+ 45. Kc4 ♖ybka Aquarium (0:00.25) +2.58|d22 White has a decisive advantage)>
Nov-12-09  birthtimes: Chucky moves into 2nd place!
Nov-12-09  firebyrd: <probably won't last much longer>

But we get to see the dancing chucky-rook!! Will it have a face-mask?

Nov-12-09  positionalgenius: 1-0 official
Nov-12-09  jeeky1996: it's on the website?
Nov-12-09  positionalgenius: <jeeky> playchess server
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  chancho: It's over.
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  Stonehenge: I wonder who looks more like a potato, Ivanchuk or Gelfand?
Nov-12-09  PinnedPiece: < a potato, Ivanchuk or Gelfand?>

Boris seems to have sprouts starting in the lower area...

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  tpstar: <dancing chucky-rook> Definitely the happiest of the bunch. ;>D

<face-mask> Five yard penalty.

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  Bishoprick: is over! 1-0
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  Bishoprick: What's the URL for the Russian chess site?
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  chancho: The Russian site has not been working. This one is:

Premium Chessgames Member Thanks to everybody for participating in today's live broadcasts. We'll be continuing with round #8 tomorrow morning at 7:00am USA/Eastern. Hope to see you all back!
Nov-12-09  furrer: Thank you <>, as always it has been a great pleassure to watch these games.
Nov-12-09  messachess: Great game by Ivanchuk against a very tough opponent. Chucky looked dominating in this one
Nov-12-09  Marmot PFL: Gelfand - Didn't leave you much.
Ivanchuk - You left enough.
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  HeMateMe: Why is this game termed an "uncommon opening"? I've had this position as white numerous times playing speed chess, up to whites 12th move. At that point, I don't think I pushed the d pawn. Surely this particular line has been looked at, and falls under the umbrella of the QGD or Semi slav?
Nov-12-09  LimeHouse: Nice Hustler have been awarded 10 Limehouse points of approval.
Nov-12-09  jmboutiere: 15...Bb4 +0..25;15...Rc8 +0.50
19...b6 + 0.71; 19...Qa6 + 0.51
22.Nd6 + 0.39; 22.Rc5 + 0.90
35...Ne5 + 0.50; 35...Rc8 + 0.83
36...Rc6 + 0.83; 36...g5 + 2.06
42.Kc3 + 2.50
I love the way Ivanchuk mixes english and queen gambit
Nov-12-09  Comejen: just great!
Nov-12-09  ycbaywtb: if i could plan a game around a passed pawn like this, and defend my pieces as well as Ivanchuk defended his B at b7, i'd win games too, what a powerful, smooth game!
Nov-13-09  paavoh: <HeMateMe> "Why is this game termed an "uncommon opening" All broadcasted games are that way before and during the game. I think correct it when the game is included in the database. Today, Nov-13, it is D12.
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  Eyal: A couple of instructive differences made by move order here: 18.Qe2! chasing the rook away before taking on a7 - if instead 18.Bxa7 b6 19.Qe2 then 19...Rd4! with an active rook; on the other hand, 36...g5? which seems like Gelfand's decisive mistake (despite of several earlier inaccuracies) may have resulted from move order confusion - better was first 35...g5 and then (after the white bishop retreats) 36...Rc8, where White doesn't have the check on e2. And in the end, 42.Rb6+! is a nice touch - after an immediate 42.Kc3 Rf2 43.Rb6+ Kc5 44.Rxh6 Rf3+ 45.Kb2 Kb4 White may have a trouble converting his two-pawn advantage because of the much more active position of the black king.
Nov-15-09  Albertan: I have analyzed this game extensively and posted this analysis on my blog using the program Chessviewer Deluxe. I hope you drop by and play through the game which can be found at the bottom of the first page of my blog:
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