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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Loek van Wely
Corus Group A (2010), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-19
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B96)  ·  1-0

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Jan-19-10  Marmot PFL: Nice win for white, in what looks like a trap still in the opening. Or did van wely plan this and just analyze badly? Bb7 on move 11 on 12 looks OK but maybe some Najdorf expert can comment better.
Jan-19-10  percyblakeney: <Or did van wely plan this and just analyze badly?>

Good question, apparently 15. ... Bb7 was the novelty, and a few moves later he was totally lost. Something must have gone very wrong with his preparation.

Jan-19-10
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  HeMateMe: "look out!" Loek, not having a very good tournament, so far.
Jan-19-10
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  Eyal: <Or did van wely plan this and just analyze badly?

Good question, apparently 15. ... Bb7 was the novelty>

15...Bb7 may actually be relatively better than 15...Rb6 that was played in 2 other games that appear in the databases (where Black just loses a piece - 16.Nxe7 Kxe7 17.fxe5 Nxe5 18.Rhe1 and if the knight retreats then 19.Nd5+) - but Black gets into a horrible position anyway after 13...Rxb4?; It's necessary to play first 13...h6, the point being that after 14.Bh4 Rxb4, 15.e5 dxe5 16.Nc6 fails to Rxf4. So h6 can also be played on move 12, of course, to prepare b4, and 12...Bb7 mentioned by <Marmot PFL> should also be ok.

As it was, Van Wely indeed fell into what amounts to an opening trap. What a miserable performance (or preparation) by him - he lost like an amateur here.

Jan-19-10  Bradah: <As it was, Van Wely indeed fell into what amounts to an opening trap. What a miserable performance (or preparation) by him - he lost like an amateur here.>

Not that bad, he just belong to Group B.

Jan-19-10
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  Jimfromprovidence: As bad as this game was for black, it would have been even worse after 24 Qc8+ Ke7 25 Rd7+ Nxd7.


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Jan-20-10  M.D. Wilson: Loek out!
Jan-22-10
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  chancho: He ran out of Loek.
Feb-01-10  notyetagm: http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/c...

<16:15 CET

As expected, Van Wely quickly lost against Ivanchuk. There was some amazement in the press room when Ivanchuk didnít go for 24.Qc8+ and 25.Rd7+, winning the queen (as also pointed out in the comments), but in fact the line he played wins even quicker.>

Firebird thinks 24 ♕a6-c8+ is slightly stronger than Ivanchuk's 24 ♕a6-a8+ idea.

1: Vassily Ivanchuk - Loek Van Wely, Corus Wijk aan Zee NED 2010


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Analysis by FireBird 1.0 beta w32:

1. (23.33): 24.Qa6-c8+ Ke8-e7 25.Rd1-d7+ Nc5xd7 26.Qc8xc3 Rh8-a8 27.Rh1xh7 Ra8-f8 28.g5-g6 Ke7-d6 29.g6xf7 Kd6-d5 30.Qc3-b3+ Kd5-d6 31.Qb3-b4+ Kd6-e5 32.g4-g5 Rf8-a8 33.Qb4-b5+ Ke5-f4 34.Qb5xd7 Kf4-f5 35.Rh7-h6 Ra8-a1+ 36.Kc1-d2 Ra1-a8 37.Qd7xe6+ Kf5-f4 38.Rh6-h4+ Kf4-f3 39.Qe6-e4+ Kf3-f2 40.Qe4xa8 Kf2-g3 41.Qa8-e4

2. (19.99): 24.Qa6-a8+ Ke8-e7 25.Qa8-a7+ Ke7-f8 26.Rh1-f1 Nc5-b3+ 27.Kc1-b1 Qc3-a1+ 28.Qa7xa1 Nb3xa1 29.Rd1-d8+ Kf8-g7 30.Rd8xh8 Na1xc2 31.Kb1xc2 e6-e5 32.Rh8-e8 e5-e4 33.Re8xe4 Kg7-g6 34.Rf1-f6+ Kg6xg5 35.Rf6xf7 Kg5-g6 36.Rf7-d7 Kg6-h6 37.Re4-e8 Kh6-g5 38.Re8-g8+ Kg5-f4 39.Rd7xh7 Kf4-g3 40.g4-g5 Kg3-f4 41.Rh7-f7+ Kf4-e5 42.g5-g6 Ke5-d6 43.g6-g7 Kd6-e6 44.Rg8-e8+ Ke6-d5 45.g7-g8Q

Feb-02-10  notyetagm: Wow!

I should have known better: after a longer thought Firebird agrees with Ivanchuk, that 24 ♕a6-a8+ is stronger than 24 ♕a6-c8+. 24 ♕a6-c8+ is just more obvious.

1: Vassily Ivanchuk - Loek Van Wely, Corus Wijk aan Zee NED 2010


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Analysis by FireBird 1.0 beta w32:

1. (27.39): 24.Qa6-a8+ Ke8-e7 25.Qa8-a7+ Ke7-f8 26.Rh1-f1 Nc5-b3+ 27.Kc1-b1 Qc3-a1+ 28.Qa7xa1 Nb3xa1 29.Rd1-d8+ Kf8-g7 30.Rd8xh8 Kg7xh8 31.Rf1xf7 Na1-b3 32.c2xb3 Kh8-g8 33.Rf7-d7 Kg8-h8 34.Rd7-c7 Kh8-g8 35.b3-b4 Kg8-f8 36.Rc7xh7 e6-e5 37.g5-g6 Kf8-e8 38.Kb1-c2 e5-e4 39.Kc2-d2 Ke8-f8 40.b4-b5 Kf8-e8 41.Kd2-e3 Ke8-d8 42.g6-g7 Kd8-c7

2. (23.33): 24.Qa6-c8+ Ke8-e7 25.Rd1-d7+ Nc5xd7 26.Qc8xc3 Rh8-a8 27.Rh1xh7 Ra8-f8 28.g5-g6 Ke7-d6 29.g6xf7 Kd6-d5 30.Qc3-b3+ Kd5-d6 31.Qb3-b4+ Kd6-e5 32.g4-g5 Rf8-a8 33.Qb4-b5+ Ke5-f4 34.Qb5xd7 Kf4-f5 35.Rh7-h6 Ra8-a1+ 36.Kc1-d2 Ra1-a8 37.Qd7xe6+ Kf5-f4 38.Rh6-h4+ Kf4-f3 39.Qe6-e4+

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