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Vugar Gashimov vs Vassily Ivanchuk
FIDE Grand Prix (2010), Astrakhan RUS, rd 1, May-10
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0

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May-10-10  benjinathan: The most underated/unrecognized player in the World comes through.
May-10-10  Everett: A very straightforward anti-marshall from Gashimov. Ivanchuk does nothing to slow down white's build-up.

Two offerings of the exchange highlight the limited squares of the black queen.

May-10-10  hellopolgar: <benjinathan: The most underated/unrecognized player in the World comes through.>

it seems that everything in this game was covered in Gashimov's home preparation.

and Gashimov is very incompetent with black.

so i wouldn't say he is the most underrated GM in the world, that title probably belongs to one of the hundreds of rising Chinese GM's.

May-10-10  Ezzy: Very nice Kingside attack by Gashimov. Chucky's queen decided it wanted to be imprisoned, and there in the dungeons it perished. 34 Rf6! is very nice, leaving the queen with nowhere to escape.

Nice start by Gashimov who still has a good chance to qualify for the candidates.

May-10-10  Ezzy: First win for Gashimov over Ivanchuk in classical chess.
May-10-10  muradov: Congrats to Vugar! Keep it up!
May-11-10
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  Albertan: I fear if Ivanchuk has a bad tournament he may again consider retiring from chess <:(.
May-12-10  molinov: Very good play by Gashimov. I tried to look for improvements in Ivanchuk´s play. I think 23... c5 would have been better than g6. Knowing how the game ended it seems that this move created the weaknesses in f6 and h6 that would cost Vassily the game. 33.Qd2 was a thing of beauty putting pressure on h6 and preparing the deadly blow that was Rf6. It´s not easy to find something better than 33.Kh7 for Ivanchuk. Maybe Qh4 was not good after all. Perhaps instead of lloking for counterplay with 31... a5 Ivanchuk could have tried Rf8 followed by Kh7 to free the queen from defending h6. Doesn´t look good though.
May-13-10
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  HeMateMe: Chuck got boxed in. He's about the same age as Anand, and i think they played in the world junior championship against each other.

I wonder if Chuckie has ever been jealous that Vishy had a more high profile career than than he, Ivanchuk?

May-17-10  JohnBoy: <benjinathan: The most underated/unrecognized player in the World comes through.> - How about Eljanov? This guy gets even less press than the Chinese guys. And CG gives him a left handed complement in his bio - pointing out that he is higher rated than Chuckie and Pono even though he's never beaten either of them in a classical game. Does CG point out that Kasparov was world champ before he finally beat Spassky?

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