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Ahmed Abdulsattar A Abdulwahhab vs Vassily Ivanchuk
Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 1, Sep-21
Bishop's Opening: Blanel Gambit (C23)  ·  0-1



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Sep-22-10  somitra: Chucky's opponent does not play like a 2342. White looks worse right in the opening.
Sep-25-10  zluria: May I just say that it's a pleasure to watch Ivanchuk play, and that his approach to the game is inspiring? Take this game: He is playing against a player rated 400 points him, and that player plays an opening that is obviously bad. It's so bad that people learn not to play this way by the time they have a 1500 rating. It's tactically unsound, positionally bankrupt and downright disrespectful. If I were faced with such an opening I would snort and play the most pragmatic, practical moves, in the sure knowledge that my much weaker opponent would surely stumble along the way.

Not so Ivanchuk. Faced with Ahmed's crime against chess, Chucky thought over his reply for a full 15 minutes before he moved, and when he did, he insisted on finding the absolute best moves in the position. When Chucky plays chess, it isn't a sport, art or science. It is an homage to Caissa!

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  whiteshark: Why not <4.Qh5 Nd6 5.Qxe5+ Qe7 6.Qxe7+ Bxe7 7.Bb3>?

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Sep-25-10  Ziggurat: Or he could have gone for the Frankenstein-Dracula variation. Would've been cool to see Chucky play against that.
Sep-25-10  BobCrisp: <Chucky's opponent does not play like a 2342.> It's probably a <Mickey Mouse> rating.
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  Domdaniel: < <Chucky's opponent does not play like a 2342.> It's probably a <Mickey Mouse> rating.>

Far worse, I fear. It's this persistent delusion many people have that there is something called 'playing like a 2342'.

I've played dozens of people with that kind of rating (including a few of the players in the current olympiad), and sometimes even beaten them. Usually, however, I lose. That's because they come at me with guns blazing, full of confidence. Put the same guys up against a Chuky or a Kramnik and they play like scared rabbits, use bad openings, and blunder.

It's psychology, and chess is riddled with it. For some weird reason, chessplayers hate to admit this.

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  kingscrusher: zluria: What do you mean?! It is a line in the Vienna. After Nxe4 White should have played into the "Frankenstein-Dracula" variation where White is an exchange up, but black has pressure.

So after Nxe4 Qh5

See Wiki article:

Unfortunately White reacted incredibly badly to Nxe4 - as if he didn't know or want to play the Frankenstein-Dracular variation. Black was simply better immediately.

I am doing a video on this game shortly.

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  kingscrusher: Ziggurat: Exactly - what is the current verdict on the Frankstein-Dracula line?! Does anyone know?!
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  kingscrusher: zluria: BTW Ivanchuk does inspire me to do more videos on him than any other player in the Olympiad. I have done a few more today

Check out

Round 7 game

Round 4 game

Round 2 game

Round 5 game

And now I'm in the process of researching this 1st round win.

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