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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Dmitry Jakovenko
European Club Cup (2010), Plovdiv BUL, rd 2, Oct-18
Queen's Gambit Declined: Lasker Defense. Main Line (D57)  ·  1-0



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  tamar: Jim Croce's Words to Live By

1. Don't tug on superman's cape,
2. Don't spit into the wind,
3. Don't give Chukky multiple pieces for his Queen

Love this position at move 26

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Remember how Ivanchuk had all his pieces on the back rank against Jobava. Now he sees if he can manage it with all pieces on the second rank.

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  Honza Cervenka: Chuky is chess monster.:-D
Oct-18-10  slomarko: in my opinion this game is much more amazing than the Jobava game.
Oct-18-10  Sularus: If 54. ... Kxg6

55. Rxf6+ Kxh5
56. Rh6+ Kg4
57. f3+ Kf5
58. Rh5#

If 55. ... Kh7 instead of Kxh5 above:

56. Rh6+ Kg8
57. Nf6+ has many yummy possibilities

Oct-18-10  Billy Vaughan: The one and only Ivanchuk!
Oct-19-10  hellopolgar: white's position is natually pleasing after 56. Rxf6 as:

rook protects bishop->bishop protects knight->knight protect rook, it's a perfect chain.

and after 58 Rd6, the rook seems unprotected but is actually safe because if black queen goes for the rook, white knight will go to e4 to form another perfect chain.

perfect chain of any 3 minor/major pieces > a lone queen.

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  whiteshark: On the higher levels, you see many space-time shifts from three Euclidean dimensions to non-Euclidean multi-dimensionality.
Oct-19-10  anandrulez: These chess players are supposed to be brilliant - didn't they learn NOT to force Chucky to sac queen yet ? :P
Oct-19-10  onur87: Ivanchuk! yes, you! You must be world champion! Go! Why not?
Oct-19-10  drnooo: at least I am stupid when it comes to games like this: and never use a computer either, but after about move twenty until the real crunching forcing stuff it seemed that Petrosian not Ivanchuck was moving, uhh make that, maneuvering the pieces, circling, edging around that frame of kingside pawns, very very very patient: just wondering if there were not faster ways in. Once it became Tal like....... perfectly understandable. Odd though that these two have such a level score: this game seems to indicate that Chucky is a good one hundred points higher. But we shall see, they have more fights ahead, and Chucky did have the white pieces.
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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game:

Oct-20-10  Ulhumbrus: Is there any need to sacrifice the N by 18...Nxd4? After 18...Nd8 the N may come out again to e6.
Oct-25-10  Whitehat1963: Impressive win. Ivanchuk at his best.
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  sandtime: <drnoo "very very very patient"> Yes, I hope I learnt that from this game. It's more difficult to be cautious when one has the edge.
Oct-26-10  Everett: <slomarko: in my opinion this game is much more amazing than the Jobava game.>

I agree, though I think this is again another example of a backfired combination. It's like some Jakovenko and Jobava don't think Ivanchuk knows how to defend or harmonize his pieces.

Of note is the temporary fortress Ivanchuk constructs on the K-side. By move 29, he has kept black's Q, R and 3 pawns at bay with only a few pawns, N and B.

Meanwhile on the Q-side the two rooks and pawn have an easy time neutralizing black's majority there. Remarkable economy, especially on the K-side.

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