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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Nigel Short
Tradewise Gibraltar (2011), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 6, Jan-30
Kangaroo Defense: General (E00)  ·  1-0



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  Penguincw: A mate! Is this the mate for 2011?
Jan-31-11  notyetagm: I really like 17 ♗g2xf3!.
Jan-31-11  luzhin: Amazingly, 10.g3 appears to be a novelty. It looks as though Short's 15...f3 was unsound; but after 15...fxg3 16.hxg3! Nxf2 17.Ng6+ Kg7 18.Nxf8 Nxh1 19.Bxh1 Kxf8 20.Bh6+ Kg8 21.Qb5 White would still stand better.
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  Richard Taylor: Topalov and Short - an extraordinary game - Topalov has a knack for finding these crazy positions. And Short didn't back away!
Jan-31-11  Shams: Topalov?
Jan-31-11  kia0708: Kangaroo Defense :-)
Jan-31-11  KingG: At this point, Short playing the Queen's Gambit Declined against the top players would almost be a surprise. He might want to consider it instead of continuously losing in these dubious off-beat openings, as entertaining as they are.
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  Domdaniel: The Kangaroo might have a strange name, but it's perfectly sound. It usually transposes into a Bogo-Indian, but there are independent lines. It used to be called the Keres Defence or the Franco-Indian ... I'm not sure where the marsupial came from.

Bound to be good.

Feb-02-11  charliechaffka: Bound to boing
Feb-08-11  4tmac: year of rueful ♗ - trumps roo D - at 17
Feb-08-11  topi: <Shams> where is topalov? he does not play. How does he mantain his ELO?
Feb-08-11  acirce: By not playing?
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  wordfunph: <topi> maybe taking some time and preparing for his next big leap, go Topa!
Mar-05-11  ReikiMaster: 15...f3 failed as 18...Rxf3? leaves Qd8 unprotected allowing 19.Qxe4.
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  whiteshark: Vassily Ivanchuk and Nigel Short at the start of their game in Round 6:

"After a surprising start in which several lower ranked players took the lead of the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival, the tournament’s top seed, Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine, took the lead Sunday by beating Nigel Short of England.

Short, who had a perfect score until he lost, was probably not surprised by the result. He said in the tournament bulletin after Round 5 that he had ““a very long shot for winning this tournament, and I say that as someone who has, in my three years here, won it twice, and come second, once.” As he explained, “The tournament has improved and there are some really top class players, and there are a lot of them.”

Ivanchuk has 5.5 points, followed by Short, Victor Mikhalevski of Israel and Daniel Fridman of Germany, who each have 5 points."


Nov-30-12  dehanne: Kangaroo defense? This opening should be called Accelerated Bogo or Drunken Bogo defense.
Nov-30-12  morfishine: Why didn't Black try 14...gxf3 instead of 14...exd5?

After, <14...gxf3 15.Bxf3 exd5 16.O-O Bh3 17.Bg2 Bxg2 18.Kxg2 fxg3 19.hxg3 Qf6 20.Rd3 Ne7 21.Bf4 Ng6> Black is a piece to the good, and the Kangaroo Defense is Hopping along nicely:

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Or after <14...gxf3 15.Bxf3> Black could overreach with <15...Nxf2>; but if White obliges <16.Kxf2> then <16...exd5> and Black is fine;

A mistake now for White would be <17.Bf4> due to <17...Rxf4 18.gxf4 Qh4+>

<19.Ke3> is forced or the White King gets mated: So, black continues <19...Bd7 20.Qb3 Re8+ 21.Kd3 Bf5+ 22.Kd2 Qxf4+ 23.Ke1 Qh4+ 24.Kd2 Nxd4>

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Quite a unique position that certainly would've given Short much more pleasure than what actually happened

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