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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Viswanathan Anand
20th Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2011) (rapid), Monaco MNC, rd 6, Mar-18
Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A04)  ·  1-0

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Mar-18-11
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  Penguincw: I'm sure Ivanchuk is pretty happy with the birthday present he has gven himslef today.He won his mini-match against Anand by the score 1 1/2-1/2.
Mar-18-11  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 23...Rd8, 23...Rac8 unpins the N on c6 without delay.
Mar-18-11
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  Penguincw: Nice deflection by Ivanchuk.
Mar-19-11
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  Domdaniel: 23...Rac8 does avoid pin trouble on the c-file, but makes it hard for Black to play the freeing move ...e5.
Mar-19-11
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  Domdaniel: Also, 23...Rac8 24.Bd6 is troublesome. It was hard even for Anand to foresee that the tempting 25...b5? would get him into such trouble.

In this form, Ivanchuk's play is exquisite. He is able to plot a way through complications that lesser mortals would give up on. Again and again, positions are reached that both players had seemingly aimed for, only for Ivanchuk's apparent difficulty to prove illusory.

Mar-19-11  fab4: Just looking at the game now, On move 23 for Anand, 23..a6 must 've been a tempting consideration.. as indeed 23..Bf8.
Mar-19-11  fab4: @ <Domdaniel>

25..b5? was not tempting but rather forced. the desired and natural 25 ..b6 would lose to the pin on the c file after 26,Rc4.

And it was the pin on the c file which killed Anand in this game.

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