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Alexander Vladimirovich Ivanov vs Varuzhan Eduardovich Akobian
US Championship (Group A) (2011), St Louis, MO USA, rd 6, Apr-20
French Defense: Tarrasch. Closed Variation (C05)  ·  1-0



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  luzhin: 40...Qg8 would be demolished by 41.Rc8!
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  perfidious: Not to mention that 40....Bg6 is met by 41.Rxc2.

A nice win for Ivanov in his speciality against 3....Nf6; he's always handled these positions well with a spatial advantage in a fixed central pawn structure.

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  chancho: I watched Ivanov in a few tournaments back in the mid 90's. Dude's intense!
During a tournament at the Armenian Cultural and Educational Center in Watertown:

...he'd get up and pace the tournament hall something fierce while waiting for his opponent to move. As soon as he saw the move made, he'd jet right over to take his seat.

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  perfidious: <chancho> Played a number of events there in the 1980s. While I shared first with John Curdo and Ilya Gurevich in one of them, my strongest memory is of another tourney there, during which a wastebasket caught fire from a cigarette, and I jumped up from my game and pushed it out of there, after which else someone put out the fire.
Apr-21-11  MaxxLange: <chancho> hah, he must walk 20 miles in a tournament. saves on gym fees.
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  kdogphs: Ivanov is indeed an intense player. I remember being at the Seacoast Open in Portsmouth, NH and seeing him with his eyes closed and rocking back and forth. Very interesting but he has a purpose: calculation. By closing his eyes or pacing, he cannot see the board or the position his pieces are in at that moment; thus he is not distracted by the current position while calculating his next move.
Apr-12-14  epicchess: Ivanov is a chess fanatic. When he loses, which he does more and more often nowadays, he gets ridiculously upset, and often attempts to get the arbiters on the other player, who was doing nothing wrong. I have seen this with my own eyes, and I had the good fortune to play him in the Eastern Class Championships a few years back, and after I was up a piece, he offered me a draw! When I declined, he tried to get the arbiters on me, for a reason I do not know to this day. Well, I was proven innocent, and I won, and Ivanov didn't get a penny that day. I agree with maxxlange, he should start doing that, cause people aren't gonna keep letting him take the prize.
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