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Emil Davidovich Sutovsky vs Vassily Ivanchuk
World Cup (2011), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 3, Sep-04
Pirc Defense: Austrian Attack. Unzicker Attack (B09)  ·  0-1

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Sep-04-11  Xeroxx: pretty sharp
Sep-04-11  Manders: Wow , why would Sutovsky go for something this wild if he only needed a draw?
Sep-04-11  Akavall: Sutovksy is a very sharp player, so I can imagine that he wanted to play in his style even if all he need was a draw.

Playing for a dull position could very dangerous as well, especially if you are playing against Ivanchuk.

Sep-04-11  goodevans: Pretty sharp indeed. Very enjoyable even if the complications were a bit too much for a patzer like me to fully understand.

Here are some silicon-assisted observations:

14 c3 may be prefable to 14 Ke2 (0 v -1.65) but it's equally complicated so the computer horizon may come into effect.

14 ... Nb6 looks more natural and aggressive than 14 ... Nf8 and SF prefers it too (-1.65 v 0.72).

It appears that 16 f5 (-2.7) was overambitious. SF says 16 Qxd6 keeps the advantage (0.72).

Sep-04-11  notyetagm: chucky! chucky! chucky!
Sep-04-11  notyetagm: <Akavall: Sutovksy is a very sharp player, so I can imagine that he wanted to play in his style even if all he need was a draw.

Playing for a dull position could very dangerous as well, especially if you are playing against Ivanchuk.>

That's a very good point: playing a position that does not suit your style is a good way to lose.

One could easily imagine Chucky grinding Sutovsky down in a dull, lifeless position that Emil does not like.

Sep-04-11  RMKvdS: Woooooooooow, this is chess! These sharp positions are so though to analize, so many variantions are possible. Cool game!
Sep-04-11  Rareswow: Sutovsky didn't know who he was messing with in this kind of position : D . If you say brilliant tactics , you say Ivanchuk !
Sep-04-11  Resignation Trap: When forced into a must-win-with-Black situation, Chucky knows how to shift into "Ludicrous Speed"!
Sep-04-11  Anubis33: Now that was good old fashioned, Morphy vs. Adolf Anderssen type chess.
Sep-04-11
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  Gilmoy: <20..Qxb2>, letting White have an overwhelming K-side attack for the ice-cold quiet defense <23..Nc6!>, evokes Tringov vs Fischer, 1965. Sutovsky surely recognized it, too, and felt the extra burden of being cast as Tringov, as Ivanchuk smirks for over an hour.

<25..Kc7> is a slo-mo two-Rook sac, or <Poisoned Bishop Antidote> :)

Sep-05-11  Shams: <Resignation Trap> When the chess is this good, only a Mel Brooks reference can fully register its majesty.
Jul-21-12  Xeroxx: This game is out of control.
Mar-06-14  Xeroxx: My head just exploded.
Jan-28-15  Conrad93: Does 7. e6 fxe6 8. h4 work?

It looks like white has enough initiative for the pawn.

Jan-28-15  Conrad93: Okay, black has 8...Nf6, but white can sacrifice another pawn with 9. g4!?:

9...Nxg4 10. h5!

Black has a very airy kingside.

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