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Alexander Grischuk vs Vasyl Ivanchuk
World Cup (2011) (rapid), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 6, Sep-14
French Defense: Advance. Euwe Variation (C02)  ·  1-0



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Sep-14-11  hedgeh0g: <Shams> Too long for Ivanchuk, no doubt.
Sep-14-11  Pyke: Hope Ivanchuk gets his nerves under control and can put up a real fight in game two.
Sep-14-11  Shams: Grischuk is top ten, and he doesn't have a personalized dancing rook? That handsome mug?
Sep-14-11  sneaky pete: The Colonel's hat:

Sep-14-11  Shams: Who put this awful music together, in the live site interlude? It's like Enigma, arranged and interpreted by a middle school choir.
Sep-14-11  Bluegrey: Even 39... Kf5 is probably lost
Sep-14-11  Colonel Mortimer: Did he 'Chuck' it away?
Sep-14-11  Colonel Mortimer: <sneaky pete:> lol
Sep-14-11  whiteshark: Bon appétit! :D
Sep-14-11  Bluegrey: In fact blacks position lost by move 38 already
Sep-14-11  Colonel Mortimer: Difficult to swallow I must say.
Sep-14-11  Cemoblanca: "The Gambler" strikes again! Hats off to Gamblerschuk! The strategy was to draw the first 2 games, followed by a slamdunk! ;0) Congrats!
Sep-14-11  Cemoblanca: <whiteshark>

My appetite is gone after this result! :D

Sep-14-11  whiteshark: I wonder if the Colonel has a reserve hat for the 2nd game?
Sep-14-11  Colonel Mortimer: Of course - without shoving more chips on the table no one would take me seriously:)
Sep-14-11  sevenseaman: The engagement to secure e5 was a losing one.

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Attacked thrice, defended thrice - no need to push it. The idea to fork R and B on move 19...f6 is iffy. It ruins the pawn structure.

Still I saw some fight in the game; <23... Bxe6>??

<23...Re8 24. Nxg7 Rxe3 25. fxe3 Bh3

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keeps it finely balanced. In spite
of an extra pawn to White, I'd have put my money on <Chuky>. Irreparable damage now!

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  gregory2188: <Sseaman> why take the g7 when you have a rook on g5 to feast on... Am I missin something?
Sep-14-11  sevenseaman: <gregory2188> Oops! I missed that; the apparent garden path is lined with nails! Thanks.
Sep-14-11  M3ANDROS: I was just following this game "live" from -- what a fantastic game! Vassily did miss an obvious draw in this rook ending. Pity! Congrats Alexander!
Sep-14-11  pulsar: <M3ANDROS: I was just following this game "live" from -- what a fantastic game! Vassily did miss an obvious draw in this rook ending. Pity! Congrats Alexander!>

It wasn't <obvious> after all...

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  HeMateMe: Did Chuck lose because he kept a Rook out in front, facing linked pawns? He seemed very passive in this double rook endgame.
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  FSR: Surely 38...Kf6 39.Rc7 Rxa5 would have drawn with ease?
Sep-19-11  David2009: Grischuk vs Ivanchuk, 2011 <FSR: Surely 38...Kf6 39.Rc7 Rxa5 would have drawn with ease?> I agree. Similar drawing opportunities occurred later, for example

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41...Ra5 (instead of Ra4+) gives White almost no swindling chances. Just before the end

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43...Kf7 draws (if 44.Rg6 Ra2=). Instead the game ended 43...Kf5?? 44.Rb8! 1-0. A respectful resignation, but the P on g4 can be rounded up after 44...Ke6 45.Kg5! (but not 45.Rg8? Ra2!=).

All credit to Grishuk for his perseverance and resourceful play.

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  FSR: <David2009> Thanks for pointing out the missed draws. Unbelievable that Ivanchuk could lose such an ending.
Jun-25-16  Smothered Mate: <David2009> ​ ​ ​ The Lomonosov tablebases say that after ​ 42. ... g4 , ​ Rb6+ wins for white, mating in 40.

They say that after ​ ​ ​ 42. ... g4 ​ 43. Rb6+ Kf7 ​ , ​ ​ ​ Kg5 mates in 36. (From looking at the line it gives, the idea seems to be ​
bringing white's rook to f4 to win the g4 pawn.)

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