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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Francisco Vallejo Pons
Grand Slam Chess Final (2011), Sao Paulo BRA, rd 2, Sep-27
English Opening: King's English Variation. General (A20)  ·  1-0

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Sep-27-11
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  kdogphs: Wow... that was vicious...
Sep-27-11  GreenFacedPatzer: Ouch: unforced error at the end. Black was under a lot of pressure anyway, but hanging your queen like that... looks like something I would do.
Sep-27-11  Shams: This has surely been done, but -- <"Ponsy Schemed">?
Sep-27-11  bronkenstein: Paco offering a piece , and Chucky goes `No, I dont need your little bishop... =)
Sep-27-11  messachess: Must have been severe time trouble.
Sep-27-11  cuppajoe: @<messachess>

He had about 9 seconds on his clock according to chessbomb. Chucky had about 20.

Sep-27-11  Everett: Ivanchuk created many problems for his opponent in this one, but one that stands out is the strategic hemming-in of his DSB, the same one that tried, ineffectually, to sacrifice itself in the end.

Both this and Aronian's victory are remarkably untheoretical, resulting in a real chess fight from move 10 on; a pleasure in these theory-filled days.

Sep-27-11  hedgeh0g: Yes, it might be part of Paco's tournament strategy to play offbeat lines, since his opponents are all well booked-up. The only problem is that his best chances lie in deeply theoretical lines; these guys will usually just outplay him in murky waters.
Sep-27-11
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  Gilmoy: <34..Kh8> solves the hidden-pin problem: White was threatening 35.h5 Qxh5+ 36.Kg2 with 37.Nf6++ injecting the Q. But it also self-blocks the hapless Nf7's only square. Which, in turn, has trapped Black's Q with <no escape>.

<33.Qc2>, a dainty stepback behind a Rook for a long double-double, evokes Rubinstein vs Hromadka, 1923, 22.Qg3-f2:


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and also the Klingon battlecruiser in <More Tribbles, More Troubles>, emitting multiple tractor beams ...

Sep-27-11  sevenseaman: No signs of tiredness; <Chuky> is playing quite sharp.
Sep-27-11  tommy boy: Ivanchuk is a real master
Sep-28-11  notyetagm: http://www.thechessmind.net/

Against Vassily Ivanchuk, he was ground down in an English Opening, finally losing when what he intended as a (desperate) piece sacrifice was an unintended blunder of the queen.

Sep-28-11  dangerhump: Chucky only had 20 seconds when he made his move? Must have pretty strong nerves to spot that Queen trap because I'm sure that Bishop sac must have come as a surprise.
Sep-28-11  tarek1: Pons is having trouble to prove that he belongs in this tournament.
Sep-28-11  ainsogna: I propose the title: "I didn't want that queen anyway..."
Sep-28-11  technical draw: Title: I play better without the queen...
Sep-28-11  Rook e2: hedgeh0g: Yes, it might be part of Paco's tournament strategy to play offbeat lines, since his opponents are all well booked-up. The only problem is that his best chances lie in deeply theoretical lines; these guys will usually just outplay him in murky waters.>

In an interview I read the opposite. It sais Vallejo is a well known opening theoretican.

Sep-29-11
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  iking: <tarek1: Pons is having trouble to prove that he belongs in this tournament.>

not anymore at this juncture ~

4th Bilbao Masters (2011)

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Oct-03-11  mario1031: Title: VassLass ValleyHo!
Oct-04-11  sevenseaman: Chuky may have had plans to trap the Q but he could never have expected the windfall of a gawky B sac.
Oct-05-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: TRAPPED PIECES! TRAPPED PIECES! TRAPPED PIECES!
Oct-05-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: SELF-BLOCKS: CAN'T CAPTURE YOUR OWN PIMP

36 ... Bd8xh4?? blocks h4-sq, h5-Q trapped after 37 g3-g4! 1-0

Oct-05-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: SELF-BLOCKS: CAN'T CAPTURE YOUR OWN PIMP

Ivanchuk vs Vallejo-Pons, 2011 36 ... Bd8xh4?? blocks h4-sq, h5-Q trapped after 37 g3-g4! 1-0

Oct-08-11
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  nasmichael: Under time pressure, a loss is a loss is a loss. Vallejo-Pons is a GM and deserves some respect. Armchair chess generals have an easy time criticizing from their laptops -- sing the same song when you are at the board. Any use of the clock brings pressure. "The 33rd piece" is valuable to practice with, and facing an opponent as strong as Ivanchuk is certainly not easy. Chess fans need to cut off Fritz, set their clock time controls to a shorter proportion of the professional time (EX:40 moves/9 minutes + 20 moves/6 minutes w/30 sec/move at 2nd time control). You find a way to make the cut yourself, then talk trash. Find an opponent who will cut you to ribbons, make all the right moves, then say something.
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