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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
"Ivanchuk Norris" (game of the day Oct-27-2012)
Istanbul Olympiad (2012), Istanbul TUR, rd 9, Sep-06
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B96)  ·  1-0



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Sep-19-12  FrogC: @fischer2009, that's very helpful, thanks.
Sep-19-12  fischer2009: @ FrogC,chrisfalter,Fusili : Thank you guys for ur appreciation.I can see chess bringing us together,the very purpose of such a site as
Oct-27-12  Razgriz: What a game.

Though I think it will be very very difficult for black to win since he has a rook and white has a queen. Even if they had the same number of pawns, the doubled pawn at the F file is a problem. Also after 36.. Kxd6 37. Qxb6+, it will be very easy for white to clean up the queen side pawns of black. Black can't counterplay on the kingside since his pawn structure there is horrible and the queen can get there instantly. Black has to play very very good defense to salvage a draw.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 16.Nd5 is a cliche in the Sicilian; 26.g3 is the move that separates the WC contenders from the ordinary GM. It astounds me to see the strength of the "slow" threat of gxh4 and Rg2.
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  piltdown man: A work of art, just beautiful.
Oct-27-12  Abdel Irada: Not only does Black end with a rook against a queen, but the rook is in the penalty box for an egregious offsides defense.
Oct-27-12  LovingFischer: 16. Nd5, magic chess!!!
Oct-27-12  Rosbach: Wouldn't Black have been better off with 20...Be6?
Oct-27-12  Shams: <Rosbach> 20...Be6 21.Nxe7 Kxe7 22.f5
Oct-27-12  Rosbach: Thanks.
Oct-27-12  Garech: Awesome pun!


Oct-27-12  pericles of athens: delightful game. does 7...Qc7 seem strange to anyone else? what advantage could 7...Qc7 have over the book move 7...Be7?
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  kevin86: Nice touch! The queen and rook steamroll black from behind.
Oct-27-12  jusmail: What is the reasoning behind 26.g3 I wonder
Oct-27-12  Travis Bickle: This beatiful game by Ivanchuk has a Fischer flavor to it.
Oct-27-12  Vitinho: Why not 23.. Ne5 ?
24. p x N 24... pxp 25.Qxa6 and black still alive
Oct-27-12  LuckyBlunder: Greatest pun ever :) (Chuck Norris fan here :D )
Oct-27-12  holland oats: Ivanchuk Norris does not play moves--he stares at the board until he gets the position he wants.
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  Eyal: <Why not 23.. Ne5 ? 24. p x N 24... pxp 25.Qxa6 and black still alive>

23...Ne5 24.fxe5 fxe5 (24...dxe5? 25.Qg4 Rg8 [25...Rh7 26.Qxh4!] 26.Qxg8+! Kxg8 27.Rg4+ Kf8 28.Rxh4 Kg8 29.Ree4 and Black is mated) and now 25.Rxb4 is hugely in favor of White, who has regained material equality and is much better in terms of pawn structure, king safety, and piece activity. Itís still better than losing by force as MVL did after 26.g3, but I suppose he didnít foresee that by move 23.

Black had some other ways to defend better, though - as I mentioned in a previous post, the last moment where he still had a reasonable chance to save himself was move 25, with ...Qd7/c8! after which 26.g3 Nd4! (a much better way to return the piece) leads to 27.Nxd4 Qxg4 28.hxg4 hxg3+ followed by 29...Rh2 to exchange a pair of rooks.

Oct-27-12  erniecohen: After 24...♕d7 25. g3 ♘d8 26. ♘xe7 ♕xg4 27. hxg4 hxg3+ 28. ♔g2 ♘e6 29. ♘d5 ♔g7, Black looks fine.
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  Eyal: <After 24...Qd7 25.g3 Nd8 26.Nxe7 Qxg4 27.hxg4 hxg3+ 28.Kg2 Ne6 29.Nd5 Kg7, Black looks fine.>

Yeah, after 30.Kxg3 Reh8 Black's ability to harass White along the h-file should probably allow him to hold the balance despite the rather lousy pawn structure. But this is really a <very> tricky line to find, the most interesting point being the way Black defends against White's threats on the g-file: 26.gxh4 (instead of Nxe7) Ne6 27.Rg1 Ng7! or 27.Rxe6 fxe6 28.Rg1 and now Black has a miracle save with 28...Qc6+ 29.Kh2 (29.Rg2 Qxg2+ & exf5, with more than enough material for the queen) 29...Qxc2+ 30.Kh1 Qc6+ and perpetual.

Oct-27-12  Octal: Who can explain 26. g3? It doesn't look like there's an obvious way to improve white's position of pieces, but does this move threaten anything? gxh4 is obvious, but I don't think that does much for white.
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  Eyal: 26.g3 creates lethal threats on the g-file. If the file is opened and White brings a rook to g1 or g2, Black can avoid mate by moving the rook on e8 and escaping with the king via that square to d7, but he loses the rook on h7 after Qg8+.
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  FSR: <An Englishman: Good Evening: 16.Nd5 is a cliche in the Sicilian; 26.g3 is the move that separates the WC contenders from the ordinary GM. It astounds me to see the strength of the "slow" threat of gxh4 and Rg2.>

Yes, most players (probably including me) would never have considered a move like 26.g3!, weakening their own king position.

Mar-26-13  Jack Bauer: <Chuck Norris> Never heard of her.
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