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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Leinier Dominguez Perez
FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 3, May-24
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Classical Variation (D86)  ·  0-1



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May-24-13  Eyal: So many missed wins by Ivanchuk before losing once again in crazy time trouble... For example, 26.Be5! with the lethal threat of Qxh6+ and mate (26...Kg8 27.Ne7+; 26...Kh7 27.Qxf7). When he was still playing normal chess instead of bullet, 23.Bc7!! was a very pretty tactical shot, with the idea 23...Rxc7 24.Re8+ Kh7 25.Qd6, where 25...Qxa2 loses to 26.Nf6+! Bxf6 27.Qxf6 – now it's clear that 22.h4 was necessary for this to work, so that Black wouldn't have back-rank mating threats.
May-24-13  abuzic: 26.Be5! and goodbye. Was Ivanchuk in time trouble so early?
May-24-13  csmath: Pathetic nonsense of a game. He lost on time apparently.
May-24-13  pkkandel: 36.Qc7+ and its still a draw
May-24-13  messachess: I think that it's good to mention <Eyal> that your commentary is very much appreciated on this site.
May-24-13  Eyal: <messachess> Thanks... In the final position, btw, Black is obviously winning if he takes the white knight, but Dominguez actually wanted to make a draw by perpetual check (direct draw offers are forbidden here) when Ivanchuk flagged. He said after the game that he wanted to return a favor to Ivanchuk for what he considered as very gentlemanly behavior by the latter some years ago (Ivanchuk vs L Dominguez, 2009), when Ivanchuk was knocking some pieces down in time trouble, and after emerging with a winning position immediately offered a draw to Dominguez because he felt bad about the knocked pieces (which Dominguez adjusted in his own time).
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  plang: Nice to see that type of sportsmanship
May-24-13  Salty: <Eyal> I thought that was very classy of Dominguez (and of Ivanchuk in 2009). Too bad we didn't get to see Ivanchuk's advantage realized as he seemed to have a winning position prior to the time scramble.

I'm not a fan of the absence of increments as I don't see what anybody gains. Does FIDE think it adds drama? I don't know. I think we end up missing out on good chess.

May-24-13  kia0708: yes, it was VERY classy from Dominguez
May-25-13  sorch: After a brilliant 23.Nc7 (threat Re8), three successive blunders in time crisis (26.Qxf7 instead of 26.Ne5 -> Qxh6, 31.Bc7 not Nxg7 and 37.f4 losing a piece) crushing to an incredible loss for the recent winner of Carlsen and Kramnik. Heartache for Chucky's fans, like me...
May-25-13  JPi: What a gap between the gem 23.Bc7!! and the beginner's move 37.f4???. For Ivanchuk chess is Art thus when beauty has a flaw (As noted by <Eyal> 26.Be5!) Ivanchuk uses to lost control of his mind. A pity.

Great to know that Dominguez was thinking to offer a draw.

Jun-02-13  marljivi: I'm not sure whether I've seen this move order with 10.Rc1 before-it's interesting,the basic idea is to avoid the concequences in the 10.0-0cd4 11.cd4Bg4 12.f3Na5 13.Bd3Be6 14.d5Ba1 line.After 10.Rc1Bg4(?!) there would follow 11.f3Na5 12.Bd3cd4 13.cd4Be6 14.d5 with big advantage for white.I'm not sure about the correctness of 10...Qa5 either-black's queen will be(after b7-b6)in a sense cut away from the center,where the main battle takes place,especially after 16.d5... Otherwise,yes,23.Bc7 is brilliant,26.Be5 would have won on the spot(26...f6 27.Bf6Bf6 28.Qh6Kg8 29.Qg6Bg7 30.Ne7 ),and also 31.Ng7(31...Rd6 32.Qe8Kh7 33.Nh5!...(33.Re7 also wins,but is more complicated.)33...Rd7 34.Re7Re7 35.Qe7Kh8 36.Nf6Qc1 37.Kh2Qf4 38.Kh3Qf5 39.Kg3Qd3 40.Kh2 (or 40.f3 ).),and also by playing 37.Nc7...(Instead of 37.f4???)37...Nd7 38.Nb5 white would be a more or less clear pawn up,probably still winning.But-all this blunders in time trouble were-as always-the price for Ivanchuk being too time-consuming in the earlier stages of the game.
Jun-02-13  marljivi: However,after 10.Rc1,black can surely transpose into the Smyslov's system by playing 10...Qc7 11.0-0Rd8.
Jun-02-13  marljivi: Aha,I've checked in the database and I remember now-Shirov played this 10.Rc1 at least once in the 90's,I think against Kamsky...After 10...Qc7 also the move 11.h4 is possible...The main system goes like this: 10...cd4 11.cd4Qa5 12.Kf1Bd7 13.h4Rfc8 14.h5Nd8 15.hg6hg6,etc.
Jun-02-13  Eyal: Shirov played 10.Rc1 many times in his youth - - he was the main proponent of this move (after Polugaevsky, who introduced it in the late 80s). Dominguez's 10...Qa5 is unusual - typically the avoidance of the usual 10.0-0 is used to deprive White of castling by 10...cxd4 11.cxd4 Qa5+ 12.Kf1.
Nov-18-13  Eduardo Bermudez:

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