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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Wang Yue
FIDE Grand Prix Beijing (2013), Beijing CHN, rd 5, Jul-09
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation. Modern Line (B44)  ·  1-0

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Jul-09-13  belgradegambit: Wow, what a game! Black was counting on the Queen/Bishop battery when he sacked the piece but Chucky plays excellent D and later blacks bank rank weakness becomes important.
Jul-09-13  Jigsaw42: And they say Wang Yue is boring.
Jul-10-13  ounos: Seems that Wang underevaluated 21. Kf2 when he played 19. ...Nxe4.
Jul-10-13  ex0duz: I guess 4 pawns for the rook is not enough in this position? What's the main threat here? Just Rc8 next and then trading down into completely winning/hopeless endgame?

Wang IS relatively boring when he plays solid(but he doesn't pretend to be anything else, and he is known to have the longest game streak without a loss, although it might have been broken now). But he can also take changes and play some rather exciting/unique chess. Ie you won't see Leko playing something like this unless it's completely winning.

Also, instead of 28.Rd8, Wang Yue could also have played 29. Nf3+, and taking on h2 after that with what i am assuming to be drawing chances.. I remember seeing the evaluation on chessbombs engine(houdini IIRC?) being better than the text/move played, albeit was at rather low 18/19 depth and in a materially imbalanced position, so i don't know how accurate that would be). If anyone can elaborate/confirm this, along with listing any other drawing chances that Wang Yue missed, please also share. Thanks.

Jul-10-13  Nerwal: <I guess 4 pawns for the rook is not enough in this position? What's the main threat here? Just Rc8 next and then trading down into completely winning/hopeless endgame?>

It all depends on how dangerous and hard to capture the extra pawns are. Sometimes simplifying leads to an easy win, sometimes it greatly complicates the converting process and it's better to keep all the pieces on the board to create threats. In this case white's best plan is probably to use the two extra pieces to build an attack on the king. ♖c8 can be played, but with the idea to weaken the backrank; for instance (by no means black's best) 42. ♖c1 a4 43. ♘f3 (or 43. ♘e4 ♕a3 44. ♖c7 ♖f8 45. ♗c5) a3 (if black plays a defensive move like g6 then ♗d4 becomes very annoying) 44. ♖c8 a2 45. ♕c7 and white wins.

Jul-10-13  parmetd: Wang never had the longest unbeaten streak. Tal still owns it. Wang has the third longest streak.
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