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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Hikaru Nakamura
World Team Championship (2013), Antalya TUR, rd 1, Nov-26
Four Knights Game: Spanish Variation (C49)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Nov-26-13  SirRuthless: The last 23 moves of this game were blitzed out in severe time trouble for both players. 3 minutes for Naka and 1:30 for Tchucky. There was a 30s/move increment from move 1.
Nov-30-13  Alpinemaster: Thank you, SirRuthless! I feel like the first 28 moves were building up to the one of those special fighting draws that are exponentially more beautiful, brilliant, and educational... but after 29. Re3 I felt like White forgot the purpose of his whole position: the Bishop pair!

White's 11th and 12th moves are utterly brilliant - yet the idea remains quite standard by today's theory and we have seen it employed as early as Fischer and frequently today in the Two Knight's Defense more Romantic and sharp lines.

However, now that I see the players are in chronic time trouble, everything makes sense: Chucky didn't want to risk holding on to the Bishop pair in a complex, yet theoretically superior position for the price of risking a blunder against a younger and therefore tactically sharper Nakamura. Furthermore, the fact that a draw gain rating points for Chucky may have played a psychological element in his coping out for a quick and guaranteed draw.

A bit of a let down, all in all. I would like to see a repeat of this position between these two GM's with a more generous time control and no rating changes, so they might play with the bold brilliance they are known for.

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  Everett: <alpinemaster> did you look through the rest of the game? Ivanchuk kept the pair for another ten moves, dropping a pawn in the process.

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