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Li Chao vs Vassily Ivanchuk
FIDE World Team Championship (2013), Antalya TUR, rd 2, Nov-27
Slav Defense: Exchange Variation (D10)  ·  0-1



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Nov-27-13  Garech: What a crazy one this was!! Future GOTD?


Nov-27-13  MarshKnight: The notation seems wrong. Why not 38...Nxd1? and why not 39. Rxd2? It seems unlikely that they missed those moves.
Nov-27-13  Kinghunt: This was a crazy game, but this game score is too crazy. Something is definitely off here.
Nov-27-13  hudapri: The electronic transcription board must be wrong on move 38. Maybe the moves were played very fast close to time control and this confused the board.
Nov-27-13  csmath: Stunning attack by Ivanchuk in Exchange variation of Slav. I don't think this opening is something anybody wants to play as black ... except Ivanchuk!

15. ...e5?!

[completely crazy continuation that has a practical value of confusing the opponent.]

17. Bf3?

[That it is!

17. Bxe5! Nxe5
18. Rac1 Be7
19. Nf3 Nhg4
20. Bb5 Rb8
21. Qxb8 Rxb8
22. Bxd7 Nxd7
23. Nxd5

and white is simply winning because white either has rook and three pawns for bishop pair or pin on the 7th rank if black attempts to scoop up b2 pawn.

Li Chao is afraid of sacrificing bishop but loses a piece anyway.]

19. Qb5

[Attempting a pin.]

20. ...Rb8

[it doesn't work.]

22. Rd2

[trying another.]

22. ...Qe7

[black removes queen from pin and is now better.]

24. Be4? Nd8?

[24. ...Bb4, 25. Rc2 g5!, 26. Bxh7 gxh4 was winning.]

27. Nf8?

28. ...Bb4?!

[28. ...Rd6, 29. Qb1 Rxd2, 30. Rxd2 h4, 31. Bxh4 e4 exploiting weak first rank was stronger.]

29. Bf5?

[30. Rd5]

and the game transposes into lost ending for white which Ivanchuk goes on to win somehow but the notation on this site after 37 moves makes no sense because the moves 38 and 39 are reversed. It should be:

38. Rf1 Rxa3
39. g4 hxg4

and the rest the same as in the game notation.

This is of little interest because after 37 moves the game was lost for white anyway and nothing he could do to save it.

Nov-27-13  Naniwazu: <Kinghunt> <hudapri> As far as I can tell the score is correct. It's more likely the players were confused as they were both in time-trouble and playing their moves very quickly.
Nov-28-13  csmath: I don't think so. It seems to me that 38th and 39th moves were clearly reversed. Other than that everything looks logical.
Nov-28-13  Kinghunt: Yeah, I think it has to be 38. Rf1 Rxa3 39. g4 hxg4. No way Li Chao hung his rook and then Ivanchuk didn't even notice.
Nov-28-13  paramount: wow good game.
Nov-28-13  Andrijadj: On a scale from one to Chucky's King on f6 how cool are you?
Nov-28-13  messachess: This is Chucky playing like he was born in '89 too.
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  kingscrusher: Game score seems incorrect

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