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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Jorden van Foreest
13th World Team Championship (2022) (rapid), Jerusalem ISR, rd 5, Nov-22
Tarrasch Defense: Two Knights Variation (D32)  ·  0-1



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Nov-23-22  offramp: Vassillyy played a cracking move....

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26. Ne5-d7!!
Sadlyy, he got short of time and got matedd!

Nov-23-22  Murky: Yup, spectacular move 26. Nd7! Saturday puzzle material?
Nov-24-22  Gilmoy: <26.Nd7> is actually a live OTB <Plachutta> interference! We have two lines-of-protection by two line-movers of the same type:

(1) Qd8 protects Bd6
(2) Re7 protects Rc7
* also, Rc7 is pinned to White's Rc8 threat

The Plachutta comprises 2 deflection-sacs <26.Nd7 27.Bxd6> to lure + deflect the Re7, unprotecting the Rc7. Unlike a composed problem, here it wins material instead of forcing a mate.

Black actually looks deep enough and chooses the game line as the least-costly solution.

A. 26..Rcxd7 27.Bxd6 drops at least an exchange for White after the Rd7 sits, goes back to Rc7 (to block c8), or Black blocks with Re6. 27..Rxd6 28.Rc8 drops Q for R, which is worse.

B. 26..N(either)xd7 drops a full Rook after 27.Rxc7 Bxc7 28.Rxe7 Qxe7 29.Rxc7.

C. <26..Rexd7 27.Bxd6 Rxc2> wins N+BR for BR, and then <29.Rc8 Qxc8> returns Q for R, resulting in a net trade of RN(+RB) for Q(+RB), nearly equal and worth fighting out.

Mnemonic: Ba3, Bh3, PlaBh3tta!

Nov-24-22  Damenlaeuferbauer: Vasyl Ivanchuk is pure genius and together with maybe Akiba Rubinstein, Paul Keres, David Bronstein, and Viktor Kortchnoi the best chess player, who never became world champion. In the 1990s, some people said, that he knew more about chess than Garry Kasparov. I saw him analyzing more than once and it was just amazing. Unfortunately, bad nerves and too much time trouble are the other side of him.
Nov-25-22  newzild: 26. Ne5-d7!! is one of the most spectacular moves I've ever seen.

A shame Chucky lost or this game would be a classic.

Nov-25-22  newzild: Vasily took his opponent into a deep dark Foreest before blundering 2-3 times.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 26...White to Play might rank as the #1 "What-the-Bleep?!" move of 2022. Pity Ivanchuk couldn't convert the victory.

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