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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Boris Gelfand
Sochi Juniors (U20) (1986), Sochi URS, Apr-??
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E06)  ·  1-0



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Feb-04-06  Knight13: Nice.... Look at the knight moves and the bishop! Also checkout the knights lined up on c-file :)
Jun-23-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Ivanchuk vs Gelfand, 1986.
Your score: 48 (par = 42)


Aug-25-16  kramnov: Mahirap talaga pag hindi ka nakapag open ng bintana
Feb-12-21  Gaito: Nice game by young Chucky. The following position was a critical moment of the game:

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White played 18.Ncd6. Apparently there was an even stronger move, namely 18.Nc7! A sample variation: 18.Nc7! Nxc4 19.Nxa8 Nxb2 20.Rc1 Nba4 21.Bb8 Bf6 22.Bxa7 Nc3 23.Rxc3 Bxc3 24.Bxc5 Bb5 25.Kf1 Ba6 26.a4 Be5 27.f4 with a very easy win.

Feb-12-21  Gaito: After White played 25.Bb8, the following position was reached:

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According to the engine (Stockfish 12), the position is equal, and Black should have played 25...Nd5, with a computer evaluation of +0.34. But he couldn't resist the temptation of capturing the a2 pawn, so Black played 25...Rxa2??, overlooking that his back rank was weak. Thus, after 26 Bc6 he must give up a piece to avoid checkmate, Therefore, he resigned. When this game was played, Boris Gelfand was 17 years old, and Chucky was only 16 years old. Of course, they weren't grandmasters yet, but five or six years later both of them would become two of the world's strongest players. A pity that Ivanchuk never became a world champion, for he deserved to be one. He had the bad luck to live under the shadow of the two great Ks, and then Anand came into the scene, so Chucky's chances of becoming the champion of the world vanished.

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