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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Garry Kasparov
"Planet Ivanchuk Rising" (game of the day Oct-12-2017)
Linares (1991), Linares ESP, rd 1, Feb-23
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack (B51)  ·  1-0



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Oct-12-17  Olsonist: This is such a beat down but if you look at Chessgames Notable list, it doesn't make the top ten of the 90s and two other Chucky games do (well, he lost one of those.) If you beat down the reigning world champion and arguably the GOAT, that should rank. Sure, Gary's Immortal ranks higher but this was a great game.
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  Cheapo by the Dozen: I got this up to the "Two pawns for the exchange plus a strong attack" point.

If it weren't for White's bishop covering h6, this would have been a Monday-easy puzzle. I examined a variety of ways to solve that problem directly, but eventually realized that Qf1 was a defense for White against almost any non-forcing line, before or after the exchange sacrifice at g2 as the case might be.

So then I locked back in on the first two moves of the actual solution, and eventually examined ... Bxg3 as a way to get rid of the pesky e3 bishop. :)

Oct-12-17  AlicesKnight: At move 36 Black's "strategic movement towards the rear" (Gunsberg, on a Steinitz game) is noteworthy. Black's territory is shrunk bit by bit like a game of Go.
Oct-12-17  paavoh: <MissScarlett: <The Garry Handling Show>>

That suggestion was better IMO than the current pun.

Oct-12-17  ChatGrognon: Brilliant game indeed!
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  kevin86: Champ bites the dust!
Oct-12-17  dumbgai: Impressive from Ivanchuk, it's rare that you see Kasparov get steamrolled like this.
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  keypusher: Good golly! Compare

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H E Atkins vs W Meiners, 1899

"Vacuum-packed development" -- you don't expect that to happen to Kasparov.

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  keypusher: Also

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Fischer vs Julio Bolbochan, 1962

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  HeMateMe: Geez, just very rare to see Kasparov tied up in knots like that, really beaten in the opening.
Mar-04-18  luhur: this is first time i saw kasparov been checkmated.
Jun-09-18  Toribio3: I love this game! Ivanchuk is really a genius.
Jun-09-18  ChessHigherCat: I wonder whether K overlooked the possibility of 29. g4? It would have been absolutely fatal if K hadn't had 29. Rc5, and even then it was pretty dismal.
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  Whitehat1963: GK in the box!
Mar-18-19  HeadCrunch: This is an superb win by Ivanchuk he plays a blinder here slowly crushing the great Kasparov until no life remains in the tragic black pieces! Amazing!
Apr-26-19  The17thPawn: Having relinquished the bishop pair by move 9, Chucky hops his Knights all over the board. Showing complete disdain for Gary's efforts to stop him. Would never have believed it if I hadnt played through it.
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  Ulhumbrus: Tania commentated on this on the legends of chess tournament website, and here is a link to the website:

Tania's comments help to suggest that this is a masterly win which displays the talent of a great master against the world champion.

Nov-03-20  Frankophile: Black's position after move 31 is just amazing. This was Kasparov at the height of his powers as well!
Nov-23-20  W Westerlund: I do not know any theory about this, what happens after 5. ... Nxe4?
Dec-20-20  Timwestlund: 5....♘xe4 looks insane. Black is way behind in development and should not be pawn hunting
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  perfidious: It was never in Kasparov's style to accept gifts--only to offer them to the unwary.
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  Honza Cervenka: 5...Nxe4 can be followed with 6.Re1 Nf6 7.c4 e6 8.d5 e5 9.Nxe5! Be7 (of course, 9...dxe5 10.Rxe5+ Be7 11.d6 is not an option for black) with better game for white.
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  OhioChessFan: I'm amazed GK played 36...Qh8. Has he no shame? I doubt any patzer on this site would have played on. Besides AJ, I guess.
Feb-16-21  Timwestlund: This shows how dangerous the moscow variation is. It might not have the same reputation as the main lines but, as this game shows, it does have some poison. A positional masterpiece by Ivanchuk.
May-11-21  Olsonist: I think Kasparov played on for the same reason Donald Byrne played on to checkmate against Fischer. Honor was due.
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