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Garry Kasparov vs Vasyl Ivanchuk
"Enrage the Beast" (game of the day Jul-20-2004)
Credit Suisse Masters (1995), Horgen SUI, rd 6, Oct-26
French Defense: Winawer. Advance Variation General (C16)  ·  0-1



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Nov-13-10  GilesFarnaby: I think that the French is still the opening against which Kasparov has the worst record. Well, and that Pyreneese Gambit
Nov-30-10  MTuraga: Ivanchuk copies Petrosian's style and Kasparov crumbles. Petrosian was a difficult opponent for even the best like Kasparov, Fischer, Botvinnik and Tal.
May-08-12  solskytz: <Ray Keene> What a brilliant and illuminating piece of analysis, GM Keene!

For me you are here clarifying intriguing points of strategy, giving a great lesson.

Many thanks!


May-08-12  lost in space: I played this system as Black often (also the Bb4-f8 move; later b6, Qd7 Ba6).

The advantage for Black is to get rid of the bad bishop (either vs the white bishop - or soemtinmes avs a white night (o.k. when the positon can kept close)

Normally Black has a very hard time if white is able to somehow open the position - often tried with c4 and f4-f5.

May-14-12  LoveThatJoker: This is an awesome game!


Dec-08-12  parisattack: Wonderful example of this variation - although Kasparov certainly went along too easily.

Similar to the Gurgenidze Robatsch in both essence and form, black's KB returns home once the job of closing the center is accomplished. In that line black sometimes tries to temporize by not even playing Bg7 to save a tempo.

Mar-22-13  ironTigran63: This game reminds me from a game in a simultaneuos display by Kasparov (white), that I was attending to; only with the difference that Garry didn't lose in such a crushing style!
Mar-30-13  solskytz: Strangely, I now realize that all of this myth about Ivanchuk being this giant-slayer are urban legend material...

Here it says that GK had 11 wins against VI, to 4 of the latter.

Against Carlsen - it says 8 to 3 - for some reason I thought it was 8 to 1.

For some reason, there is something that makes his wins over the greats very memorable - maybe it's the fact that the Greatest players lose rarely (like Reti being immortalized on having beaten Capablanca in 1924)

Apr-17-13  sicilianhugefun: Kasparov once said that when Ivanchuk is playing with him, Ivanchuk plays like Chucky but against lesser mortals, Ivanchuk just play like a Patzer. Perhaps this explains why Ivanchuk defeated Carlsen and Kramnik during the candidates match in London.
Aug-20-13  Chessman1504: I think this game is one computers would have trouble understanding. It seems so conceptual and highly positional.
Aug-20-13  Chessman1504: This game also highlights Ivanchuk's startling versatility.
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  Eggman: Nice comments by GM Keene.
Nov-28-13  Chessman1504: Ivanchuk is a chess genius of the highest order.
Nov-28-13  Jim Bartle: Quite true. Unfortunately sometimes that genius isn't transferred to the board.
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  Domdaniel: Exquis.
Dec-22-14  coolconundrum: What a beauty
Dec-23-14  lost in space:

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Dec-23-14  lost in space:

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After 31...0-0! - the last move in this game

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  Penguincw: Kasparov's only lost to Ivanchuk in classical time controls with white...
Sep-24-15  DanielHoseano: What a beauty by GM Ivanchuk!!!!
Feb-11-18  anjumskhan: 22. cxb4 was bad otherwise it would be difficult for Black to realize advantage into win.
Jul-20-20  MordimerChess: It's amazing for me that b6 system from Advanced Variation (played by Petrosian, Vaganian, Bronstein) could be implemented to Winawer. It's a pretty creative idea. I am not sure if that was kind of novelty back, in 1995...

...but in 21st century 5...Bf8 is the most popular move (I see even games by Vaganian played this way).

I really enjoyed that game ideas. And this is my full video analysis:
Enjoy and learn!

Jul-20-20  Muttley101: <MordimerChess: It's amazing for me that b6 system from Advanced Variation (played by Petrosian, Vaganian, Bronstein) could be implemented to Winawer. It's a pretty creative idea. I am not sure if that was kind of novelty back, in 1995...> No, it wasn't a novelty. ... b6 in the Winawer was how Nimzowitch originally played it, it was well known at GM level for decades. A few earlier examples. G A Thomas vs Nimzowitsch, 1929 Chistiakov vs Petrosian, 1956 Tal vs N Padevsky, 1963 Kurajica vs A Planinc, 1972

Petrosian's games in the French, which he played on and off all his life, contain many excellent examples in this and other systems.

Also, there was a Batsford book published in the seventies on the alternate systems in the Winawer for black to 4 ... c5, of which 4 ... b6 had a large section.

Good to look up the early games in this system again. Thanks for the post.

Jul-20-20  Damenlaeuferbauer: During his 15 years lasting reign as world champion from 1985 to 2000 it was almost impossible to beat Garry Kasparov with the black pieces in classical games: Only Anatoly Karpov (3 times: Leningrad [m/18] 1986, Seville [m/2] 1987, and Seville [m/16] 1987), Viswanathan Anand (Reggio Emilia 1991), Joel Lautier (2 times: Linares 1994, and Amsterdam 1995), Vassily Ivanchuk (Horgen 1995), and Vladimir Kramnik (Dos Hermanas 1996) achieved this outstanding result.
Jul-20-20  MordimerChess: <Muttley1010> Thanks for the clarification... so what was first? Chicken or the Egg?
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