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Igor Ivanov vs Vitaly F Zaltsman
"Zalt and Peppered" (game of the day Nov-25-2005)
New York Kavkasian (1983), New York, NY USA
Tarrasch Defense: Classical Variation (D34)  ·  1-0



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Nov-10-05  aw1988: <I understand he's fighting the big C now, too bad, hope he wins that battle.>

He's in the Norwegian championships!?

Nov-10-05  Maroczy: <aw1988> Cancer.
Nov-10-05  aw1988: I know, I know. I was making a joke in very poor taste. Best of luck to him. By the way, it's Carlsen.
Nov-24-05  aragorn69: Unfortunately, he did not make it...

Kavalek's analysis of this game:

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  IMlday: Fine time-scramble nerves by Ivanov. Psychologically art, but of course Fritz finds lots of improvements for both sides. Weird chess! & thanks to Kavalek for preserving it, but I don't know if 9..c4 is as unthematic as he makes it out to be.
Nov-25-05  Craigokat: way to go Igor. I have the tournament boletin for this game which was played at the old Bar Point on 14th st and 6th ave. This game is indeed indicative of just how brilliant this man could play. When he became sick just recently, I sent him an e-mail and he assured me that a collection of his games was forthcomming.
Nov-25-05  Hidden Skillz: can somebody give a winning continuation on move 33.. after the rook would move instead of the queen?
Nov-25-05  crafty: 33...♖c7 34. f7 ♖xf7 35. gxf7 ♔h7 36. e6 ♕f6 37. ♘g3   (eval 2.87; depth 14 ply; 100M nodes)
Nov-25-05  EmperorAtahualpa: What a great GOTD! That pawn stampede is truly awesome.

Perhaps a better pun for this game (the day after Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade) would be "Igor's Pawn Parade". :)

Nov-25-05  dakgootje: yeah Igor Vasilievich Ivanov made nicely use of the pawns =)
Nov-25-05  SneechLatke: 32.h5!! Is absolutely stunning, although I wouldn't be surprised if Ivanov saw the idea when playing 25. Qxh6! (Though I certainly can't say I did).
Nov-25-05  Craigokat: correction. game was played at Kavkasian Int. which I directed, oops
Nov-25-05  THE pawn: Two rooks and one queen sacrificed to charge with a pawn swarm. Absolutely astonishing.
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  kevin86: What a game!! White sacs the double exchange and queen to gain a killer phalanx of pawns! He "a-salt-ed" black in a chess sense.A fine finish indeed.
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  OhioChessFan: Would 31........Rxf6 have helped Black?
Nov-11-07  sallom89: awesome game.
Mar-24-08  Whitehat1963: What happens after 35...Rh5?
Oct-06-10  Albertan: FM Robert Hamilton, who was editor of "Chess Canada" which is Canada's national chess magazine, asserts in an article he did about Igor Ivanov in "Chess Canada (February, 2006), after IM Ivanov passed away, that this game is "one of the most remarkable games ever played by a Canadian".
Feb-02-15  sharpnova: <aw1988>

It absolutely was not in poor taste.

<Maroczy>'s unnecessarily sobering reply was what was in poor taste.

A tactless comment that took your lighthearted joke which was more a celebration of this guy's life and turned it into a grim remark on his untimely death.

I will be blocking <Maroczy> from any future contact on this website.

Oct-17-20  Chesgambit: White played very strong moves
Oct-17-20  Chesgambit: Qd8 Qe7 stupid
Feb-24-21  TheBish: Wow, <sharpnova>, lighten up!

I guess "poor taste" is in the eye of the beholder. At first I thought <aw1988>'s comment (joke) was in poor taste (as he admitted himself), and maybe he felt the need to apologize to anyone he offended. I'm sure he was only trying to provide some levity to a serious subject. But in my opinion, <sharpnova>'s shaming of <Maroczy> for clarifying what "the big C" means (not Carlsen, in this case) is a far worse crime. Stating the fact of Ivanov's condition (for anyone who may not have known) -- in a one word answer! -- did not warrant such verbal abuse intending to inflict guilt. If the "C" word is "unnecessarily sobering," maybe it's best not to joke about it!

But block away, <sharpnova> (last seen in 2017). It may be enlightening to read the profile page of this person:

"I find many aspects of most of the people here very annoying and childish."

I rest my case!

Feb-24-21  TheBish: Regarding this game: It's one of the most amazing games I've ever seen. I remember seeing it in Players Chess News Chess Annual (a compilation of the newsletter) back in the day. The game was featured prominently -- I believe toward the front, don't remember if it was lauded with a "best game" or similar title.

I had the great pleasure of playing Igor back in 1986, in San Jose, California. It was a Master/Expert tournament (I was an Expert), and we were paired in the first round. I had Black, and played a King's Indian Defense. He played the Petrosian variation (1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 0-0 6. Be2 e5 7. d5). Unfortunately, I misplaced or lost the game score, but the gist of it was that he had played Bg5 early on (pinning my Nf6 to my Qd8), and to get out of that, I had played the moves ...Bg4 and ...Qd7. At some point, I played the moves ...Ne8 and ...f5. At a key point, Igor played a fairly quick c4-c5, a blunder! I played f5-f4, trapping his bishop, still on g5! I managed to win the bishop (after h7-h6 and ...hxg5), but as a result, my own dark-square bishop (on g7) was hemmed in by my own pawn chain. I later (somewhat cleverly, I thought) sacrificed a knight for two pawns, which allowed me to free my Indian bishop. Everything was going my way... up two pawns in a bishop (mine) vs knight endgame, and I made time control on move 40. The problem? I blundered on move 41! Moving much too fast, considering I wasn't in time pressure anymore! (But pulse racing.) I missed that he had a knight move (42. Nc5!), attacking my b7 pawn, the loss of which would have given Igor a winning passed pawn. I couldn't capture said knight with d6xc5, because he would then play d5-d6, soon queening his d-pawn! Because my bishop at that point (as well as my king) was out of position, I believe on b2 where it had captured a pawn. So bottom line, I went from a sure win to dead lost, completely skipping over any drawing chance.

Igor was rated 2637 USCF at that point (that number is etched in my brain, as I had written it on my score sheet), and it would have been by far my best game and biggest scalp of my career. Very disappointing, but instructive. It would have been worthwhile to submit the game somewhere (Chess Life or CalChess), but I didn't even consider it after my disappointment. Now I wish I had, both for the instructive and artistic value, but also so I would have a record of it now!

Feb-24-21  TheBish: Ha! Ironically, as I posted that, up popped the saying "The hardest game to win is a won game." How true! I know that oh so well, having lost more than my fair share of "won games".
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  perfidious: Remarkable creative effort by Ivanov; thanks to <keypusher> for providing the link.
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