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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Jan Timman
Corus Group A (2003), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-23
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C72)  ·  1-0



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Mar-23-05  chesscookie: wow, what a well played game by chuky.
Nov-02-05  Whitehat1963: What's the follow up?
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  tpstar: Black got caught in an odd trap where the Queen and Knight infiltrated deep on the weakened light squares, the Black Queen couldn't get back on defense, then the Nb6 was tied to the Rc8. Thus 17. a5 won a piece (17 ... Bd6!? 18. axb6 0-0), 19. e5 chopped wood, and 21. Be3 protected the Rf1 (21. exd6?? Qxf1#) so Black loses badly (21 ... d4 22. exd6 dxe3 23. Ne7+).

Black should have tried 16 ... Qe6 protecting the Rc8 while hoping for 17. f4?! Qg4+ with a perpetual.

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  keypusher: 8 d4 and 9 Ne2 are astonishing moves.
Nov-02-05  Whitehat1963: <keypusher>, I think "astonishing" is a bit strong for those moves. "Unusual" perhaps? I'm not that familiar with every variation of the Ruy Lopez, but those moves don't look that "astonishing" to me.
Jan-13-09  blacksburg: after 16.a4, i can't suggest a decent move. 16...Qe6 17.a5 and the knight is going to have a great time on a8.

is 7...Bg4 some kind of theoretical sublety? it doesn't seem right, moving the bishop again, and weakening c6, which bites him in the rear a few moves later.

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