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Michael Adams vs Vasyl Ivanchuk
Dortmund Sparkassen (1998), Dortmund GER, rd 1, Jun-26
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Modern Line (B76)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-14-08  0817: I cannot believe no one has kibitzed on this game yet! I find the sequence over moves 30-35 to be very instructive.

This game also has sentimental value to me - it was the first professional game that I ever became aware of :)

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  whiteshark: <0817 <it was the first professional game that I ever became aware of :)>> Did you watch the game on the spot ? :D
May-14-08  0817: <whiteshark> Nope, it was the first game in the first ever chess magazine that I bought!
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  plang: 10 Kb1 was a relatively new idea in the Dragon. One of the ideas is that 10..dxe? is impossible due to 11 Nxc6. Gufeld and Stetsko's 1997 book on the Dragon stopped their analysis after 13 Nxd5 stating that White is better. Ivanchuk does not mention the genesis of the queen sacrifice 13..Qxd5!? 18 Qe1 was new; 18 Qe2 had been played previously. Ivanchuk recommended 24 h4 with a small White advantage as Adams 24 a3? strengthened Ivanchuk's exchange sacrifice 25..Rxd3! Ivanchuk increased the pressure and could have played for a win with 36..Bxb2 37 Rxd5..exd 38 Qxd5..Bf6 although White would have had reasonable chances for achieving a perpetual. Instead, after 36..b4? the game was quickly drawn.
Nov-25-09  Plato: <10 Kb1 was a relatively new idea in the Dragon.>

10.Kb1 actually dates back to the 50s, originating in the game Walsh-van Scheltinga, 1955, which is not in the CG database but can be viewed here:

It was then played over 100 times between the late 80s and the time of this game.

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  plang: Thanks for the correction. I realize this database is missing a lot of games but there are no games in this database with 10 Kb1 prior to 1995 (there is one in 1995, one in 1996 and then the line becomes more popular). The first game with the queen sacrifice 13..Qxd5 is from 1997. Other than Walsh-van Scheltinga are you sure about the number of games between 1955-97?
Nov-25-09  Plato: After the first game with 10.Kb1 in 1955, my ChessBase database lists one game in 1988, another in 1989, a three more in 1993, four more in 1994, and then the popularity increases a lot with 112 games between 1995 and 1997. ChessGames is great but as you mentioned it is missing many games (many of which appear in the ChessBase's "Big Base").

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