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Viswanathan Anand vs Vasyl Ivanchuk
Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2009) (rapid), Nice FRA, rd 5, Mar-19
French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation Main Line (C18)  ·  1-0



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Mar-19-09  solskytz: Beautifully played. I was present.

Before the game starts, Anand comes first into the playing hall, and a series of quick photos take place.

The moment Ivanchuk enters, he sits down, bows his head at the board and holds it with two hands - a position into which he will return many times during the game.

He plays ...d4, a pawn not to be taken, and it's possible to smell the danger from this fierce attacker.

Then Anand manages to liberate himself through a surprise 'ambush' against the white king with R and N lined on the same file. He blows the entire Ivanchuk set-up to pieces.

An amazing game indeed.

I didn't expect Carlsen to lose pawn after pawn in that ending, and then the ending...

and it was interesting to see the coach of one of the losers in today's games (but I won't tell whom, as I wasn't really supposed to be present at that moment) berate him for about 10 minutes for not having chosen a certain setup, which the coach believed was drawing easily, and which the player (who is it?) quietly and calmly said would still 'lose slowly' - but to no avail... the heart-felt tirade went on and on - but no concrete analysis with variations was ever made. The discussion was to remain abstract... I decided that it was time to leave, which I promptly did.

Mar-19-09  messachess: Awfully nice by Anand. From 34.f5+ on --scintillating!
Mar-19-09  Open Defence: not bad for an old man
Mar-19-09  ILikeFruits: who is...
an old...
man certainly...
vishy is...
not old...
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  IMlday: 27..Ke4 looks nuts compared to 27..Kc5 intending 28..Kb4. White appears close to zugzwang.
Mar-20-09  MarbleSkull: I admit it. I can never tell if Ivanchuck is winning or losing until the very end.
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  JointheArmy: <solskytz> Ivanchuk's coach?
Mar-20-09  solskytz: (to JointheArmy) nothing is sweeter than a mystery. Of course I won't add any further details to my post above :-)

But aside from that, you can't help sympathizing with the old warrior (Ivanchuk). Not that he's old in years - I think I'm 3 years younger than him - but old in the sense that I remember him fighting in top level chess ever since I'm into it myself - which is a good 20 years.

His emotional pattern is so demonstrably visible during his game (I saw him play yesterday for the first time), that one really cannot stay indifferent.

It's amazing how much involved he is in the game, despite having played it at that level for so long. You really never get a sense of detachment on his part, such as, for example, when watching Aronian, or even Carlsen. You can SEE his effort and his joys, hopes and (yesterday against Anand) disillusion.

I wish I could find the time to watch more of these games... but I'm thankful for what I get.

Mar-20-09  OneArmedScissor: Anand takes an advantage, puts angel wings on it, and uses it to carry him home.

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