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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Alexander Morozevich
Biel International Chess Festival (2009), Biel SUI, rd 9, Jul-29
Queen's Gambit Declined: Vienna. Quiet Variation (D44)  ·  0-1



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Jul-29-09  whiteshark: Something went wrong for Ivanchik, but what was it?
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  boz: He seems to have overlooked 27...Qd8, though others have pointed out that 26.e7 draws instead of 26.Qxf7+ which loses.
Jul-29-09  kingfu: Ivanchuk, early, gave up a rook for a mystery passed pawn that went no where. He also did not take advantage of multiple king bishop moves in the opening. He had the 2 bishops but tried too hard for the early KO. Usually, if you go for the win and do not get it, what you get is the big zero. Most people would rather have something rather than nothing. I think this explains the many GM draws we see now. That and most openings are analyzed out to move 30! And memorized. And theorized. And these 2 opponents have played 42 games. Every kind of ize except surprise!
Jul-29-09  Jason Frost: Anyone have a line showing how 26. e7 draws?
Jul-29-09  outplayer: A horrible game from Ivanchuk.
Jul-29-09  NewLine: <<kingfu> if you go for the win and do not get it, what you get is the big zero.>

On the other hand, if you don't go for the win, you surely won't get it, and end up like Gelfand with a huge zero AND shameful games.

Jul-29-09  Marmot PFL: 26 e7 stops Qd8. He gets f7 with check anyway, or if 26...Kh8 can just play 27 Qf5 threatening Bd3 ex. 27...f6 28 Bd3 Kg8 29 Bc4+ Kh8 30 Bd3 Kg8 draw. Of course he did not play this for a draw to begin with as he had white and edge in position, maybe 24 Be3 with space edge and open f file in black takes.
Jul-29-09  messachess: I wonder what Ivanchuk thought he saw for that passed pawn. He must have been calculating for some ply--for a rook anyway.
Jul-29-09  solskytz: Today saw Moro on the other side of the Rook-down-opposite-colour-bishop-with-advanced-p- awn-but-still-can't-draw-because-opposing-bishop-
-controls-queening-square ending
Jul-29-09  hedgeh0g: Why not go for the endgame squeeze with the centre + 2Bs instead of taking the sac and pray route?
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Morozevich has had quite a wild tournament so far, hasn't he?
Jul-30-09  Sacsacmate: <Morozevich has had quite a wild tournament so far, hasn't he? >

Very true. What a player he is ! He deserved to draw atleast two games ( esp yesterday's against Lagrave) which he actually lost... I guess we can expect such uncompromising play from only Topalov..among current top ten..

Jul-30-09  Rawprawn: <I wonder what Ivanchuk thought he saw for that passed pawn. He must have been calculating for some ply--for a rook anyway.> Or did he see a mating attack?
Jul-30-09  kurtrichards: What really happened, Mr. Ivanchuk?
Oct-08-09  Johnny O: According to Chessbase "26.Qxf7+? Better was probably 26.e7 and then 27.Qxf7+." I like the Quiet Variation and am thinking of playing it.
Apr-02-10  wordfunph: ivanchuk-morozevich
after 32.Rf4

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"After 32.Rf4, here Vassily offered me a draw. He is a rook down with less than a minute left and no threats. I said I'd think about it. It reminded me of those players on ICC who are losing and they press the Draw Offer button and if you don't respond..they press the Resign button." GM Alexander Morozevich

(taken from Indian Chess Mate magazine Aug. 2009)

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