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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Wesley So
"So be it." (game of the day Aug-19-2021)
World Cup (2009), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 2, Nov-24
French Defense: Winawer. Delayed Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  0-1



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  beenthere240: There seems to be a problem with the official pairings. I don't see General Tso in the semifinals.
Dec-07-09  licuan: hey, the kid deserves his win against IVANCHUK. Chuky surely overdid his chances to win a drawish game. WESLEY SO was in a different position against MALAKHOV . . . . he took CHUKY's chair.
Apr-11-10  The Rocket: "Isnt the exchange french a dead draw?


Aug-27-10  FISCHERboy: Can't believe the great Ivanchuk blew the chance to draw.
Feb-05-11  polarmis: Ivanchuk gave a fascinating explanation for this game:

<In the last qualifying cycle for the World Championship you played in the 2009 World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk and lost in the last-32 to the young and not-so-well-known Philippine player Wesley So. Was that also the result of emotional pressure?

Well, I was already really tired there. Before that I’d played in the Tal Memorial in Moscow and also in the blitz, so you could say I wasn’t as fresh as I could be. I really did feel under emotional pressure. But specifically during that match with So there were some non-chess goings on. As far as I recall, after 12-13 moves in the first game I liked the position and thought I had a certain advantage – but at that moment I suddenly became unwell. I had heartburn and went to the medical point, asking them to give me some sort of activated carbon to bring me back to my senses. It took about 15 minutes, and I returned and went for play where I wasn’t taking any risks – I had a draw and, it seems, there should also have been a win. But my opponent made some only moves to hold on, and found moves that you wouldn’t expect to be there, but they were.

I then had a choice – to go for a draw or to play more sharply. And I decided to take a risk, which I’d say was actually justified from a chess point of view, because objectively my chances of winning were in no way worse than my opponent’s. But I was already quite significantly behind on time at that point and, perhaps, given that the match consisted of only two games, I should have had the common sense to take a draw – especially with the less than ideal way I was feeling that day. I probably paid too little attention to my condition.>

Feb-25-11  wordfunph: Chucky quoted after losing to 16-year-old GM Wesley So..

"To my mind, I should leave the professional chess now. I start a new life with new goals. Chess? I will become just a chess fan now. I will follow chess; will follow the games of my ex-colleagues."

Apr-30-11  Boratco: <I probably paid too little attention to my condition.>

Probably paid too little attention to GM Wesley So. :D

Apr-30-11  zoren: Wesley really did deserve the win, even if he was completely outplayed in the opening phase only until Ivanchuk's ego allowed for him to press in an objectively drawn game. Such is chess!
Oct-19-11  PierreMontz: Excuses, excuses, excuses! The blunder was that he miscalculated that his bishop was going to be trapped after 16...f6 with Black's queen on f7. He invited the knight fork that's why he sacrificed the pawn on d4 by 13. Na4? not thinking that after the exchange his bishop will be trapped. So White exchanged his rook and a bishop against Black's knight and a bishop which was a clear blunder.
Oct-19-11  PierreMontz: Mabuhay kabayan!!! Tayong mga Pinoy ay hindi nila matatalo sa talino, naku malalim na to.
Jun-02-12  JEDD: ivanchuk is old. gm wesley so the young prodigy, deserve the win. humble in victory. hope we can see wesley beating anand.
Jun-07-12  whiteshark: < Quote of the Day

< To my mind, I should leave the professional chess now. I start a new life with new goals. Chess? I will become just a chess fan now. I will follow chess; will follow the games of my ex-colleagues. >>

-- Ivanchuk

The good news is that he changed his mind in the meantime.

Jun-07-12  lost in space: Halleluja :-)
Jun-21-12  MORPHYEUS: I'm nominating this game for Wesley's Best Games of 2005-2011.
Aug-10-12  Marmot PFL: Never seen a game where black didn't move the QN until move 30, at least not a game that black won.
Sep-26-13  Conrad93: This game is horrible.

Ivanchuk played like crap, and not like his usual 2700+ self.

Really? 13. Na4?

Apr-11-15  Conrad93: Ivanchuk should have avoided the exchange variation.

Wesley loves open positions.

Apr-21-15  N0B0DY: 12. Ne2 followed by c3 looks better.
Nov-12-15  kamagong24: im not a fan of the french defense, but Ivanchuk got schooled here
Dec-28-16  gopi11: Thank God Chucky didn't quit, now he's the 2016 Rapid champion!
Aug-19-21  Brenin: Interesting game, so-so pun.
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  Breunor: This game deserves a lot of study. Very intricate.
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  HeMateMe: Nice endgame work. Black improved the position of his king and rooks, enough to get a win. White should probably take the draw in such a position unless he can see a forced win.

But, that's chucky, creative fellow. His approach reminds me of korchnoi, unconventional chess.

Aug-19-21  Ironmanth: Intense game! Thanks, chessgames. Y'all stay safe out there today, and play great chess.
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  Teyss: <Brenin: so-so pun.> LOL.

Interesting game. Good analyses on page 1 from Ezzy and zanshin. Enlighting anecdote by Ivanchuk (polarmis on page 2).

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