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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Dmitry Andreikin
Capablanca Memorial (Elite) (2011), Havana CUB, rd 8, May-19
Benoni Defense: Modern Variation (A56)  ·  1-0



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May-21-11  hedgeh0g: 46.Bc4! can almost hear the "crunch".
May-27-11  BUNA: Crazy game.
23.Ra7 Qb6
24.Rxg7+ Kxg7
25.b4 Ba6
26.b5 ...
What a series of shots! After trying it on my own to figure it out I sought help from my binary friend. And ... Fritz 10 refers to 33. ... Nf6 as the decisive mistake?! Instead 33. ... Rb4 would have kept the threat g5! and some control of the weakend black squares. (33. ... Rb4 34. Nc4 Rxc4 35. Bxc4 g5)

But at that point they were probably both in time trouble.

May-27-11  bronkenstein: My heart bleeds when Benoni , the dying breed , gets slaughtered this way . It used to be my first choice against d4 for a long time .

Last few games played in this opening on top level that I know of include Mamedyarov´s close escape against Gelfand in WCC quarterfinals (draw was enough to Boris for the semis ) and Chucky´s only loss when he went wild @ the olympiad (that made his performance drop below 3000 xD ... it was close to 3200 at some point).

May-27-11  BUNA: <bronkenstein> And you forgot to mention, that Chucky lost that Benoni against ... tata ... Mamedyarov. :) Mamedyarov vs Ivanchuk, 2010

But in this game it isn't that clear, IMHO. At least till 33. Bd3

I felt actually reminded of this one:
Korchnoi vs Kasparov, 1982

Benoni is certainly not for the faint hearted.

May-27-11  bronkenstein: Attaching all the info I know on the mentioned games would make it more textwallish than I wanted to .

In Mamedyarov vs Ivanchuk, 2010 , Mamed should be slightly better all the time , going in the end into clear plus, and then simply won position (standard Benoni scenario if white knows the job) if i remember well albertan´s comp analysis from that very page.

May-27-11  bronkenstein: And on Korchnoi vs Kasparov, 1982 , if you want to know all the intrigue on why Karpov let Young Kaspy play on board 1 instead of him , Kasparov�s talk with �the KGB guy � about controversial ( forbiden to all the soviet players) handshake with �the enemy of the state� , how Korchnoi handled it all and much more , check for Kasparov�s extensive story on it ( hint, this is only the first video in the chain ).
May-27-11  BUNA: Thanks for that, <bronkenstein>.

Kasparov (about Karpov) : "I didn't know, why he (Karpov) didn't want to play the game." Maybe, because the WC match was just within reach?

About Polugaevsky: "He didn't want to play Korchnoi either, because he was losing every game against him." The final match Korchnoi - Polugaevsky (1980) was actually drawn and decided by tie-break.

Can't help but love the guy. Or feel pity for him. A whole life wasted playing tourists. =)

May-27-11  bronkenstein: IMO , having in mind all the Karpov-Korchnoi animosity from their WC matches ( Youghurt , parapsychology and stuff) , And especially that Victor got slaughtered in their very last match (referred to as ˝The Merano Massacre˝) , Anatoly simply wanted to finish him off by saying ˝See , I can even let my second board handle you ... with black˝ 8)

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