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Francisco Vallejo Pons vs Vasyl Ivanchuk
Grand Slam Chess Final (2011), Sao Paulo BRA, rd 7, Oct-07
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Indian Formation (A15)  ·  1-0



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Oct-07-11  okba12: chuky busted this ending
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  ketchuplover: Looks drawable to me
Oct-07-11  virginmind: ...mein gott! well, if anything, paco shut a lot of mouths by beating the highest rated world player and also the tournament leader. bravo francisco, great spirits!
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  Administrator: Thanks to everyone for being with us today. Our coverage of Bilbao continues tomorrow at 10:AM USA/Eastern time. Hope you can join us then.
Oct-07-11  anandrulez: Thanks CG relayed the correct game !
Oct-07-11  anandrulez: I mean the only decisive game . Hope other players can do something to catch up Chuckster though I want him to win this tourney .
Oct-07-11  Elrathia Kingi: Great endgame technique by Vallejo after the queens came off the board. Black would have had better draw chances after 34...Rd2, when the white rook is forced to move to the a-file immediately, and the black c-pawn still has enough influence to delay the white king from reaching the b6 square, allowing black to retain the pawn and queen simultaneously.

i.e.: 34...Rd2 35.Ra3 Kh7 36.a5 Kxh6 37.a6 Rd8 38.a7 Ra8 39.f4 Kg7 40.Kf3 Kf6 41.Ke4 Ke6 42.Kd4 Kd6 43.f3 c5+ 44.Kc4 Kc6 45.Ra6+ Kb7 46.Kb5 c4 47.Rb6+ Kxa7 48.Ra6+ Kb8 49.Rxa8+ Kxa8 50.Kxc4 Ka7 draw.

The final position, of course, is necessarily won because white will eliminate both black pawns and the king will be in front of the pawn that is trying to queen (and the pawns are doubled, which gives added tempo).

Oct-07-11  talisman: <JimmyRockHound> you're right!...i'll blame it on not enough cofee.
Oct-07-11  arnaud1959: Look at the position on the 8th move.The opening is an exchange Grunfeld and not an English. Why the Grunfeld is called something else every time the classical move order changes?? On it's even worse. They called it King's indian attack!!
Oct-07-11  Shams: <arnaud1959> It's no secret that opening transpositions can fool the software, but for people who want to study the opening structurally, it's good that you point such things out.
Oct-07-11  bubuli55: Congratz to Paco!

5.h4! :)

Oct-07-11  bubuli55: Paco switched his attack from bfile to hfile! hihihi
Oct-07-11  rapidcitychess: One might say is was Pon-age.
Oct-07-11  kia0708: so when officially Vallejo is no longer a patzer ? so far he does rather well
Oct-07-11  Cemoblanca: 1.Nf3 Nf6 Today, some players like to open with "the horses". ;0)

5.h4!? Paco wants to attack on the kingside!

6...h6?! Later, he will get some problems with h6! [I think Chucky wanted to play 6...Bg7!?, but he was maybe afraid of 7.h5!]

7.e4 [7.h5?! g5!]

11.Rb1! Black has much bigger problems than white (pawn on c3).

14.d6! [After 14.dxc6 black could castle soon, but after 14.d6! it still takes a while.]

19.Qd2! is I think the best continuation for white, [because after 19.Rb7 Qxc3 20.Rc7 Bxf3 21.gxf3!? Qf6 22.d7!? Qxh4 23.Rxc6 Qg5+ 24.Kh2 Rb8 25.Qc1 Qxc1 26.Rxc1 Rfd8 and black's pawn structure is 'healthier'.]

21...Rfd8 [21...Kh7!?]

22.Qxh6! Good decision, because the other two pawns are less important at the moment.

22...Qxc3?! It would have been great to eliminate first the more dangerous passed pawn on d6.

23.Qf4! with the idea h5!

24.h5! Qg7?! [Perhaps it would have been better to cover the square with 24...Qa5!? and after 25.hxg6 the lady can support the kingside with 25...Qh5!]

25.Rb6! Rc8? Chucky doesn't play the best defensive move in this situation. [25...Kh7!? 26.Kf1! gxh5 27.Rxc6 Qg6! 28.Qxc4 Rxd6 29.Rcxd6 Rxd6 30.Rxd6 Qxd6 31.Qxf7+ Kh6!, etc.]

26.h6! Qc3? [26...Qf8!]

27.Rd4? [27.Kg2!]

27...Qe1+! 28.Kg2 Qe6! Nice!

32...Qxd6? [32...Rxd6! 33.Qe3 Qf6 34.Rc4 Kh7=]

33.Qxd6?! [33.h7+! Kg7 34.h8D+ Kxh8 35.Qxf7 Rf8 36.Rxc6!]

34.a4! Paco plays his trump card!

34...Kh7?! [Better was maybe 34...Rd5!? 35.Rxc6 Ra5]

36...c5? [36...Rd4!? 37.Ra3 Rd8 38.Kg3 Kg7 39.Rc3 Rd4 40.Rxc6 Ra4, etc.]

37.Ra3! Rd8 38.f4!

42.Ra6+! The last spark of hope is hereby minimized.

46.Rxa7+! The last coup!

Good game by both! Congrats Paco! :0)

Oct-07-11  galdur: I´ve always been a bit partial to spanish chess as the great Alekhine spent his last days there. Nice job indeed by the Spaniard defeating Carlsen and Ivanchuk. Best of luck, g.
Oct-07-11  sevenseaman: Pulling out Chuky's K into the spectator's row at the end is masterly - isolated Ps putting it across to connected Ps!
Oct-07-11  Sularus: 23. ... Qa3

I wonder if this will hold...

Don't have the time to analyze right now.

Oct-08-11  xanadu: Galdur: Francisco Franco also spent his last days in Spain, then following your argument: are you a bit partial to Spanish politicians?
Oct-08-11  messachess: Paco sure does have some talent, doesn't he?--plays like Morozevich I guess.--always forward, high risk play. Dynamic play.
Oct-08-11  visayanbraindoctor: Latinos invented and popularized western chess in Europe. The Queen Isabella era Spaniards invented it; and the Italians and French popularized it. The Spaniards introduced it to their overseas colonies probably a long time before it became popular in Russia and Eastern Europe. I am surprised that the only world champion they have produced is Capablanca.

However, with the renewed interest in western chess in Spain, France, Italy, and Romania, the modern Latinos may be beginning a new chess renaissance.

Oct-08-11  xanadu: Visayanbraindoctor: chess is very popular in South America. In Arentina, you find people playing chess in the squares, not only in big cities, but also in very very small litle towns in the country side, as I have seen in places in the midle of nowhere! The problem for development of chess is government support to the excellent chess players there are, for instance in Peru, Brasil and Argentina. Exception is of course Cuba, which has support since long time to their top level players and tournements. Best regards, Martin
Oct-09-11  ounos: I would hardly resist to 15. ...e5. Feels stronger to me.
Oct-13-11  wordfunph: this endgame is similar to Kashtanov-Inarkiev St. Petersburg 2004, but the game is not available in CG dbase.
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  chancho: Kashtanov, Ruslan - Inarkiev, Ernesto

C56 2004 12th Chigorin Mem

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. e5 Ng4 6. O-O Be7 7. Re1 d6 8. exd6 Qxd6 9. b3 O-O 10. Ba3 Qd8 11. Bxe7 Nxe7 12. Qxd4 Qxd4 13. Nxd4 Nf5 14. Nxf5 Bxf5 15. Re7 Rac8 16. Nc3 Bxc2 17. Nb5 a6 18. Nxc7 Ne5 19. Rxe5 Rxc7 20. Rc1 Bd3 21. Rd5 Be2 22. Rd2 Bxc4 23. Rxc4 Rxc4 24. bxc4 Rc8 25. g3 Kf8 26. Rd7 Rxc4 27. Rxb7 Ra4 28. h4 Rxa2 29. Ra7 g6 30. Kg2 Ra3 31. Ra8+ Kg7 32. Ra7 h5 33. Ra8 Kf6 34. Ra7 Ke6 35. Ra8 Kf5 36. Ra7 Kf6 37. Ra8 Ra4 38. Kf3 Kf5 39. Ra7 Ke6 40. Ra8 Ra2 41. Ra7 Kf6 42. Ra8 Kf5 43. Ra7 Ra3+ 44. Kg2 Ke6 45. Ra8 a5 46. Ra7 a4 47. Ra5 Ra2 48. Kf3 a3 49. Ra7 Kd5 50. Ke3 Kc4 51. Rxf7 Rc2 52. Rc7+ Kb3 53. Rb7+ Kc3 54. Ra7 a2 55. f3 Kb3 56. Rb7+ Ka3 57. Ra7+ Kb2 58. Rb7+ Kc1 59. Ra7 Kb1 0-1

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