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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Peter Svidler
Tal Memorial (2011), Moscow RUS, rd 1, Nov-16
Gruenfeld Defense: General (D80)  ·  1-0



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Nov-16-11  Ulhumbrus: White has the bishop pair. White's King holds up Black's d pawn while Black's King does nothing to stop the a pawn.
Nov-16-11  waustad: Thanks!
Nov-16-11  Marmot PFL: Ivanchuk can have an extra pawn, as well as the 2 B and an outside passed pawn. That should be enough to win.
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  whiteshark: It's getting hard for Black to save this game.
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  beenthere240: So what happened. Svidler made his move and then Ivanchuk started to laugh, forcing Svidler to resign?
Premium Chessgames Member It's about time that dancing rook got some exercise! Thanks and hope to see you tomorrow morning.
Nov-16-11  Marmot PFL: Unusual for black to resign without waiting for white's reply.
Nov-16-11  Ulhumbrus: <beenthere240: So what happened. Svidler made his move and then Ivanchuk started to laugh, forcing Svidler to resign?> This suggests that both players realised that Black was lost and that 56...f5 was a hopeless attempt to save the game.
Nov-16-11  Utopos: Ivanchuk may have laughed, but he still managed to reply before Svidler's quick attempt to resign. Then the game continued this way:

57. exf5 gxf5 58. Bd8 Kf7 59. Bb6 Ke6 60. Bxd4 Nxd4 61. Bxd3 1-0

Nov-16-11  checkmateyourmove: Chucky did a good job of massaging the middle game so he got exactly what he wanted for the endgame . Very nice patience.
Nov-16-11  talisman: and 50.♔e1, where he starts from...wins it.
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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

Nov-17-11  THE pawn: Very good video once again <kingcrusher>. I will have to disagree when you say around move 25 (repetition) that white is slightly better. Over the board I think black was having the better position, with a lot of initiative, and certainly the option to decide how the game would shape up, but unfortunately Svidler traded down pieces without creating more imbalances.
Nov-18-11  serenpidity.ejd: This game is entitled "Super Grandmaster violotes a 'principle'." Svidler is a super-grandmaster but he violated the 'Principles of Chess'. In this game he allowed his opponent to double-pawn him (c- pawns). Thereby isolating the a-pawn and making the c-pawn a target which was also isolated.True enough his doubling served no purpose as the c-pawn was gobbled up later with no compensation. To all wood pushers, as a general rule, DOUBLING OF PAWNS IS A NO-NO IN CHESS. This game is an example.
Nov-21-11  THE pawn: <KKDEREK> I've always been lurking around, I just don't take as much time to post as before, but I read all of you guys ;)
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  whiteshark: What happened before their game? Ivanchuk is heavily gesticulating and Svidler seems to be kind ouf sour, too.

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