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Etienne Bacrot vs Vasyl Ivanchuk
"No Woman, No Cry" (game of the day Mar-14-2022)
FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 11, Jun-03
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Modern Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  0-1



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Jun-04-13  Jamboree: This is why we all love Chucky. He can be having the worst tournament EVER, and then at the end uncork a brilliant combination worthy of the immortals.

Same thing happened in a recent tournament when he lost game after game until suddenly he crushed the World #1 (Carlsen) and the World Champion (Anand) in a row, one after the other. Part of his genius is that he's so entertainingly UNPREDICTABLE.

What an interesting and bizarre combination starting with 32. ... Nc3 and exploding with 34. ... Nxd1!! White just won Black's queen, but out of the blue the knights and rook weave mating magic and every White tactic fails to some clever intermezzo. Chucky must have analyzed all the way to the end of the game to have played a move like 33. ... Qf7, which looks on the surface like a hideous blunder but which in fact wins.

Jun-04-13  fgh: 32. ... Nc3 does take a fair amount of calculation; according to Houdini analysis on ChessBomb, black's moves 33, 34, 35, and 36 are only moves. How many of us, in our calculations, would have dismissed the line entered by Ivanchuk due to 34. Re7 and white's threats on the seventh rank?
Jun-04-13  fgh: <Same thing happened in a recent tournament when he lost game after game until suddenly he crushed the World #1 (Carlsen) and the World Champion (Anand) in a row, one after the other.>

Not Anand, but Kramnik (former WC).

Between those 2 games, he lost to Svidler.

Jun-04-13  Jamboree: fgh: "Not Anand, but Kramnik (former WC). "

Yes, oops, you are correct -- misremembered that one. But since Kramnik is now rated higher than Anand, Chucky's feat is even MORE impressive!

Jun-04-13  Dr. Funkenstein: wow... 32. ... ? as a Sun puzzle in the future or 34. ... ? as a Fri/Sat puzzle

Chucky is still one of the world's elite.... Just no consistency lately

Jun-04-13  Nerwal: I have mixed feeling about 32... ♘c3. Yeah, Ivanchuk found a beautiful refutation of the obvious and scary moves 33. ♗d3 and 34. ♖e7. But white wasn't forced to do that (33. ♖c1! sets black some problems), and the combinaison was on the edge of abyss. I still think black being two pawns up it was more rational to play 32... ♖cd8. But white was so low on time (he had only 2:30 left after ♕b7) that maybe Ivanchuk thought he would collapse in the complications (which he duly did).
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  Phony Benoni: If the GOTD seemed to show up an hour late, it's because you went on Daylight Saving Time this morning.
Mar-14-22  Brenin: Now that's what I call a GOTD, maybe even a GOTY. And the pun is also pretty good.
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  OhioChessFan: Great game.
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  al wazir: I don't think much of black's opening. Five of his first 17 moves were with his ♕, after which it has returned to d8. All for one crummy ♙.

Yes, it worked out well for Ivanchuk, but I can't help thinking that white could have done better.

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  Teyss: <Phony Benoni> Oh, that's why I was late for work this morning.

This was the last round of the tournament where Ivanchuk had scored +0 -5 =5. He eventually finished last and Bacrot penultimate.

Great end-week puzzle after 34.Re7. White could have limited the damage a bit with 38.Qb8+ Rf8 39.Qxf8+ Kxf8 40.Kxf2 but it's hopeless anyhow.

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The pun, could it apply to the 12,345 games of the database where a side sacrifices a Queen and still wins? Because Ivanchuk divorced back in 1996 and none of the players is called Bob.

Mar-14-22  goodevans: <34...Nxd1 -+ -6.66 (32 ply)> An absolute beast of a move!
Mar-14-22  Ironmanth: This is an AMAZING game! Chucky was and is a magician. Y'all have an awesome week out there.
Mar-14-22  catlover: Wow...this game offers some beautiful fireworks.

Can someone please explain the pun? I get it that it is song by Bob Marley, but I don't see the connection with the game. Maybe it's because I lost an hour of sleep due to Daylight Savings Time.

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  paulalbert: @catlover
No Woman refers to Ivanchuk winning without his Queen.
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  Teyss: <catlover> What I prefer about this site is that users read others' kibitz before posting, especially on the same day.
Same yesterday Ruan Lufei vs Zhang Xiaowen, 2010 (kibitz #8)
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  Sally Simpson: Hi catlover,

The pun is a bit slack. No Woman No Cry has nothing to do having no woman. (or Ivanchuk having no Queen.)

It means in Jamaican parlance; 'Woman, don't cry. ' Just enjoy the game and Ivanchuk weaving yet another work of art.

Black to play.

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32...Nc3 just seems bonkers due to 33.Bd3 when the only answer is retreat the Queen to f7 (which would have seen me rejecting Nc3 for that reason alone.) 33...Qf7 and then come 34.Re7. Only crazy people look any further than that.

This will be the fine line between genuis and insanity we are witnessing.

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  Diademas: < Sally Simpson:...
The pun is a bit slack.>

Yes. I felt so too, until I realized it was me who submitted it.
Can't remember. Must have been years ago.

Mar-14-22  catlover: Thanks, <paulalbert>, <Teyss>, <Sally Simpson> and <Diademas> for your comments on the pun.

I should probably just take to heart another Bob Marley song: "Don't worry—Be Happy".

Mar-14-22  Z truth 000000001: Ha! The Bob part is right, as in Bobby McFerrin:

This is wrong:

It's not a Bob Marley song.

This is right:

It is a Bobby McFerrin song.

(I misattibuted a <Hey Joe> video on youtube not too long ago - thanks to <nok> for catching me on that one)

Mar-14-22  Z truth 000000001: Here's another couple of song from Bobby...

Live with <Tuck and Patti>

Live with <Chick Corea>


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  Sally Simpson: "Don't worry—Be Happy". was by Bobby McFerrin (where is Harry, this is his territory.)

But the mix up is easily done.
Bob Marley had the song '3 Little birds' which has the hook "Don't worry about a thing, every little thing's going to be all right."

Maybe we can make the pun work by saying it's addressing the Queen, 'Woman don't cry' (because she has been taken off the board.)

Mar-14-22  Z truth 000000001: < (where is Harry, this is his territory.)>

McFerrin is British pop or rock?!

Mar-15-22  catlover: <Z truth> Thanks for helping me get my Bobs straight. :-)

I think I'll download Bobby McFerrin's song...

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  WannaBe: <catlover> Wow... Been a while since I've seen your post. You must have been busy with your pussies.

Oh, wait, delete, delete, delete...

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