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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Tata Steel Masters (2015), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-13
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack Anti-English (B90)  ·  1-0



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Jan-13-15  Jamboree: Chucky isn't a human -- he's a killing machine.
Jan-13-15  Poisonpawns: He seems to be "on" this tournament
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  beenthere240: What was so terrible about trying to blunt the attack with 28...Bxd4? Once you goad white into setting up a discovered attack on the queen, it's pretty hopeless.
Jan-13-15  Eyal: Vintage Chucky: After analyzing this game with Seirawan, in the middle of the live broadcast, he starts asking about the details of the bus ride to Rotterdam on Thursday (after the rest day). - from about 4:40

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  tamar: After 27 Bb3 Ivanchuk said he suddenly went into a panic. He had totally forgotten to calculate what happened if 27...Bxd4 28 Qxd4 Ne2 with a double attack on Queen and Bishop

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Fortunately for him, it was then he saw 29 Qxd6! which would have been a brilliant stroke.

It's funny, after 27 Bb3 Houdini for a fraction of second has 27...Bxd4 as its top choice, then it disappears off the grid into the bad move universe.

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  chancho: Vassily is like a chessic Hulk.

When he is on, he leaves devastation in his wake.

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  HeMateMe: I thought people KNEW how hard it is to kill the Chucky doll?
Jan-13-15  kyg16: Old is the wind and it keeps on blowing.

Chuky, back in business. What a pleasure.

Jan-13-15  Marmot PFL: Probably would have tried 0-0 in this game (and yesterday too), or else as I said then play something like the Caro-kann.
Jan-13-15  Whitehat1963: Forgive my chess blindness, but what's the finish?
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  JointheArmy: <Whitehat1963> Queen moves and 31. Bxa7+ wins a piece.
Jan-13-15  Whitehat1963: Thank you! Like I said, chess blindness. An obvious skewer play. Didn't see it.
Jan-13-15  et1: In fact I believe Ivanchuck said he was still considereing Bb3, from Bc4, had the Bishop when he noticed Bd4 and Ne2 for Black. He put the Bishop back in c4 and only played Bb3, after finding Dd6. If he had not found it, he would have to play Bf1.
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  Fusilli: <JointheArmy: <Whitehat1963> Queen moves and 31. Bxa7+ wins a piece.>

But black has an extra piece at the moment (the knight he captured on c4). What I see is 30...Qc8 31.Bxa7+ Ka8 and I guess 32.Bb6, maybe?

Jan-13-15  Smite: Discover Chucked!
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  tpstar: Fritz 10 Deep Position Analysis [618MB]:

30 ... Qc6 31. Nxa7 Qa6 32. Bxc4 Qxc4 33. g3 Nh3 [3.18/20]

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There you go. =)

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  Fusilli: <tpstar> Thank you. With a better move sequence, that's the point I was trying to make: MVL resigned because his position was hopeless, not because he was "losing a piece".
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  whiteshark: GM Jan Gustafsson takes a look at this entertaining game:
Jan-15-15  galdur: "At this moment I was extremely lucky", modest Chucky to Yasser

analysis starts at 10:00 or so.

Jan-15-15  jindraz: 22...Na7. The knight goes into a corner for no apparent reason. Better to move rook h8-g8-h8-g8 until the idea of moving a knight into a corner evaporates from mind
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  manselton: I don't see MVL being lost until 28...Ba6?? True he goes a pawn down after 28...Qxd4 29.Qxd4 Bxd4 30. Rxd4 Nc6 31. Rxd6 Rxd6 32. Nxd6 Ne5 but he is still fighting.

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