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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Wei Yi
"King Of The Hill" (game of the day Apr-07-2022)
Ivanchuk - Wei Yi (2017), Hoogeveen NED, rd 3, Oct-23
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  1-0



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Oct-23-17  fisayo123: It's not the first time Wei Yi is getting miniatured recently.

B Sambuev vs Wei Yi, 2017

V Diu vs Wei Yi, 2017

All these games have one thing in common that they were d4 openings and he outrated the opposition by more than 150 elo points.

Even in this game: R Rapport vs Wei Yi, 2017 I thought he played the opening woefully for a 2700+ player.

Wei Yi's opponents now know where to target. In the past, he used to play the Grunfeld for the most part and have good results now he plays these openings and looks much more beatable.

Oct-23-17  savagerules: Black goes for some sort of brilliancy by sacking a whole rook on move 18, (more likely he didn't realize the white king could merely take the pawn and avoid the even rook exchange) but alas the brilliancy doesn't work and he can't harm the King in the middle.
Oct-23-17  Marmot PFL: The opening wasn't the problem here, black just miscalculates beginning on move 17.
Oct-23-17  Marmot PFL: If black intends to sacrifice the rook it's better to omit 17...g5 and play 17...Rxe3 right away, ex 17...Rxe3 18 Kxe3 d4+ 19 Kxd4 Rc4+! and mate next move.

White can avoid this - 18 Bxf6 Rxe2+ 19 Kxe2 but after 19...Qa6+ 20 Kd1 Rb5 and Qxf6 black is still alive and kicking.

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  HeMateMe: go chucky! This looks like one of those Benko Bafflers from Chess Life.
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  Keyser Soze: And I thought black was better with white king exposed like that..
Oct-23-17  cunctatorg: Go Chucky, go!!

Move your King to Q4-square (20. KxP!!) at move 20 with all Queens and most light pieces in the chessboard and ... crush the opposition!!

Oct-23-17  RookFile: Unbelievable. I guess you don't bluff Ivanchuk. Most players wouldn't even consider marching their king to the center with heavy pieces on the board.
Oct-24-17  Sokrates: What a wonderful, spectacular game by both players. Yi boldly trying to crush the old warrior with an unexpected sacrifice, Ivanchuk boldly throwing his king into the center of the battle field. I don't recall a comparable position after move 20 among super GMs. Bravo!
Oct-24-17  malt: to boldly go into the d4 space (20.K:d4)
Oct-24-17  Bruce Graham: Wow! Here's one to add to this: Game Collection: The King Takes a Walk
Oct-24-17  devere: 18...Rxe3??! was quite unsound, while on the previous move 17...Rxe3 was quite playable. I wonder how Wei Yi became confused.
Oct-25-17  ex0duz: Yeah, doesn't seem like the opening was the problem here, Wei Yi just blundered.
Oct-25-17  et1: What a courage ! After K takes d4 the King is white most advnced piece in the board and has 5 Black pieces close to him. Brilliant
Oct-25-17  lakshashishu: This is a type of central control that no book recommends.
Oct-25-17  dehanne: That wasn't a white king, that was Chuck Norris.
Oct-25-17  whiteshark: A ♔'s beating of the heart: Game Collection: 87c_ Hunting Season - king marches OTB one way o
Oct-26-17  et1: True Masters do what no book recommends and succeed. In any sport or profession. It is because of that they are Masters. Ivanchuk is one of these very special persons.
Oct-29-17  shakh.i.shekh: Youngsters forgetting that veterans can have a "Fighting King." see "Kasparov vs Petrosian, 1981"
Apr-07-22  goodevans: Meet Yi in the middle.
Apr-07-22  Cibator: Best-developed king I've ever seen.
Apr-07-22  Brenin: Don't try this at home!
Apr-07-22  Knightmare07: <goodevans> a nice alternative, i was also thinking about submitting <"Don't get in my Wei"> but ended up with this. Tho i regret nothing.
Apr-07-22  goodevans: <Knightmare07> Your pun for today's GOTD is excellent. I just couldn't resist adding a second one. Not often that an interesting game is also so punable.
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  Honza Cervenka: The difference between 17...Rxe3!? and 18...Rxe3?? is that after 17...g5 18.Bg3 white DSB covers e5 allowing white King to survive in the centre of board.

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