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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Peter Leko
"League of Legends" (game of the day Jul-26-2020)
Legends of Chess (2020) (rapid), INT, rd 1, Jul-21
King's Gambit: Accepted. Becker Defense (C34)  ·  1-0



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Jul-22-20  nmchessknight: Vassily Ivanchuk plays super exciting chess!! I'm a big fan! Great game!
Jul-23-20  aporia: I love this. 18! 31--33! 55!
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  MKD: Ivanchuk really lives in another planet. In a span of 23 years (1997 to 2020) Ivanchuk played (as available in Chessgames database) Kings Gambit in 10 games, 9 with white pieces and 1 with black. He won 8 of them, drew 2 and lost none. The list of his victims include Jeroen Piket, Alexei Fedorov, Predrag Nikolic, Nakamura, Giri, Karjakin, Ding Liren and Peter Leko.
Jul-26-20  SeanAzarin: For an attacking player like Ivanchuk the King's Gambit is a good opening (as White). It gives him the initiative right away.
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  offramp: <savage sanctuary: Magnus from the boat transmission yesterday... (Asking WGM Tania Sachdev): "Did Chuky really play a King's Gambit and won?">

Did he died?

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: A Rook down, White still takes the time to play the quiet, threat-less 34.Bd2. This looks like Black's last chance to defend; would 34...Rg7 have improved?
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  pilobolus: What a amazing game. Ivanchuk is such great player and such a great human being! Thank you Ivanchuk!
Jul-26-20  savage sanctuary: <offramp: <savage sanctuary: Magnus from the boat transmission yesterday... (Asking WGM Tania Sachdev): "Did Chuky really play a King's Gambit and won?"> Did he died?>

I don't understand. But I sure died.
Of laughter. Ivanchuk is 51 and 29 yr-old SMØC calls him "my boy." That's hilarious.

Jul-26-20  savage sanctuary: <An Englishman: Good Evening: would 34...Rg7 have improved?>

Good morning: No.
Acc. to the engine 32...Qh2 is the improvement.

1) +2.37 (26 ply) 35.♕f6 ♗g4 36.♕g5 ♕h2 37.♗xg4 ♘e7 38.♕h5+ ♕xh5 39.♗xh5 ♘f5 40.♗c3 ♖c7 41.♗f3 ♔g6 42.♔a3 ♘g7 43.♗e4+ ♔f7 44.♔b4 ♘e6 45.♔c4 ♘g5 46.♗g2 ♘e6 47.♗d2 ♖c8 48.♗e3 ♔e8 49.♔d3 ♔d7 50.c4 ♖h8 51.d5

2) +1.07 (29 ply) 34...♕h2 35.♗c1 ♕h4 36.♕xc6 ♕xd4+ 37.♔b1 ♗h5 38.e6 ♖g7

Jul-26-20  savage sanctuary: <An Englishman> 34.Bd2

Good morning. Its a fascinating position. Blk is a rook up but his situation is shaky.

Jul-26-20  RandomVisitor: If we go back all the way to move 16 maybe black can improve with 16...Rae8:

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<22/60 1:14:40> 1,643k 366 <-0.76 16...Rae8> 17.Nd1 d5 18.e5 f6 19.Nf2 Bf5 20.g4 Bg6 21.Nd3 Qb5 22.Reh1 Bxd3 23.cxd3 Ng6 24.Rxh6 Bxh6 25.Rxh6 Kg7 26.Rh1 Qc6+ 27.Kb1 Qe6 28.exf6+ Rxf6 29.Bxg5 Rf7 30.a3 c6 31.Ka2 Kg8 32.Bf1 Qe1 33.Qh2 Qf2 34.Qh5 Re6 35.Bd8 Qxd4

Jul-26-20  Whitehat1963: Good Monday or Tuesday puzzle after 54...Kc7.
Jul-26-20  RandomVisitor: Ivanchuk had compensation for his sacrificed materal, but no real advantage, up to about move 28, where e5 would have been better:

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<24/60 2:47:57> 5,290k 524 <+1.03 28.e5 f5 29.Bf4> Nxf4 30.gxf4 d5 31.a4 b4 32.Nd1 Kg8 33.a5 Qg1 34.Nf2 Qg2 35.Ba6 Bg4 36.Qe1 Qg3 37.Qd2 Qg2 38.Bb7 Kg7 39.Qe3 Qf3 40.Qxf3 Bxf3 41.Nd3 Rb8 42.Nc5 Rh8 43.Na6 Rh4 44.Nxb4 Rxf4 45.Nxc6 Be4 46.Nxa7 Rf2 47.Nc6 f4

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  pilobolus: It is incredible game. Ivanchuk is a great chess player and even greater human being.
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  eternaloptimist: Actually Leko wasn’t a ♖ up; he was essentially up 2 ♙s (a ♖ for 3 ♙s). Ivanchuk played brilliantly in the late middlegame & endgame in this game! I was really hoping that he was going to beat Carlsen in their match but he came a little short of doing that. Still he won a game vs Carlsen in that match & came close to pulling off an upset. <rcs784> Thx for sending this game in for GOTD! <MKD> Thx for kibitzing that! That’s definitely an impressive list of chess players that Ivanchuk has beaten w/ the white pieces in the King’s Gambit
Jul-26-20  RandomVisitor: After 3...h6 Lc0 agrees with the next set of moves played (including moves that transpose) up to move 10:

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<19/65 1:18:52> 5,119k 1k <-0.10 4.Nc3 g5 5.d4 d6 6.g3 fxg3 7.hxg3 Bg7 8.Be3 Nf6 9.Qd2 Ng4> 10.0-0-0 Nd7 11.Bd3 c6 12.Kb1 Qe7 13.e5 d5 14.Rdf1 Nxe3 15.Qxe3 Nb6 16.a4 Be6 17.Nd2 Nd7 18.Bf5 0-0-0 19.a5 Kb8 20.a6 b6 21.g4

Jul-26-20  morfishine: Wonderful game, really gorgeous in all it evolutions
Jul-26-20  SChesshevsky: < RandomVisitor: If we go back all the way to move 16 maybe black can improve with 16...Rae8: >

Seems a lot of computer suggested improvements here and a lot of KG defensive ideas in general relate to a properly timed ...d5. Or other ways of changing whites e4 and d4 structure in other variations.

Appears a solid e4 and d4 is just very restricting on black. Plus if white can set up and play e5 or d5 with advantage that's probably real bad news. As apparently in this game.

King's Gambit really not a bad opening but tons of analysis mainly took all the fun out of it way back. But probably nobody remembers the analysis now days and computers might have some tricks for white. Hopefully see more of these. Especially in online fast play.

Jul-27-20  savage sanctuary: Definitely a candidate game for "best of 2020"
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  MKD: <eternaloptimist> It is not just with white pieces. Ivanchuk with black pieces won against Alexei Fedorov, who is a leading practitioner of Kings gambit. And he beats him with white pieces as well, as I mentioned before. That's cute.
Aug-03-20  messachess: Love Ivanchuk at his best. Great win.
Apr-15-21  nummerzwei: White could have played the more flexible 12.Kb1. In fact, White's decision to keep the king on c1 brought to mind a comment of Svidler's (concerning Svidler vs Kramnik, 2005) to the effect that having the king on c1 after long castling made him uncomfortable.

Ironically, checking that game, Svidler moved his king to b1 precisely on move 12.

May-07-21  Olsonist: <savage sanctuary: I don't understand. But I sure died. Of laughter. Ivanchuk is 51 and 29 yr-old SMØC calls him "my boy." That's hilarious.>

When Magnus was a rising star, Anand invited him along to a dinner. One of his seconds asked him if it was OK to for Anand to call him Maggy. His response was, Anand is World Champion. He can call me anything he wants.

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  fredthebear: Video links to this game in no particular order. FTB confirmed the link was the correct game, but has not watched all the links.

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  fredthebear: This game cannot be found in Opening Explorer. 3...h6 is not an option. Also, this game does not appear in Ivanchuk's King's Gambit Accepted games w/the White Pieces.

oldhorse has a KGA C34 Becker's Defense collection for those wishing to study it: Game Collection: KGA C34 Becker’s Defense

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