Learning from Ivanchuck
The exponents of the current chess give us essential lessons for our improvement on the way to the chess mastership.I propose to the readers a nice game where the great Ivanchuck gives us a model for understanding the middlegame.
Ivanchuk, Vassily (2764) - Lafuente, Paul (2561) [D31]
Gibraltar Caleta ENG Masters (2), 26.01.2011
[FM Alejandro González Vega]
1. d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 6.e3 c6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Af4 Ad6 7.Axd6 Dxd6 8.Ad3 Ne7 9.Dc2 Ag4N Here's a new idea into a well-known position that aims to change the major light-squared bishop via h5-g6, or if the g1 knight reaches f3 redeem, spoiling the pawn configuration and allowing the black pieces meet with homogeneous couple to the heterogeneous opponents, especially if we take note that the closed position is where knights are superior. A possible continuation towards equality is: 9 ... g6 10.f3 Nd7 12.0-0 0-0 11.Cge2 c5 a6 13.Dd2 14.Tad1 cxd4 15.exd4 Nf6 16.g4 Rd8 Kg7 17.Df4 18.Tfe1 b5, and although White has more space and better development, but the position provides dynamic chances for both. Consider the treatment of Chuky as a solution to the innovation. 10.h3 Bh5 now appears that Black have their way but ... 11.f4! The move, part of his imminent threat of capture the bishop after g4-f5, prevents change, gaining space in the center and kingside and is allowed to take his knight naturally square f3 after g4. [Can not 11.Axh7 12.g4 g6 Txh7 Txh5 13.gxh5 whith advantage for black] 11 ... f6 needed to threats, but represents a serious weakness of the complex of white squares on the kingside. 12. g4 Bf7 13.Cf3 The harmonious arrangement of the white pieces give the best chances in the position. 13 ... a6 Black tries to prepare the thematic c5 break, looking for counter play on the c file, but first prevent the White knight can reach b5.However need to anticipate where they will castling, although clearly the kingside is very committed and queenside too after this development has also weakened. 14.0-0-0 Nd7 15.Kb1! Prophylaxis. It departs the king of the c file, time is released so that when it is opened, the rooks can work the queenside. Is this the kind of positions where White plays on both flanks at will without allowing freedoms,pure style of Alekine. 15 ... c5 16.dxc5 Leaving d4 square available for the horse to block the d5 pawn that has been isolated and will become the point of attack of white. Besides opening position puts a strain on the black monarch who has not yet castled. 16 ... Nxc5 17.Cd4 Ignoring the change of the bishop and the weakening of the diagonal where the king is, as its counterpart f7 is neutralized and its role is entirely defensive. Now who will partner is homogeneously white. 17 ... Cxd3 18.Da4 +! Again precise play. 18 ... Qd7 This seems forced and that the other options are not advisable: [. 18 ... Nc6 Qd7 19.Cf5 effective 20.Txd3 and white point to the weak pawn d5] 19.Txd3 h5 Attempting at least one aggressive move. 20. Tdd1 ?! Both 20.Tc1 as 20.Thd1 seem most promising continuations, but rather despair Chuky his young rival and maintains pressure. 20 ... Dxa4 21.Cxa4 Ivanchuk is not afraid to enter into the final knowing that simplification helps him to work the isolated queen's pawn. 21 ... 0-0-0? 22 ... Rc8 enduring position a little more. Now instead castling seriously compromises. 22. Td3! On the third row the tower is incorporated to attack the king and opens the way for h1, also can control both the open column. 22 ... hxg4 24.hxg4 Kb8 23.Tc1 + Rc8 25.Cc5 All white pieces are thrown over the weak castling. 25 ... Ra7 Preparing defending b7. 26. Tdc3 Increase the pressure and thus the white advantage. 26 ... Rc7 27.b4 ± Thc8 28.Rb2! Unhurried and Chuky has put the noose to his rival, who begins to run out of moves. 28 ... Nc6 ?? Out of desperation ... 29.Cxa6 + - Knockout. 29 ... Rxa6 31.bxc6 bxc6 30.b5 Rb6 32.Tb3 + + This seems to feel the effect of cattle. Blunt was [32.Ra1, threatening mate in two, Rd7 33.Cxc6 + -] 32 ... Ra6 Ra8 33.Tcc3 RA7 34.Tc5 really seems that the nerves of the Argentine did not give more because of all variants chose to loses immediately. 35. Cxc6! Ra7 36.Tcb5 1-0
Remarkable demonstration of the Ukrainian star.