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ER
06-01-2012, 12:49 AM
In the Reggio Emilia tournament, Ivanchuk after a loss to Giri, he stuffed up in his game against Vitiugov losing a piece in a way that raised lots of question marks from fellow players and spectators. Then in his next game vs Caruana something inexplicable happened!

(Try to make sense of White's frame of mind starting on move 30)!

White: V. Ivanchuk
Black: F. Caruana
1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. Bf4 Bg7 4. e3 d6 5. h3 O-O 6. Be2 b6 7. O-O Bb7
8. c3 Nbd7 9. Bh2 Qe8 10. a4 a6 11. Na3 e5 12. Nc4 Ne4 13. Nfd2 Nxd2 14. Nxd2
Kh8 15. Qc2 f5 16. Rfe1 g5 17. Bd3 Qg6 18. f3 Rae8 19. Rf1 d5 20. a5 c5 21. g4
e4 22. fxe4 dxe4 23. Be2 f4 24. axb6 Qxb6 25. Qb3 Qa7 26. Bb5 cxd4 27. Bxd7
dxe3 28. Nc4 Rd8 29. Ba4 Rd2 30. Qxb7 Qxb7 31. Rxf4 gxf4 32. Nxd2 exd2 33. Bxf4
Rxf4 34. Bc6 Qb6

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trappistnight
06-01-2012, 12:55 AM
Is unbelevable
is may be wrong moves yes ?

ER
06-01-2012, 12:57 AM
Nop, there is a whole article about it on Chess base! Thanks for mentioning it because I had forgotten to include the source!

http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=7815

Kevin Bonham
06-01-2012, 01:04 AM
Chessbase discusses this in detail so it seems it did actually happen. But I wonder if it's all just a strange way of resigning. After all after 30...Rd2 white is well and truly lost, though that may not have even been the strongest move.

He was coming off a bad loss to Giri followed by a completely stupid piece blunder against Vitiugov in a level position.

Past form indicates that Chucky will play appallingly and behave strangely in one event then bounce back and play like a god in another.

Agent Smith
07-01-2012, 07:01 AM
Reggio Emilia: Is Ivanchuk ok?

Yes.

http://www.chessbase.com/news/2012/misc/reggio11-48.jpg

He's not having a great tournament, but some light heartedness at the chessboard makes him saner than the rest of us. :P

Agent Smith
07-01-2012, 07:16 AM
And supposing he did make a silly error and miscount the pieces lined up on c4 when he took the pawn against Vitiugov, the position was still playable.
3r2k1/3p2pp/4p3/1p6/1b3P2/4N1P1/2R3BP/6K1 b - - 1 35
Gives a piece for passed pawns with stockfish saying 27 [+1.53] 35.... Bd6 36.Kf2 Kf7 37.f5 Kf6 38.fxe6 dxe6 39.Ke2 h5 (75.05)

Perhaps he wasn't in a fighting mood ? And after silly mistakes it's easy to resign in a hurry.

Agent Smith
07-01-2012, 07:49 AM
Anish Giri is the winner after Ivanchuk beats Naka, and Morozevich also loses.

http://www.chess.co.uk/twic/chessnews/events/54th-reggio-emilia-2011-12/anish-giri-wins-reggio-emilia-after-final-round-of-surprises


54th Reggio Emilia
Reggio Emilia ITA, 2011.12.27 - 2012.01.06
Average Rating: 2744 (Category 20)
Rtng Score Gi Mo Na Ca Iv Vi Perf Chg
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1: Giri, Anish 2714 6.0 / 10 XX 0= 01 1= =1 =1 2822 +15
2: Morozevich, Alexander 2762 5.5 / 10 1= XX =1 10 0= 10 2776 +1
3: Nakamura, Hikaru 2758 5.5 / 10 10 =0 XX == 10 11 2777 +2
4: Caruana, Fabiano 2727 5.5 / 10 0= 01 == XX 01 11 2783 +8
5: Ivanchuk, Vassily 2775 4.5 / 10 =0 1= 01 10 XX =0 2702 -11
6: Vitiugov, Nikita 2729 3.0 / 10 =0 01 00 00 =1 XX 2598 -17
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30 games: +10 =9 -11