Grand Prix Thessaloniki: Ivanchuk's String of Losses

Время публикации: 25.05.2013 18:29 | Последнее обновление: 25.05.2013 20:23

Vassily Ivanchuk lost another game at the Grand Prix in Thessaloniki, this time against Veselin Topalov. His blunder on move 17 turned out to be decisive. 


17...Qc5? After the natural 17...Nxe6 White has a slight advantage, but there's still some fighting to endure.
18.e7 h5 Black is not doing any better in other variations either.
19.Rc1 Rh6 20.Kh1 Rg6 21.Ne2 1-0

[Event "Makedonia Palace GP"] [Site "Thessaloniki GRE"] [Date "2013.05.25"] [Round "4.5"] [White "Topalov, Veselin"] [Black "Ivanchuk, Vassily"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2793"] [BlackElo "2755"] [ECO "B30"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack (without ...d6)"] [EventDate "2013.05.22"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 4. O-O Bd7 5. Re1 Nf6 6. c3 a6 7. Bf1 Bg4 8. h3 Bh5 9. d4 Bxf3 10. gxf3 cxd4 11. cxd4 d5 12. Nc3 e6 13. Bg5 Be7 14. Bxf6 Bxf6 15. exd5 Nxd4 16. Re4 Qb6 17. dxe6 Qc5 18. e7 h5 19. Rc1 Rh6 20. Kh1 Rg6 21. Ne2 1-0

After four rounds Ukrainian GM has only half a point. 
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