Monday, April 20, 2009

Nalchik GP: when Chucky gets cocky

This is an interesting game and at the same time quite..funny? What the... this is not the first time that we've seen Ivanchuk, with his caliber, lose his concentration because of OTB ego and lost a game in the process in such a cruel fashion. Please take a moment to replay the game below. Ivanchuk, playing the white pieces was so confident, or cocky I should say, that his king was well shield from the ramming threat of black's queen and rook on the f file that he decided instead to retreat his bishop by 22. Bf1? using the rook at d2 to protect f2 instead of the possible 22.f3 or 22.Rf1 the latter he opted not to choose since it will definitely hurt his ego as he had previously played Rf-d1 and don't want to take back his decisions but then he overlooks black's next move 22...d4, and eventually fell to Rustam Kasimzhanov's final (and beautiful) combination, winning a piece. 26.Qd3 by 26…Rxc2 27.Qxc2 Qxf1+! 28. Rxf1 Rxf1 29. Kxf1 Nxe3

Never try this at home or tournaments folks. Swallow your pride!

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