Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Ivanchuk-Onischuk, World Team Championships 2005

White to play after 51...Kc2?

FM Steve Stoyko gives his next lecture on a Black 1.d4 d5 Repertoire focused around the Lasker Variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined (and related lines) at the Kenilworth Chess Club this Thursday from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. I will have at least one question for Steve: where did Black go wrong in the recent high-level Lasker Defense game Ivanchuk-Onischuk, World Team Championships 2005?

Of course, maybe the answer is that he did not follow Steve's recommendation (from Lecture Two and mentioned again in Lecture Three) to break with ...c5 rather than ...e5 (as Onischuk chose). A second answer may be that White was Super-GM and world #4 Ivanchuk who simply played a marvelous game from beginning to end...

Ivanchuk has been on a roll this year, including a win at the Casino de Barcelona Masters in Spain. Lubomir Kavalek annotates a fascinating Dragon that he won against Felgaer at that tournament, and the game shows that Ivanchuk is in excellent form. As Kavalek and many other have said, he really should have been invited to the recent World Championship tournament in Argentina.

We'll see what Steve says Thursday.

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