Tuesday, March 18

You've Gotta Be Kidding Me!

This game today from the Melody Amber rapid tournament began innocently enough with 6.Bc4 in the Scheveningen/Najdorf. However, on move 14, Vassily Ivanchuk uncorked a stunning queen sacrifice against Sergey Karjakin and won in the endgame. Some of us might have considered Nxe6 or Bxe6, but not Qxe6! I have heard stories over the years that Ivanchuk is crazy. If so, this game adds credibility to the theory that there is a fine line between insanity and brilliance.

To play through the entire game, click on this link to Chess Publisher.

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