A rising young star comes up against a living legend and finds he still has much to learn.

Jorden Van Foreest of the Netherlands is only 17 and has played impressively in recent months. But in the following game, he bit off a little more than he could chew against Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine, one of the top players of the last 25 years.  

Van Foreest, Jorden vs. Ivanchuk, V.
32nd ECC Open 2016 | Novi Sad SRB | Round 1.7 | 06 Nov 2016 | ECO: B90 | 0-1
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Nb3 This move has become very popular recently, but it looks absolutely bizarre to me. What is the point?
6... g6 Ivanchuk switches to a Dragon formation because it will be better than usual because of White's last move. Black had several other good options as well.
7. Be2 Bg7 8. g4!? Very bold. The moves Be2 and Nb3 are not really what I would suggest in conjunction with beginning an attack.
8. O-O Looked more natural, transposing into a reasonably tame Sicilian. Black would have been fine, of course.  )
8... h6
8... Nc6 I see no reason to fear g5, but the move played by Ivanchuk is certainly fine.
9. g5 Nd7 Black's position is very comfortable.  )
9. Be3 Nbd7 10. Qd2 b5 11. O-O-O Bb7 12. f3 The drawback of h6 starts to become apparent. Black has a hard time castling.
12... Qc7 13. a3 Rc8
13... Ne5 Looked more natural.  )
14. h4 Nb6 Presumably this was the point of Rc8. Now if White plays Na5, Black can reply Ba8.
14... d5!? As usual, the computer is a little nutty. This move seems justified, but I can definitely understand why Ivanchuk did not play it.
15. g5 hxg5 16. hxg5 Rxh1 17. Rxh1 Nh5 18. Nxd5 Bxd5 19. exd5 Ng3 Black has good counterplay.  )
15. Kb1
15. Na5 I might consider playing this move anyway.
15... Ba8 16. Bd4 Computer engines evaluate the position as better for White, but I prefer Black. It is really not clear what is going on.  )
15... Nfd7
15... h5! 16. g5 Nfd7 This would have been an improvement for Black on how the game unfolded because the kingside will remain blocked forever.  )
16. Bd4 Bxd4 17. Qxd4 O-O 18. Qe3 Kh7 The computers really prefer White's position at this point, but I think they are overestimating his chances.
19. Bd3
19. Nd4 This move looked stronger; White would have corrected the strategic error he made on move 6:)  )
19... Ne5 20. h5 g5 The engine still prefers White's position and I don't understand why. The kingside is closed, limiting his counterplay, Black's knight on e5 is gorgeous, and Black has a lot of activity.
21. Nd5 Nbc4! 22. Qe2 Qd8! The knight on d5 is only a temporary annoyance as Black will soon be able to attack it by playing e6.
23. Nd4 e6 24. Bxc4 Rxc4! Black preserves the pawn structure.
24... bxc4 For some reason the computer evaluates this ridiculous move as the best for Black.
25. Nc3 And White's position would be better.  )
25. Ne3 Rc7 26. Rd2 Qf6 27. Rhd1 Rd8 28. Ka1 d5! This break is often devastating in the Sicilian.
29. exd5 Bxd5 30. Nxd5 Rxd5 Black has a huge edge. His pieces are very active and White has many pawn weaknesses.
31. Nb3 Qxf3! 32. Qh2
32. Qxf3 Nxf3 33. Rxd5 exd5 34. Rxd5 Nh2! 35. Rd4 Rxc2 White's position is beyond salvation in this ending.  )
32... Rxc2! Not the only winning move, but definitely the most devastating.
33. Rxc2
33. Rxd5 Rxh2  )
33... Rxd1+ 34. Ka2 Qe4 35. Qf2 Kg7


Samuel Shankland is a United States grandmaster ranked No. 4 in the country. He is a professional player and recipient of the Samford Fellowship in 2013, the most prestigious award in the United States for young chess players. He was also a member of the team that won the gold medal at the 2016 Chess Olympiad. He is at @GMShanky on Twitter and is also on Facebook.