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. e4c52. Nf3d63. d4cxd44. Nxd4Nf65. Nc3a66. Nb3This move has become very popular recently, but it looks absolutely bizarre to me. What is the point? 6... g6Ivanchuk 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. Be2Bg78. g4!?Very bold. The moves Be2 and Nb3 are not really what I would suggest in conjunction with beginning an attack.
( 8. O-OLooked more natural, transposing into a reasonably tame Sicilian. Black would have been fine, of course. )
( 8... Nc6I see no reason to fear g5, but the move played by Ivanchuk is certainly fine. 9. g5Nd7Black's position is very comfortable. )
9. Be3Nbd710. Qd2b511. O-O-OBb712. f3The drawback of h6 starts to become apparent. Black has a hard time castling. 12... Qc713. a3Rc8
( 13... Ne5Looked more natural. )
14. h4Nb6Presumably 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. g5hxg516. hxg5Rxh117. Rxh1Nh518. Nxd5Bxd519. exd5Ng3Black has good counterplay. )
( 15. Na5I might consider playing this move anyway. 15... Ba816. Bd4Computer engines evaluate the position as better for White, but I prefer Black. It is really not clear what is going on. )
( 15... h5!16. g5Nfd7This would have been an improvement for Black on how the game unfolded because the kingside will remain blocked forever. )
16. Bd4Bxd417. Qxd4O-O18. Qe3Kh7The computers really prefer White's position at this point, but I think they are overestimating his chances. 19. Bd3
( 19. Nd4This move looked stronger; White would have corrected the strategic error he made on move 6:) )
19... Ne520. h5g5The 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. Nd5Nbc4!22. Qe2Qd8!The knight on d5 is only a temporary annoyance as Black will soon be able to attack it by playing e6. 23. Nd4e624. Bxc4Rxc4!Black preserves the pawn structure.
( 24... bxc4For some reason the computer evaluates this ridiculous move as the best for Black. 25. Nc3And White's position would be better. )
25. Ne3Rc726. Rd2Qf627. Rhd1Rd828. Ka1d5!This break is often devastating in the Sicilian. 29. exd5Bxd530. Nxd5Rxd5Black has a huge edge. His pieces are very active and White has many pawn weaknesses. 31. Nb3Qxf3!32. Qh2
( 32. Qxf3Nxf333. Rxd5exd534. Rxd5Nh2!35. Rd4Rxc2White's position is beyond salvation in this ending. )
32... Rxc2!Not the only winning move, but definitely the most devastating. 33. Rxc2
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