Bilbao 2011 – Francisco Vallejo-Pons vs Vassily Ivanchuk – Grunfeld Defense (Round 7)

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GM Vallejo-Pons’s received great moral support on returning to his native Spain, starting with a draw against Aronian in round 6 and a very nice win with the white pieces in round 7 against a determined Ivanchuk. Vallejo played an interesting line against Ivanchuk’s Grunfeld Defense, playing very aggressively in the opening to place immediate pressure against black’s center and king. Vallejo was able to build this pressure and emerge in a R+P endgame with an extra outside past pawn. I think Ivanchuk could have defended better by placing a quick blockade on the pawn with 35. …c5 and 36. …Ra6 – however the Ukrainian was in extreme time pressure with about 30 seconds left at this point and you can’t blame him for not finding the most precise defense in this position. Ivanchuk went on to draw Anand in round 8 after an interesting N+P endgame, maintaining his lead.


[Event “2011 Bilbao Chess Masters Final”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Date “2011.10.07”]
[Round “-“]
[White “*GM_Vallejo”]
[Black “*GM_Ivanchuk”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “2716”]
[BlackElo “2765”]
[Opening “English opening”]
[ECO “A05”]
[NIC “EO.52”]
[TimeControl “5400+10”]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. h4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 h6 7. e4 Bg7
8. d4 c5 9. Bb5+ Nc6 10. d5 Qa5 11. Rb1 a6 12. Bxc6+ bxc6 13. O-O Bg4 14. d6
Rd8 15. Bf4 exd6 16. Bxd6 Bf8 17. e5 Bxd6 18. exd6 O-O 19. Qd2 Bxf3 20. gxf3
Rd7 21. Rfd1 Rfd8 22. Qxh6 Qxc3 23. Qf4 c4 24. h5 Qg7 25. Rb6 Rc8 26. h6 Qc3
27. Rd4 Qe1+ 28. Kg2 Qe6 29. Rxa6 c3 30. Ra3 Rcd8 31. Rxc3 Rxd6 32. Rxd6
Qxd6 33. Qxd6 Rxd6 34. a4 Kh7 35. a5 Kxh6 36. a6 c5 37. Ra3 Rd8 38. f4 Kg7
39. Kf3 Kf6 40. a7 Ra8 41. Ke4 Ke6 42. Ra6+ Kd7 43. Kd5 Kc7 44. Kxc5 Kb7 45.
Kb5 Rxa7 46. Rxa7+ Kxa7 47. Kc6 {White wins} 1-0

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