Monday, February 04, 2008

Informant Celebrates 100th Volume

A hat-tip to GM Joel Benjamin for this. Chess Informant has recently published their 100th volume. It's quite an amazing achievement considering that the whole project began way back in 1966. Frankly, I've never been a fan of the product: way too high-falutin for my liking and not to mention, pretty expensive! The last time I ever came close to buying one of these was when I was eagerly awaiting the analysis of the following unforgettable gem.

Wijk aan Zee 1996
Ivanchuk, Vassily
Shirov, Alexei

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 e6 5. Bg5 dxc4 6. e4 b5 7. e5 h6 8. Bh4 g5 9. Nxg5 hxg5 10. Bxg5 Nbd7 11. exf6 Bb7 12. g3 c5 13. d5 Qb6 14. Bg2 O-O-O 15. O-O b4 16. Na4 Qb5 17. a3 exd5 18. axb4 cxb4 19. Be3 Nc5 20. Qg4+ Rd7 21. Qg7 Bxg7 22. fxg7 Rg8 23. Nxc5 d4 24. Bxb7+ Rxb7 25. Nxb7 Qb6 26. Bxd4 Qxd4 27. Rfd1 Qxb2 28. Nd6+ Kb8 29. Rdb1 Qxg7 30. Rxb4+ Kc7 31. Ra6 Rb8 32. Rxa7+ Kxd6 33. Rxb8 Qg4 34. Rd8+ Kc6 35. Ra1 1-0

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