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Viswanathan Anand vs Peter Svidler
Linares (1998), Linares ESP, rd 2, Feb-23
Modern Defense: Standard Defense (B06)  ·  1-0


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Aug-18-05  rodrigochaves: what happens if black take a paw with 7.dxe5?
Jan-03-07  Haeron: If black plays 7. ...de5, then White goes 8. Be4! 8. ...Rb8 (Ra7?? loses the rook to 9. de5!) 9. de5, and Black doesn't want to take with either piece- the bishop has strategic power and protects the dark squares on black's kingside and taking with the knight allows 10. Qxd8 Kx d8, when the king is stuck on the open d-file, and then i'd play 11. 0-0-0+.
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  plang: 7..Bb7 was new; 7..e6 and 7..dxe are alternatives. Anand described 8 e6 as the only move as 8 exd..cxd is evaluated as slightly better for Black. Seirawan recommended 10..Nh6 with the idea of ..Nf5 keeping the long diagonal open. Anand was critical of 22 Qd3? recommending 22 Nd2 and Ra3 with equality. Anand felt that Svidler started going wrong with 29..Rb4?. Instead, after 29..g4 30 Rxb3..Rxb3 31 Qxb3..gxf Black keeps a small advantage. Svidler's decision to exchange his a-pawn for White's c-pawn giving Anand an outside passed pawn was questionable. 33..d5? allowed White to cut off the rooks retreat after which Black was lost; perhaps 33..Rc6 was an alternative.
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