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Vadim Zvjaginsev vs Peter Svidler
Chj-URS (1990)
Gruenfeld Defense: General (D80)  ·  0-1


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Oct-09-03  tricloc: This score is wrong, it should be 0-1.
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  Mateo: Svidler was only 14 years old when he played this game and he was already using the Gruenfeld. Svidler's elo was 2430. Zvjaginsev became a strong IGM. He beated such players as Ivanchuk.

Svidler played the same variation against Zvjaginsev (again) in 1999 and won too. He played it also against Ivan Sokolov in the same year and drew. In both cases he selected 9... b6. This should be an improvement.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bg5 Ne4 5.Bf4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 dxc4 7.e3 Be6 8.Nf3 Bg7 9.Qb1 Qd5 <9...b6> 10.Nd2 O-O 11.Be2 Qa5 12.Qb4?! <This gives Black a better ending. He should have played 12.Qb7> Qxb4 13.cxb4 Na6 14.a3 b5 15.Bf3 Rab8 16.Ne4 Bf5 17.Nc3 e5!? <As White threatened 18. Bc6, we could expect 17...Rb6> 18.Bxe5 Bxe5 19.dxe5 Rfe8 20.O-O <More to the point seems 0-0-0> Rxe5 21.e4 Bd7 22.Rfd1 Be8 <A deep move, instead of the expected 22...Bc6. The idea is to allow c6 and Nc7> 23.Rd5 Re6 24.Bg4 Re7 25.Rad1 c6 26.Rd6 Nc7 27.f4 a5! 28.e5 < Ra8> axb4 29.axb4 Kg7 <What for? 29...Ra8 seems good> 30.Bf3 Ne6! 31.Ne2 <Better seems 31.g3, because after 32...c5 the Knight jumps to d5> c5 32.g4 Kf8 <avoiding 32...cb 33.f5> 33.bxc5 <33.f5? Ng5 > Nxc5 34.R1d5 Nd3 35.Be4 Nb4 36.Rc5 Rd7 37.Nd4 Na6 38.Rcd5 Rxd6 39.exd6 b4! 40.d7 Bxd7 41.Rxd7 Nc5 42.Rc7 Nxe4 43.Rxc4 Nf6 <The rest is an easy win for Black> 44.g5 Nd5 45.Nb3 Ke7 46.Kf2 Kd6 47.Kf3 Ra8 48.Rd4 Rc8 49.Ke4 Re8+ 50.Kd3 Re3+ 51.Kc2 Rf3 52.Nd2 Rxf4 53.Rd3 Ke6 54.Kb3 Rg4 55.Nf3 Re4 56.Nd4+ Kd6 57.Nc2 Kc5 58.Rf3 Rf4 59.Rd3 Rf2 60.Rh3 Nf4 61.Re3 Rxh2 62.Nxb4 Rh3 63.Nd3+ Kd4 0-1

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