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Peter Svidler vs Peter Leko
World Teams (2001), Yerevan ARM, rd 1, Oct-12
Sicilian Defense: Four Knights. Exchange Variation (B45)  ·  1-0


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  plang: 12 Nf2 is the main line; Svidler played 12 exf to avoid possible Leko preparation (Leko had used this line to draw Kaspatrov at Linares 1999). After 22..a4 Black had achieved equality though 23..Kf7 would have been a safer follow-up. The losing move was 27..Ke6? allowing White to activate his rook, Black could have held the draw with 27..Kc6 28 gxf..Kb6 29 Re1..Re8! 30 Rxe8..Nxe8 31 Bxd5..Bxd5 32 cxd..Nf6 33 d6..Kc6 followed by ..Ne8 and ..Nxd6. Also losing for Black would have been 31..Rf8 32 Rxh7..Nf6 33 Bxc6..Nxh7 34 Bd5+..Kd7 35 h4!.
Sep-12-18  siggemannen: Nice zugzwang at the end. I think Dvoretsky called this the "Pants", bishop has to choose side at some point, losing sight of the other "leg".
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