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Peter Svidler vs Loek van Wely
Tilburg Fontys (1998), Tilburg NED, rd 6, Oct-29
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  1-0
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Jun-07-06
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  Mateo: It is hard to believe that Svidler won such a dry ending against a strong opponent as Van Wely. The finish (54.Re5!!> is just brilliant, a puzzlelike problem.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bb5 Bg7 5.O-O d6 6.e5 dxe5 7.Bxc6+ bxc6 8.Re1 Qc7N <8...f6> 9.d3 Nf6 10.Nxe5 Nd5 11.Qe2 Nxc3 12.bxc3 Qxe5!? <giving up his Bishop pair to reach an ending with opposite colour Bishops and good hopes of a draw> 13.Qxe5 Bxe5 14.Rxe5 c4 15.dxc4!? f6 16.Rc5 Bd7 17.Ra5! <otherwise 17...a5 paralyze the Rook> Kf7 18.Be3 Bf5 19.Rb1! <otherwise after Bc2, the Rook cannot reach the open b file> Bxc2 20.Rb7 Rhb8 21.Rxb8 Rxb8 22.h4 <now he threatens to take the a7 pawn with the Rook> Rb7 23.Bxa7 <but not 23.Ra7 Ra7 24.Ba7 with a draw in view, since the a pawn cannot advance> Bd3 24.Bc5 <24.Ra4 Bc4!. Svidler does not lose time protecting the useless c4 pawn> Bxc4 25.a4 Ke6 26.Ra8 Kd5 27.Be3 <Maybe Svidler thought that 27.Bb4 c5 28.Rd8 Kc6 29.Rc8 Rc7 30.Rc7 Kc7 31.Bc5 was drawish> Rb1+ <very good. The Rook goes to a1. Then the passed pawn cannot advance to a6> 28.Kh2 Ra1 29.a5 <maybe 29.Bb6 first was more accurate> c5= <now the Bishop cannot go to b6, where he protected the passed pawn, freeing the Rook> 30.Ra7 Kd6 31.Bh6 Bd5 32.Bf4+ e5 33.Bh6 Ra2 34.Ra6+ Ke7?! <34...Kd7= 35.Be3 Bc4! (this is the difference)> 35.Be3 c4 36.Bc5+ Kf7 37.Rd6 Be4 38.a6 f5 39.a7 f4? <this loses a pawn. Better 39...h5> 40.Rd7+ Ke6 <40...Kg8 41.Re7> 41.Rxh7 Bc6 <41...Rc2 42.Rh8! and the Rook must come back to a2> 42.Rh6 Be4 43.Rh8 Kd7 44.Bb6! <Svidler does not allow 44...Kc7> Ra6 45.Rd8+ Ke7 46.f3 Bc6 <46...Rb6? 47.fe > 47.Rg8 Kf7 <47...Rb6? 48.Rg6! Ra6 49.h5! Kf7 50.Rc6 Ra7 51.Rc4 > 48.Rc8 Bd5 <48...Rb6? 49.Rc6 > 49.Rd8 Ke6 <49...Rb6? 50.Rd5 Ra6 51.Re5 Ra7 52.Re4 > 50.Bc5 Bb7 51.Kh3 Ra5 52.Re8+ Kf5 53.Bd6 Bc6 54.Rxe5+!! Rxe5 55.Bxe5 Kxe5 56.Kg4 Kf6 <otherwise 57.Kg5> 57.Kxf4 Bb7 58.g4 Bc6 59.Ke3 <the idea is 60.f4 and 61.Kd4> Ke5 <59...g5 60.h5 Ke5 (60...Kg7 61.Kd4 Bf3 62.Kc4 ) 61.h6 Kf6 62.f4 gf 63.Kf4 Kg6 64.g5 and 65.Ke5 > 60.f4+ <60...Kd5 61.h5 gh 62.gh Ke6 63.h6 Kf7(63...Kf6 64.f5! ) 64.f5 Kg8 65.f6! > 1-0

Jun-07-06  Milo: Do computers see it?
Jun-07-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Mateo: <Milo: Do computers see it?> What do you mean? The sac 54.Re5?
Jun-09-06  Milo: Yeah.
Sep-27-06
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  OhioChessFan: Would 53.......e4 have saved Black?
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