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Peter Svidler vs Michael Adams
"Fit as a Svidler" (game of the day Feb-07-2009)
EUCup 16th (2000), Neum, rd 7, Sep-24
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Neo-Archangelsk Variation (C78)  ·  1-0


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Jun-23-06  Topzilla: The game is very good, and it should be added to that collection "games featuring queen sacrifices".
Jun-24-06  Grega: Grega: Nice to see that you enjoy complicated games Topzilla, have you seen this ->

R Bogdanovic vs A Planinc, 1965

Minic vs A Planinc, 1975

Jun-24-06  Topzilla: Nice ones too, thanks for posting them <Grega>
Sep-29-06  Bufon: This is an impressive game by Svidler!
Nov-08-07  computer chess guy: White could have played the less flashy 25. ♖xd4 ♕xd4 26. ♕xc7 ♖be8 27. ♗e3 with advantage. After the Queen sac, my engine prefers 26. .. ♕d5 instead of 26. ..e5, which may enable Black to hold on longer, although he is still in danger, especially from the passed a pawn.
Feb-07-09  outplayer: Svidler played magnificently. Another demonstration of his great strength is his victory over Pentala Harikrishna Svidler vs Harikrishna, 2009
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  JointheArmy: 19. Ra4 doesn't look right.
Feb-07-09  Alphastar: <JointheArmy> Why not?
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  johnlspouge: < <JointheArmy> wrote: 19. Ra4 doesn't look right. >

Toga II 1.3.1 evaluates it as the best move. My chessforum has detailed instructions for downloading Toga, which is freeware.

Feb-07-09  WhiteRook48: nice attack
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  kevin86: Very imaginative play by the winner-some oddities also...
Feb-07-09  anand: Hello! I am a beginner. Wondering about the 29. Rxe5 sacrifice from white, I got stuck at this line 29.Rxe5Bxe5 30.Rh4+Kg8 31. Bb3+Kf8 32. Rh8+Ke7 33. Rxa8Qc3.

Could anybody please explain how white makes it work from here?

Or why the rook sacrifice works for white and if it goes through another better line?


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  HAPERSAUD: y doesnt adams quit using the ruy lopez, he loses to much ,seems like a siclian player to me
Feb-07-09  Salaskan: Anand, I presumed you meant 33...Qc6 (Qc3 is impossible, Qd3 is met by Re8+ Kxe8 a8=Q)? Then 34.Ba3+ Bd6 35.Bd5! (decoying the queen; the immediate 35.Bxd7+? is met by Qc1+ Kh2 Qf4+ with a perpetual check, unless white plays Bd1, losing the bishop anyway anyway) 35...Qxd5 36.Bxd6 cxd6 37.Rc8 and White will be a rook up.
Feb-07-09  YetAnotherAmateur: Another interesting line from move 29:

29.Rxe5 Bxe5 30.Rh4+ Kg8 31. Bb3+ Kf8 32. Rh8+ Ke7 33. Rxa8 Kd6 34. Ba3+ Kc6 35. Ba4+ Kb7 36. Bxd7 Kxa8 37. Bc5 Kb7 38. Bc6+ Kxc6 39. a8=Q Kxc5

Obviously still a win for white.

Feb-08-09  tivrfoa: amazing!
Jun-02-11  IRONCASTLEVINAY: So many puzzles in this single game, may be for entire weak.
Aug-15-11  sevenseaman: I have rarely seen a game played with such sharp chess acumen and gusto that it even looks like a great display of flamboyance from Svidler.

Puzzles galore, many places his chosen move is not easy to understand. An outstanding entertainer, it may be his best game.

Jun-07-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Svidler vs Adams, 2000.
Your score: 46 (par = 42)


Apr-23-13  Everett: Once you see that the K is almost mated, with a rook and two bishops plus a pawn on the 7th... 29.Rxe5 is not so hard to spot.
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  kingscrusher: What a fascinating game
Oct-08-13  Everyone: agrees.
Mar-29-14  autom: Isn't 34.Rb6 stronger, winning the Q for the B? Or, what am I missing?
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  plang: In Adams-Benjamin at the 1997 World Team Championship at Lucerne White had played 13 Re1 and had gone on to win; 13 Qe2 was new with the idea of hitting the a-pawn after 15 d4. Svidler was critical of 23..Re8? recommending instead 23..Bxf1 24 Kxf1..g6 25 a6 with compensation for the exchange.

Crouch after 24 Re1:
"White needs to keep his tactical cool here. Black has forgone the capture of the exchange, in return for setting up quite a formidable counter-attack, with all his pieces firing at White. The one thing that White has running in his favor is that if he can manage a safe check on the h-file, it will robably be decisive."

Svidler had more than enough compensation for the queen after 24..Re6 25 Qxe6 but the alternative 24..Qh4 25 Be3..Rxe3 26 Qxc7..Rd8 27 Rxd4..Rxd4 28 fxe..Qxe1+ 29 Kh2..Rd3 30 Bxd3..Bxd3 31 Qd8+ would have been winning for White.

Adams resigned after 34 Bc3 as the threat of Rxg7 followed by Rg4 could not be met.

<autom: Isn't 34.Rb6 stronger, winning the Q for the B? Or, what am I missing?>

This also wins though since Adams resigned Svidler's continuation was plenty strong.

Feb-26-17  Saniyat24: Never came across this variation before...Svidler took control of the game and did not let go....!
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