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Peter Svidler vs Michael Adams
FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005), San Luis ARG, rd 1, Sep-28
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Jaenisch Variation (C42)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Peter Svidler vs Michael Adams (2005)
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Sep-28-05  wheelchiar bandit: i love the way Peter Svidler plays hope he wins!
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  tpstar: <bomb the bishop> Interesting idea. Look at 24. Rxa6!? Rxb7 25. Rxc6 Qd8 26. Rxg6+! (only Discovery around) Bxg6 27. Bxb7 Bxh2+! and White only gets 2 Pawns for the piece = 28. Kxh2 Qc7+ & 29 ... Qxb7, otherwise 28 ... Bf4. I don't like 26. d5 instead due to 26 ... Rb1 27. Qe2 Rxe1+ 28. Qxe1 Re8 and Black has the initiative. Do you see any better line for White?
Sep-28-05  bomb the bishop: <tpstar> thanks for your analysis.. i always stop mine before finding the winning move, which in this case as you found it, is 27..Bxh2+! and favors black, the tie makes sense
Sep-28-05  Trickster: Its Svidler serious????? in the first game and he its drawing, i presented that, a boring petroff or ruy lopez and a 20 moves draw

No doubt Svidler has now entered to the Draw Masters crowd with honors.

<i hate the wat Peter Svidler plays hope he will end in last place!>

Sep-29-05  csmath: Maybe he is tired of travel? Weird and unneccessary draw. What is going on with this man?
Sep-29-05  Trickster: <What is going on with this man>

This has been Svidler lately, remember him in Dortmund where he made a lot of draws, so its not strange for me his draw

As a matter of fact i predict he will make another draw tomorrow,and it will be a 20 move draw.

Sep-29-05  Trickster: i say it again i hate the way Peter Svidler plays hope he loose!
Sep-29-05  MUG: <crafty> Can we have your assessment of the final position please?

I think White has the better prospects despite Blacks bishop pair. Pressure against Blacks weak pawns can be easily built up (e.g. Qa4 and Rea1 etc.), forcing Black onto the defensive.

Sep-29-05  AdrianP: Quite curious, Adams plays the Petroff (i.e. give me a draw, please...!), Svidler comes up with a very interesting new idea (15. Rb1; 18. Rb2!?) and manages to reach an interesting position (no mean achievement these days in the Petroff), but then is happy with a draw. Maybe Adams played something that he had overlooked in his analysis, and this unsettled him...?

At least Seirawan agrees with me that Svidler's going to win this tournament (he made this prediction last night during his commentary on

Sep-29-05  AdrianP: ...or maybe Svidler is just returning the compliment after this game... when Adams opts for the 1/2 point in a rich position.

Adams vs Svidler, 2005

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  lostemperor: I predicted this game to be a draw in 25 moves. Damn:(
Sep-29-05  WMD: 24...Rb1 should equalise after 25.Qxb1 (or 25.Qe2 Rfb8) Bxb1 26.Rxb1 Ra8.
Sep-29-05  Ferdyrojo: A somewhat uneventful draw in a Petroff opening. Black's a6 and c6 pawns are quite ugly. So, if Peter Svidler didn't make his best to go for a win, when will he in the present world championship tournament?
Sep-29-05  Ulhumbrus: After 19...Nxc6 20 Rxe6 Bxe6 21 Bxc6! bxc6 22 Qxc1 Black's R, B and P may fail to give him enough for the Q, owing to his broken queen side.
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  AgentRgent: <acirce: So what would you have played on 24..Rb1 ?> (from Zsuzsa Polgar ) Perhaps 25. Qe2 Rfb8 26. Ne4! Which is likely to lead to a tricky endgame for black (3 isolated pawns), but leaves white with virtually no chance to lose without a major blunder.

When you're trying to win a tournament, you have white, against one of the lower players (sorry Mickey), chances to win, and very little chance to lose, it seems Cowardly not to play on?

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  acirce: 26..Qe6 27.Ra1 Bxe4 28.Bxe4 Rxa1 29.Rxa1 f5 and Black forces an endgame that, if not a dead draw, looks easier for Black to play than for White.
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  AgentRgent: <acirce: 26..Qe6 27.Ra1 Bxe4> and now 28. Qxe4 Rxe1+ 29. Rxe1 Bd2 30. Qxe6 fxe6 and though likely drawn, white's still got some chances against the isolated pawns.
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  acirce: White got chances where in that line? He'll be a pawn down, he might save the game but no more. (31.Rxe6?? Rb1+)
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  AgentRgent: <acirce: White got chances where in that line? He'll be a pawn down, he might save the game but no more. (31.Rxe6?? Rb1+)> He's not a pawn down... 31. Rd1 Bxc3 32. Bxc6 4 pawns each, but Black has 2 isolated to white's 1.
Sep-29-05  Centaurus IV: Svidler and his boring draws, he could have keep playing it, but he its lazy and love to draw.
Sep-29-05  WMD: So the line under discussion is 24...Rb1 25.Qe2 Rfb8 26.Ne4 Qe6 27.Ra1 Bxe4 28.Qxe4 Rxe1+ 29.Rxe1 Bd2 30.Qxe6 fxe6 31.Rd1 Bxc3 32.Bxc6 Bxd4.
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  tamar: No one likes short draws, but you can't get blood from a turnip. Draw is logical from final position.
Sep-29-05  Centaurus IV: <Draw is logical from final position>

i woudnt be so sure about that, i guess white has some chances

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  tamar: <Centaurus IV> Black has a straightforward plan, double on the b file. If Svidler saw a good way to combat that, he would have played on.

The most likely end would be 24...Rb1
25 Qe2 Rfb8 26 Ra1 Rb1-b2 27 Qxa6 Bxh2+
28 Kxh2 Qh4+ 29 Kg1 Qf2+ 30 Kh1 Qh4+ with perpetual check.

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  lostemperor: Ofcourse it is hard to predict number of moves in a game to say the least. But you can sense whether to expect long battle or not. With some experience you can estimate the amount of moves in a game and be frequenty in the right direction. See also my comments in Van Wely vs Svidler 2005 and the first time I started "estimating" Kasparov vs Leko 2005
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