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David Navara vs Peter Svidler
37th Chess Olympiad (2006)  ·  Slav Defense: Soultanbeieff Variation (D16)  ·  1-0
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May-31-06  Mameluk: Nice game with many interesting lines. Navara probably missed winning 24. Rde3 Rxe7 25. Nxc4 Rxe3 26. Nxb6 Rxe1+ 27. Qxe1 axb6, or he thought this is hard to win.

The most beautiful line is 24. Rde3 Be6 25. Bxf6 gxf6 26. Rg3+ Kh7 27. Re4!! fxe5 28. Qxh6+ Kxh6 29. Rh4#

Svidler´s decisive mistake was 26... Rcd8, when Qb8 was better with tough resistance.

40. Rxc4 is cool.

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  Mateo: Not Svidler's day. The game was interesting after the sound 20.d5!, depite some inacurracies from both sides.

20...Bd5? should have lost quickly, as shown by <Mameluk>. Better seems 20...Ned5 21.Bb4 Re8 22.Qd2 Qc7! 23.Bd5 Re5 24.Re5 Qe5 .

24.Rd6? <Navara probably missed winning 24. Rde3 Rxe7 25. Nxc4 Rxe3 26. Nxb6 Rxe1+ 27. Qxe1 axb6>

26...Rcd8?. Better should be the simple 26...Qb8, as after the move actually played Navara could have played a strong Knight's sac.

29. Qc3 was not the best. 29.Nf6!! Kf6 30.Qh6 Ke7 31.Rc1! Qe5 32.Qh4 Kf8 35.Qc4 should win for White.

29... Qf4?? was a blunder, losing the game. 29...Qc6 was the only move. White is much better but it would have been a hard fight.

Jun-03-06  orio24: 40. ♖xc4! ♕xc4 41. ♘h5+ ♔g8 42. ♕g6+ ♔f8 43. ♕g7+ ♔e8 44. ♘f6+ ♔d8 45. ♕d7# Beautiful.
Jun-05-06  notyetagm: Another textbook example of IQP play, with the thematic pawn advance 19 d5!.
Jun-05-06  notyetagm: <orio24: 40. Rxc4! Qxc4 41. Nh5+ Kg8 42. Qg6+ Kf8 43. Qg7+ Ke8 44. Nf6+ Kd8 45. Qd7# Beautiful.>

Yes, the recapture 40 ... ♕d4xc4 <DEFLECTS> the Black queen from defending the f6-, g7-, and d7-squares, all of which White occupies en route to the mate in 5 that you give.

Jun-16-06  notyetagm: My favorite game of the Olympiad.
Jun-16-06  notyetagm: The beautiful mate that results after 40 ♖x♗! ♕x♖?:

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Jul-02-06  notyetagm: I love playing over this game. Outstanding play by Navara.
Jul-02-06  dragon40: I was surprised to see Svidleer NOT playing his favorite Grunfeld...not that it's a bad thing. A very intersting game, and Im glad to see Navara win it! I think Svidler will stay with the Grunfeld next time :)
Jul-03-06  notyetagm: Have I mentioned how much I love this IQP game? :-)
Jul-03-06  notyetagm: I love how the forcing move 40 ♖x♗! ♕x♖? decentralizes the Black queen <just enough> to allow the White queen and knight to force mate in 5 moves utilizing the f6-, g7- and d7-squares that the Black queen leaves behind with 40 ... ♕d4xc4?.
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  Honza Cervenka: <I was surprised to see Svidleer NOT playing his favorite Grunfeld.> Maybe the reason of Svidler's avoiding to play Gruenfeld against Navara is the fact that Navara himself is an expert in Gruenfeld.
Jul-10-06  dragon40: <Honza Cervenka> Thanks, I did not know that and Yes, that makes very good sense to me now ! :)
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  Peligroso Patzer: Beautiful game by Navara! In the final position, if 40. ... Qxc4, then: 41. Nh5+ (this Knight on the rim is 'doom' [for the Black King], not 'dim') Kg8 (or 41. ... Kh8 42. Qf6+ and 43. Qg7#) 42. Qg6+ Kf8 43. Qg7+ Ke8 44. Nf6+ Kd8 45. Qd7# - a classic example of effective coordination of Queen and Knight.

(BTW, this game was being compared to today's WCC game [Topalov vs. Kramnik, #7] around move 12, but the positions were not quite identical even then, and by move 16 there is even less similarity in today's WCC game.)

Mar-27-08  motorhead: 40. ... Qxf6 doesn't help either.
Dec-14-09  butilikefur: does 38. Rxc4 also work .. 38...Qxc4 39. Nf6+ Kf7 40. Nxe4 Qxe4 41. Qa3 Qe1+ 42. Kg2 Qe4+ 43. Qf3 Qxa4 44. Qxb7+
Apr-16-14  Garech: Great game indeed - definitely GOTD material. Just need a pun...


Apr-16-14  Garech: 24.Rde3! also won.
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