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Peter Svidler vs Andrey Rychagov
Russian Superfinals (2007), Moscow RUS, rd 1, Dec-18
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation Morozevich Line (C11)  ·  0-1


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Dec-19-07  dabearsrock1010: shocked to see svidler lose 9. Nc5 looks suspicious
Dec-19-07  manethos: Wow, the mate threat after 52...Kc7 looks awfully hard to stop...
Dec-19-07  starkidaway: It's not that easy to see why white resign. Here its why:

White must play,


(white is threatening mate with 53.b6+ Ka6 54.Kc7 and 58.Ra4# next. If white tries 52....b6 then 53.Nb8 [setting mate with 54.Nc6+ Kb5 55.Rb5#] 53....Kb5 [53....Rh6+54.Kd5 and white whill have to give his rook for black's knight] 54.Nc6 with an easy win)

53.b6+ Ka6
54.Kc7 RxN+
55.KxR Kxp
56.Kc8 and white wins.

Dec-19-07  Ezzy: GM Svidler,Peter(RUS) (2732) - GM Rychagov,Andrey(RUS) (2528) [C11] Russian Championship Superfinal Moscow, Russia (1), 18.12.2007

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Be7 6.Bxf6 gxf6 7.Nf3 a6 8.c3 f5 9.Nc5 Bxc5N <Morozevich beat Svidler with 9...0Ė0 and Short drew with Svidler playing 9...b6.> 10.dxc5 Qxd1+ 11.Rxd1 Ke7 12.Be2 Nd7 13.b4 a5 14.a3 axb4 15.axb4 Ra3 16.Nd4 Rxc3< White doesn't seem to have enough compensation for the loss of a pawn.> 17.Kd2 Ra3 18.Ra1 Rxa1 19.Rxa1 Rd8 <Threatening 20...Nf6 21 Kc3 Ne4+ winning a piece.> 20.Kc3 Nf6 <Still aiming for 21...Ne4+ winning.> 21.Bf3 e5 22.Nb5 e4 23.Be2< [23.Bd1 Rd3+ 24.Kc2 Nd5 Whites position is collapsing.; 23.Re1 Nd5+ 24.Kb2 Be6 (24...Nxb4? 25.Bxe4!) 25.Be2 Rd7 and white will lose another pawn with an aweful position.] >23...Nd5+ 24.Kb3 Nf4 25.Bc4 Be6 26.Kc3 Bxc4 27.Kxc4 Ne6 28.Ra2 Rd1< Black is a pawn up with a better position. Not a successful opening variation by Svidler. So now he has lost to both Morozevich and Rychagov with this variation. Will he now give it up?> 29.f3 Kf6< Nice move bringing his king to a dominant position. >30.fxe4< I don't think Svidler should be giving his opponent passed pawns at this stage of the game.> 30...fxe4 31.Re2 c6 32.Rxe4< Svidler decides his best drawing chance is to give up a piece. [32.Nc3 Rd4+ 33.Kb3 Ke5 34.g3 f5 Black has a winning positional advantage]> 32...cxb5+ 33.Kxb5 Rd2 34.Kb6 Rb2 35.g4 h6 36.h4 Rb1 37.Ka7< [37.Kxb7?? Nxc5+] >37...Rb3 38.Kb6 Rb2 39.Ka7 Rb3 40.Kb6 Rb1 41.Ka7 Nd8 42.Kb6 Nc6 43.b5 <[43.Kxb7 Rxb4+ 44.Rxb4 Nxb4 wins for black]> 43...Ne5 44.Rd4 Ke6 45.Rd6+ Ke7 46.Rxh6 Nd7+ 47.Ka5 Nxc5 48.Rb6 Rg1 49.g5 Rg4 50.Rh6 Nd7 51.Rh7 Kd6 0Ė1

Disaster for Svidler. He has now lost 2 and drawn 1 from the position after 9 Nc5. Time to abandon the variation I think. He just didnít seem to have anything for the lost pawn, and it was always black who had the initiative. Itís difficult to find one particular losing move for Svidler, itís just that black had an easier position to build up a winning positional advantage. Well played by Rychagov

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  MarkThornton: What a strangely weak game from Svidler!
Dec-19-07  Riverbeast: I was thinking the same thing, maybe he's still hung over from the World Cup
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  Mateo: The all variation does not look very promising for White, but 16.Nd4?! was very questionable. It seems that White does not have enouggh compensation for the pawn. The simple 16.Rd3 should be better.

In the final position, after 52.Rxf7 b6+ 53.Ka6 Kc7, the threat Ra4 mate wins the exchange.

Dec-19-07  chessmoron: Everyone: Svidler just came from a game in Bundesliga to Russia to play in this tournament. He's a bit tired.
Dec-20-07  DiscerningKing: ok... svidler does seem a bit tired.
Dec-20-07  ghristo: What a lose! Svidler is losing and the 2nd tour vs Dreev!
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  ajk68: 26. Kc3

I don't understand this move.
Can someone please clue me in?

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  Phony Benoni: <ajk68? 26.Kc3 stops the threat of 26...Rd3+ 27.Nc3 Ne2.
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