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Peter Svidler vs Nikita Vitiugov
Russian Superfinals (2007), Moscow RUS, rd 6, Dec-24
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Dragon Variation (B60)  ·  1-0


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Dec-24-07  TheSlid: OK so i watch the game at work on Christmas Eve (Ho, ho,ho) and after 13.Nd5, I think, whoops, end of the line for the Black bits.

I get home, get drunkish and fire up F8 (come on tomorrow and Fritz 10!). The stupid machine likes the obviously unplayable 13...Bxb2 and even 13...Kf8. Surely only 13...0-0?

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  Eyal: Position after 18.Bd5:

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Instead of 18...Bxd5 and then 19...Re8+, Vitiugov had the nice resource of an immediate 18...Re8+!

19.Nxe8 Qxd5 (or Bxd5)

19.Kd1 Re4!! 20.Rxb7 (Or 20.Bxe4 Bxe4 21.Qc4 d5 22.Qb5+ Kxc7 and White will run out of checks, e.g. 23.Qxb7+ Kd8 24.Qb8+ Kd7 25.Rb7+ Ke6 26.Qc8+ Kxf6 27.Qc3+ Kg5) 20...Rd4!

19.Kd2 Bh6+ 20.Kc3 Bxd5 21.Nxd5 Rc8+ 22.Kb2 Rc5

Not easy to find without an engine, though...

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  Ron: At move 21 Svidler plays Rxb6! and Black does not take the rook, for if 21. .. axb6 then 22. Qb5+ Kd8 23. Qxb6+ Kd7 24. Qc7+ Ke6 25. Nf4+ Kxf6 26 Qc3+ (this seems to be more accurate than taking the queen now) and then after black's 26th move then Nxg2 This last bit is comp help, I have to admit I would have taken the queen asap in this line.
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  Eyal: Vitiugov could have tried 20...Rb8 instead of b6, but he wouldn't have survived very long after 21.Re1, with ideas of Qb5+, Qc4, or Re7 in case of 21...Kd8.
Dec-24-07  nimh: 14...Qxg2 was decisive blunder.
13...Bxg2 is neither unplayable nor a mistake. It wins pawn back and the ensuing position sees only a small advantage from white's point of view.

I think patzers should refrain from critizing comp moves and posting in forums while being in drunken state.

Dec-24-07  Nezhmetdinov: Don't be such a prig, nimh.
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  minasina: (Translated: The board is not functioning at the translated page.)
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  JointheArmy: Why 8. Bb5 and then 9. Bc4. I don't get it.

Doesn't that just lose a tempo?

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  beatgiant: <JointheArmy>
Black's bishop is on d7 blocks Black's queen from defending the d6 pawn. This prevents Black from recapturing with 10...bxc6.
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