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Peter Svidler vs Sergei Movsesian
Pearl Spring Chess Tournament (2008), Nanjing CHN, rd 2, Dec-12
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Modern Variation (B83)  ·  0-1


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  whiteshark: First!
Dec-12-08  ILikeFruits: second...
Dec-12-08  Ezzy: Svidler,P (2727) - Movsesian,S (2732) [B83]
Pearl Spring Nanjing CHN (2), 12.12.2008

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Be2 Be7 7.00 00 8.f4 Nc6 9.Be3 e5 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.Kh1 exf4 12.Bxf4 Be6 13.Bf3 Qb8 14.b3 Qb4 15.Qd2 Rfd8 16.Rad1 Rac8 17.Qe3 d5< Obvious threat of 18...d4> 18.Be5 Qa5 19.exd5 Nxd5 20.Nxd5 cxd5 21.Bh5 <An interesting move threatening 22 Bxg7! Kxg7 23 Bxf7!. > 21...d4!< What this does, is moves the queen from the c1 - h6 diaganol and white can't execute the tactical variations given below. If 22 Qf4 f6! and the bishop is trapped due to 22...Bxd4 23 Qxh5. [21...g6?? 22.Bxg6 fxg6 (22...hxg6 23.Qh6 f6 24.Qxg6+ Kf8 25.Bxf6 Bf7 26.Bxe7+ Ke8 27.Qxf7+ Kd7 28.Ba3+ Kc6 29.Rf6+ Kb5 30.Qxd5+ Rxd5 31.Rxd5+ Rc5 32.Rxc5# Wow!!) 23.Qh6 Bf6 24.Rxf6 and it's all over]>22.Qe4 g6 23.Bf3 <Now 24 Bxd4 is threatened> 23...Bf5 24.Qf4 Bg5 25.Qxg5 Qxe5 26.Bg4?! <Probably better is 26.c4 and black can't take 26...dxc3 because of whites double attack on d8>26...h6 27.Rxf5 Qg7 28.Qe7?< This leaves the Queen open to attack. 28 Qh4 or 28 Rxf7 are better.> 28...gxf5 29.Bxf5 Re8 30.Qd6 Rcd8 31.Qa6 Qg5 32.Bd3 Re7 33.Rf1 Kg7 34.g3 Qd5+ 35.Kg1 Rd6 36.Qc8 Qe6 37.Qb8 Rb6 38.Qd8 Rd6 39.Qb8 Rd5 40.Rf4 Rg5 41.Rf3 Qe5 42.Qd8 h5 43.Rf2 Re6 44.Qd7 <44.Re2 forcing the exchange of queens might be easier to handle his position'> 44...Rf6 45.Re2?< 45 Rxf6. Black is still in a good position though.> 45...Qf4 46.Re4 <46.Re8 Rxg3+ 47.hxg3 Qxg3+ 48.Kh1 Rf4 49.Re4 (49.Qe7 Qh3+ 50.Kg1 Rg4+ 51.Kf2 Rg2+ 52.Ke1 Qg3+ 53.Kd1 Rg1+ 54.Qe1 Rxe1+ winning) 49...Qh4+ 50.Kg1 Rxe4 51.Bxe4 Qe1+ 52.Kh2 Qxe4 is fighting ,but probably still losing.> 46...Qf2+ 47.Kh1 h4 01 <48.Qxd4 [48.Qh3 hxg3 49.hxg3 Rh6 50.Rh4 Rxg3] 48...Qf3+ 49.Kg1 h3>

I'm not sure that Svidler needed to sacrifice the exchange. 26 c4 seems like a good option to protect his c2 pawn and not get into the tactical skirmish of 26 Bg4?!

Movesian then steadily outplayed Svidler, who has had a dodgy start to the tournament, losing this and missing a win yesterday.

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  whiteshark: <Ezzy> Thanks for this fine annotation!

<28.Qe7?< This leaves the Queen open to attack. 28 Qh4 or 28 Rxf7 are better.>> I think <28.Qh4> is the best continuation, e.g. <28...gxf5 29.Bxf5 Rb8 30.Bd3>

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Dec-16-08  euripides: Svidler's 10th move is rare. I doubt it'll set a new fashion, though you never know.
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