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Peter Svidler vs Predrag Nikolic
Bundesliga (2008/09), Various GER, rd 14, Mar-28
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Modern System (C03)  ·  1-0
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Mar-29-09  notyetagm: http://www.chessninja.com/dailydirt...

MIG: <Svidler beat Nikolic, who missed class the day <<<discovered attacks>>> were covered. Ouch.>

<slomarko: all in all its a boring game. and so is 1700 rated Mig's speculating that Nikolic missed a chess class.>

I have to agree with Mig.

How can a GM play moves like 18 ... ♘c6-e5?? and 30 ... ♗b2-e5??, which lose material to elementary <DISCOVERED ATTACKS>?

18 ... ♘c6-e5??


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30 ... ♗b2-e5??


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And then Nikolic crowns his "tactical masterpiece" with the howler 35 ... ♖d8xd6??, trying to exploit White's <WEAK BACK RANK>. Unfortunately for Black his terribly exposed Black g8-king makes a great <SECOND TARGET> for a <DOUBLE ATTACK>, 36 ♕e3-g3+ 1-0.

35 ... ♖d8xd6?? <weak back rank?>


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36 ♕e3-g3+ <double attack>


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One of the worst tactically played games I have *ever* seen by a GM. You would think Nikolic was a 1200-rated player by the simple tactics he overlooked in this game.

Mar-29-09  notyetagm: This loss by Nikolic is the early candidate for the notyetagm <WORST TACTICAL GAME BY A GM> award for 2009.

How can a GM(!) play 18 ... ♘c6-e5??, 30 ... ♗b2-e5??, and 35 ... ♖d8xd6?? all in one game?

Mar-30-09  aragorn69: COMEDY ALERT!!!

<slomarko> commenting on <1700 rated Mig's speculating that Nikolic missed a chess class> is PRICELESS!!!

Mar-30-09  Mate Hunter: The funniest thing about this is that both 18...Ne5 and 30...Be5 are moves to the same square, so Nikolic should remember the first discovered attack when falling for the second one...
Mar-30-09  Mate Hunter: Bad day perhaps? Everyone can have one...
Apr-02-09  notyetagm: <Mate Hunter: The funniest thing about this is that both 18...Ne5 and 30...Be5 are moves to the same square, so Nikolic should remember the first discovered attack when falling for the second one...>

Yes, I just *loved* Mig's comment:

<Svidler beat Nikolic, who missed class the day <<<discovered attacks>>> were covered. Ouch.>

Apr-02-09
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  whiteshark: You could have expected a move like <22...Qh8> from Nimzowitsch, but <22...Qh4> is definitely better here.


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Apr-04-09  crwynn: <notyetagm> what makes you think Nikolic missed a discovered attack on move 30? Show me an alternative to 30...Be5 that doesn't also lose a pawn. And 35...Rxd6 was no blunder, if 35...Raa8 then 36.Qh6 and see if you can find anything better than 36...Qxh3. He tried for one last trick is all.
Apr-04-09  notyetagm: <crwynn: ... And 35...Rxd6 was no blunder, if 35...Raa8 then 36.Qh6 and see if you can find anything better than 36...Qxh3. He tried for one last trick is all.>

I would rather resign then play 35 ... ♖d8xd6?? against a player of Svidler's class.

Apr-05-09  crwynn: Traditionally people do not annotate a move with ?? when it is no worse than anything else....
Apr-05-09  crwynn: To make it clear: on move 35 Black's a7 rook is under attack. If Black does nothing White takes the rook for nothing. So maybe 35...Raa8 (or 35...Qc2 36.Re1 Raa8 with similar variations), then 36.Qh6 threatening 37.Qh8#. Probably the longest delay of mate is by 37...Qxh3 38.Qxh3, but let's try 37...f6 - 38.Qh8+ Kf7 39.Rh7+ Qxh7 40.Qxh7+ and so on. If instead 37...Qe5, then 38.Rg3+ and 38...Qxg3 is forced. There are no other 37th moves that prevent 38.Qh8# Do you see why I am saying 35...Rxd6 was not a "blunder"?
Apr-05-09  notyetagm: <crwynn: Traditionally people do not annotate a move with ?? when it is no worse than anything else....>

It's a blunder for not resigning a dead lost position against a 2700.

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