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Viswanathan Anand vs Peter Svidler
Tal Memorial (2009), Moscow RUS, rd 3, Nov-07
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1-0
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Nov-07-09  TrollKing: Svidler was fine until 25. ... fxe4?

Anand mercilessly took advantage of
that mistake and brought home the
full point.

Nov-07-09  ksr: Svidler got what he wanted out of the opening, equalized, but made only one mis-step, and against Anand that was enough. A victory for the World Champion and he is top of the standings.

http://games.chessdom.com/anand-svi...

Nov-07-09
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  Eyal: It's interesting to read the comment at chessdom after <22.f5>:

<It's getting sharper, White has conceded the e5 outpost. It is very interesting to see how quickly Anand got activity - it seems to have appeared from nowhere because he is worse positionally now. Svidler has all the long term trumps - good d4 knight, backwards e4 pawn, and better Bishop. He needs to survive the next 10-15 moves and will stand better!>

But he didn't.

26...Ne6 (instad of Qd6) would have lost to 27.Qe3 (threatening Nxf7+ and Rxe6) Rfe8 28.Re1 Rd6 29.Nf5 winning the exchange. 31...Qxc5 loses, of course, to 32.Qf6+ forking the rook; and after 32...Qxc5+ 33.Qf2 Black simply remains a piece down.

Nov-07-09  hedgeh0g: Svidler got shanked, innit blad.
Nov-07-09  WhiteRook48: 25...fxe4 blew it
Nov-07-09  Ulhumbrus: After 15 b3 Black's N on b6 is out of play. This suggests the move ...Nb6-d7.
Nov-07-09
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  HeMateMe: Anand looks to be in top form.
Nov-07-09  yalie: I think 21..Nd4 was the start of his problems after he had solved most of his problems. Just the quiet re8 easily holds a draw. Of course fxe was a blunder. It is amazing how bad Svidler's record is against Anand and Kramnik. Probably as bad as Leko's.
Nov-07-09  topi: what happens to M. Carlsen?
Nov-08-09  shintaro go: Svidler was in great shape before this tournament. Pity he lost this badly to Anand.
Nov-08-09  Open Defence: <Eyal: It's interesting to read the comment at chessdom after <22.f5>: <It's getting sharper, White has conceded the e5 outpost. It is very interesting to see how quickly Anand got activity - it seems to have appeared from nowhere because he is worse positionally now. Svidler has all the long term trumps - good d4 knight, backwards e4 pawn, and better Bishop. He needs to survive the next 10-15 moves and will stand better!>

But he didn't.

26...Ne6 (instad of Qd6) would have lost to 27.Qe3 (threatening Nxf7+ and Rxe6) Rfe8 28.Re1 Rd6 29.Nf5 winning the exchange. 31...Qxc5 loses, of course, to 32.Qf6+ forking the rook; and after 32...Qxc5+ 33.Qf2 Black simply remains a piece down. > we are seeing a different dimension to Anand's play, I dont think the Anand of the 1990's would go into such lines...

Nov-08-09  Everett: <Open Defence>

Sure he would. Anand's been playing complex, dynamic chess for some time.

<Eyal> Interesting quote you found: <He needs to survive the next 10-15 moves and he will stand better>

10-15 MOVES!!! A pretty ridiculous statement.

Nov-08-09  Open Defence: < Everett: <Open Defence>

Sure he would. Anand's been playing complex, dynamic chess for some time. > IMHO his chess was of a different kind earlier.. this feels very different..

Nov-09-09
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  tamar: I like the way from move 22 to 29 the knight, the queen, and the two rooks take turns trying to be the hero.

At first it looks like Anand is trying for a queen and knight raid, but with Rxe4 and then Rcd1, it suddenly becomes apparent that it is the trap on the knight on d4 that is more important.

It is this switching back and forth between obvious and not obvious attacks that leave even an extra-ordinary player like Svidler confused.

Nov-10-09  Ulhumbrus: The manoeuvre 19...Bf7 and 20...Be6 loses two tempi
Jan-03-10
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  notyetagm: Anand vs Svidler, 2009

29 ?


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29 b3-b4! <remove guard: d4>


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Anand's 29 b3-b4! attacks the Black c5-pawn which must <PROTECT> the 3-3 <LOOSE> Black d4-knight, hence <REMOVING THE GUARD>.

Jan-13-16
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  whiteshark: <yalie: I think 21..Nd4 was the start of his problems after he had solved most of his problems.>

<21...Nd4?>


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"A central outpost is not always the best for the knight! It was much more important for it to control the crucial e5-square. Better is <21...Rd7> with the idea of <22.f5 Bf7 23.Ng4 Ne5>"

- M. Krasenkov


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