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Tomi Nyback vs Peter Svidler
World Cup (2009), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 2, Nov-24
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1-0


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Nov-24-09  IraGraves: Nice straightforward play by white. Many multi-purpose moves in the opening. And later converting the strong pawn center into a convincing attack on the kingside with interesting tactics. I am looking forward to game two.
Nov-24-09  Shams: can someone talk about 36.f4<?>
Nov-24-09  IraGraves: <Shams: 36.f4>
f4 stops possible checks (thus also avoiding the queen exchange) and creates more threats around the black king in many variations. Note that the pawn is immune due to gxf 35. Rg8+ Kf5 36. Qh5+ with a skewer picking up the black queen. The same applies after 37. Rd8 in the game (37. ... gxf 38. Qh5+). Of course, white had other choices, maybe going after the g-pawn with 35. Rg8+ Kf5 36. Qh5, but Nyback's plan with f4 and Rd8-Rd6 seems very strong.
Nov-24-09  ex0duz: What's the plan for white after 8. cxd4 ?

Something like 9. cxd4 bxd4 10. Bb5+ Bd7 and then what? Qa4 and idea's of rook sacs and pressure on c6 and stop black from castling after the exchange and strong position after with Ne2's? Interesting, would like some analysis from a strong player.. or too many lines to consider? :p

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  Eyal: <Nice straightforward play by white.> Yeah, very "clean" and logical play by Nyback from start to finish - seems almost too easy winning like that against a Grunfeld expert such as Svidler... Black's losing mistake was apparently 30...Rxe6? instead of Qf5!

32.Nxh7! and 34.Qh4! are nice tactical touches to keep the attack going (34...Kxf8 leads to mate on h8, of course). As for 36.f4, it's also a rather straightforward part of the attack against the exposed black king, taking advantage of the black queen's placement on the 5th rank; 36...gxf4 loses to 37.Rg8+ Kf5 38.Qh5+ winning the queen.

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  Eyal: <ex0duz: What's the plan for white after 8...cxd4 ? Something like 9.cxd4 Bxd4 10. Bb5+ Bd7 and then what?>

This would lose on the spot to 11.Qxd4, targeting the rook on h8; however, Black can play 10...Nc6 and 11.Rxc6 would fail to 11...O-O! and after the rook retreats Black gains the piece back with Qa5+. But White has a better idea than Bb5+: 10.Rxc8! Bxf2+ 11.Kxf2 Qxc8 12.Nf3 with advantage.

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  HeMateMe: White looked better in the early middlegame, but got sloppy. Then, Svidler's turn to get sloppy, set up a combination that misfired and saw his own king driven into th center of the board. With only 2 pieces on the board, he should not have had trouble calculating problems in this line. It gives all of us woodpushers hope.
Nov-25-09  Shams: <Ira Graves><Eyal> good analysis, thanks for sharing.
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