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Peter Svidler vs Anish Giri
Rising Stars - Experience (2010), Amsterdam NED, rd 6, Aug-18
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Aug-18-10  crazybird: <Peter Svidler had no wish to test the Petroff Defence of Anish Giri and so instead of his favourite 1.e4 the Russian grandmaster went for 1.d4. He was happy to get ‘some sort of playable position’ and when he went 16.Rfe1 he was hoping for 16…cxd4 17.Nxd4 Bb4 18.Bd3! Bxe1 19.Bxh7+ with excellent play for White. But with the correct 16…Bxf3!, Giri avoided this adventure and took the sting out of White’s play. Perhaps 20.Be2 had been a tad more precise then 20.Rxd8, but White’s edge seems to be negligible anyway. As Svidler described the outcome, a draw: ‘The final position I can play forever and will never make any progress.’>

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  Marmot PFL: Carlsen or Topalov with white would have played it out.
Aug-19-10  suplexer: marmot why not say Anand who is world champion and has just shown he understands chess better than topalov? And why put Anand in same category strenght as shirov and adams as potential players on experience team. Are you biased against Anand?
Aug-19-10  Whitehat1963: Or Morozevich.
Aug-19-10  zluria: Hey, doesn't 27. Bxf6+ gxf6 28. Qxh6 win a pawn? Why didn't Svidler play this?

For the record, I'm disgusted with Svidler's lack of energy. Why not torture your opponent, if you have the chance? The position in which a draw was agreed is advantageous to White for several reasons.

Aug-19-10  suplexer: rybka says 0.00, a 2300 player can draw this against kasparov, once they don't get intimidated
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