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Peter Svidler vs Fabiano Caruana
Sinquefield Cup (2017), Saint Louis, MO USA, rd 9, Aug-11
English Opening: King's English Variation. General (A20)  ·  1-0


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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: 14.b4--wow! Quite a pawn sacrifice. Black immediately returned the pawn to complete development, but given the sequel, perhaps he should have tried to hold onto it.
Aug-12-17  paavoh: <An Englishman> Indeed, 14.b4! I felt that Svidler was channeling Aronian. But seriously, he is a great player on his own.
Aug-12-17  Dave12: Did the move 20..Bg4 give away the d pawn? after Svidler took that pawn the game was basically over.
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  cormier: Houdini
[0.19] Komodo
[0.53] Stockfish

0.19 22. ... Bd4 23. Bg2 Bxb2 24. Qxb2 Qd6 25. d4 Ra7 26. Rc5 Ne7 27. Re1 Rfa8 28. Re2 b6 29. Rb5 Ra6 30. Qb1 Rc8 31. Re5 Qa3 32. Re1 Qd6 33. Bh3

0.72 22. ... Ra5 23. Qxb7 Nd4 24. Bxd4 Bxd4 25. Rc2 Be5 26. Nh5 Nxh5 27. Bxh5 g6 28. Bf3 Qa8 29. Qxa8 Rfxa8 30. d4 Bg7 31. Rc7 Rb8 32. Bg2 Rxa2 33. Bxd5

1.03 22. ... Nd4 23. Bxd4 Bxd4 24. Nxd5 Nxd5 25. Bxd5 Ra6 26. Rc2 Rb6 27. Qc4 Bf6 28. Qc7 Rd6 29. Be4 Rd7 30. Qxd8 Rfxd8 31. Rdc1 g6 32. Rc7 Kg7 33. a4 Be5 34. Rxd7 Rxd7

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  al wazir: 44...Nc5. Now what?
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  HeMateMe: I think white just moves his rook back a square but stays on the e file, boxing out black's king. Black can't play NxP because it allows white a tempo to get his Rook behind the d pawn and force a queen.

White can advance his kingside pawns and infiltrate with his king. black can't stop both threats: the white king advancing on the h file (or on the queenside) and white playing R-e7, forcing the pawn in.

Aug-13-17  disasterion: Nice interview with Svidler here

in which he talks about how he should have played the sac 18. Nf4

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