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Peter Svidler vs Garry Kasparov
Tilburg Fontys (1997), Tilburg NED, rd 7, Oct-04
Sicilian Defense: Delayed Alapin (B50)  ·  1-0



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Aug-13-03  ksadler: This game is annotated at for anyone who is interested.
May-13-04  ConLaMismaMano: Svidler is the only top GM that has a tied score against Kasparov. Maybe because, together with Ponomariov, he's the one that has the less games played against Gazza.
May-13-04  PinkPanther: <ConlaMismaMano>
Kasparov has a losing record against Akopian (although it was only a rapid game) and has a losing record against Kramnik if you only include classical games, AND he has a drawn record with Radjabov. It is also well known that he has a horrible record against Gulko, although he's not a top GM anymore.
May-13-04  ConLaMismaMano: <Pink Panther> when i sayed top GM i meant 2700s, so Gulko, Radjabov and Akopian don't count. Akopian, last year i think, reached 2703 but came down back to 2600s in the following rating list, so he doesn't quite count too.
May-13-04  ConLaMismaMano: But you're right that Kasparov has a loosing score against Kramnik, i justed checked it and posted it.
Jun-18-04  PinkPanther: What does being 2700 or not have to do with anything? It should be even more of a noteworty accomplishment to have a lower rating and have a + score against Kasparov.
Jun-18-04  PinkPanther: And I almost forgot to mention, Dreev has an equal score against him as well.
Aug-24-06  acirce: <As Kasparov's second Yuri Dokhoian said in the press-centre around this moment, <If we start analysing c3 & d3 Sicilians we won't get anything serious done.> My point exactly.> - Peter Svidler
Oct-19-07  KamikazeAttack: Good game by young Svidooo here.

I remember asking "who is Svidler"?

He announced his entrance to elite chess with this win.

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  plang: Svidler describing his opening choice in this game "I thought it was a better idea to play chess against the guy to comparing my opening preparation with him. So I needed something obscure which he had never had on the board before". The gambit 8 d4 had been played before but Svidler felt that Kasparov looked surprised by it. The main alternative to 11..d5 was 11..Bd5. Svidler provided extensive analysis to show that 11..Bd5 12 Bf3..Bxf3 13 Qxf3..Nf6 14 Qc6+..Nd7
15 Qd5..e6 16 Nxe6..fxe 17 Qxe6 would have given white a dangerous attack. Svidler felt that 14..Be6 15 f4..h6
16 f5 would have been bad for black.
Kasparovs counterplay on the h file was not as dangerous as it looked and his strange rook maneuvers 22..Rh3 and 23..R8h4 gave Svidler time to improve the position of his pieces. Svidler showed tremendous patience in not grabbing the g pawn prematurely and was ultimately rewarded with material gain without allowing counterplay. 31 Qg2 would have won as well but Svidler felt that he could win faster with an attack.
Mar-27-08  mindkontrolle: what a slaughter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dec-28-08  Trojan Horse: Is this blitz?
Dec-28-08  Trojan Horse: In Yasser Seirawan's annotation in chesscafe, the Opening ECO he gave to the opening of this game was B22!

Well, It's B[50]. LOL

Dec-28-08  Karpova: Tilburg 1997 crosstable:
Dec-28-08  Paraconti: Fearless against Kaspy! Sometimes I think if people didn't have the image of Kaspy as a monster and just went all out against him, the champ would have lost more often.
Feb-09-09  KingG: <"21-Year-Old Russian Outwits Kasparov in First Encounter" by Robert Byrne>

Oct-12-09  returnoftheking: When the game was over Kasparov called Svidler an amateur because of his opening choice.

In his annotations Svidler takes subtle revenge for some of Kasparov's comments:

After 16..a6

(translated from the dutch tournament book, annotations by Svidler):

Kasparov said that I (svidler) surely hadn't seen 14..h6 and 16...h6. That is not entirely true. I had seen h6 and didn't doubt him playing that move, and as for a6, I was just waiting for him to find a move. It is a well known fact that a lot of time is wasted on calculating moves that are not played. In a certain way I missed a6, but the same goes for the maneuver 22..Rh3 23..Rh4, that I also did not foresee..

As you can see in the game, Rh3 and Rh4 are weak moves.

Dec-02-10  polarmis: Svidler's annotation of this game (in English) was included with the recent interview at Crestbook:

I like:

<13.f3 P.Svidler: Then I realized that 13.f3 leads to some very interesting and promising positions and decided that I should try and have some fun. I know that it doesn't sound the way serious and professional chessplayers are supposed to think during the game, especially if it's a game against the World Champion, but that's exactly what I thought. And, after all, it worked.>

From the interview:

<vasa: What did you feel when you first won a game against Kasparov?

That evening you had to scrape me off the ceiling – it was one of the best days in my career. The next few games were very tough for me, however – games with GK always cost me an excessive amount of energy.>

Though I'm not 100% sure this was his first win!?

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  whiteshark: After reading the interesting Svidler-Crestbook interview, part one, I ended here as well. :D

<polarmis: <Though I'm not 100% sure this was his first win!?>>

From the above NYT link, Robert Eugene Byrne wrote:

<"Svidler, three times Russian champion in the last four years, is 21 years old and had never met Kasparov over the board before.">,

but I couldn't give you 100% sureness either.

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  HeMateMe: The first game between Kasparov and Svidler. Svidler survives a kingside attack and wins. Good puzzle, white to win on move 36.

Kaspy beat Svid 6-2, classical chess.

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  Honza Cervenka: From Seirawan's annotations:

<When Inside Chess Editor Michael Franett and I took our first look at this game, we were sure that Kasparov's 8...cxd4 was intended to make the d5-square safe. We didn't understand what was wrong with 11...Bd5 here, intending a line like 12.Bf3 Nf6 13.Qa4+ Qd7 14.Qxd7+ Kxd7 15.Bxd5 Nxd5 16. Nxf7 Rg8 with a reasonable game for Black. Through the wonders of e-mail our query was heard as far away as Reston, Virginia, where GM Lubosh Kavalek chimed in with the following analysis:

"You missed this: 11...Bd5 12.Bf3 Nf6 13.Bxd5 Nxd5 14.Qf3 Nf6 15. Qc6+ Nd7 16.Qd5 e6 17.Re1 Be7 18.Rxe6 (ala my game with R. Hubner, Montreal 1979) 18...fxe6 19. Nxe6 Qc8 20.Ng7+ Kf8 21.Ne6+ Ke8 22.Bg5 with vicious wishes.">

In Kavalek's line after 20...Kf8 white can win on the spot with simple and crushing 21.Bh6 and so 20...Kf8 is bad here. But an alternative 20...Kd8 does not look much better for 21.Bg5 Bxg5 22.Ne6+! Ke7 23.Nxg5 Re8 24.g3! (diagram) with winning attack.

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Maybe 21...Nf6 gives black some chances to survive after 22.Bxf6 Bxf6 23.Qxd6+ Qd7 24.Qxf6+ Kc8 25.Re1 Rd8 (diagram) but I doubt it. White has huge advantage here for sure.

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Apr-25-13  leka: Boris Gulko has the best record against Kasparov.Efim Geller beat Bobby Fischer 5 times in 1960´s.How about Geller-Gulko match
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  kbob: And yet when I look up Svidler vs Gulko lifetime in this database i find only one classical draw and a rapid win for Svidler. Other times too I have wondered if the collection might be a little patchy.

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