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Peter Svidler vs Alexander Morozevich
4NCL (2001), Birmingham ENG, rd 11, May-07
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation Morozevich Line (C11)  ·  0-1



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Jan-06-04  Whitehat1963: Svidler just looks like he's grasping desperately here.
Mar-19-16  jamesmaskell: Played in the last round of the 4NCL season for Beeson. Svidler left immediately for the Russian Team Championships. Going through TWIC, it appears it was his first classical game of the year, this was in May! Bit of rust perhaps?
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  plang: 7..a6 is Morozovich's pet line. 8 c3!? was a new idea which has not achieved much popularity; several moves including 8 g3, 8 Qd2 and 8 c4 have been played more often. Svidler has played 9 Nc5 again in two subsequent games but has only scored a total of 1/2 point out of 3. 11 Bb3?, blocking the b-pawn, was an error; 11 Be2 leaving open the possibility of supporting the c5 square would have been better. 19 Rd6? would have backfired after 19..exf 20 Qd2..Nxc5! 21 Rxf6..Rxd2 22 Kxd2..Ne4+. 23 Nxf5 would have likely transposed into the line played in the game because 23..Qxf5 24 g4 would have been strong for White. 35 Nh6..Rd7 36 Rf5..Bc2+ 37 Rxc2..Ra1+! would have been winning for Black.

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