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Vadim Zvjaginsev vs Peter Svidler
Moscow Lightning (2001) (blitz), Moscow RUS, Sep-02
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1-0



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Dec-15-06  Whitehat1963: Where did this go wrong for Svidler? And what's the time control for "Lightning"?
Dec-15-06  sitzkrieg: 2 minutes pp usually.
Dec-16-06  Fisheremon: <Whitehat1963> Here are some comments 29...f5?! (instead 29...Nd4 30. h6 g6 etc. with an equal game) 33...Ne7?! (instead 33...f5 34. Qc4 (or Qe3) e4 and next Be5 ) 40...Bd6? White missed 41. Rg6!
41...Be7? (a better defense was 41...Bc5)
42...Rxc4+?? (in a lost position) admitted a mate end.
Dec-16-06  Maatalkko: Lightning games mean nothing. The MAX time control for lightning is 2 min per side, it's more commonly played at one minute. This game appears to be OTB, proving that Z-man boasts hand-eye coordination in addition to wicked tactics. But even he couldn't pull off his g and h pawn storm in a real game (like 5 min lol) with Svidler.

Seriously, even if it were Kasparov-Fischer, a lightning game wouldn't be worth looking at. It's totally an arcade game.

The game was even until Svidler went berserk with 36...c4. Tripling on the g-file was a good idea because its easy to do and not easy to defend against in three seconds.

<Fisheremon> How is Bc5 a better defense? After Qg3 how is Black going to defend? Don't ask Fritz - take ten seconds and look at it. That's ten times more than Svidler had to spare.

Dec-16-06  euripides: I wonder if this was lightning or Blitz - there could be a translation problem. I've never heard of a formal OTB lightning tournament in the 2-minutes sense.
Dec-16-06  Whitehat1963: Thanks for the answers and analysis gents (ladies?).
Dec-16-06  Fisheremon: <Maatalkko:How is Bc5 a better defense? After Qg3 how is Black going to defend> 42. Qg3 Rd7 43. Rd1 Rf7 44. Rd5 Re8 45. Qh2 Qf6 etc. still a difficult position for Black.
Dec-17-06  sitzkrieg: <euripides> In holland we have an annual lightning tournament in which masters and even GMs take part. But in this game it is more likely that a GM loses of an untitled of course. I dont think they will play 1 minute games otb, on the internet it is possible but otb it is very hard to do a checkmate in 1 minute.
(GMs participating in last years event, Fridman, Ernst e.a.) on the (dutch) site are some vid's of GMs playing.

Dec-17-06  sitzkrieg: On the other hand, if the above game really was lightning, who kept track of the moves?
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  alexmagnus: Probably it was blitz. The russian "molniyenosnaya igra" ("lightning-speed game") means 5 minute blitz.

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