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Peter Svidler vs Sergei Vladimirovich Rublevsky
"Svindled" (game of the day Feb-28-2009)
Karpov Poikovsky (2003), Poikovsky RUS, rd 5, Apr-24
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation (B46)  ·  1-0

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May-23-03  maa: Why did he sacrifice an exchange on move 32? can some1 help me
May-23-03
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  Honza Cervenka: 33.Rxe6 is forced as black threatens not only with 33...Rxc5, but also with Bxc4.
May-23-03  actual: shouldn't this be classified as a classical scheveningen?
Feb-28-09  delterp: Why not:
20. ♘xb5?
On 20...a6x♘, there is a nice pin with 21 ♗xb5
Feb-28-09  anandrulez: maa it could have been avoided also , but that sacrifice have black almost no counter .
Feb-28-09  charlie2000: Why didn't he play 20.c3xb5? It is the first thing noticed...! C
Feb-28-09  charlie2000: Actually no, it leaves king wide open to black bishops and he'll lose pawn b4 or h2 if he advances it.
Feb-28-09
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  Viewer Deluxe: The silicon brain tells me that White could’ve played 36.Rd7 Rxd7 37.Bxd7 Rc7 38.Bxe6+ with a faster and easier win.
Feb-28-09
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  whiteshark: How to reduce Rubelvsky
Feb-28-09
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  kevin86: I don't get the game or the pun...
Feb-28-09  newzild: Yeah, I don't get the pun either. I don't see how it's a swindle at all.
Feb-28-09  WhiteRook48: Rublevsky was Svindled into a loss
Feb-28-09  chillowack: I agree 20. Nxb5 looks good for White. In most variations Svidler seems to get an advantage, or at the very least a good game.

If, for instance, 20...ab 21.Bb5 Bd7 22.Rd7 Kd7 23.Rd1+ Nd5 24.c4 Bd6 25.Bd6 Kd6 26.Bc6 Kc6 27.cd+ ed White is a pawn up.

Even after the straightforward 20...ab 21.Bb5 Bb7 22.Bc6+ Bc6 White's material count is higher than Black's (19 to 18), plus White has three connected passers on the queenside (though Black does have counterplay).

If anyone can find a concrete reason why Svidler didn't play this move, I would be interested.

Mar-01-09  Dr. J: 29 ... e5 looks a lot better than ... exf5. What happens then?
Mar-01-09  UnsoundHero: If 20 Nxb5 axb5 21 Bxb5 Bb7 22 Bxf6 gxf6 23 Re3 Kf8 24 Bxc6 Bxc6 25 Rc3 Be8 26 Rc7 h5, black has counterplay.
Mar-01-09  UnsoundHero: If 29...e5 30 Rd5 Nd7 31 Red1 Nb8 32 Bc5 Bb7 33 Rxe5.
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