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Peter Svidler vs Aleksey Dreev
RUS-ch m1-2 (1997), Elista, rd 5, May-19
Scandinavian Defense: Modern. Gipslis Variation (B01)  ·  1-0



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Apr-07-05  mymt: GM Leonid Shamkovich analyised this game in an article for CHESS LIFE Nov 97.He was greatly impressed by it,remarking that Svidler played in a Tal/Kasparov attacking style,and that there are good tactical resources for both sides in the Scandinavian Defence.
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  plang: This is a really nice game; definitely one of Svidlers best. 3 Nf3 is a finesses with the idea of answering 3..Bg4 4 Bb5+..Nbd7 5 c4. 7..e5 works out poorly; 7..e6 seems more solid. There is clearly something wrong with blacks opening when his bishop is buried at h7 by move 13. It is always interesting to look at viewpoints; if Svidlers pawn sacrifice 14 c5 is accepted with 14..Bc5 then (1) Svidler recommends 15 f6, Motwani recommends 15 Bh6 and Shamkovich recommends 15 g5. 15 g5 is a really nice move with the idea of 15..hg 16 Ne6 (with Qh5 coming soon). If the 22 Qg4 with a powerful attack.
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  fredthebear: <plang> Acceptance of the pawn sacrifice 14.c5 Bxc5 is interesting. White must play accurately. Following up with more pawn moves is time consuming; a less-than-best move allows Black time to get squared away.

Being uncastled as Black, I think most GMs would play as Dreev does here and decline the pawn. Yet, Black never quite comes to balance.

In the actual game, Black does capture the loose c-pawn with an intermezzo check 18...Bxc5+ and then retreats (having lost the exchange to a knight fork) to recapture 19...BxNf8. The dark-squared bishop remains there (not so useful) on home square for the rest of the game.

The Black knights get into play, but are not so effective. Only the second capture by a knight (the first was way back at 3...Nxd5) occurs on Black's last move 33...Nxh3+. Black must re-examine the use of the knights.

Both colors felt some discomfort, hurrying to fully develop while having a checkable king. The White initiative is wobbly (the White king was checked more than the Black king), but finally conquers after the battery is formed on the open f-file threatening both Black royalty.

Jan-01-19  SpiritedReposte: <14. c5!?> Ok then.

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