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Peter Svidler vs Michael Adams
"Fit as a Svidler" (game of the day Feb-07-2009)
European Club Cup (2000), Neum BIH, rd 7, Sep-24
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Neo-Archangelsk Variation (C78)  ·  1-0



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Feb-08-09  tivrfoa: amazing!
Jun-02-11  IRONCASTLEVINAY: So many puzzles in this single game, may be for entire weak.
Aug-15-11  sevenseaman: I have rarely seen a game played with such sharp chess acumen and gusto that it even looks like a great display of flamboyance from Svidler.

Puzzles galore, many places his chosen move is not easy to understand. An outstanding entertainer, it may be his best game.

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  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Svidler vs Adams, 2000.
Your score: 46 (par = 42)


Apr-23-13  Everett: Once you see that the K is almost mated, with a rook and two bishops plus a pawn on the 7th... 29.Rxe5 is not so hard to spot.
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  kingscrusher: What a fascinating game
Oct-08-13  Everyone: agrees.
Mar-29-14  autom: Isn't 34.Rb6 stronger, winning the Q for the B? Or, what am I missing?
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  plang: In Adams-Benjamin at the 1997 World Team Championship at Lucerne White had played 13 Re1 and had gone on to win; 13 Qe2 was new with the idea of hitting the a-pawn after 15 d4. Svidler was critical of 23..Re8? recommending instead 23..Bxf1 24 Kxf1..g6 25 a6 with compensation for the exchange.

Crouch after 24 Re1:
"White needs to keep his tactical cool here. Black has forgone the capture of the exchange, in return for setting up quite a formidable counter-attack, with all his pieces firing at White. The one thing that White has running in his favor is that if he can manage a safe check on the h-file, it will robably be decisive."

Svidler had more than enough compensation for the queen after 24..Re6 25 Qxe6 but the alternative 24..Qh4 25 Be3..Rxe3 26 Qxc7..Rd8 27 Rxd4..Rxd4 28 fxe..Qxe1+ 29 Kh2..Rd3 30 Bxd3..Bxd3 31 Qd8+ would have been winning for White.

Adams resigned after 34 Bc3 as the threat of Rxg7 followed by Rg4 could not be met.

<autom: Isn't 34.Rb6 stronger, winning the Q for the B? Or, what am I missing?>

This also wins though since Adams resigned Svidler's continuation was plenty strong.

Feb-26-17  Saniyat24: Never came across this variation before...Svidler took control of the game and did not let go....!
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  andrewjsacks: Great combination, and somehow reminiscent of the timeless classic by Zukertort.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Yes, quite the amazing game. Hope you all enjoyed a lovely holiday.
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  al wazir: I got the first move but didn't have a continuation after 29...g6. I never considered it.

My ideas were all about playing a ♖ to the h file and trying for mate or skewing the ♔ against the black ♖. Nothing remotely like that happened in the game.

Dec-26-19  Walter Glattke: I found 29.Rxe5 Bxe5? ended with 30.Rh4+ Kg8 31.Bb3+ Kf8 32.Rh8+ Ke7 33.Ba3+ Bd6! 34.Bxd6+ cxd6 35.Rxa8 Qb7 36.Bd5 Qxd5 37.Rb8, and white wins, 29.-Rxa7 30.Rh5+ Kg8 31.Bb3+ Kf8 32.Ba3+ Ke8 33.Rh8# 29.Rxe5 g6 30.Re4! Bxa7? 31.Rh4+ Kg7 32.Bb2+ Kf7 33.Rh7+ Ke7 34.Bb3+ Kd7 35.Rxd7+ Kxd7, hence -c5 to stop the bishop checks.
Dec-26-19  karban: If 34...Bxc3, then 35.Rh4+Rh7 36.Rxh7+Kxh7 37.Rb6+ and picking the queen up.
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  agb2002: White has a rook, a bishop and a pawn for the queen.

The a-pawn is under attack but the black rook is defenseless. This suggests 29.Rxe5:

A) 29... Bxe5 30.Rh4+ Kg8 31.Bb3+ Kf8 32.Rh8+ Ke7 33.Rxa8

A.1) 33... Qc6 34.Ba3+ Bd6 (34... Kf6 35.Rf8+ and 36.a8=Q + -) 35.Rg8 Bxa3 (35... Qc3 36.Bxd6+ and 37.a8=Q + -) 36.a8=Q Qc1+ 37.Kh2 Bd6+ 38.g3 + -.

A.2) 33... Bd4 34.Ba3+ c5 35.Rf8 Kxf8 (35... Qxa7 36.Rf7+ and 37.Rxa7 wins) 36.a8=Q+ ends up a bishop and a pawn ahead.

A.3) 33... c5 34.Rf8 as above.

B) 29... Rxa7 30.Rxa7 Bxe5 31.Ra8+ and mate next.

C) 29... Bxa7 30.Rh4+ Kg8 31.Bb3+ Kf8 32.Rh8#.

D) 29... c5 30.Rh5+ Kg8 31.Bb3+ Kf8 32.Rh8+ Ke7 33.Rxa8 wins decisive material.

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  WorstPlayerEver: 30. Re4 Qc6 31. Rh4+ Kg7 32. Bh6+ Kf6 33. Rf4+ Ke5

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Dec-26-19  saturn2: I only looked at 29. Rb4, but dont know if it is sound.

29...Bxa7 30. Rh4+ Kg8 31. Bb3+ Kf8 32.Ba3+ Ke8 - 33. Rh8# 

29...Qc8 30. Rxe5 Bxe5 31. Rh4+ Kg8 32.Bb3+ Kf8 - 33. Rh8+ Ke7 34. Ba3+ Kf6 35. Rxc8 Rxc8 36. Bd5 - c6 37. Bxc6 Bd4 38. a8=Q

29...Rxa7 30. Rb8+ Qc8 31. Rxc8# 

For the second line I used the board.

Dec-26-19  GlennOliver: Brilliant play from Svidler.
Dec-26-19  King.Arthur.Brazil: I found both 28.♖XE5! and 29.♖e4. However, I went wrong in the following 30.♖a6, where I selected 39.♖h4+ with the sequence 31... ♔g8 32. ♗b3+ ♔g7 33. ♗h6+ ♔f6 34. ♖f4+ ♔e5 35. ♖f7... or changing the order 31...♔g7 32. ♗h6+ ♔f7 33. ♗b3+ ♔f6 34. ♖f4+ ♔e5 35. ♖f7... and also 31....♔f6 33. ♖a6+ ♔e5 34. ♗f4+ ♔d5 35. ♗b8... I guess that 31.♖a6 is best, although lose the ♙ a7, but creates a check-mate net. Again, I didn't chose directly 32.♖xg6 but instead the same sequence again: 32. ♖h4+ ♔g8 33. ♗b3+ ♔g7 34. ♗h6+ ♔h8 35. ♖xg6 ♗g7 36. ♗xg7# or 32... ♔g7 33. ♗h6+ ♔f7 34. ♗b3+ ♔e7 35. ♗g5+ ♔e8 36. ♖e4+ ♔f8 37. ♖xg6 ♗g7 38. ♖f4+ ♔e8 39. ♖e4+... I guees that the weak-player desire of giving checks grabbed me (lgs). Really, the two last moves 33.♗b2 and 34.♗c3! are very elegant. But the explaination after the Black gave up, the 37...♖e7 is not forced. Black has 3 moves to investigate: 37...♔f7, ♔d7 and ♔d8. The point is that Black has only the ♕ against 2♗+♖. For example: 37... ♔f7 38. ♖g3 c4 39. ♗d4 ♖b7 40. ♖f3+ ♔g6 41. ♖g4+ ♔h6 42. ♗e3+ ♔h5 43. ♗g6# Thefore it is a matter of time, the kill of the Black king.
Dec-26-19  patzer2: Tough Thursday (28. ?) puzzle! In attempt to solve it, I failed to see White's clever idea of exploiting the weak Black Bishop (pinned to the fourth rank) with 29. Rxe5! g6 (29...Bxe5 30. Rh4+ Kg8 31. Bb3+ Kg8 31. Rh8+ -+) 30. Re4! +- (+7.73 @ 32 ply, Stockfish 10).

The best alternative I could find was 28. Rb4 Qd8 (28...Bxa7 29. Rh4+ Kg8 30. Bb3+ Kf8 31. Rh8+ -+) 30. Be3 +- (+3.66 @ 34 ply, Stockfish 10), which still wins but isn't as clearly decisive as 28. Rxe5! +-.

P.S.: Black's decisive mistake appears to be 27...Qd7? allowing 28. a7 Ra8 29. Rxe5! g6 30. Re4 +- (+7.73 @ 32 ply, Stockfish 10).

Instead, 27...g5 28. Be4 Ba7 29. Re1 Qf8 ± to +- (+1.46 @ 31 ply, Stockfish 10) gives Black practical drawing chances in a very difficult position.

One move earlier, instead of 26...e5? allowing 27. a6! ± to +- (+1.55 @ 31 ply, Stockfish 10), Black could have held level with 26...Qd6 27. a6 Ra8 = (0.00 @ 34 ply, Stockfish 10).

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  chrisowen: <King.Arthur.Brazil> Ago back beginning a focus well?
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  Jimfromprovidence: This was indeed a brilliant game, with puzzles within puzzles.

I got hung up on the following line.
29 Rxe5 Kg8 30 Bb3+ Kh7

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I could not find away a clear way forward for white here. Any help would be appreciated.

Dec-26-19  olinart: I thought Be3 also did the trick ie

29.Be3 Bxe3
30. fxe3 Qd5
31. Be4 Qb3
32. Raa2 Re8
33. a8=Q Rxa8
34. Bxa8
With 2 rooks + bishop for the queen, each protected it should be an easy win for white to pick off all the black pawns.

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  OhioChessFan: <Jfp>, 29. Rxe5 Kg8 30. Bb3+ Kh7 31. Rd5 Qc6 32. Bd2  
And Black can resign.

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