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Vladimir Kramnik vs Loek van Wely
Corus Group A (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 9, Jan-25
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation (B33)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-25-05  admiralnemo: val wely uses the sveshnikov against one of its chief proponents and proves once again that it is one of the most exciting drawing weapons there is.
Jan-25-05  aw1988: It is not a drawing weapon, it is a dynamic system offering black excellent counterplay in the center.
Jan-25-05  admiralnemo: <it is a dynamic system offering black excellent counterplay in the center.>

Agreed, but according to the chessgames database, at the highest levels of play the main line has

677 games with the following results

29.7% white
43.4% draw
26.9% black

43.4% is a pretty high draw percentage.

Jan-25-05  InspiredByMorphy: Doesent 21. ...Bxd5 22.Qxd5+ Kh8 win a piece/the exchange for black? How does white defend both the rook on a1 and the knight on a3 at the same time?
Jan-25-05  Granite: <IBM> after Rb1 Bxa3 then Rb3 the bishop is trapped and white wins it back.
Jan-25-05  tex: marshall attack is the most exciting drawing weapon
Jan-25-05  InspiredByMorphy: <Granite> Thanks. Good eye!
Jan-25-05  aw1988: Actually I believe the most exciting drawing weapon is Janosevic vs Geller, 1968.
Feb-06-05  maoam: From Nigel Short's most recent Telegraph column:

<“Was that the best he could come up with after months of work?” I asked his second, Evgeny Bareev.

“It was a poor choice of variation,” admitted Bareev, “but of course he still wants to play this opening himself.” “So, you are telling me he chose only the fifth best line?” I asked. “Eighth,” corrected Bareev.>

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