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Peter Svidler vs Loek van Wely
European Team Championship (2005), Gothenburg SWE, rd 6, Aug-04
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Polugaevsky Variation (B42)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-16-06  euripides: 33...R2e4 sheds a pawn, perhaps unnecessarily. After 34. Qxd6, the idea of 34...Re1+ doesn't work: 35. Bxe1 Rxe1+ 36. Rxe1 Bxd6 37. Rxc4 bxc4 and White wins. The ending reached in the game looks delicate
Sep-17-06  AdrianP: I think that we should have a good look at whether it is possible to speed up White's attack in this game. 16. f5!? looks quite interesting to me.
Sep-17-06  TrueBlue: good idea by white, poor execution
Sep-18-06  AdrianP: 14. Qf2!?N (see User: AdrianP )
Sep-18-06  euripides: <adrian> I wonder if Black can hit back in the centre when the quen on f2 can become awkward. <14 Qf2> e5 15 fxe5 Nxe5 looks find for Black but I imagine White should play 15 f5. But I wonder if Black can get away with <14 Qf2> f5 e.g. 15 gxf6 Nhxf6 threatening Ng4. perhaps White should play 15 exf5. Or Black might consider 14...f6.

I had wondered about something like 12 h4 but 12...h5 may be an adequate answer (one knight may have to go to h7 but can get out via f8).

One of the interesting features of van Wely's play in this game is that even when White takes the knight on h5 and smashes the Black kings side pawns it's not disastrous for Black.

Sep-18-06  AdrianP: <Euripides> Thanks for the comments -

I think

14 Qf2

(1) ...e5 15. Nd5 looks v. nasty for Black
(2) ...f5 15. O-O-O - the following sample line looks v. promising for White 15. ...Bb7 16. ef!!? Bxh1 17. fe Bb7!? 18 ed+ Qxd7 19 f5 and Black's position is in tatters.

Sep-18-06  AdrianP: <Euripides> <I had wondered about something like 12 h4 but 12...h5 may be an adequate answer (one knight may have to go to h7 but can get out via f8)>

I agree h4 is progress for White, but I think Black has quite a wide range of possible answers in ...h5; ...h6; ...Ne5; even ...d5

<One of the interesting features of van Wely's play in this game is that even when White takes the knight on h5 and smashes the Black kings side pawns it's not disastrous for Black.>

Yes - maybe a bit of a cold shower for us...! I think that's got a lot to do with the lazy White knight on b3 and no light-squared bishop. VW's control of the e-file was also important.

Sep-18-06  ajile: The moves 12. g5 Nh5 ruin White's chances for a K-side attack. I agree that the idea of h4, h5 is much better for White.
Sep-18-06  ajile: Also if Black plays h5 to answer h4 then White can still force open the file with g4. The way White played this game he had no real options to open files on the K-side after g5 Nh5. Whites f4 ,f5 simply didn't give Black any real problems and with the Queen on e2 and bishop on d3 it will take at least 2 moves to attack the Knight on h5 with Whites K-bishop. And if White does go in for this Black still has Ng7.
Sep-18-06  AdrianP: <ajile> Granted Nh5 closes the h-file for the time being, but <12. g5 Nh5 ruin White's chances for a K-side attack> is overstating the position to huge extent. See e.g. Opening Explorer for similar ideas where White has a great score with a kingside attack.

In such positions, White's main attacking idea is f5; White can also play for Be2 and/or Nc3-e2-g3

Sep-18-06  euripides: <adrian Opening Explorer; interesting games, but in several of the White wins the main idea seems to be Nd5 and Na5 with breakthroughs in the centre and Q-side.
Sep-18-06  AdrianP: <Euripides> Yes - that's a common plan. The main point though is in e.g. the Najdorf English attack, the Black knight frequently ends up on h5, and White still has considerable attacking prospects. I have 1740 B90 games in Megabase where the black knight goes to h5, almost invariably having been kicked there by g5.
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