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Peter Svidler vs Andrei Volokitin
Turin Olympiad (2006), Turin ITA, rd 10, May-31
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation (B46)  ·  1-0



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  Mateo: Magnificent game for Svidler, full of brilliancies. He smashed his opponent after a seemingly natural move made by his opponent.

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. Bd3 d5 8. O-O Nf6 9. Qe2 Be7 10. b3 O-O 11. Bb2 c5 12. Rad1 Bb7 13. Na4 <already played 13.Rfe1 and 13.ed> Qc7? <Maybe 13...Bc6 is better.> 14. exd5 Nxd5 <14...ed 15.Rfe1> 15. Be5 Qc6 <15...Bd6? 16.Bd6 Qd6 17.c4 Nf4 18.Bh7 Kh8 19.Qe3 Qc6 20.f3 Ng2 21.Kg2 Kh7 22.Nc5, White wins a pawn. 15...Qa5 16.c4 Nf6 17.Bf6 Bf6 18.Qh5, White wins a pawn. 15...Qc8 16.Be4 Ra7 17.c4 Nf6 18.Nb6 Qe8 19.Bf6 Bf6 20.Nd7 Be4 21.Nf6 gf 22.Qe4, White has an overwhelming advantage.> 16. Be4 f6 <only move> 17. c4! Rfd8 <17...fe Qb5 19.Qh5, White wins a pawn to begin. 17...Nf4 18.Bf4 Qe4 19.Qe4 Be4 20.Bd6! wins a pawn> 18. Qh5! fxe5 <18...h6 19.Bg3 ; 18...g6 19.Bg6! hg 20.Qg6 Kf8 > 19. Qxh7+ Kf8 <19...Kf7? 20.Bg6 Kf8 21.Qh8#> 20. cxd5 exd5 21. f4! exf4 < 22.fe Bf6 23.ef gf 24.Rf6! Qf6 25.Rf1 Qf1 26.Kf1 , xc5, b7> 22. Bg6! Qe6 <22...Bg5 23.Rde1 ; 22...Bf6 23.Rfe1 > 23. 23. Qh8+ Qg8 24. Rxf4+ Bf6 25. Rxf6+! 1-0

Jun-04-06  suenteus po 147: This is well and truly a brilliant game by Svidler. He plays the way an elite GM should. As the opponent, everything is going as planned, then...SUDDENLY! the position collapses as if he never had a chance in the first place. Excellent game.
Nov-11-22  Brenin: White's Q and B almost have Black's K surrounded, but they aren't quite strong enough for the coup de grace, and Black intends to shore up his defences with Bf6. Another piece is required to join the attack, so 21 f4, threatening 22 fxe4+. The game continuation and the Stockfish alternative all point to a quick win for White.
Nov-11-22  mel gibson: I got this wrong - I thought 21. Bg6 but I forgot about 21... Bf6 which leads to a score of -1.00 for Black - according to SF.

Stockfish 15 follows only the first ply and says:

21. f4

(21. f4 (f2-f4 d5xe4 f4xe5+ ♗e7-f6 ♕h7-h8+ ♔f8-f7 ♕h8-h5+ ♔f7-e7 e5xf6+ g7xf6 ♘a4xc5 ♖d8xd1 ♖f1xd1 ♖a8-h8 ♕h5xh8 ♕c6xc5+ ♔g1-h1 ♗b7-c6 ♕h8-g7+ ♔e7-e6 ♕g7-g4+ ♔e6-f7 ♕g4-f4 ♕c5-e7 h2-h4 a6-a5 ♖d1-e1 a5-a4 h4-h5 ♕e7-c5 h5-h6 ♕c5-g5 ♕f4xg5 f6xg5 b3xa4 ♔f7-g6 a4-a5 ♔g6xh6 ♔h1-g1 ♔h6-h5 a5-a6 ♔h5-g4 ♔g1-f2 ♔g4-f4 ♖e1-e3 ♔f4-e5 ♖e3-a3 ♔e5-d4 a6-a7 ♗c6-d5 ♔f2-e1 g5-g4 g2-g3 ♗d5-c6) +9.28/43 440)

score for White +9.28 depth 43.

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  catlover: It looks like Volokitin would have been better off taking the e4 bishop. If 21...dxe4, then after 22. fxe5+ Bf6 23. exf6 gxf6 24. Rxf6+ Qxf6 25. Rf1 Qxf1+ 26. Kxf1 Bd5 white is better but black is at least still in the game.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Couldn't make 21.Bg6 work, couldn't make 21.Qh8+,Kf7; 22.Bg6+?? work, wished one of White's Rooks could get into the game sooner--oh, there it is, problem solved.
Nov-11-22  Mayankk: Like others, I had the moves in reverse order, intending to play Bg6 first and f4 later.

Bg6 just seems such a natural move here, with the threat of Qh8#, that the idea of supporting it with an initial f4 just didn't strike to me. However playing f4 first doesn't allow Black to lock down the position via e4 since the Bishop hasn't moved yet. After 21 Bg6 Bf6 22 f4 e4. The position seems to get locked with White's attack having fizzled out.

Nov-11-22  watwinc: I went for Qh8 followed by Qh5+, which Stockfish gives as +2.54. Not brilliant, but it eventually works.
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  agb2002: White has a bishop and a knight for the bishop pair.

Black threatens dxe4.

The rook on f1 x-rays the black king. This suggests 21.f4 (21.Bg6 Bf6 22.f4 e4):

A) 21... dxe4 22.fxe5+ Bf6 (22... Ke8 23.Qg8+ Bf8 24.Qxf8#) 23.exf6 gxf6 (23... Rxd1 24.Qxg7+ Ke8 25.Qe7#) 24.Rxf6+ (24.Qh8+ Ke7 25.Qg7+ Ke8 26.Rxd8+ Rxd8 27.Rxf6? Rd1+ 28.Kf2 e3+ 29.Ke2 Qb5+ 30.Kxd1 Qd3+ and Black delivers mate soon) 24... Qxf6 25.Rf1 Qxf1+ 26.Kxf1, with the double threat Qxb7 and Nxc5, looks good for White.

B) 21... Ke8 22.fxe5 looks winning (22... dxe4 23.Qg8+ Bf8 24.Qxf8#).

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  agb2002: I would like to know why I didn't even consider 21... exf4.
Nov-11-22  boringplayer: That was something!
Nov-11-22  jrredfield: <watwinc: I went for Qh8 followed by Qh5+, which Stockfish gives as +2.54. Not brilliant, but it eventually works.> Same choice I made. Engine analysis indicates that 21 Qh8+ is the second best move and should give White a hard-fought victory with accurate play, but 21 f4 scores much higher.
Nov-11-22  Chesschronicle22: Good Evening, brilliant game indeed. But I think Andrei, missed that you don't need to take the rook there, mate-in-10.�*25.Rxf6+*�Ke7 26.Re1+ Kxf6 27.Qh5 Qe6 28.Qh4+ Kxg6 29.Rxe6+ Kf7 30.Re7+ Kg6 31.Qg3+ Kf6 32.Qxg7+ Kf5 33.Re5+ Kf4 34.Qg3#� (By stockfish 11)
Still it is mate in 10 at move 25
but at move 21 its not mate yet (although it is 5 points of advantage for white. +5.90.�*21.f4*�dxe4 22.fxe5+ Bf6 23.exf6 gxf6 24.Qh8+ Ke7 25.Qg7+ Ke8 26.Rc1 Rd7 27.Qg6+ Rf7 28.Nxc5 Rc8 29.b4 Qd5 30.Rcd1 Qg5 31.Qxg5 fxg5 32.Rxf7 Kxf7 33.Rd7+ Kg6 34.Rxb7 a5 35.a3 axb4 36.axb4 Re8 37.Kf2 e3+ 38.Ke2 g4 39.g3 Rh8 40.Kxe3 Kf5 41.Rb5 Rxh2 42.Ne4+ Ke6 43.Kf4 Rb2 44.Kxg4 Kd7� (by stockfish 11)
Nov-11-22  Chesschronicle22: My guesses thou was so far off, i thought of bg6, but its not mate (easily prevented). I saw the rook pins the king, I thought of f4, but black could just, well not take, I meant you can already block it with the bishop? (apperantly I'm wrong).
Nov-11-22  Chessius the Messius: Nice attack, but way above my head :)
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Nov-11-22  Hercdon: Beautifully quiet, f4

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