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Viswanathan Anand vs Peter Svidler
Corus Group A (2007), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-18
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0



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Jan-18-07  Udit Narayan: What a game!!!

Where did Svidler go wrong?

Jan-18-07  Shajmaty: <Udit Narayan: Where did Svidler go wrong?> 18...Ne7? 18...bxc3 or 18...Kh8 were safer. 20...Red8? Two consecutive errors is too much for Peter.
Jan-18-07  diegoami: 20... Red8?? is definitely wrong.
Svidler's position is difficult, but after 20...Qh4 21. Re2 Qh5 22. Nf3 Bd6 planning Rad8 or Bc6 Black's position is still playable 16... Nd7?! is very dubious
Jan-18-07  nimzo knight: That was such an amatuerish mistake. He simple did the calculations wrong
Jan-18-07  Shajmaty: <diegoami: 20... Red8?? is definitely wrong.> 20...Red8? loses, but things are not that obvious after 21...Qd6 or 21...bxc3; 22. bxc3, Qd6. White's best is 22. Qxd6, since 22. Qxb7?, Rab8 equalizes. Enough for a GM, but not for 20...Red8 to deserve a second "?". Svidler resigned because he made two CONSECUTIVE mistakes (18th and 20th moves).
Jan-18-07  e4Newman: Interesting how the Lopez has been played over the years. Fischer with the Chigorin, Karpov with the Zaitsev, then a few short years with lots of Marshall Gambit. Now I see a trend with jumping right into slower, closed lines with d3.
Jan-18-07  myschkin: Anand explained that Svidler thought that after 19. Nxh6+ Qxh6 20. Qxd7 Red8 21. Qxc7 he could go 21…Rc8 ‘when 22.Qxe5 was forced and 22…Rxd2 gives good play’. Nopes, Bb7 is hanging. A surprising piece of chess blindness by Svidler.
Jan-18-07  mckmck: There is a post mentioning that Anand wins 2 games in Corus 2007 because of blunders from opponenets.

It needs a talent to spot the mistakes and exploit it. Look what happened in Carlsen vs Navera match. Carlson missed a winning move failure to spot the mistake of Navera. Navera regrouped and goes on to win the game.

Jan-18-07  Ulhumbrus: 8 h3 avoids the Marshall countergambit. Anand has not managed to win against it at the Corus tournament so far. An alternative to 9...Re8 is 9...Bc5, one justification for which is that White has spent a tempo on h3, but it invites Bg5. This suggests preparing ...Bc5 by 9...h6.
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  chrisowen: Pete started the long train running with 8.Bb7
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  luzhin: Svidler really should stop drinking so much vodka.
Jan-18-07  Udit Narayan: This is what I call:


Jan-18-07  Hesam7: I think that Black was already in trouble much earlier in the game. After 16.Nh4 White has a serious initiative.
Jan-18-07  ALEXIN: G.M. make blunders too. People have to remember it !
Jan-18-07  setebos: I Knew Svidler was Russian but did not know he was a heavy drinker:) Is this so?
Jan-18-07  csmath: Where did you get that Svidler is a heavy drinker? Svidler is probably the only Russian player that maintains some personal hygiene. :-) That is usually contrary to the way drunkards look.

The problem with Svidler is that the guy has no zest or energy to play as intense as these types of tournaments require. And in difference with Kramnik Svilder does not have the turtle repertoire so it is a double jeopardy for him. He plays complex repertoire but most of the time he is really not interested in playing. No wonder that he gets smacked like this.

Jan-19-07  LoveThatJoker: <myschkin: Anand explained that Svidler thought that after 19. Nxh6+ Qxh6 20. Qxd7 Red8 21. Qxc7 he could go 21…Rc8 ‘when 22.Qxe5 was forced and 22…Rxd2 gives good play’. Nopes, Bb7 is hanging. A surprising piece of chess blindness by Svidler.>

This is interesting analysis indeed but, after 21. Qxc7 Rdc8 then white would indeed have to play 22. Qxe5 for 22. Qxb7? Ra7 wins the queen for B, R and 2 pawns. It is a material loss for Svidler indeed but only by a point.

Of course White could throw in 23. Nf3 but that would be well met by 23...Qh5. If white plays 23. Nc4?! Black could play 23...Qf6 (24. Nxe5 Qxe5 25. f4 Qh5 26. Bd1 Qh8 still winning the Q and for even more material).

Of course I don't think White would risk the 23. Nc4?! line.

But it goes to show that 21...Rdc8 followed by 22...Ra7 in case of 22. Qxb7 is a good defence for Black.

Therefore, White would have to play 22. Qxe5 in case of 21...Rdc8.


Jan-19-07  CoryLetain: Anand gives spankings?
Aug-26-07  adnol: Interesting game. Did svidler resign because of his rather badly positioned pieces? 3 of his middle-game important minor pieces are unprotected within a reach of the white's queen. Was this the case?

Thanks for all your input,

Sep-18-07  notyetagm: <csmath: ... And in difference with Kramnik Svilder does not have the turtle repertoire so it is a double jeopardy for him.>

LMAO - "turtle repertoire"

Dec-16-07  soberknight: Oh no! Disaster for Svidler...
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