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Loek van Wely vs Peter Svidler
"Rook van Wely" (game of the day May-26-2023)
Corus Group A (2007), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 12, Jan-27
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Classical Variation (D86)  ·  1-0



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Jan-27-07  Confuse: amazing to see peter lose so fast in the gruenfeld! Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought he was an expert of this opening? Still, nice trap by mr. Wely.
Jan-27-07  notyetagm: Best example I have -ever- seen of the danger created by the complex of weak squares around the king once the fianchettoed bishop is traded off.
Jan-27-07  notyetagm: <Confuse: amazing to see peter lose so fast in the gruenfeld! Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought he was an expert of this opening? Still, nice trap by mr. Wely.>

Svidler is the world's leading Grunfeld expert.

Chess is a strange game. Yesterday Svidler beat World #1 Topalov. Today he goes down in flames to the tail-ender Van Wely.

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  al wazir: 20...Nxd4 was a mistake (20...e5 was called for), but 21...Bf3 was a blunder. If instead 21...f5, no one would have noticed the mistake.
Jan-27-07  Ulhumbrus: 10...Bd7 neglects the attack on d4 and so invites 12 Bf4 neglecting the defence of d4.
Jan-27-07  Andrew Chapman: <If instead 21...f5, no one would have noticed the mistake.>22.Nxg6 looks winning to me in that case unless I am missing something.
Jan-27-07  djmercury: 19. ... Bg4 is the blunder. After Nf4 black has to give up his own bishop for a pawn to save himself from a mating threat after Rg5.
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  al wazir: <Andrew Chapman>: Yes, you're right. By move 21 nothing can save black. But I think 20...e5 holds the position.
Jan-27-07  Andrew Chapman: <But I think 20...e5 holds the position.>How about 21.Nd5?
Jan-28-07  Ramin: I think Svidler's 19...Bg4 was made to prevent the rook from going to h5. 19...Nxd5 is losing becuase of 20.Rh5!, winning the game. He didn't fall for the small trap but miscalculated the variarion and lost quickly.
Jan-28-07  Confuse: thanks for confirmation <notyetagm>. Yes, fate destiny, luck, whatever u want to call it is interesting.
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  al wazir: <Andrew Chapman: How about 21.Nd5?> Hmmm. That's a strong move.
Feb-02-07  Llera: <Andrew Chapman: How about 21.Nd5?>

White menaces the trap: Nd5, Black Queen moves, Rxc6 and Nxe7+, winning the Queen; but there´s another idea more subtile, as you can see, my friend.

Feb-02-07  Llera: <there´s another idea more subtile>

The subtil detail is that after 21. Rg5!, the Black Bishop can't leave the d1-h5 diagonal, because it will follow Rh5, winning. At the end, after 21...Bf3 and 22.Rg3! Svidler resigned because of the menace 23.Rh3

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  Mateo: 17...cxd4?!, opening the c file was the first inacurracy, a real gift to White. But what follows shows that it was all Svidler's idea which was wrong (the attack on d4). After 19.Rc5!, he had nothing beter than 19...e5, cutting the 5th rank, to impede the White Rook to come on the kingside. 19...Bg4? leads to disaster.
Aug-31-07  ahmadov: I posted the position of this game after move 20 as a puzzle on my forum and it seemed that <Karpova> and <syracrophy> had other options for White win... (see posts dated 30 August for puzzle 08/01)
Oct-15-07  Resignation Trap: For a video of Van Wely reviewing this game, click here: .
Jan-12-09  jovack: pretty bad for svidler
Jan-12-09  hackmate: I'd still trade his worst game for my best.
Oct-29-09  Whitehat1963: Leading expert in the Opening of the Day gets trashed in 22 moves.
May-26-23  whiteshark: Game of the Day
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  FSR: Svidler's 19...Bg4? was a blunder. Stockfish gives 19...e5! as equal after 20.Rd5 Be6; 20.Rfc1 Rac8! 21.dxe5 Nb4!; or even 20.Nf4!? exf4 21.Rh5! Rfd8!? (21...gxh5 22.Qg5+ 1/2-1/2) 22.d5! gxh5! 23.e5! Nxe5! 24.Bxh7+ with perpetual check.

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