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Peter Svidler vs Francisco Vallejo Pons
16th Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2007) (rapid), Monaco, rd 4, Mar-20
Catalan Opening: Open Defense (E04)  ·  1-0



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Mar-20-07  dumbgai: Wow, never seen such a powerless queen before.
Mar-20-07  Plato: One of the most exciting games of the tournament. There were blunders, of course, but that's only to be expected as rapid games wind down to a close.

I'd like to point out one of the pretty variations, which was unfortunately missed by Svidler.

41.Rf8! was a beautiful move to find so quickly, and the only one which retains an advantage for White. However, after 41...fxg4, 42.Rf7? was a mistake that allowed Black to draw, but Vallejo returned the favor with 42...Qh3+, 43.Kg1 Nc3?? (instead of 43...g3!, drawing) after which he is lost.

Correct for White was the following combination:

After 41.Rf8! fxg4 (as played in the game), White should have played 42.Ne5+ and after 42...Kh7 we reach this position:

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43.Rh8+! Kxh8
44.e7 Qxe7
45.Ng6+ and White reaches an endgame which should be winning.

Black can also play 42...Kh5, in which case this position is reached:

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43.Rf5+ g5
44.Be8+ Kxh4
45.Rf6 and Black has no defense against mate.

Mar-21-07  setebos: Svidler played on after lets say move 25 on a general appraisal of the position. Only a very great GM can play on and win.

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