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Peter Svidler vs Peter Leko
World Championship Tournament (2007), Mexico City MEX, rd 2, Sep-14
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Modern Main Line (C89)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Sep-14-07  shr0pshire: Okay, okay, I was wrong. I thought this would draw in less than 23 moves. I don't know what Svidler was thinking. It would be one thing if he used his quasi-novelty of 15. Qe2 for some new purpose, but I only see this as a drawing move.

And 15. Qe2 isn't really a novelty. There are many of us who have played it before, and some amature games show up in larger databases. I know I've played it before, and that is how I knew it would draw. :)

Sep-14-07  babakova: It's as good a try as any... The Marshall is very difficult to crack on the top level. The alternative is to avoid it altogether.
Sep-15-07  Monkey King: <and that is how I knew it would draw. :)> Rofl, white achieved solid winning chances around move 32 with many gm's claiming it a difficult win. I hope they will have then endgame analysis on chessbase tomorow.
Sep-15-07  anelka: How about 17... Bh3.
Sep-15-07  Kaputtnikov: How about 17... NF4? This should put an end to this variation.
Sep-16-07  acirce: <Peter Svidler was more than a little annoyed at not joining the leaders, after failing to convert a safe extra pawn in Leko's favourite Marshall opening.

"The Holy Grail eludes us again - the refutation of the Marshall doesn't exist," Svidler philosophised. "Qe2 is a rare move and Black can hold in a number of ways. I guess Peter missed 20.Ne4! when if he takes the pawn he loses the exchange. [If 20..Bxe4 21.fxe4 Rxe4 White plays 22.Bd1! IR] After that White is better in a number of ways. I was spoiled for choice and decided to find a forced win. However I missed that after 26.Qh3 the bishop on c7 is protected and Black can simply play 26...h5. Afetr that it should have been an easy draw, but in time trouble Peter gave me some chances."

Leko was relieved to have survived; "It is always unpleasant when you don't know how much your opponent hs prepared. I really wanted to play 17...Nf4!?, even though I knew he would have analysed this, but when we got to the position I found a good line for White. I was quite disappointed that ...Nf4 didn't work and then I blundered a quite simple thing [ 20.Ne4!]. After then the position looked bad for Black but it was not so easy to find something immediate - and it was clear that my opponent wanted to find something immediate!">

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On 17..Nf4 I think 18.gxf4 Bxf4 19.h4! Qxh4 20.Qg2 Bh3 21.Nf3! Qh5 22.Bxf4 Bxg2 23.Kxg2 is strong. Black's moves are all forced.


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I don't remember who suggested it first (it was during the game) but in any event it's a computer line. Materially unbalanced position but White has all the chances. The minor pieces must be much more effective than the queen.

Sep-17-07  Resignation Trap: Svidler getting ready to play 6.Re1 against Leko: http://www.chesspro.ru/_images/mate... .
Sep-18-07  anelka: acirce: 17...Nf4 18.gxf4 Bh3! I think. In this way, I can't see, how white can avoid the mate or losing his queen.
Sep-18-07  Atkins: <anelka: acirce: 17...Nf4 18.gxf4 Bh3! I think. In this way, I can't see, how white can avoid the mate or losing his queen.> I'm blindfolding and could be wrong but 19.Qd3 seems to stops the mate (by Qg3). By the way, in the line given by <arcice> 19.h4! 21.Nf3! are beautifull moves.
Sep-18-07  anelka: Ok, there are meny options. 19 Qd3, for example, Re8 Rxe8, Rxe8 what now? :) Ne4 would be a blinfold because of Rxe4, or there are Bxf4 too. So I don't think Qd3 would solve white's problems.
Jan-12-08  Hesam7: 19...Bh3! (This is an improvement over 19...Bf5?) 20 Qf2 (forced) 20...Bf5:


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The fact that the Queen is on f2 makes the difference since now 21 Ne4 Bxe4 22 fxe4 Rxe4 is bad for White when he does not have 23 Bd1 Qg6 24 Bc2 winning the exchange.

Nov-01-09  Open Defence: < shr0pshire: Okay, okay, I was wrong. I thought this would draw in less than 23 moves. I don't know what Svidler was thinking. It would be one thing if he used his quasi-novelty of 15. Qe2 for some new purpose, but I only see this as a drawing move. And 15. Qe2 isn't really a novelty. There are many of us who have played it before, and some amature games show up in larger databases. I know I've played it before, and that is how I knew it would draw. :) > I'm not so sure... 15.Qe2 is a very good try I think...
Nov-01-09  Open Defence: 18.Ne4 seems interesting too...
Dec-29-10  RandomVisitor: <Hesam7>After that we have: Rybka 4

[+0.33] d=32 21.Nf1 Qg6 (41:17:37) 40996832kN

[+0.33] d=31 21.Nf1 Qg6 (26:24:19) 27002930kN

[+0.32] d=30 21.Nf1 Qg6 22.Bxd5 cxd5 23.Ne3 Bd7 24.Bd2 h5 25.Ng2 Qd3 26.Re1 Rxe1 27.Bxe1 Be6 28.h4 g6 29.Kh2 Qc4 30.a3 (9:24:19) 9096768kN

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