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Peter Svidler vs Emil Sutovsky
European Team Championship (2007), Heraklion GRE, rd 6, Nov-03
Spanish Game: Open. Bernstein Variation (C80)  ·  1-0



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Nov-04-07  SickedChess: nice endgame skills from Svidler!
Nov-04-07  qskakaley: Yeah...awesome! The guy is on a tear!
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  Mateo: Another crystal win from Svidler, playing like if he was Capablanca reincarnation. This must be the result of the Cretan diet.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6 9. Nbd2 Be7 10. c3 O-O 11. Re1 Nc5 12. Nd4 Nxd4 13. cxd4 Nxb3 14. Nxb3 a5 15. Qc2 <This could be a novelty. 15.Be3 has been played, but the move actually played is more logical. After 15...a4 16.Nc5 Bxc5, White has to take with a piece.> Qd7 16. Bd2 Bf5 17. Nc5 Bxc2 18. Nxd7 Rfd8 19. Rac1! <19.Nc5 Bxc5!.> Bf5 20. Nc5 <threatens Nb7.> Ra7 21. Bf4 <21.e6?! Bf6 22.exf7+ Kxf7 23.Be3, the Bishop is tied to the defence of the ‘d’ pawn.> b4 22. e6 fxe6?! <Somewhat better was 22...Bd6 23.Bxd6 cxd6 24.exf7+ Kxf7, although White still has a small edge (king side majority vs the doubled pawns in the center and Rooks controling the 2 open files).> 23. Nxe6 Bxe6 24. Rxe6 Bf6 <If 24...Bd6 25.Bxd6 cxd6 26.Rc6, White has obviously a big edge.> 25. Be5 Bxe5 26. Rxe5 Rd6 <26...Kf7 (to impede Re7) 27.Rc5 wins a pawn.> 27. Re7 <simple and good. Svidler has a won Rook ending.> Kf8 28. Rexc7 Rxc7 29. Rxc7 Re6 30. Kf1 Re4 31. b3 <or with a different move order 31.Ra7 Rxd4 32.Rxa5 Rd2 33.b3.> Rxd4 32. Ra7 Rd2 33. Rxa5 d4 34. Ke1 Rb2 35. Rf5+ Kg8 36. Rd5 Rb1+ 37. Ke2 Rb2+ 38. Kf1 <winning time to reach the time control.> Rb1+ 39. Ke2 Rb2+ 40. Kf3 Rd2 41. h4 <Svidler advances his ‘h’ and ‘g’ pawns, and then can play Ke4.> Kf7 42. Rd7+ Kf6 43. g3 h5 44. Rd5 g6 45. Ke4 Rxf2 46. Kxd4 Rf3 <46...Rxa2 47.Kc4 Rg2 48.Rg5 followed by Kxb4.> 47. Rg5 Rc3 <to impede Kc4.> 48. Kd5 <48.a4!.> Kf7 <48...Rc2 49.g4!.> 49. Kd4 Kf6 50. a4! Rxb3 51. Kc4 Rb1 52. a5 b3 53. Kc3 Kf7 54. Rb5 Rg1 55. a6! Ra1 <55...Rxg3+ 56.Kb2 Rg2+ 57.Kxb3 Rg1 58.Kb4! wins slowly. The King supports the passed pawn. If 58...Rg4+ 59.Ka5 Rxh4 60.a7 Rh1 61.Ka6 Ra1+ 62.Ra5.> 56. Rb6 <threatens Kb2 winning the ‘b’ pawn.> g5 57. hxg5 Rg1 58. a7 Ra1 <58...Rxg3+ 59.Kc4 Rg4+ 60.Kxb3 Rg3+ 61.Ka2 Rg2+ 62.Rb2, White wins.> 59. Rb7+ Kg6 60. Kb2 Ra6 <60...Ra5 61.Kxb3 Kxg5 62.Kb4, the same King march to support the ‘a’ pawn wins gradually.> 61. Rb6+! Rxb6 62. a8=Q 1-0

Nov-14-07  notyetagm: Great comments on this game at

<56.Rb6 g5!? A good try. Black would like to take on g3 with check, then take on g5, and then have ...Rg8 to allow the rook to sac itself for the pawn. It's too late though.

57.hxg5 Rg1 58.a7 This stops the Rxg3, Rxg5, Rg8 idea, but now Black's king gets a little activity.

58...Ra1 59.Rb7+ Kg6 60.Kb2! A very nice move, gaining a tempo and setting a trap.

60...Ra6?! [60...Ra5 61.Kxb3 Kxg5 62.Kb4 (62.Rb5+?? Rxb5+ 63.Ka4 Rb1 ) 62...Ra6 63.Rb5+ Kg4 64.Ra5 Rxa7 65.Rxa7 Kxg3 66.Rg7+! A useful finesse you should try to remember. 66...Kf3 67.Rh7 And now the win is easy. 67...Kg4 68.Kc3 h4 69.Kd2 h3 70.Ke2 Kg3 71.Kf1 h2 72.Rh8 ]

61.Rb6+! Rxb6 62.a8Q 1-0>

Nov-14-07  notyetagm: The most instructive rook endgame I have seen all year.
Sep-26-11  notyetagm:

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  Oginschile: I love when i see a game and i'm thinking, now why doesn't he just capture that pawn, only to find out that there is a VERY good reason for not taking the pawn. Here it's black's own passed pawn that is the white King's shield. Unfortunately my mind doesn't grasp concepts like that when i'm playing my own games, but I love to appreciate it in others' games.

Svidler vs Sutovsky, 2007 63.Rb5+ Kg4 64.Ra5 tempo so White b7-rook gets behind a7-passer

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