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Dusko Pavasovic vs Peter Svidler
World Cup (2007), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 2, Nov-28
Scotch Game: Classical. Intermezzo Variation (C45)  ·  0-1



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  Mateo: The last moves of this game are weird. 35.Rd4? allowed the obvious 35...Qxf6 winning easily, but Svidler played 35...h6? and again Pavasovic played the strange 36.h4?, meanwhile Svidler answered 36...gxh4? (instead of 36...Qxf6). In the final position, Pavasovic resigned in a difficult position although there is no forced win for White. I wonder if the score is correct?
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  Mateo: Despite I have some doubts about the last moves, I say again and again: What a game! Since the European chess championships, Svidler is playing like a god. Here a sound positional masterpiece followed by a brilliant tactical break.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Bc5 5. Nxc6 Qf6 6. Qd2 dxc6 7. Nc3 Bd4 8. Bd3 Ne7 9. O-O Ng6 10. Ne2 Bb6 11. Nf4 Qh4!? <Something new prepared for this game, instead of. 11...Nxf4, like in Pavasovic vs Z Gyimesi, 2005 1/2-1/2.> 12. g3 Qe7 13. Qc3 Bg4 !? <Svidler wants to castle on the queen’s side.> 14. Kg2 <14.Qxg7?! 0-0-, Black has a big lead in development for the pawn.> O-O-O 15. f3 Bd4 16. Qa5 Bd7 17. Rd1 Kb8 <A quiet move improving the safety of Black’s King (out of the checks on the h3-c8 diagonal).> 18. Qe1 Ne5 19. Be3 Bxe3 20. Qxe3 g5 <Svidler could have played 20...h5 first, but he thought he could take advantage of the position of the Knight, as we will see.> 21. Nh5 f6 <to attack the Knight with the Queen, forcing g4, weakening White’s king side.> 22. Be2 c5 <Or 22...Qf7 forcing g4. But Svidler wants to bring his Bishop on the long diagonal.> 23. Rd5 b6 24. Rad1 Rde8 25. g4 Bc6 26. R5d2 Qf7 27. Qb3 <White threatened Nxg4 and Qxa2, but this gives Black a tempo to break on the king side.> c4 28. Qc3 f5! 29. exf5? <He should not open the diagonal. 29.Rd4 should be considered.> Nxg4 30. Ng7 Ne3+ 31. Kf2 Nxd1+ 32. Rxd1 Rxe2+! 33. Kxe2 Rg8 34. f6 <34.Nd4 Qxf5, Black wins a pawn.> Rf8 35. Rd4? <White loses a pawn, but this is very bad.> h6? <35...Qxf6 with double attack on the Knight and on the ‘f’ pawn wins.> 36. h4? gxh4? 37. Rxh4 Qg6 <Did he lost on time? 38.Qxc4 Rxf6, Black wins. 38.Rf4 Qg2+ 39.Ke3 Qf1, Black has a strong attack.> 0-1

Dec-02-07  Hafen Slawkenbergius: After 35...Qxf6 it looks as if white can answer 36.f4, because if 36...Qxg7 37.Rd8+. Nevertheless, 35...h6 is incomprehensible. I would guess white 35th and 36th moves should be changed, in which case the last moves make a bit more sense.

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