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Peter Svidler vs Sergey Karjakin
Baku Grand Prix (2008), Baku AZE, rd 6, Apr-27
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D47)  ·  1-0



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Apr-27-08  minasina: this was live commentary; "translated":
Apr-27-08  sitzkrieg: Some notes; instead of 17..g6 exd4 18. e5 Nxe5 19. Nxe5 c5 is possible with 3 pawns for the piece.

Also 22. ..Nxd3 seems good exchanging off the white bishop.

29..gxf5 seems better then Rxe4.

Nice attacking game of Svidler, once again proving he is no king of draws like some people say he is.

Apr-27-08  Augalv: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 Bd6 9.0-0 0-0 10.a3 Bb7 11.Qc2 a6 12.b4 a5 13.Rb1 axb4 14.axb4 Qe7 15.e4 e5 16.Ne2 Bxb4 17.Ng3 g6 ( diagram )

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Interesting story, Peter pointed out that he was not familiar very much with this position.So this is pure improvisation from his side.


New move, old one is 18.Bg5.


Of course not 18..Nxe5 19.Nxe5 wins the piece.

19.Bg5 Qc5 20.e6 ( diagram )

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First critical moment and Karjakin passed the test on this one.


Good move, let's just other options.20..Qxc2?? is horrible blunder 21.Bxc2 and Black two pieces are hanging.20..fxe6!? is interesting.21.Qb3 now 21..Nge5 22.Qxe6+ Rf7, computer gives equal on this one but to human eye it may look a bit risky ( 21..Nde5 22.Qxe6+ Rf7 is also possible ).Move played in game is doing very good.

21.Nxe5 Nxe5 22.Bf6 ( diagram )

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Second critical moment.


Karjakin thought for a long time on this one, "long think - wrong think" and came up with huge error.22..Nxd3! 23.Qxd3 fxe6 24.e5 Qc3! and Black is better, point is that after 25.Qd7 Rf7 26.Qe6 Bc8! ( pointed by Svidler ) is much better for Black.It's hard to explain this oversight.After 22..Qxc2 Black gets into worse but still defendeable position.

23.Bxc2 Bd6

23..Bc3? is wrong 24.e7! is giving to White advantage.

24.Bb3 fxe6 25.Bxe6+ Nf7 ( diagram )

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White's Bishops are huge force, Black must neutralise them, especially that light square guy.


Right! With idea 27.f5 to open f-line and to expose f7 point to attack.

26..Bc8 27.Bb3 Re8 28.f5 Bxg3

Maybe 28..Ra7!?

29.hxg3 ( diagram )

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Really bad day for Karjakin :( Another huge mistake.29..gxf5! 30.exf5 c5 in only try, Black must close those Bishops.If 31.Bd5 Ra6 seems to hold, like 32.Bb2 Rd6, if 31.Rf4 Kf8! with c4 next to holding.Notice that here 31..c4? right away is mistake because of 32.Rg4+! ( check! )


Now is difficult to advise Black, Rook will penetrate to seventh rank, Bishops are still alive...

30..Rxa1 31.Rxa1 Kf8 32.Ra7 Ne5 33.Rxh7 Nc4?

This is speeding up the end, more stubborn 33..Re1+ is also worthless.


At this point White can choose how to win.

34..Be6 35.Bc2 Re2 36.Bd3 Re3 37.Bf5 Bd5 38.Kf2 Re8 39.Bd7 Nd6 40.Bg7+ 1-0

Extracted from blog about Sergey Karjakin.

Apr-27-08  Ezzy: GM Svidler,Peter(RUS) (2746) - GM Karjakin,Sergey(UKR) (2732) [D47] (6), 27.04.2008

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 Bd6 <8...a6 and 8...Bb7 are main line. Leko and Anand are also fans of 8...Bd6.> 9.0–0 0–0 10.a3 Bb7 11.Qc2 a6 12.b4 a5 13.Rb1 axb4 14.axb4 Qe7 15.e4 e5 16.Ne2 <16 dxe5 is the popular main line.> 16...Bxb4 17.Ng3 <Threatening 18 Nf5 and white will win the bishop on b4> 17...g6 <[17...exd4 18.e5 Nd5 19.Bxh7+ Kh8 20.Qf5 Threatening 31 Qh3 is very risky for black.]> 18.dxe5< I think this is new. 18 Bg5 has been played before. 18 dxe5 has been played in similar positions, but usually before white plays Ng3.> 18...Ng4 19.Bg5 Qc5< Only move. If 19...f6?? 20 Qb3+ winning the b4 bishop.> 20.e6 Nde5 21.Nxe5 Nxe5 22.Bf6 Qxc2 <22...Nxd3 23 Qxd3 fxe6 is more accurate. [22...Nxd3 23.Qxd3 fxe6 24.e5 Qc3 25.Qd7 Rf7 26.Qxe6 Bc8 Is good for black]> 23.Bxc2 Bd6 24.Bb3 fxe6 25.Bxe6+ Nf7 26.f4 Bc8 27.Bb3 Re8 28.f5! <This loses a pawn, but Svidler has seen an active square for his rook on a1 which threatens all sorts of nasty things.> 28...Bxg3 29.hxg3 Rxe4? 30.Ra1 Rxa1 31.Rxa1<Threat is now 32 Ra8 or Ra7.> 31...Kf8 <Karjakin finally makes a big mistake, but it's a complicated position to find the correct defense when the time control looms. 31...gxf5 keeps him in the game. [31...gxf5 32.Ra7 Be6 33.Bxe6 Rxe6 34.Ra8+ Nd8 35.Rxd8+ Kf7 36.Bd4 Re2 37.Rd7+ Ke6 38.Rxh7 Rc2 39.Rh6+ Kd5 40.Bg7 b4] >32.Ra7 Ne5 33.Rxh7 <Intending the delightful 34 Rh8 mate.> 33...Nc4 34.fxg6< "Ok, I'll try another way of threatening 35 Rh8 mate" >34...Be6 35.Bc2 Re2 36.Bd3 Re3 37.Bf5 Bd5 38.Kf2 Re8 39.Bd7< Again threatening the nightmare 40 Rh8.> 39...Nd6 40.Bg7+ 1–0 <40...Kg8 41.Bd4 Kf8 42.Bc5 and heavy material loss looms.> 1–0

A nice game by Svidler. I really like the idea of 28 f5 and 31 Rxa1. A game of mistakes by Karjakin, but take nothing away from Svidler who saw some nice idea’s.

Svidler really deserves a win. He seems to have come to this tournament with great enterprise and adventure. He played a rare Kings Indian in his first game, played a rare line against Carlsen in his second game, and admitted that he didn’t play the best opening moves against Gashimov because (in his own words) he said he decided it was time for adventure! He sportingly helped analyze his loss to Gashimov, and was rewarded an audience with the Azerbaijan prime minister in analyzing the game with Radjabov. Svidler seems to be enjoying this tournament! Svidlers been born again. A great talent. A big threat if he keeps up his energetic mood.

Apr-27-08  zoren: agreed, usually top players are not willing to adventure into new territory
Apr-28-08  sitzkrieg: thanks for the analysis guys. Is svidler participating in the GP cycle or just this tournament?
Apr-28-08  Ezzy: <Is svidler participating in the GP cycle or just this tournament?> You have to sign a contract to play in all 4 tournaments, so we will be seeing a lot more of the former Russian champion.
Apr-28-08  Bobsterman3000: wow 2 decisive games from Svidler in the same tournament!

Maybe that's an android replica and not the real Peter Svidler...

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  whiteshark: Random observation of time usage:

11...a6; 01:45 - 01:40
16.Ne2; 01:16 - 01:19
22.Bf6; 00:57 - 00:33
40.Bg7+; 01:04 - 04m44s

Apr-17-13  Nezhmetdinov: This is a wonderful game from Svidler. I'm going to be going through his back pages to try and get a proper understanding of his style. I was brought up on 60s chess so I always try to think of today's players in those terms - so who is Svidler equivalent to from what I can't help but think of as the golden age of chess? Gligoric maybe? The way people diss him you'd think it was Trifunovic... Any ideas anyone?
And what was the best decade for chess?

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