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Wang Yue vs Peter Svidler
Baku Grand Prix (2008), Baku AZE, rd 11, May-03
Gruenfeld Defense: General (D80)  ·  1-0



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May-03-08  notyetagm: An excellent result for Wang Yue: defeating the world's leading Grunfeld exponent (Svidler) in a Grunfeld.

Go China!

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  Ron: Yue's 21st and 22nd moves are interesting--they led to a advantage for White.
May-03-08  toastie: FIDE notes


Wang Yue thought White should have a plus out of the opening, but Svidler wasn't so sure: "If Black just makes his moves and manages to survive, his position is fine." And this is what he did, for a while, until he missed 15...Bxe5! (with the idea 16.Bxe5 Nc6), "with a comfortable game for Black (Shipov).

After White's strong move 18.e4! it went wrong for Black: "After 18...Bxe5 19.Bxe5 Qd7 I had taken 20.Qxd7 Rxd7 21.Bg4 into account, but somehow I failed to consider 18...Bxe5 19.Bxe5 Qxc6 20.Qxc6 Nxc6 21.Bg4."

Moving the rook from d8 to f8 on move 22 also leads to a terrible position, so Svidler decided to sacrifice an exchange, but afterwards he considered this endgame "objectively lost".

May-03-08  socnegoti: svidler has been beaten by the taimanov variation a few times most notably by Aronian.

May-04-08  Hafen Slawkenbergius: I didn't underatand socnegoti's comment. According to the link he posted, Svidler beat Aronian in this variation 2 to 1. Anyhow, what is notable is the lack if draws is this variation. If Svidler returns to playing the Gruenfeld, some fans will find his chess more intersting.
May-04-08  Atking: <" And this is what he did, for a while, until he missed 15...Bxe5! (with the idea 16.Bxe5 Nc6), "with a comfortable game for Black (Shipov).> Right! I think Svidler tried to keep matters over complicated (If he wanted draw at some point (Before White Bg4) he could have it). A clever psychological cat mousse battle from Wang Yue.
May-07-08  minasina:
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  Mateo: As 19...Qc6? leads to a disaster in the ending, Black should consider 19...Qe6, keeping Queens and threatening f6.
Apr-05-10  Gouvaneur: Don't know if anyone noticed, but following moves are funny:

42.Th5 43.Th6 44.Th7+ 45.Th8 and it becomes appearant that black is lost ;).

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