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Peter Svidler vs Magnus Carlsen
Aerosvit (2008), Foros UKR, rd 2, Jun-09
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Nimzowitsch Variation (E15)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-08-08  TheBB: Svidler is +2 on Carlsen in classical so far, but both of those were before Carlsen started sweeping supertournaments in 2007. Svidlers last win was in Corus 07 when Carlsen scored -4, and Svidler went +1. Their only game since then was a draw in Baku earlier this year.
Jun-08-08  percyblakeney: This should be Carlsen's toughest game in the tournament, a draw here would give him an excellent position for the remaining rounds but I have a feeling that Svidler will win.
Jun-08-08  deepthinker: Carlsen is rising very fast, who knows maybe he'll show us a masterpiece.
Jun-08-08  suenteus po 147: This will either be a Ruy Lopez or a Sicilian. I'm hoping for a Ruy Lopez, personally, since I'm curious to see what Svidler does with Carlsen's preparation.
Jun-09-08  notyetagm: <suenteus po 147: This will either be a Ruy Lopez or a Sicilian. I'm hoping for a Ruy Lopez, personally, since I'm curious to see what Svidler does with Carlsen's preparation.>

I am hoping for a Sveshnikov and blood all over the board. :-)

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  whiteshark: 'Classical' games, Svidler having White:

Svidler vs Carlsen, 2006
˝-˝ 29 2006 Tal Memorial C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer

Svidler vs Carlsen, 2007
˝-˝ 27 2007 Linares-Morelia B35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto

Svidler vs Carlsen, 2008
˝-˝ 43 2008 Baku Grand Prix C80 Ruy Lopez, Open

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  Chessgames Bookie: In addition to the normal ChessBookie betting for this game (Aerosvit Rd 2: Svidler vs Carlsen) we are also opening up midgame betting:

Aerosvit Rd 2: Svidler vs Carlsen: MIDDGAME BETTING

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Jun-09-08  madlydeeply: well the hottest grandmaster on the circuit this year is Ivanchuk, and Carlsen swatted him like a bug yesterday. I predict Carlsen to win out. Breakthrough tournament for him. beat Svidler easy.
Jun-09-08  kasp: I predict 0-1. My favourite young grandmaster and my favourite player in the last years is Carlsen. I enjoy his games and the win against Ivanchuk was wonderful. Svilder is a strong player but I think carlsen will win this one.
Jun-09-08  severus6: i don't know, as much as i'd like to agree w/ you, Carlsen was lucky to escape w/ a draw in his last game against Svidler.
Jun-09-08  madlydeeply: So why can Svidler handle Carlsen but Ivanchuk can't? More solid style I suppose.
Jun-09-08  popski: After 11...Nf6 they are still in the book.
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  Mateo: Although Svidler, like Leko and Anand, is a 1.e4 player, he played 1.d4 in some recent games, with some success.
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  whiteshark: So <12...Nc6> as TN to E Vegh vs A Iljin, 2008
Jun-09-08  severus6: looks like a whats going on on the other boards?
Jun-09-08  mateifl: Can some tell me what is happening in Karjakin-Nisipeanu ? Thx
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  whiteshark: Oh, they were only transposing moves to Opening Explorer
Jun-09-08  AdrianP: Anyone who doesn't know this fantastic game, owes it to themselves to play it through Svidler vs Carlsen, 2006 - (it was a rapid game, though).
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  Mateo: 12…0-0, Vegh (2278) –Ilijn (2556), 2008, 0-1. The move actually played transposes in some previous games.
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  Mateo: 14.Qf4 was the more natural move. Gelfand played 14.Nh4 against Leko. After the logical 14.Qf4 d4 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 16.Nd5 Bd8 17.e3, there are at least 2 important games : G Sargissian vs Yifan Hou, 2008 1/2-1/2 and I Cheparinov vs Kamsky, 2008 1/2-1/2.
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  Mateo: So here we are. Hou played 17...Ne7 and Kamsky 17...0-0. Both drew.
Jun-09-08  SetNoEscapeOn: <madlydeeply: So why can Svidler handle Carlsen but Ivanchuk can't? More solid style I suppose.>

Well, you can't read so madly deeply based on such a small number of games :)

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  Mateo: The simple 17...dxe3 could also be considered.
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  vonKrolock: black returns the ♙ achieving a balance in both forerunners quoted above by <mateo>... (retrospectivelly, Gelfand won Leko with 14.♘h4, but that had nothing to do with the opening)
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  Mateo: They follow Sargissian-Hou.
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