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Peter Svidler vs Vassily Ivanchuk
FIDE Grand Prix (2008), Sochi RUS, rd 8, Aug-08
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  0-1

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Aug-08-08  Marmot PFL: Svidler seems like a person of integrity, otherwise one might question how a top 10 player could lose like this with white.
Aug-08-08  TheBB: From what I can see this was an excellent execution by Ivanchuk, after the somewhat inaccurate Nf5+ (Nxc6 might be better).

After the inevitable exchange on e4, white faces a very difficult endgame.

Aug-08-08  shr0pshire: <Marmot PFL> I know this game seems much more simple, but Svidler has lost other seemingly short games recently:

To Anand where he lost in 21 moves

Anand vs Svidler, 2007

To Van Wely where he lost in 22 moves

Van Wely vs Svidler, 2007

It isn't very often, but once in a blue moon Svidler just doesn't seem to be concentrating and loses a short game, almost a miniature.

Aug-08-08  euripides: I suppose 23.Kf1 Rxe4 and the knight is pinned. Svidler might have missed some trick like this at move 18/9.
Aug-08-08  nathanschulz: The incredible success of the Berlin Defense in this tournament is almost humorous.
Aug-08-08  Aspirador: <I suppose 23.Kf1 Rxe4 and the knight is pinned.> 23.0-0 may have been possible, still. Not pleasant, but probably better.
Aug-08-08  zarg: <Marmot PFL: Svidler seems like a person of integrity>

Coming up with a homeprep against Ivanchuk, is a difficult task.

Jan-10-11  Alexandrine: Would a queenside castle have been better after 14. Qa4 been better for white? Svidler's problems seem to compound after the knight move.

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