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Peter Svidler vs Dmitry Jakovenko
FIDE Grand Prix (2008), Sochi RUS, rd 12, Aug-13
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack. Two Knights Defense (D37)  ·  1-0



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Aug-13-08  whiteshark: Grand display of ♘:♗ endgame fireworks.
Aug-13-08  Jim Bartle: Twenty king moves for white from move 50 to 80.
Aug-13-08  Marmot PFL: Contrast to Kamsky vs V Gashimov, 2008, here white's tempo really matters. It means the better light sq. bishop, which he converts to better pawn structure and then wins a pawn and a fine N vs B ending.
Aug-13-08  Dionyseus: Rybka 3 thinks 15... Qb4 16. Rd4 Nxf4 17. Rxf4 g5 18. Rd4 Bf6 is an improvement for black, scoring it -0.02 d=20

another improvement for black is:
20... Bc6 21. b3 b6 22. bxa4 Bxa8 +0.66 d=22

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  tamar: Long Day's Journey With the Knight
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  Bobsterman3000: <Dionyseus> thanks for that Rybka line. That's a classic "computer" line.

Most humans would regard 15...Qb4 as a waste since it would seem that the black queen could be driven off very easily at the cost of a tempo for black...

Aug-14-08  arsen387: Great endgame by Svidler. Very instructive, really
Aug-14-08  euripides: After 57. g4 and 67.Nc6 Black is effectively in zugzwang. If 67...Bf8 then 68.Nd8+ Ke8 69.Kg8.

During the game, at about move 45, I thought White could win by transferring the knight to d5 (restricting the bishop to f8) and the king to b2 and pushing the queenside pawns. If the minor pieces are exchanged White can win a K+P ending e.g. with kings on d3 and c5 1.Kc2 Kd4 2.Kb2 Ke3 3.a4 ba 4.Kxa3 Kf2 5.b4 Kxg2 6.b5 Kxf3 7.b6 g4 7.b7 g3 8.b8=Q g2 9.Qb6.

However, if Black keeps the minor pieces on he can counterattack with the king via d4 and d3 as soon as the white king goes to c2 and b2. He then sacs the bishop for the pawn when it reaches b6 and White's knight will have trouble defending the king's side pawns.

Aug-14-08  cannibal: A jewel of a game by Svidler. From an almost symmetrical position after the opening, he outplays his opponent with the minor pieces (btw, how often do you see this constellation from move 18 to 21, with all the heavy pieces gone, but all the minors still there), and then, when I already started to lose confidence in him, he comes up with this great knight sac (71.Kf8 is like saying "You eat that knight or I'll beat you to it").
Oct-22-10  Whitehat1963: There's probably a crazy Sunday endgame puzzle in here near the end.

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