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Magnus Carlsen vs Peter Svidler
Aker Chess Challenge (2009) (rapid), Gjovik NOR, rd 5, Jan-04
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0



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Jan-08-09  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 20...Nb4, 20...Nd4 may gain the advantage.
Jan-09-09  piteira8: After reading many of your posts, I am willing to admit that you have a much better understanding of the game than I do. However, I think that that "20.. Nd4 MAY gain the advantage" is not a satisfactory assessment of what could have happened after 20...Nd4. The most obvious reason for this is that 20...Nd4 leaves the pawn at a6 alone and shivering. Svidler, who knows something about chess, did not play 20...Nd4. Why?
Jan-09-09  anandrulez: very impressive by magnus here
Jan-12-09  ajile: After 10..Be6 White has a long term advantage based on Black's weak e6 pawn and square. 11.Bxe6 fxe6.
Jan-14-09  kozo: After 20. ... Nd4 21. Nxd4 cxd4 22.Bxe7 Qxe7 23. e5 white can get away with Qxa6 and then come back for the d pawn, compared to 20. ... Nb4 21.Bxb4?! cxb4 22. Qxa6 Ra8 23. Qb5 Qxb5 24. axb5 Rab8 leaving the pawn weak. Black seems to be losing faster after Nb4.
Aug-08-09  lost in space: Hi ajile,

I disagree. Yes, black got a double pawn and if white is able to attack them the advatage is on the white side.

But Black got as well the control over the squares d5 and f5 as well as a semi open f-file.

I would call this an inballance and it is very unclear which side can make use of this inballance.

I personally prefere to play with such double pawns (at least OTB)

Aug-26-10  Jambow: That really is a well played game by magnus, It was like a chip here then over here and finally he is in.
Jun-15-16  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini d 25

1. = (0.11): 20...Nd4 21.Nxd4 cxd4 22.Bxe7 Qxe7 23.Red1 h5 24.Rxd4 Ng4 25.Rf1 Qc5 26.Rdd1 Qe5 27.Rd3 Rb8 28.Rf3 a5 29.Rd1 Nf6 30.h3 h4 31.Nf1 Rb4 32.Re3 Rxa4 33.f3 Qc5 34.Qb2 Rb4 35.Qa2 Re8

2. (0.66): 20...Rb8 21.Red1 Qc8 22.Qa2 g6 23.h3 Nb4 24.Qc4 a5 25.Ne5 Rb6 26.Rac1 Rd8 27.Ne2 Rxd1+ 28.Rxd1 Qb8 29.Bb2 Qc8 30.Rb1 Qd8 31.Nf4 Qc8 32.f3 g5 33.Nfd3 Nxd3 34.Nxd3 Nd7 35.Rd1 Qa6 36.Qxa6

3. (0.67): 20...Rcd8 21.Bb2 Qc8 22.Rab1 Ne8 23.Bc3 Nd6 24.Rb6 Nd4 25.Bxd4 cxd4 26.Qxa6 Qxa6 27.Rxa6 d3 28.Ra7 Rfe8 29.Rc7 Rc8 30.Rxc8 Rxc8 31.Rd1 Ra8 32.Rxd3 Rxa4 33.Rd4 Nc4 34.e5 Ra1+ 35.Nf1 Nb6 36.g3 Bc5 37.Rd8+ Kf7 38.Kg2 Ke7 39.Rh8 Ra2 40.N1d2

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