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Evgeny Alekseev vs Peter Svidler
4th FIDE Grand Prix (2009), Nakchik RUS, rd 1, Apr-15
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation (D11)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  whiteshark: 22.Qxa6 looks much better.
Apr-16-09  Hesam7: <<Alekseev-Svidler>

The younger Petersburger played a strong novelty in a fashionable line of the Slav Defense (14.0-0! instead of 14.cxd5), got a big advantage, but was unable to convert it into a full point. Svidler’s reaction to the new move was probably bad. Instead of the dubious 16…Rb8 he should have played 16…Nb6! in order to look for equality in a position with opposite colored bishops. Alekseev then failed to develop his success. He missed the energetic 20.Nc5!, which intends to meet 20…a5 by 21.Nd7!, winning a pawn. The same invasion looked equally strong on the next move. The final mistake was made on the 22nd move by 22.Rc8. I think Evgeny should have taken the risk and capture the a6-pawn with the queen. My analysis confirms that Black’s initiative in this case in temporary and evaporates quickly. The text-move was followed by mass exchanges, and an extra pawn in the endgame could not console White. The position was drawish, and the result confirmed it.> - GM Shipov

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