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Etienne Bacrot vs Peter Svidler
4th FIDE Grand Prix (2009), Nakchik RUS, rd 3, Apr-17
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C97)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Apr-17-09
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  whiteshark: This game doesn't knock your socks off, or does it?
Apr-21-09  DCP23: <Bacrot-Svidler
The first impression of a non-conflict game is wrong. There was real tension in it. In the Chigorin Variation of the Ruy Lopez the players covered the entire board with solid pawn chains. White had a small loophole on the kingside, but in order to use it he had to dare sacrificing material. The best opportunity occurred, in my opinion, on the 30th move. I think White could play 30.Nf5!? gxf5 31.gxf5, and then slowly increase pressure by g2-g4, doubling the rooks and maybe even rushing the kingside pawns h3-h4 and g4-g5. Surprisingly, he could afford playing in such style without a piece and almost at no risk! Black only could wait behind bars... After the move played in the game 30.Bh6 Svidler closed all the doors by 30g5!, and a draw became inevitable.>

-- Shipov

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