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Peter Svidler vs Alexander Motylev
European Club Cup (2009), Ohrid MKD, rd 7, Oct-10
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Mason-Showalter Variation (C42)  ·  1-0



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Oct-11-09  outsider: what a pawn win on move 34. black must have been badly surprised
Oct-11-09  Manic: Time trouble perhaps? It is not the easiest tactic to see for sure, but Motylev is a 2700. He reacted to white's threat of created by 33.Rh3, which was 34.Bxg6, by playing 33...f5 to block the attack only to lose the f-pawn instead!

33...Re7 looks like an improvement, although black is still on the back foot as white's pieces are more active.

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  whiteshark: <20...Bxe8 21.Nf7+ Bxf7 22.Bxf7 g6 23.Qf3 Kg7> was an interesting alternative to keep the balance,

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e.g. <24.Bd5 Na5 25.Re1 c6 26.Re6 Qf8 27.Qf4 Rc8>

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Oct-11-09  Eyal: <what a pawn win on move 34. black must have been badly surprised>

<Time trouble perhaps? It is not the easiest tactic to see for sure, but Motylev is a 2700 [...] 33...Re7 looks like an improvement, although black is still on the back foot as white's pieces are more active.>

By move 33 Black already seems to be lost, because of White's threats on the h-file. 33...Re7 loses to 34.Qh4, e.g. 34...Qg8 35.Bxg6! Kxg6 36.Rg3+. So relatively best might be 33...Rh8, but after 34.Rxh8 Kxh8 35.Bxg6 it's hard to believe Black can survive with a pawn less, an exposed king, and a much worse minor piece.

The decisive mistake is perhaps 29...Qf7 - it's better to play 29...Qd6, so that White would have to remove the queen from the g-file (30.Qg4 Qe6 repeats) and so won't be able to transfer the rook to h5 as he does in the game; but by this stage Black's position is quite uncomfortable anyway.

Oct-12-09  notyetagm: 19 ?

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19 ♘f3-g5! <pin-breaking by discovery>

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<Finally, Svidler is able to parlay a very small edge against Motylev's Petroff into a full point. <<<His advantages after the slick 19.Ng5 are of a small sort: a slightly better minor piece, a little more space, and the possibility of a minor kingside initiative.>>> But putting them all together, Motylev was never able to "catch up", and Svidler put the cap on a great event. <<<(With his gains in Ohrid, Svidler is now #8 on the Live Top List, with a 2753.7 rating.)>>>>

Oct-14-09  magnuschess: Peter is coming ! Motylev had no chance to stop him , Svidler is crazy attacking player.. i think everytime he would have pressure on players less than 2730 but at the top of chess , he would have no chance to beat top players with his's just that usually he has tal's stars..
Oct-14-09  euripides: After getting the favourable minor piece exchange, Svidler's play until move 29 all looks simple and harmonious - just putting the pieces on good squares and punting the h pawn. But the subsequent rook manoeuvre is, to my eyes, nicely baroque. A very instructive game for anyone facing or playing the Petrov.

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