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Arkadij Naiditsch vs Peter Svidler
World Cup (2009) (rapid), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 3, Nov-29
Modern Defense: Standard Defense (B06)  ·  0-1

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Nov-29-09  kakarot: It takes some balls to hold such an attack.Except the 36...Qd4 blunder Svidler played amazingly in a a really hard position
Nov-29-09  Skakalec: Why was 36...Qd4 blunder?
Besides instead of 33.Kb1 I think white should have played Rh8 Kf7, Rf8 Kf8, Qh8 Kf7,Rh7 Ke6 and then Kb1
Nov-29-09  Timeline: 37.Re4??(Rd4 is illegal move) Qd1#
Nov-29-09  Timeline: I'm guessing you meant Rh4
Nov-29-09
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  Eyal: <Why was 36...Qd4 blunder?>

Because of 37.Rh4! and the queen has nowhere to go - 37...Qg7 38.Rh7, or 37...Qc5 38.Rf4+! Ke8 (38...Nxf4 removes protection from e7 and so gets mated immediately by 39.Qh7+) 39.Rxf8+ Kxf8 40.Qh8+ Kf7 41.Qh7+ Kf8 42.g6. It seems that Naiditsch missed a couple of other strong continuations, which look at least close to winning, in earlier stages - like 16.Nxg7+ and 17.Bxh6, or 20.Rxh5 with the idea 20...Qe8 21.Qg4 Qf7 22.Rf5.

Must be a bitter a bitter disappointment for Naiditsch, since this was the last rapid game and he was leading the match 3-2, so even a draw would have been enough for him to go on to the next stage. In the final moves, which are full of blunders, he completely collapsed under the pressure of severe time trouble (only a few seconds remaining on the clock).

Nov-29-09  notyetagm: http://www.thechessmind.net/

In the fourth remaining game, Svidler needed to win with Black to save the match. He did it, but not without a little help at a crucial moment. 37.Rh4!! is a move that will haunt Naiditsch for a while, as it wins almost right away. If the queen stays on the a1-h8 diagonal, it is lost, but if it retreats the other way, say to c5, then 38.Rf4+! is a killer: 38...Nxf4 39.Qh7+ and 40.Qxe7#, or 38...Ke8 39.Rxf8+ Kxf8 40.Qh8+ Kf7 41.Qh7+ Kf8 42.g6. Naiditsch was probably in serious time trouble at this point, because from here on his position deteriorated in a hurry, culminating with his blundering a rook in an already lost position.

Nov-30-09  notyetagm: (VAR)

38 ?


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38 ♖f4-h4+!! <overloaded: e7,f4>


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38 ... ♘d5x♖f4 <deflection: e7>


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39 ♕h2-h7+ <loose square near king: e7>


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Dec-02-09  capablancakarpov: Wasn´t 16.Nxg7+ a safer move, especially only needing a draw??
Jun-17-19
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  fredthebear: Be careful about falling into the habit of playing the "obvious" move. Always seek stronger alternatives to the top candidate, even though most will not measure up. 16.NxBg7+ is good and safe, no doubt. 16.Qd3 is dynamic!
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