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Peter Svidler vs Boris Gelfand
FIDE Grand Prix (2010), Astrakhan RUS, rd 12, May-23
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Rubinstein Variation (C48)  ·  1-0



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  Eyal: So perhaps this is the way to beat Gelfand with 1.e4 - avoid the Petrov with the Four Knights rather than the Bishop's opening... Actually, the game seems fairly equal up to 21...f5? which opens the diagonal for the bishop on a2 and allows Svidler's nice combination. Even then, 22...Be8 (defending g6) would have allowed for some damage control.
May-23-10  messachess: Svid's first win here is quite brilliant!
(Remember, he clobbered Kaspy early in his career.)
May-23-10  dw98: This is the Rubinstein variation, the variation that analysts believe doesn't offer white good chances to win and has largely been the reason the Spanish Four Knights has been shelved from the white repertoire for most of the past century. How ironic that this is how Svidler got his first win of the tourney.
May-24-10  Don Cossacks: 3.Nc3 obviously caught Gelfand by surprise.Svidler finally awakened.
May-24-10  Matsumoto: Elegant play by Svidler!
May-24-10  Whitehat1963: 22. Bxd4! is a beautiful move.
May-25-10  luzhin: Yes, 22.Bxd4! was nice, but 21...f5?? was a real howler.
Jun-07-10  hedgeh0g: I think playing into the Petrov, but playing 5.Nc3 instead of 5.d4 with ideas of throwing pawns at Black's kingside offers some good practical chances for White with very little risk. I recall a recent game between Topalov and Gelfand which followed this course.

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