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Peter Svidler vs Hikaru Nakamura
Rising Stars - Experience (2010), Amsterdam NED, rd 4, Aug-15
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Tal Variation (B12)  ·  1-0

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Aug-15-10  Marmot PFL: 6 of black's first 19 moves were with the queen, just to put it back where it started.
Aug-15-10  capafan: 4 wasted tempi by Black in five moves starting with the BQ foray 9...Qb6....Black never recovers and is always on his heels. Svidler very efficiently makes use of the deferred development. Unfortunately, this was never close.
Aug-15-10  capafan: <Marmot PFL>Obvious to us patzers....
Aug-15-10  crazybird: <Peter Svidler was doubly motivated for his game against Hikaru Nakamura. To begin with he had promised his friend Jan Gustafsson, who was doing the live commentary on the Internet Chess Club (ICC), to provide some entertainment, and secondly his overall score against the American is most encouraging. Last year he beat him twice at the NH tournament (true, Nakamura was ill during that tournament) and in between that tournament and this one he had also defeated him at the European Club Cup. The cause of Blacks problems was his overly ambitious play in a Caro-Kann. His queen sortie to b6 (less ambitious and safer is 9Qb6) followed by an excursion into Whites queenside cost him a lot of time and didnt bring him anything when he played 12Nd5 instead of going for 12Bxe4 13.Nxe4 Nd5 14.Rh3 Qa4 when at least he would have had a pawn for his passive position. After White regained the pawn his position was a dream. It isnt every day that you get such great play so early in the game presented on a platter. Black definitely was in deep trouble after 19Qd8, which left him completely tied up, where he still could have cherished some hopes after 19Qb6 20.Qf4 0-0-0. Now Svidlers only task was to remain concentrated and haul in the point, which he did after 37 moves.>

Source: NHChess.com

Aug-15-10  Prugno: Of course in chess everything is possible, but after looking at the game score I have some doubts about the official tournament report stating that 9... Qb6 would have been less ambitious and safer than the move actually played by Black.
Aug-15-10  Marmot PFL: IMHO nothing wrong with 9...Qb6 as part of general development with Nd7, Nf5, Be7 or Bb4. If played to try to hold the c4 pawn its like a coffeehouse plan and Svidler refutes it easily.
Aug-15-10  niemzo: There is something wrong here. Naka did play 9..Qb6. They must mean another move. I think it's fine, too. Qb4 was the start of a rather dubious plan.
Aug-20-10
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  chancho: The Svid owns Naka:

<Classical games: Peter Svidler beat Hikaru Nakamura 5 to 0, with 1 draw. Including rapid/exhibition games: Peter Svidler beat Hikaru Nakamura 7 to 0, with 2 draws. Only rapid/exhibition games: Peter Svidler beat Hikaru Nakamura 2 to 0, with 1 draw.>

Nov-26-10  bondll: Question for everyone:

Chess, like many other competitive games, is characterized by non-transitive relations. That is, if A>B, and B>C, then it does NOT necessarily follow that A>C. Like Geller vs Fischer, Hort vs Browne, Korchnoi vs Tal, and Spassky vs Larsen, Svidler seems to have it over Naka even though their respective Elo ratings would suggest that their over record against each should be more nearly equal. Is it psychological, a matter of style, what?

Nov-26-10  blueofnoon: I think it's psychological. As for this game, it's more like Nakamura played below his usual strength than Svidler played brilliantly.

(Well, of course Svidler played a very good game, but Nakamura usually does better against any opponent, including real top players like Aronian or Kramnik)

Nov-26-10  bondll: Blueofnoon (or anyone):

In the game Svidler vs. Fossan, can you tell me what on earth is going on after Svidler's 18. Qf3? Why did Fossan not take the Q, doubling whites pawns or facing 19...Bg4, after 19. Rxf3? And later on, why did Fossan not take the white R on d1 when he had the chance?

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