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Alex Astaneh Lopez vs Peter Svidler
Chess Olympiad (2010), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 1, Sep-21
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30)  ·  0-1



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Sep-22-10  Edmontonchessclub: Was there anything wrong with 22.g4, instead of giving away the piece?
Sep-22-10  libertyjack: No, it seems correct. Looks as though Lopez collapsed psychologically
Sep-22-10  Everett: <collapsed psychologically> Is that how we describe blunders nowadays?
Sep-25-10  faramarzrastin: What is the time limit for the first 40 moves?
Sep-26-10  Skakalec: Collapsed psychologically, blunders ... I call it "overlooked". He goes for a combination starting with ♗a5 and calculates that after ♕a5 ♕e5 black has to play:

a) ♖gg8 and after ♕f5+ he winns the piece back

b) ♖hg8 after which he plays h7, probably winning

c) Rh7 after which he plays ♕f5+ again and after ♔ move (♗e6 ♕f8 returns the piece) ♘xf4 is probably winning

d) ♗g7?? is out of question: hxg7 and winning
He simply overlooked:
e) ♖gh6 after which everything is covered. (♕f5+ ♗e6)

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  Domdaniel: I watched Lopez play Svidler two years ago, losing the ending in a time scramble. Svidler conceded that the position was drawn, but his extra minute on the clock - plus 350 rating points - made a difference.

That was in the last round of a weekend swiss. This was Lopez's first olympiad game. Context counts.

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