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Peter Svidler vs Ian Nepomniachtchi
Russian Championship Superfinal (2011), Moscow RUS, rd 6, Aug-14
English Opening: Symmetrical. Four Knights Variation (A35)  ·  1-0

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Aug-14-11  Ulhumbrus: Nepomniachtchi neglected to develop his King's Rook and lost.
Aug-14-11  sevenseaman: Svidler is playing as though bidding to challenge for the WC. What alchemy has taken place? A wonderful feeling following his flowing games.
Aug-15-11  Ulhumbrus: After 9...Qd3 Black's Queen can be driven away by Ne1 and she seems later not placed well on g6. An alternative is 9...Bf5 and if 10 Ne1 Qd7
Aug-15-11  polarmis: Here's Svidler's very entertaining commentary on this game:

http://www.whychess.org/en/node/1390

It seems as though Nepo got a bit carried away :)

Aug-15-11  Ulhumbrus: According to Svidler 9 e3 prepares to open lines by d4.

One sequence goes 9...Bf5 10 d4 cd 11 ed ed 12 Nh4! dxc3 13 Nxf5 Qxd1 14 Rxd1 cxb2 15 Bxb2 and with the Bishop pair and an enormous lead in development White may have too much for the pawn.

Aug-15-11  DrMAL: <Ulhumbrus> Yes, personally I would have played 9.d3 and looked for b4 (usual stuff) but it was a good alternative idea. 9...Qd3 also looked a bit silly but it also worked out OK.

12.Qa4 to attack Q-side was probably best for this position. But his wanting to trade pieces via 13.Nb5 is not the strongest of plans (trading and attack rarely are). After 17...Nxb4 18.Bd2 black can play (either the complicating 18...Nc6 back or) simply 18...Rc8 and, if white's queen stays on the a2-g8 diagonal via 19.Qb3 then 19...Qf7 frees black's rook on h8.

"Ke7 A novel idea, and not a bad one. Itís connected to a variation I hadnít even looked at." Svidler played excellently against this dubious move, keeping a nice advantage.

32.Rae3 (instead of Nd5 or Ra5) was not particularly great it was easily countered via 31...Bd7 but black played 31...Nb4?! getting into trouble. After 32.Rb1 Nc6 was mandatory and after 33.Rc3 Bd7 was too. 33...Bf5?! was losing but then 34...Kc7? (instead of Ke7) self-pinning the knight lost.

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