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Gata Kamsky vs Peter Svidler
"Sviddy Cent" (game of the day Sep-08-2011)
World Cup (2011), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 4, Sep-07
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (C78)  ·  0-1



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Sep-10-11  scholes: What if 26 Be3
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  kdogphs: <chancho> Oops... never mind...
Sep-10-11  Hesam7: 20. exd6

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<It seems that this is the move that loses white the advantage not that it was possible to tell that over the board. [Mark Crowther]

[20.Qe4 dxe5 21.dxe5 Nf6?! (Not the best suggestion by Svidler, 21...f5 or even 21...Nxe5 need looking at) 22.Qe1 (22.Qh4 is the critical continuation which Svidler was pushed to discuss by Landa. 22...Nxe5 23.Bg5 when Svidler's immediate suggestion of 23...Nxf3+ loses out of hand. 24.Nxf3 Kg7 25.Qh6+ Kg8 26.Bxg6) 22...Nd4]>

More analysis based on Svidler's own comments after the game can be found here:

Sep-12-11  Hesam7: A 40 minute analysis of this game can be found here: (it requires registeration but it is free). The most critical moment after <20. Qe4 dxe5 21. dxe5>

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gets ample coverage in the video. My sense is that even if Kamsly had ana advantage at some point it was not that great. Black always comes up with some resources to defend himself. Case in point is Dennis Monokrouses coverage of <21. ... Nxe5> in the above diagram, a move I had not looked at. <22. Nxe5 f5 23. Qe2 Kh7 24. Ndf3 Kxh6>

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<<A> 25. Nf7+? Kg7 26. Nxd8 Rxe2 27. Nxb7 Rxb7 >

<<B> 25. Qxb5 Rxe5! (25. ... Kg7 is fine but weaker) 26. Nxe5 Qf6! 27. Nf3 (27. Nd7? Qg5 28. Nxb8 Nf4 and Black is mating) 27. ... Nf4>

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<<B1> 28. Qe5 Qxe5 (forced) 29. Nxe5 Bxg2 30. Rd1 Re8=>

<<B2> 28. Qb3 Bc6!

<B21> 29. Kh2 Nxg2 30. Kxg2 Bc5 31. Qc3 (31. Qxb8? Qg5+ mates in 2) 31. ... Qg5+ with perpetual

<B22> 29. Qd1 Rd8 30. Qc1 g5! (Black threatening ... Ne2+; this is equal objectively but in practice playing White would be a lot harder)>

Sep-14-11  sevenseaman: This game should be a front-runner for the game of the tournament.
Sep-23-11  Ulhumbrus: 26..Re2!! serves to displace the White Queen from her cover of the point c6 after 27 Qxe2 so that after 27...Qg3! the threat of 28...Qxg2 mate can no longer be answered satisfactorily by 28 Nc6 in order to obstruct Black's QB on the long diagonal

Kamsky vs Svidler, 2011

<Ulhumbrus: 26..Re2!! serves to displace the White Queen from her cover of the point c6 after 27 Qxe2 so that after 27...Qg3! the threat of 28...Qxg2 mate can no longer be answered satisfactorily by 28 Nc6 in order to obstruct Black's QB on the long diagonal>

Oct-04-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: THE UNDERRATED REMOVAL OF THE GUARD -- Heisman
Oct-05-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: FIDE WORLD CUP 2011 TACTICS
Oct-05-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: GRISCHUK & SVIDLER REMOVE THE GUARD
Oct-10-11  notyetagm: Kamsky vs Svidler, 2011

Game Collection: DRAWBACK CHESS: OPENING LINES: EXTENSION 26 Nc6xRb8? extends b7-bishop to g2 for crushing 26 .. Re8-e2!!

Oct-14-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: DAHFG - DEFENDERS ARE HUGE F***ING TARGETS

Kamsky vs Svidler, 2011 26 ... Re8-e2!! attacks White c2-queen supporting defender

Dec-03-11  notyetagm: <Carlsen vs Howell London Chess Classic (1) 2011>

33 ?

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33 ♖c7-c8! <attack defender: d8> (Svidler)

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[Event "ICC 120 0 u"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2011.12.03"]
[Round "-"]
[White "*GM_Carlsen"]
[Black "*GM_Howell"]
[Result "*"]
[ICCResult "Game in progress"]
[WhiteElo "2826"]
[BlackElo "2633"]
[Opening "Ruy Lopez: Berlin defense"]
[ECO "C65"]
[NIC "RL.07"]
[Time "13:09:35"]
[TimeControl "7200+0"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 O-O 6. O-O Re8 7. Bg5 h6 8. Bh4 Bf8 9. Nbd2 d6 10. d4 exd4 11. Nxd4 Bd7 12. Nxc6 bxc6 13. Bd3 Be7 14. f4 Qb8 15. Bxf6 Bxf6 16. e5 dxe5 17. Ne4 Qxb2 18. f5 Red8 19. Bc4 Be8 20. Qh5 Rd6 21. Rab1 Qc2 22. Qg4 Kf8 23. h3 Rad8 24. Kh2 Qa4 25. Rb4 Qa3 26. Rb7 R6d7 27. Qf3 Qa4 28. Qe2 Re7 29. Nxf6 gxf6 30. Qe3 Red7 31. Qc5+ Rd6 32. Rxc7 Qc2 <33. Rc8> Rd7 Game in progress *

Jan-19-12  Nemesistic: This really is brilliant chess..It takes a lot for me to spend an hour or two just going through a single game (whearas i normally just have 5 minute "scans" till something really grabs my attention)..I don't know where to start,so i won't just now!! And whoever said 18..g6 was an interesting gambit,surely had their tounge firmly in their cheek??

Even though it worked out fine lol!

May-28-12  qqdos: <Chess Informant 113> Best Game award!
Jul-09-12  notyetagm: CHESSPRO.RU <2011 GAME OF THE YEAR>

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  kingscrusher: Interesting game
Nov-20-13  epicchess: Well, you people say the Rd2! was a good move-it was, but he missed the best move,26...Qg3!! After this move, mate is inevitable. I don't understand why svidler didn't see this pretty basic move.
Nov-20-13  Shams: <epicchess> Of course he saw it; don't be a pill. Read the kibitzing or listen to Svidler's own comments on the sequence.
Nov-20-13  badbishopboy: <epicchess>

What do you suggest after 26...Qg3 27 Nc6?

Oct-30-14  cfountain: <badbishopboy>

<epicchess> will have nothing to suggest after 26...Qg3 27. Nc6 because there isn't anything to suggest. 27...Bxc6 28. Qxc6 and Black has no attack. Bottom line, 26...Rd2!! was a brilliant shot, best move on the board. Extremely hard to see ex ante.

Mar-23-16  notyetagm: Kamsky vs Svidler, 2011

Game Collection: SUPPORTED INTERPOSITION TRICKS 26 .. Re8-e2!! deflects c2-queen supporting interposing on c6

Mar-23-16  RookFile: It's too bad. Kamsky had a good position but let it slip away.
Jul-04-17  ZackyMuhammad: One of the best games ever. Bravo Svidler!
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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game:
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