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Peter Svidler vs Etienne Bacrot
FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 1, May-22
Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange Variation (D35)  ·  1-0



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May-22-13  Marmot PFL: Tough 1st round task for a replacement player. Trading rooks was essential.
May-22-13  beenthere240: The bishop's repeated trips to a3 look pretty silly.
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  tamar: Does it set a record for number of "retractor" moves?

There is Be7-Ba3-Be7-Ba3, also Qd8-Qe8-Qd8, and Bc8-d7-c8 that I see.

May-22-13  WiseWizard: Looks Bacrot misjudged something in his prep, white gets too much activity in this line and none of his pieces are challenged.
May-22-13  Eyal: Svidler really made it look easy here. Interesting system by White - 7.Rb1 is one of two alternatives to the main line 7.Nf3, designed to prevent the trade of dark squared bishops (following Bb4+) after the pawn trade on d4. The other one is 7.a3, which Svidler tried (without achieving much) recently at the candidates: Svidler vs Kramnik, 2013.

As Svidler noted in the press conference after the game, Black should probably still be ok after 21...Rc8 – e.g. 22.Nc6 Bxc6 23.Rxc6 Rxc6 24.Qxc6 Bg5!; but after 21…Ba3 it's already very difficult for him, even after a rook exchange – e.g. 22...Rxb7 23.Qxb7 Qa5 24.Rxa3 (24.Rc7 Be8) 24...Qxa3 25.Qxd7 Qxa2 26.Nc6, and certainly a move later in case of 23...Rxb7 24.Qxb7 Bc8 25.Rxc8 Qxc8 26.Qxe7.

But at any rate, Black's position is quite passive and not easy to play even before the decisive mistake. As Alejandro Ramirez comments in the chessbase report after 15.Qg4: <Black has the pair of bishops and few weaknesses, but his position is far from good. Let's try to understand why. The first thing is that he is behind in development. His bishops are not doing anything particularly useful, so they aren't really 'developed'. The d7 bishop is particularly weak as it can become a tactical target. Further, his coordination is lacking and his rook on h8 will take a long time to come into the game.> (

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  tamar: Svidler almost always plays 1 e4, and has said he has a list of players it pays to prepare against.

Bacrot probably fit the opposite category. I would be surprised if Bacrot looked at 1 d4 at all.

May-25-13  master of defence: Why not the simple 15...e5? If 16.Qxg7 Nf6; 16.Nf5 g6. What i am missing?
May-25-13  Nerwal: 15... e5 16. ♘f5 g6 17. ♗b6 gxf5 18. exf5 ♕b8 19. ♕g7 ♖f8 20. ♗c5 (or 20. f6) ♕d8 21. ♕xe5 f6 22. ♕e2 and white has a near decisive attack as the black king is stuck in the center and all the lines are wide open.
May-26-13  master of defence: <Nerwal>, 15...e5 16.Nf5 g6 17.Bb6 gxf5 18.exf5 i would play Qc8 attacking twice f5.
May-26-13  Eyal: 18...Qc8 doesn't help Black much after 19.Qg7 Rf8 20.Rfc1!; the critical point in this line, really, is that 17.Bb6! chases the black queen away from d8, so that when Qg7 comes it can't be met by Bf6.
May-26-13  Nerwal: 18. exf5 ♕c8 19. ♖fc1. No time to take on f5 because of ♕g7.
May-26-13  master of defence: Eyal, do you play chess online?
May-26-13  Eyal: <master of defence> No.
May-26-13  master of defence: Eyal, please help me with this question: What's is the name of this variantion of QGA? 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e4 e6 5.Bxc4 Bb4?

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