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Peter Svidler vs Simon Kim Williams
Bunratty Masters op (2008), rd 3, Feb-23
Dutch Defense: Nimzo-Dutch Variation (A90)  ·  1-0



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  Domdaniel: Black seems to be quite lost after 13...d4, if not earlier. Which raises the question - as almost all of Williams' moves are regular and thematic in the Classical Dutch - where exactly did he go wrong?
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  perfidious: <Dom>: See Botvinnik vs Larsen, 1970, in which Black castled very early on, employed the same setup and got a playable position.
Oct-19-13  Marmot PFL: The black setup with a5, b6, Ra7, Bb7 seems slow and artificial and neglects the central battle. By move 10 white controls all the center squares. Still if black had kept the position closed and played moves like 11..0-0 and 12...Na6 he doesn't stand too badly.
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  Domdaniel: <perf> Thanks, the Botvinnik-Larsen game is very interesting. Botvinnik seems to go wrong around moves 20-23 -- neither his f3 (forcing the Knight to c5, where it's going anyway) nor his Nf4-e2 are very impressive. And when the pawns start dropping it's just a matter of time ... though Botvinnik was well past his best by then. I think I remember seeing this line in Bellin's book on the Classical Dutch -- one of those rare opening books which remains useful even when specific lines are out of date, because the author's system of organization is clear and well thought out. And I'm even more impressed by Svidler's win, having seen how the same line previously did well for Black. I actually tried the ...Ra7 idea in the Dutch a couple of times, without much success. For every game (like this one) where the 7th rank is cleared and the a7-Rook can slip across to d7, there are more where the queenside gets congested, and the Rook on a7 is just another misplaced piece.

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