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Luke McShane vs Peter Svidler
European Team Championship (2013), Warsaw POL, rd 3, Nov-10
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Delayed Exchange (C85)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-10-13  Jigsaw42: Nxf4??? Luke is clearly out of shape.
Nov-10-13  luzhin: 27.Nxf4 is scarcely worse than any other move in the position: White is already dead lost. For example, if 27.Kh2 Rf8 28.Qd3 Nxh3! 29.gxh3 Rg3! 30.Nxg3 Qxg3+ 31.Kh1 Qxh3+ 32.Kg1 Qg3+ 33.Kh1 Kh8! and mate is forced. But I agree this would have been a less ugly conclusion.
Nov-10-13  Jigsaw42: Yes, I concur.
It's a stinky position anyway.
Nov-10-13  savagerules: McShane is 1/2 out of 3 now. Being a part time player and having a full time regular job must be taking a toll on his play and it's not too good for the English team either. Maybe they'll bench him for the next round.
Nov-12-13  FamilyTree: Great game by Svidler.
Nov-16-13  a30seclegend: Svidler is playing so energetically lately he is very good at playing the right moves to use his dynamic advantages.
Jan-28-14  bachiller: Luke out!
Aug-05-15  Volcach: White allowed too many open files and diagonals against his King, he quickly succumbed to the onslaught.

Personally I disliked White's position immediately after 16.exf5 gxf5. But I realized he was lost after 21...f4, there just wasn't a way to stem the tide.

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  perfidious: <Jigsaw42: Nxf4??? Luke is clearly out of shape.>

Bad positions beget bad moves, but as <luzhin> pointed out, McShane was already staring the executioner in the face while awaiting his fate.

In the position after 15....f5, Black is already operating with ideas such as ....fxe4 followed by ....Rxf3. It is understandable that White tried to break out rather than passively defend.

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