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Peter Svidler vs Vladimir Kramnik
Tal Memorial (2016), Moscow RUS, rd 1, Sep-26
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Hedgehog Defense (A30)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Sep-26-16  Marmot PFL: 17...g5 was asking for trouble but somehow Kramnik pulled it off. One announcer said it wasn't the first time Svidler missed a win, although a clear winning line seems hard to find.
Sep-26-16  Marmot PFL: Maybe giving up the queen for two rooks with 31 Qxe8+ Qxe8 32 cxd6 was the answer. Then two rooks and seven pawns should be better than queen, bishop and three pawns, and white has a strong passed pawn on d6.
Sep-26-16
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  OhioChessFan: Best draw of the year.
Sep-26-16  Keyser Soze: <ofc> I concur. Not too often we see the English opening getting so aggressive. Svidler went for the throat. Kudos for Kramnik as well to hold the pressure.
Sep-27-16  blackdranzer: svidler was actually in lot of trouble prior to g5 and he bailed out with Nd4?! which helped him liquidate the already difficult position, so, he didn't exactly go for the throat. kramnik probably felt it would be nice to try g5 rather than liquidating and it turned out to be overambitious.
Sep-27-16  kamagong24: Magnus Carlsen vs GM Gashimov, Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2012
Sep-27-16
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  Eyal: In addition to 31.Qxe8+, engines show that another winning path missed by Svidler was the somewhat crazy-looking <38.Kh3!!> (only to this square, to avoid checks in some lines) - unpinning the knight with the threats of Nxb4 & Nxf6+; this forces 38...Nxd5 39.Rxd5, and now the threat of Rd7 is decisive (e.g., 39...fxe5 40.Rd7 [attacking the queen and threatening Qf7+] 40...Rh6+ 41.Kg4). But of course, it's very difficult to find such a move in time trouble.
Sep-28-16  Ulhumbrus: <In addition to 31.Qxe8+, engines show that another winning path missed by Svidler was the somewhat crazy-looking <38.Kh3!!> (only to this square, to avoid checks in some lines) - unpinning the knight with the threats of Nxb4 & Nxf6+; this forces 38...Nxd5 39.Rxd5, and now the threat of Rd7 is decisive (e.g., 39...fxe5 40.Rd7 [attacking the queen and threatening Qf7+] 40...Rh6+ 41.Kg4). But of course, it's very difficult to find such a move in time trouble.> One thing which this suggests is that in order to win a won game one may need to make use of difficult moves instead of easy moves.

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