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Peter Svidler vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
World Cup (2017) (rapid), Tbilisi GEO, rd 5, Sep-17
English Opening: Symmetrical. Three Knights Variation (A34)  ·  0-1



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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Did not like White's position much after move 25, but he certainly fell apart rather quickly. 32...Rb8 seems a simple refutation of this Exchange sacrifice.
Sep-17-17  JPi: I doubt that 17.f4 was the correct strategy (May be Svidler was surprised by Maxime flexible preparation.) After 17...e5 and 18...g6 Black seems to have already an easiest game (mainly because now Kf1 is more vulnerable).
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  Domdaniel: <JPi> I agree, 17.f4 was not the best choice. It may appear dynamic, and even thematic, but White's pawn structure becomes too loose and his King increasingly vulnerable.

That said, it required very precise play by MVL to gain an advantage. I particularly liked 21...Kc7 -- surprising at first sight, but an economical way of protecting his Queen.

Sep-17-17  malt: Svidler played this opening 2 days ago
Sep-17-17  Dave12: Haha! the crime and the punishment M Vachier-Lagrave vs Svidler, 2017 losers are afraid to win, so they lose.
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  GiuocoPianoMan: What is wrong with with 6a3? Why did Peter allow that check and forced king move? Im stunned!
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  GiuocoPianoMan: Correction- its 5.a3 Im asking about.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <GiuocoPianoMan>, believe it or not, it's all theory dating back to at least the 1930s. White gets a big lead in development thanks to all of Black's Knight moves. White may follow with 9.b4,cxb4; 10.Ne2,Nc7; 11.d4.
Sep-18-17  WorstPlayerEver: <An Englishman>

Hmmm.. developing King to f1? Don't think so.

Sep-18-17  Ulhumbrus: Although, as a commentator on the chessbase websites indicates, after 21..Kc7!! 22 Rc1 gxf5 White has no good discovered attacks, he may have one which at least reduces Black's advantage after 23 Bd5+! Bc6 24 Qxd6+ Kxd6 25 Bxc6. The computer analysis gives 25...bxc6 26 exf5 leading to at least reduced advantage for Black.

Svidler called 21...Kc7 <nasty>. This suggests that Svidler was strong enough to understand the useful work which it did for Black and was perhaps impressed enough to forget momentarily that even if Black gained the advantage Svidler could still play to at least reduce Black's advantage.

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  Sally Simpson: I watched this live and when I saw Kc7 being played on the live board...

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...It's one them rare moves. it's either a gross shocking blunder or an inspired move.

'Nasty' is an understatement. Such moves, once you have discovered is not a blunder (I was still thinking about it whilst the game continued), rock you and you need a wee bit of time, which Svidler did not have, to recover.

Sep-18-17  WorstPlayerEver: 23. Rc1 is better.
Sep-18-17  Marmot PFL: Might be deep preparation from black as the opening was a rerun.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: <WorstPlayerEver>, 88 games in the database. Opening Explorer
Sep-18-17  WorstPlayerEver: <An Englishman>


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  Sally Simpson: Anand was not playing.
Sep-18-17  WorstPlayerEver: Still, I don't think Kf1 is a developing move. After 8. Kf1 both players have 5 tempi, if I count Kf1 as -1, then White has 4....

I wonder what Snosko-Borovsky thinks of this.

Sep-18-17  JPi: Sure 21...Kc7! has class.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: <WorstPlayerEver>, perhaps I misunderstood. It seemed to me that you questioned whether 8.Kf1 was theory, so I showed that it was. If you were questioning whether it was a developing move, then I misconstrued your meaning.
Sep-19-17  WorstPlayerEver: <An Englishman>

I may not have been very specific, my excuses.

I kind of figured out the variation (5. e4) usually leads to a draw, but Black has to play very accurately. Because otherwise White can quickly activate their pieces indeed.

Anyhow, Maxime did not seem too impressed by it.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <WorstPlayerEver>, agreed!

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