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Arkadij Naiditsch vs Peter Svidler
GRENKE Chess Classic (2019), Karlsruhe GER, rd 2, Apr-21
Spanish Game: Exchange. Normal Variation (C69)  ·  0-1



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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: And a good day for Black vs. the Run Lopez. Should White have played f4-f5 at some point, in the manner of Em. Lasker? Perhaps 19.f5,Ne5; 20.b3,Re8; 21.Nf4 would have improved.
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  beatgiant: <An Englishman> As far as I understood it, Lasker used the f4-f5 structure to cramp Black's pieces and support a kingside attack, neither of which seems to apply here.

I think White had to play to keep the kingside pawns mobile and prepare an e5 advance. To that end, how about 16. Qg3 f6 17. Nd4 c5 18. Nf3.

Apr-22-19  Imran Iskandar: Really nice game from Svidler. Not easy to see where White erred; probably 15. f4 was too weakening. The Ng6-f8-e6-d8-b7-d6 maneuver was particularly nice.
Apr-22-19  johnkr: Seems that the f4, f5 idea has value only if Black commits to f6; also mainly if Black castles k-side which he did not. Yes very nice strategic idea with those knight moves, to bring maximum pieces to his attack on e4.
Apr-22-19  johnkr: Also like the winning idea, a Queen RETREAT from b2 to b5 -- nice.
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  mckmac: "A Car In A Ditch"

Saw this pun in a comments section on YouTube. Too good to leave there🚘

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  fredthebear: If instead 38.exNd6 RxRe2 puts Black up the exchange with more damage to White on the way.
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