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Peter Svidler
Svidler 
 
Number of games in database: 3,219
Years covered: 1989 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2723 (2742 rapid, 2754 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2769

Overall record: +608 -257 =1203 (58.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1151 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (450) 
    B90 B30 B31 B51 B92
 Ruy Lopez (280) 
    C78 C65 C84 C67 C92
 French Defense (134) 
    C11 C07 C18 C10 C02
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (111) 
    C84 C92 C95 C89 C99
 Sicilian Najdorf (109) 
    B90 B92 B93 B91 B97
 Caro-Kann (91) 
    B12 B18 B10 B17 B15
With the Black pieces:
 Grunfeld (343) 
    D85 D80 D97 D86 D91
 Sicilian (314) 
    B90 B42 B40 B46 B43
 Ruy Lopez (203) 
    C78 C84 C92 C89 C69
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (137) 
    C84 C92 C89 C95 C91
 King's Indian (120) 
    E60 E94 E63 E73 E92
 English (77) 
    A15 A10 A13 A14 A16
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kamsky vs Svidler, 2011 0-1
   Svidler vs Adams, 2000 1-0
   Svidler vs Topalov, 2006 1-0
   Svidler vs Topalov, 2004 1-0
   Svidler vs Bareev, 2004 1-0
   Aronian vs Svidler, 2006 0-1
   Svidler vs Anand, 1999 1/2-1/2
   Svidler vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005 1/2-1/2
   Morozevich vs Svidler, 2005 0-1
   Svidler vs Kramnik, 2005 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)
   FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005)
   World Championship Tournament (2007)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Tilburg Fontys (1997)
   Russian Championship (1994)
   Russian Championship (2003)
   Gibraltar Masters (2009)
   Pepe Cuenca Invitational (2020)
   World Cup (2011)
   World Cup (2015)
   Wydra Memorial (2000)
   FIDE Online Steinitz Memorial (2020)
   World Cup (2009)
   Legends of Chess (2020)
   World Cup (2013)
   World Cup (2017)
   Yerevan Olympiad (1996)
   Groningen Open (1993)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Match Svidler! by amadeus
   Match Svidler! by docjan
   Match Svidler! by docjan
   Dry Svidler by Gottschalk
   Svidler's Best Games by AdrianP
   Exchange sacs - 2 by Baby Hawk
   Exchange sacs - 2 by obrit
   Some S-upermen of the 21st Century by fredthebear
   Power Chess - Svidler by BeerCanChicken
   Power Chess - Svidler by Anatoly21
   Svidler! by larrewl
   Najdorf, English Attack by Retarf
   Najdorf, English Attack by AdrianP

RECENT GAMES:
   🏆 Lindores Abbey Tal Mem
   Svidler vs D Paravyan (Nov-08-21) 1/2-1/2
   Svidler vs Deac (Nov-08-21) 1-0
   D Paravyan vs Svidler (Nov-08-21) 0-1
   Deac vs Svidler (Nov-08-21) 1/2-1/2
   A Brkic vs Svidler (Nov-07-21) 1/2-1/2

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PETER SVIDLER
(born Jun-17-1976, 45 years old) Russia
PRONUNCIATION:
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International Master (1991); Grandmaster (1994); World U18 Champion (1994); Eight-time Russian Champion (1994, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2017); World Cup champion (2011); Candidate (2013, 2014 & 2016).

Early years

Peter (also spelled Pyotr) Veniaminovich Svidler (Russian: Пётр Вениами́нович Сви́длер) was born in Leningrad, Russia and learned chess at age six. His first trainer was Vyacheslav Nikolaevich Styazhkin. Andrey Lukin has been his trainer since 1993.

Championships:

<Age>: Svidler tied for =1st at the 1992 U16 World Championship that was held in Duisburg Germany, but ultimately placed 2nd or 3rd on tiebreaker behind the winner Ronen Har-Zvi. Also in 1992, he tied for 1st with Rahim Gasimov in the last USSR Junior Open Chess Championship. He won the 1994 U-18 World Youth Chess Championship in Szeged, Hungary.

<City and National>: Svidler won the championship of St. Petersburg in 1995. The first of his eight wins at the Russian Championship was in 1994, followed by 1995, 1997, Russian Championship (2003), Russian Championship Superfinal (2008), Russian Championship Superfinal (2011) (with a round to spare), Russian Championship Superfinal (2013), and Russian Championship Superfinal (2017). In addition, he came =4th in the Russian Championship Superfinal (2004) the first and last Russian Championship won by Garry Kasparov shortly before his retirement; =4th in the Russian Championship Superfinal (2005) 4th in the Russian Championship Superfinal (2006) outright second, a half point behind Alexander Grischuk in the Russian Championship Superfinal (2009) and =3rd, a half point behind Sergey Karjakin and Ian Nepomniachtchi and alongside Grischuk in the Russian Championship Superfinal (2010). In 2012, he came =1st in the Russian Championship Superfinal (2012), but ultimately placed 3rd in the round robin Russian Superfinals (Tiebreak) (2012) used to determine the final placements. He did better in the 2013 Superfinal, placing =1st at the alongside Ian Nepomniachtchi who beat Vladimir Kramnik to draw level in the final round, but then Svidler won the blitz tiebreaker 1.5-0.5 to take the title for the 7th time. He scored 4.5/9 in the Russian Championship Superfinal (2014), placing =3rd in a low scoring event. His record eighth win in the national championship was in the Russian Championship Superfinal (2017), when he defeated Nikita Vitiugov in a tiebreak, after both scored 7/11.

<Continental>: Svidler's only foray into the Continental championship was at the European Championship (2011), where he placed =5th (8th on tiebreak) with 8/11 a half point behind Vladimir Potkin, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Judit Polgar and Alexander Moiseenko. This sole excursion into this event appears to have been prompted by his possible need to qualify for the World Cup (2011) should he not be seeded into that event by rating.

<World>: Svidler’s first entry into the World Championship cycle came in October 1995 when he won the Russian Zonal in Elista to qualify for FIDE’s World Championship Knockout Tournament in 1997 in Groningen, the winner of which was to immediately meet the incumbent FIDE World Champion, Anatoly Karpov, who was directly seeded into the final. Svidler was seeded directly into round 2, but was eliminated in round 4 by finalist Michael Adams, after defeating Utut Adianto and Vladimir Epishin in rounds 2 and 3. In July 1998, Svidler again qualified from the Russian Zonal (the 1997 Russian Championship, which he won), to play in the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999). Again seeded into round 2, he defeated Aleksej Aleksandrov before losing to Kiril Georgiev in round 3. Yet again seeded into round 2 of the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000), Svidler was again eliminated by Adams in round 4, after beating Etienne Bacrot and Xiaomin Peng in the earlier rounds. He reached the semi-finals of the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001/02) after beating Alejandro Hoffman, Sarunas Sulskis, Vadim Milov in the first 3 rounds before avenging himself on Adams in Round 4. He proceeded to defeat Boris Gelfand in the quarter final but finally bowed out to the eventual winner, Ruslan Ponomariov, in the rapid game tiebreaker of the semi finals. In the FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005) in San Luis, Svidler tied for second place with Viswanathan Anand, behind only Veselin Topalov. His San Luis result earned him direct entry to the World Championship Tournament (2007). In that tournament he scored 6½ out of 14, placing 5th out of eight players.

The unification of the world title that came with the Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006) followed by the 2007 Candidates Matches and 2007 World Championship Tournament produced a new and unified, if occasionally chaotic, world championship cycle. Svidler participated in the World Cup (2007) in Khanty-Mansiysk overcoming Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli, Dusko Pavasovic and Sergei Rublevsky in the earlier rounds before succumbing in round 4 to the eventual winner, Gata Kamsky. Svidler reached the quarter finals of the World Cup (2009) before losing to Vladimir Malakhov, but not before defeating Jean Hebert, Tomi Nyback, Arkadij Naiditsch and Alexey Shirov in the earlier rounds. He did not participate in the 2008-09 Grand Prix series. Svidler’s most successful result so far has been winning the World Cup (2011) he qualified for this event on the basis of his rating (although his results in the 2011 European Championships would have also done the trick), and defeated Darcy Gustavo Machado Vieira Lima, Ngoc Truongson Nguyen, Fabiano Caruana, Gata Kamsky, Judit Polgar, Ruslan Ponomariov and Alexander Grischuk to win the Cup and qualify for the World Championship Candidates (2013), where he placed 3rd with 8/14, winning on tiebreak ahead of Aronian because of his plus score against that player in the event, and finishing half a point behind the winner Magnus Carlsen and runner up Kramnik.

Svidler's win at the World Cup 2011 qualified him for the World Cup (2013), where he defeated Anna Ushenina in the second set of rapid tiebreakers (ie: the 10+10) in the first round, Moldavan #1 GM Victor Bologan in first tiebreaker of the second round and Azeri GM, former Candidate Teimour Radjabov in the third round and Vietnamese GM Le Quang Liem in the Round of 16 (round 4). However, he lost to compatriot GM Dmitry Andreikin in the quarter final (round 5), exiting the contest. He scored 5.5/11 in the FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2012) to place =7th and earn his first 50 Grand Prix points. His 2nd GP event was at FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013), but his =8th only earned him another 45 GP points, eliminating him from the race for the first two places. (1) However, once the Russian Federation won the bid to host the World Championship Candidates (2014) in Khanty-Mansiysk, he was selected by the Organizer as its nominee to be the 8th Candidate in the event. There he scored 6.5/14 to place =6th (7th on tie break).

Qualifying by rating for the 2014-2015 Grand Prix series portion of the 2016 World Championship cycle, Svidler's first result was 6/11 placing him at 3rd-7th in the FIDE Grand Prix Baku (2014), thereby opening his tally by scoring 82 Grand Prix points. However, his poor result at the FIDE Grand Prix Tbilisi (2015) destroyed his opportunity to finish in the top 2 of the shortened Grand Prix series. After a strong start in the final leg at FIDE Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2015), Svidler lost momentum to finish in the middle of the field.

Nevertheless, Svidler qualified by reason of rating to play in the World Cup (2015). He needed to finish in the top two to qualify for the Candidates Tournament of 2016, and did so: in the early rounds, he defeated Turkish GM Emre Can, Romanian-German GM Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, Azeri GM Teimour Radjabov and former FIDE World Champion Veselin Topalov to advance to the quarter final. There he defeated Wei Yi in the second set of rapid tiebreakers to win by 3.5-2.5 and advance to the semi final where he defeated Anish Giri in the standard games 1.5-0.5 to make it into the final against Sergey Karjakin. This qualified him for the next World Cup in 2017 and to participate in the Candidates Tournament in 2016. In the final against Karjakin, Svidler led in the extended match format by 2-0 before Karjakin hit back with two wins to level the standard time format 2-2, taking the match to tiebreakers. The two continued exchanging blows through the rapid games, tying each pair of games 1-1 before Karjakin defeated Svidler in the blitz games 2-0. The total score in the final was 6-4 in Karjakin's favor, with every game being decisive.

Classical Tournaments:

Svidler has an impressive list of tournaments which he won or shared first place including the first Linares Anibal Open in January 1994 (1st), =1st alongside Vadim Zvjaginsev, Vladimir Akopian, Grigory Serper and Jaan Ehlvest at the St. Petersburg Chigorin Memorial 1994; Novosibirsk 1995 (=1st); Torshavn Nordic Grand Prix 1997 (1st); Tilburg Fontys (1997) (1st); =1st (2nd on tiebreak) at Dortmund Sparkassen (1998) Esbjerg 2000 North Sea Cup (1-2nd); Biel 2000 (1st); Los Inmortales IV 2002 (1st); Aeroflot Open (2003) (=1st alongside Victor Bologan, Aleksej Aleksandrov and Alexei Fedorov), 1st with 6/9 (tiebreak from Joel Lautier) at the Karpov Poikovsky (2003) =1st with Vladimir Kramnik at Dortmund Sparkassen (2006) 1st at the Bunratty Masters in 2008 and 2009; and 1st at Gibtelecom (2009) with 8/10. Other outstanding results include, 2nd at Biel (2001) behind Viktor Korchnoi, 7/9 at the Great Cup Nazir Atallah – Boca Chica Beach in Santa Domingo in Dominican Republic – 0.5 behind Igor Khenkin 2nd at the 2003 Bermuda Invitational 7.5/11, a half point behind Giovanni Portilho Vescovi =3rd at Dortmund Sparkassen (2004) with 5.5/10, half point behind Arkadij Naiditsch and Viswanathan Anand =2nd with 5/9 at Dortmund Sparkassen (2005), half a point behind Naiditsch; and 3rd at San Sebastian 2009. He fared poorly at the Alekhine Memorial (2013), scoring only 3/9, doing little better at the Norway Chess (2013), scoring 4/9.

Team events:

Svidler’s first taste of a major team event was during the match between Leningrad and Moscow held in Leningrad in October 1989, when as a 13 year old he substituted to play a game for Leningrad: Leningrad won the match 45-35.

<Olympiads>: He won five team gold medals in the Olympiads of 1994, 1996, 1998, and 2000, and in the Bled Olympiad (2002) a team silver in the Calvia Olympiad (2004) and in the Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010) and one individual bronze medal 1996. He also played board 3 for Russia in Tromso Olympiad (2014), but fell short of a team bronze on tiebreak.

<National team member>: His national representation has been as follows:

He played for Russia in the inaugural China-Russia Summit Match of 2001, which Russia won and again at the Russia - China Match (2008) and at the China - Russia (2015), both of which Russia lost. At the Russia - The Rest of the World (2002) match won by the Rest of the World by 52-48, he won silver playing on board 6. He achieved outstanding results at the World Teams Championship in 1997 where he won team and individual gold on board, the World Teams Championship in 2001 where he won team silver and individual bronze, at the World Team Championship (2005) where he again won team and individual gold this time playing on board 1, and at the World Team Championship of 2011 where he won individual gold on board 1.

Svidler also achieved outstanding results in the European Team Championship 1997 where he won team silver and individual bronze; team gold in 2003; European Team Championship (2005) where he won individual silver; European Team Championship (2007) where he won team gold and two individual golds, one each for board results and performance; and European Team Championship (2009) where he won team silver. He was also a member of the Russian team at the European Team Championship (2011). At the European Team Championship (2013) and playing board 2, Svidler won team bronze and individual silver.

In 2004, a match was held in honour of the 75th anniversary of the birth of former World Champion, the late Tigran V Petrosian, between Armenia and the Rest of the World; Svidler played for the Rest of the World team which narrowly won by 18.5-17.5, Svidler winning two and drawing four.

<Club>: Svidler has played in every Russian Premier League season from 1995 until 2015 except in 1999, 2004, 2006 and 2007. His team has been Sankt Petersburg except in 1996 and 2005, and he has always played on board 1 or 2. His overall medal count includes 4 team golds, 2 team silver, 6 team bronzes, 3 individual golds, 2 individual silvers and 1 individual bronze. He has also played in every European Club Cup from 1995 until 2014 except for a hiatus in 2004 and 2005, playing for Sankt Petersburg since 2009. His medal tally in the ECC is 3 team golds, 3 team silvers and one team bronze, 2 individual silvers and 1 individual bronze. Svidler has also regularly participated in other club championships, including the Bundesliga, the French, Belgian and Spanish leagues/team championships, and in the Four Nations Chess League (the four nations of the United Kingdom). In 2009 and 2010 he also participated on the Experience Team in the NH Tournament vs the Rising Stars.

Match:

Svidler drew a 6-game match with Vadim Zvjaginsev in St.Petersburg in 1992, and in June 2012 he played the 4-game Cez Trophy: Navara - Svidler (2012) match, winning by 3-1 (+2 =2) to take the CEZ Trophy. The 7th Voronezh International Chess Festival (ALFA-ECO Cup) took place in June 2003, and Svidler beat Konstantin Chernyshov 2.5-1.5 in a 4-game standard match and 3-1 in a rapid match.

Rapid:

Svidler made it to the final four of the Cap D'Agde FRA (2003), but lost to the eventual winner of the event, Anand, in the semi final. In 2004, he made the final and was runner up in the 17th Cuidad de Leon (2004) behind the winner Alexey Shirov. In 2006 he placed second behind Grischuk at the World Blitz Championship (2006) in Rishon Lezion, Israel, with 10½ points out of 15 games and in 2009, he was runner up in the ACP World Rapid Cup (2009), losing in the final to Gelfand.

In 2010, at the Copenhagen Chess Festival and to celebrate Bent Larsen turning 75, Svidler and Nielsen played a 6-game rapid match (the Larsen Rapid) concurrent with the main event, the Politiken Cup. Svidler won 4.5-1.5 (+3 =3). They then played a 20-game blitz match which was divided into two halves: the first 10 games were to be played using the Larsen Opening (1.b3), while the 2nd set of 10 games allowed players’ choice of openings. Svidler won the first half by 7-3 (+6 -2 =2) and drew the second half 5-5 (+3 -3 =4), for an overall victory in the blitz by 12-8.

In the World Blitz Championship (2010), Svidler placed 8th out of 20 with 19.5/38. In the World Blitz Championship (2012), he again placed in the middle of the field with 15/30. At the St. Petersburg Rapid Cup (2012), Svidler came =1st with Leinier Dominguez Perez, taking 2nd on tiebreak. He competed in the World Rapid Championship (2014) and the World Blitz Championship (2014), scoring 10/15 (=6th) and 13/21 respectively. In July 2014, he also defeated Gelfand by 5-3 in a match played in Jerusalem.

FischerRandom:

Svidler won the first edition of the Chess960 Open held in Mainz, Germany in 2003 becoming the Chess960 World Champion by beating Peter Leko in an 8-game match by 4.5-3.5. He successfully defended his title twice, defeating Levon Aronian in 2004 and Zoltan Almasi in 2005, before losing it to Aronian in 2006.

Personal:

Svidler is a fan of cricket; his handle on the Internet Chess Club server is Tendulkar (the name of India’s top cricketer). He is married with two sons. He’s an Honoured Master of Sport in Russia. His musical tastes include Bob Dylan and Tom Waits and his favourite authors are Fyodor Dostoevsky, Martin Amis, Paul Auster, J. D. Salinger, Philip K Dick, Kurt Vonnegut and Neal Stephenson.

Ratings and rankings:

While he was still 18, Svidler appeared in FIDE's top 100 list in January 1995 where he has remained ever since. He was in the top 10 for almost the whole period 2003-2010 and was ranked as high as #4 on several occasions in January 2004 and 2006. In May 2013, Svidler's rating was 2769, his highest rating so far (although he was only world #9). He first crossed the 2700 mark in 1998, and has remained above 2700 continuously since April 2003.

Sources and references

(1) Wikipedia article: FIDE Grand Prix 2012%E2%80%932013; Personal website: http://www.psvidler.net/; Live rating: http://www.2700chess.com/; Wikipedia article: Peter Svidler; https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast... (audio podcast with Ben Johnson (February 2017)); Extended Q&A in December with Svidler on crestbook: http://www.crestbook.com/en/node/1364 and http://www.crestbook.com/en/node/1390

Last updated: 2021-05-06 13:04:46

 page 1 of 129; games 1-25 of 3,219  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Kalantarian vs Svidler  1-0411989VoroshilovgradD85 Grunfeld
2. Galdunts vs Svidler 1-0261989Voroshilovgrad opC77 Ruy Lopez
3. Svidler vs O Danielian  ½-½561989VoroshilovgradC07 French, Tarrasch
4. Svidler vs A Raetsky 1-0501989VoroshilovgradC47 Four Knights
5. Svidler vs D Lapienis  0-1421989VoroshilovgradA48 King's Indian
6. Z Schleining vs Svidler  0-1401989VoroshilovgradA07 King's Indian Attack
7. E Maljutin vs Svidler  1-0431989Voroshilovgrad opC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
8. Svidler vs S Kovtun  ½-½441989Voroshilovgrad opA46 Queen's Pawn Game
9. I Yanvarjov vs Svidler  ½-½451989MchD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
10. Svidler vs I Polovodin  ½-½401989Voroshilovgrad opB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
11. G Libov vs Svidler  ½-½221989Voroshilovgrad opA48 King's Indian
12. Nikitin vs Svidler  ½-½771989Voroshilovgrad opD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Svidler vs A V Cherepkov ½-½191990LeningradC47 Four Knights
14. T Gezaljan vs Svidler 0-1251990LeningradD85 Grunfeld
15. Svidler vs R Gasimov 1-0351990URS-ch U20D05 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Y Frolov vs Svidler  ½-½351990LeningradA34 English, Symmetrical
17. Svidler vs S Labutin  1-0321990LeningradB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
18. S Nazariev vs Svidler  ½-½141990LeningradA48 King's Indian
19. Svidler vs D Kosic 1-0291990Oakham YMB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
20. Zvjaginsev vs Svidler 0-1631990URS-ch U20D80 Grunfeld
21. Adams vs Svidler  1-0341990Oakham YMC53 Giuoco Piano
22. Svidler vs I Bajarani 1-0501990LeningradC47 Four Knights
23. Irzhanov vs Svidler  0-1401990URS-ch U20D85 Grunfeld
24. Sivokho vs Svidler 1-0771990LeningradC53 Giuoco Piano
25. Svidler vs V Shushpanov  ½-½291990LeningradB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
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Aug-18-05  El Bufon: Game Collection: Svidler Drawing Resources
Aug-21-05  Pyotr: Recently, Svidler talked about his friendship with Kramnik and admitted that he had learned a lot from Kramnik abilities.

Game Collection: Draw with each Opening (Kramnik)

Aug-26-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: One of the greatest days I have ever seen for English cricket. I hope Peter was watching!
Aug-26-05  TheSlid: Absolutely one of the best days ever for England on the cricket field. All done on a pitch that Sky Sports described as "slower than an American on his first day at Irony College".
Sep-07-05  alexandrovm: <But historically I found it hard to play Vishy Anand.> This Peter said answering to the question <And who will be the toughest?> but his record with Anand is not that bad, with a +4-2=16 in favor of Anand.
Sep-07-05  yoozum: The questions that they ask in those interviews are so bad. Practically each one can be answered with one word.
Sep-07-05  aw1988: *nods*
Sep-08-05  iron maiden: <alexandrovm> I think Svidler's score against Anand in classical games is 0-3, not counting draws. I'm not sure whether Anand vs Svidler, 2000 was normal time control, though.
Sep-08-05  Queens Gambit: Svidler its becoming a drawish player, and i dont like that,in last dortmund he made too many draws,

even tough i have never liked him much,i woudnt like to see him joining the drawers crowd.

Sep-08-05  csmath: <<Svidler its becoming a drawish player, and i dont like that,in last dortmund he made too many draws, even tough i have never liked him much,i woudnt like to see him joining the drawers crowd.>>

This seems to be tendency with the most top Russian players, even the most talented of them: Svidler, Kramnik, Grischuk, Khalifman, Dreev, Bareev. Moro seems to be the lone holdout. The Russian team led by Svidler made catastrophic 14th place on the last European championship, what a far cry from Bled Olympiad when Moro and Kasparov were in, or even Calvia. Svidler used to be quite inventive and active player but recently (in the past 2-3 years) he is either drawish or blundering. Maybe he just needs a good diet. :-)

Sep-08-05  csmath: As for the friendship with Kramnik there is something fishy about that. In the last two Coruses Svidler gave away two wins to Kramnik. In 2004 he resigned in a drawn position, on a huge surprise by everybody, and in 2005 Corus he blundered in a theoretical opening. Both of this losses look extremely fishy to me.
Sep-08-05  WMD: Why didn't Svidler blunder in the drawn position and make the fix less obvious, at least, to you?
Sep-08-05  stijn: Do you really think a supergrandmaster like Svidler would intentially lose a game against anyone no matter how good friends they are?
Sep-08-05  csmath: Probably not in this case. I watched the first game (Corus 2004) live and it seemed to me that he simply overworked the ending and saw a mirage that nobody else could see. Posterior analysis of the position shows that it was a likely draw and easy to hold. It truly was a present to Kramnik, probably unintentional. But as you know GMs often agree to draws without playing and it wouldn't suprise me that they also throw games. It happened in the past. Svidler did win their last game in Dortmund this year.

Motivations are hard to understand since we never know the circumstances as good as those involved. For example I have no idea why Svidler played Karpov tournament this year making a bunch of GM draws and getting only a single win. Since he was a favorite to win one could expect him to be a little more engaged there. Who knows why he wouldn't? One can understand him doing that on supertournaments - he maintains his rating that way. But on Poikovsky he lost few points. I wonder what was his motivation to play there at all, money? Not much, that is for sure.

I hope he can regain his competetive edge in San Luis but it seems he lost it and became what Kasparov calls a "tourist." :-)

Sep-08-05  hayton3: Not to detract from your interesting commentary, you're the first chess player I've come across who indulges in <posterior analysis> :-)
Sep-08-05  csmath: Sorry. :-)
Sep-12-05  AdrianP: Svidler on, amongst other things, short draws.

http://www.e3e5.com/eng/interview/a...

He acknowledges that short draws are unpopular with spectators; accepts that his performance at the Karpov tournament makes him part of the problem; and makes the valid point that chessplayers don't play chess just to please spectators.

All pretty sensible. I get the impression Peter's having a bad run of form. Seconding Kramnik for Brissago probably didn't help much - it can't be much fun handing over all your most creative stuff to a fellow SuperGM - and probably having quite a bit rejected/refuted can't do much for one's confidence. I'm struggling to think of any GM who has had good results after being someone's second (Karjakin excepted, I suppose, for special reasons - and the match never happened).

Svidler's a sharp, interesting and attacking player (see my Game Collection: Game Collection: Svidler's Best Games ). I'm sure he'll bounce back. He seems like a nice guy as well. He will be inspired in San Luis by England having won back the Ashes... (I hope...!).

Sep-18-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: Caption for Svidler photo:

"Would you consider calling it a draw? I can't bear to look at my starting position."

Sep-18-05
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  suenteus po 147: Potential caption for Svidler's picture: "One more 'Svidler on the Roof' joke and I'll bruise your larynx for you."
Sep-25-05  Udit Narayan: Good luck and Best wishes to Svidler for the upcoming tournament.
Sep-26-05
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  BishopofBlunder: <He acknowledges that short draws are unpopular with spectators; accepts that his performance at the Karpov tournament makes him part of the problem; and makes the valid point that chessplayers don't play chess just to please spectators.> But one would hope that they at least play chess to win.
Sep-28-05  AdrianP: Svidler's apparently using Motylev as a second for the San Luis Tournament - should give him some extra firepower.
Sep-30-05  Centaurus IV: Please Svidler, stop making draws!!!!

you can play interesting games, dont be so boring, you are a top GM, you are able to play great chess!!

Sep-30-05  AdrianP: <He also related how Svidler had “improvised” in the opening. Everything turns out to have been theory, but both sides were quite ignorant of it. Peter was somewhat disgusted with himself when he discovered this afterwards.> Nigel Short on Chessbase.com.

What are you playing at Peter! Quite rightly are you disgusted with yourself! Playing a rubbish opening against the FIDE World Champion without even preparing it... What exactly has your preparation for this marginally important event consisted of?

Sometimes it's hard being a Svidler fan.

<steam let off>

Sep-30-05  AdrianP: 1-0 !! Svidler-Leko, I knew you'd listen, Peter...!
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