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Peter Svidler vs Jeroen Piket
Tilburg Fontys (1998), Tilburg NED, rd 2, Oct-24
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C98)  ·  1-0



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  Mateo: Piket played a passive variation of the Ruy Lopez and Svidler eated him slowly like a boa constrictor.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 O-O 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 Qc7 12.Nbd2 Nc6 13.d5 Nd8 14.a4 Qb7 15.Nf1 Ne8 16.N3h2 f6 17.b3N <17.Ng3> Nf7 18.f4!? <direct approach, but now Black gets the e5 square for the knight, a strong outpost> exf4 19.Bxf4 Ne5 20.Ne3 g6 21.Neg4 Bxg4?! <questionable. Piket gives up his Bishop pair without any clear reason> 22.Nxg4 Nxg4 23.hxg4!? <Unexpected. 23.Qg4 is natural and gives White a big advantage> Nc7 24.Rf1 <White is much better. Black is reduced to complete passivity. His minor pieces are a pity: the Knight is misplaced since he cannot go to e5 and he kept the bad Bishop, restricted by his d6 and f6 pawns> Rf7 25.Qf3 b4 <this will give new prospects to White and not for Black. But one can understand that Piket did not want to wait his slow death without doing nothing> 26.Bd2! <but not 26.c4, as a computer could think. White needs new open files> a5 27.cxb4 cxb4 28.Rac1 Raf8?! <missing the right moment to play 28...Na6 and 29...Nc5> 29.Bd3 Na6 <too late> 30.Bxa6! Qxa6 31.Rc6 Qa7+ 32.Be3 Qd7 33.Rfc1 <keeping full control of the open file> Ra8 34.Rc7 Qe8 35.Bd4 Bd8 36.R7c6 Be7 37.Rc7 <winning time before the time control> Bd8 38.R7c6 Be7 39.R1c4 h6 40.Rc7 Bd8 41.R7c6 Be7 42.Rc7 Bd8 43.Rxf7 Qxf7 44.Qf4 Qd7 <44...Qf8> 45.Rc6 Be7? <44...g5> 46.Qxh6 Qxg4 47.Rc7 <47...Re8 48.Bf6!> 1-0

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  plang: 12..Nc6 in the Classical Chigorin was popularized by Rubinstein in the years after WW1. 14..Rb8 is standard; Piket's 14..Qb7 is rarely played though Svidler thought it was playable.

Svidler on 17 b3: "Surprisingly often I am asked to explain what the Russian chess school is but despite my vast number of attempts I am still at a loss for an all-round definition. Examples, though, are much easier. Take this move. I don't know exactly what its purpose in this particular position is, but I've read in numerous books and was told by a large number of people that in such structures it is quite useful to play b3, so I did."

Svidler did not like 22..Nxg4? recommending 22..b4 instead. 28..Na6 could have been answered by 29 Bd3..Nc5 30 Rxc5!..dxc 31 e5 and White is winning. 39..h6 prevented White from playing g5 followed by Qg4 and Qe6 but it created a new weakness. The defense 44..Qf8 45 Rc6..Be7 46 Bb6 would not have helped Black. If 45..g5 46 Qf5..Qxf5 47 exf..Be7 48 Kf2 and the White king marches to b5 winning easily.

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