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Viswanathan Anand vs Peter Svidler
MTel Masters (2006), Sofia BUL, rd 9, May-20
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1/2-1/2

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May-20-06  Shajmaty: After 24. c4, Bxc3 the centre is blocked and both players have kept their good Bishop. About even. Draw?
May-20-06  bharatiy: rybka says -1 for Svidler, not an easy draw for anand
May-20-06  orio24: Yes, Svidler's position looks better. However it is still complicated enough. Does anybody know what is the time of both players?
May-20-06  orio24: <nolanryan: I've been waiting for eternity for someone to play this line as black! 14. ...Bxa4!>

You are right, it seems to be quite annoying that pawn on a4.

May-20-06  EnglishOpeningc4: why isnt chessgames showing this?
May-20-06  Shajmaty: <bharatiy: rybka says -1 for Svidler, not an easy draw for anand> <orio24: Yes, Svidler's position looks better.> It was (more or less) even until 32. Bg5? 32. Rxg8, Rxg8; 33. Ne3.
May-20-06  orio24: Gee, it's a draw, and in such an interesting position.
May-20-06  orio24: <Shajmaty: <bharatiy: rybka says -1 for Svidler, not an easy draw for anand> <orio24: Yes, Svidler's position looks better.> It was (more or less) even until 32. Bg5? 32. Rxg8, Rxg8; 33. Ne3.>

Thanks, what is the evaluation of the final position?

May-20-06  Shajmaty: <orio24: Gee, it's a draw, and in such an interesting position.> Yeah, still 40...Qf7; 41. Qh4, Ne6; 42. Nf3 could have been played. Great tactics anyway, with 37. Rxe5!
May-20-06  orio24: <Shajmaty> Yes, that 37. ♖xe5 was very very nice, and kept Anand in the game, but still, I expected from Svidler to continue. Probably it shook him quite a lot or he saw more.
May-20-06  Shajmaty: <orio24: Thanks, what is the evaluation of the final position?> I should say almost even after 40...Qf7; 41. Qh4, Ne6; 42. Nf3, but with a complex position. I should play on with Black...
May-20-06  orio24: <Shajmaty> Actually, when I am looking at it now... isn't after 40...♕f7 this move 41. ♖xf4(!) the reason Svidler repeated the moves?
May-20-06  Doktorn: <Actually, when I am looking at it now... isn't after 40...Qf7 this move 41. Rxf4(!) the reason Svidler repeated the moves?> No, after 41. Rxf4 comes ...Rxg2+ and a quick mate. And don´t worry that you didn´t see it, I didn´t either, but my computer did. :)
May-20-06  orio24: <Doktorn> OK, so after 39...♕f7 40. ♖xf4 ♖xg2+ and when white goes 41. ♔f1, where is the checkmate? What is the line your computer says?
May-20-06  orio24: Ah, you probably mean that 41...♖2xg5! wins. Is it the line?
May-20-06  Shajmaty: <orio24: <Doktorn> OK, so after 39...Qf7 40. Rxf4? Rxg2+!! and when white goes 41. Kf1, where is the checkmate? What is the line your computer says?> 41...Qxf4. If 42. Bxf4 then Rg1+; 43. Ke2, R6g2+; 44. Ke3, Re1#.
May-20-06  chessmoron: WTH is Anand's problem, does he know how win. Another let down by Vishy, I'm very disappointed
May-20-06  orio24: <Shajmaty> Wow, that's very nice. I couldn't find that line.
May-20-06  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 10 a4, 10 c3 avoids offering a pawn on a4
May-20-06  Ulhumbrus: On 14 ...bxa4 Black has doubled isolated a pawns, but the one in front is covered by a minor piece, and it fixes the b2 pawn.
May-20-06  Ulhumbrus: 20 Qxb3 is inexact. First 20 Nxe7+! removes Svidler's B and on 20...Qxe7 21 Qxb3 regains the P with some asdvantage. After the text, Svidler keeps the B pair.
May-20-06  Ulhumbrus: 27 ...gxf5 exposes the king side and also allows 29 f4. On 27...Rxf5 Black has some advantage.
May-20-06  notyetagm: Looks like Svidler missed a great chance to give Anand a third White loss.

From the chesscenter.com website:

<30.Qh5? Rg8?! [30...exf4 31.Bxf4 Qd4+ 32.Be3 Qxb2 33.Re1 Ne6 is winning for black.]>

May-20-06  Manic: According to Chessbase, Svidler was low on time:
<Vishy Anand escaped against Peter Svidler in another Lopez. Even the final position looks good for Black, but at the end of the first time control Svidler looked at his clock, then at White's menacing pieces, and decided discretion was the better part of valor and took a repetition.>
May-21-06  alexandrovm: <Manic: According to Chessbase, Svidler was low on time: <Vishy Anand escaped against Peter Svidler in another Lopez. Even the final position looks good for Black, but at the end of the first time control Svidler looked at his clock,...> on that same page, Anand was also low on time. Using the rule of not writing down moves in Anand's socoresheet, ref: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...
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