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Alexander Motylev vs Peter Svidler
Corus Group A (2007), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-21
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Goglidze Attack (D70)  ·  0-1



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  Ron: Interesting game by Svidler, a hero for the Grunfeld. Notice Svidler's play starting from his offer of his knight on move 14.
Jan-21-07  Bob726: Did he lose on time
Jan-21-07  SniperOnG7: Black is threatening Qd3# and Rc5+
Jan-22-07  Bob726: Was 28 qc8 a blunder
Jan-23-07  jtd200: Svidler will end up a clear 2 pawns up, with no real counter-play from white
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  Mateo: I am srprised that so few people payed attention to this brilliant win. This is one of the best games played in Corus. The sacrificed could not be calculated accurately on the board without a computer but is based on a good evaluation of the position and a tremendous intuition. I give few variations. There are many others. The point is to undestand the hidden powers of Black's position, once the a file is opened. Suddenly all the Black pieces become dangerous.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nb6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. Be3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. O-O-O f5 10. e5 Nb4 11. Nh3 Be6 12. Kb1 Qd7 <12...Nc4 A Bykhovsky vs V Golod, 2001 1/2-1/2 > 13. Nf4 Bf7 14. a3 a5!! <A sound sacrifice. The main idea is to open the a file. The same kind of sacrifice in some variations of the Queen’s Gambit or of the French.> 15. d5 <If White takes the pawn, he will have to face a violent attack. 15.axb4 axb4 16.Nb5 (16.Nce2 Ra1+!! 17.Kxa1 Qa4+ 18.Kb1 Qa2+ 19.Kc1 Qa1+ 20.Kc2 Bb3! 21.Kd3 Qa6 mate) Ba2+ 17.Kc1 (17.Kc2 Qc6+, White must give back the Knight with a disastrous position, otherwise mate in one move) Qc6+ 18.Qc2 Bb3! 19.Qxc6 Ra1+ 20.Kd2 Rxd1+ 21.Ke2 bxc6, Black wins the exchange.> Bxe5! 16. axb4 axb4 17. Nb5 <Motylev tries to deny the access to the a file to the Black Queen. If 17.Na2 (17.Nce2 Qa4 18.Nd4 b3!, Black wins) Qa4 18.Nxb4 (18.Nc1 Qa1+ 19.Kc2 b3+! 20.Nxb3 Qxb2+, Black wins) Qa1+ 19.Kc2 Qxb2+ 20.Kd3 Qb3+ 21.Ke2 Nc4 wins back the Knight and the game.> Ra5 18. Bxb6 <18.Nbd4 Qa4, White is faced to the same theme. There are many variations, but White cannot impede the Black pieces to invade.> cxb6 19. Qxb4 Rfa8 <Threatens first, among many things, Ra4 or Ra1+ followed by Qc7+.> 20. Rd4 <Desperation. If 20.g3 (overprotecting the Knight) g5 21.Nh3 Ra1+ 22.Kc2 Rxd1+ 23.Kxd1 Qxd5+, the King in the center will have to face a violent attack. For instance, 24.Ke2 g4 25.Ng1 Ra1.> Bxd4 21. Qxd4 Ra1+ 22. Kc2 Rxf1 23. Rxf1 Qxb5 <Black won a pawn and threatens to win the weak d pawn too. Moreover, the White King is very unsafe.> 24. Rc1 Rd8 25. Qe5 Bxd5 26. Nxd5 Rxd5 27. Qe6+ Kf8 28. Qc8+ Kf7 0-1

Nov-01-11  jusmail: A great game indeed. Surprising, not many comments here.
Nov-04-11  Marmot PFL: Scored 66, Guess the move only credited me 61 as I typed 19...Rf8-a8 instead of Rfa8 and it subtracted 2 instead of adding 3 (similar things happen almost every time I play). I missed 14...a5 though and for several moves just didn't think black had quite enough.
Nov-04-11  Marmot PFL: if the computer can interpret my move it should see that it is correct, and if it can't it should just say Your move is unclear, Please enter again instead of assuming that it's inferior.

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