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Peter Svidler vs Viswanathan Anand
World Championship Tournament (2007), Mexico City MEX, rd 12, Sep-27
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Peter Svidler vs Viswanathan Anand (2007)


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Sep-27-07  muharrem: Anand might pull out a win by advancing d,e,f pawns followed with some knight exhanges to make it less painful
Sep-27-07  Robin01: Anybody have a computer analysis for this game? Thanks.
Sep-27-07  thom: <Robin01: Anybody have a computer analysis for this game? Thanks.> http://chessok.com/broadcast/live.h...
Sep-27-07
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  Sneaky: 22.Nbd4 is possible. Not sure if it's any good, but it's possible.

However 22.Nfd4 is not possible--not because of ...exd4? Qxe8 but isntead ...Rb8!

Sep-27-07  outplayer: After 21 moves Anand, the 15th world champion, has two loose knights in a ruy lopez blackside.
Sep-27-07  Ragh: Grischuk is now back to playing at his usual speed of 20 min/move.
Sep-27-07  seaotter: I guess it is really hard to for Gelfand to get his pieces out without opening the center for Aronians Rooks and since he is not organised for defence he has to find away to develop or Aronian will just double up on the g-file like you suggested,... again no concrete analysis here.
Sep-27-07  Landman: <seaotter> If Kramnik can prevent ...c5 more or less permanently, he'll have a typical long-term Catalan advantage.

Aronian certain has made it easy for Gelfand to play for a win as Black. Very double-edged stuff.

I wonder how often the players check what's happening on the other boards. Anand surely has an interest in Gelfand and Kramnik's chances.

Sep-27-07  seaotter: Maybe there is something here for Kramnik but Peter looks set to take over the initiative and Kramnik is not set to defend,... Maybe Leko has the better position already.
Sep-27-07  Ragh: Draw as expected.
Sep-27-07  thom: and it is a draw!
Sep-27-07
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  chancho: Svidler Anand. Draw.
Sep-27-07  seaotter: Or better to say that his pieces are coordinated for a plan that he can execute,... I do not see anything for Kramnik,... that Queen is awful
Sep-27-07  thom: <cg.com> can change to aronian game?
Sep-27-07  Marmot PFL: Aronian with g pawn attack
Sep-27-07
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  WannaBe: I only missed it by one move, (see my post back on page 2)! Dang!!
Sep-27-07  NakoSonorense: <wannabe> What? It's ME who missed it by one move.
Sep-27-07  savagerules: Svidler another short draw with white, even though he's dead last, he's going to make Ulf Andersson jealous.
Sep-27-07
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  chancho: <savagerules> He already is.
Sep-28-07  tacite: 22 moves and draw. Keep up the fighting spirit, boys! Come on. There is still a lot of play that can occur out of this position.... Well, I do miss the « old days » when GM's would keep on playing untill there was a real draw or a win (blunders do happen). Like a guy used to sing : go on, Vishy, take the money and run! Or maybe this other one : Svidly, we're only in it for the money, right?
Sep-28-07  Ulhumbrus: The move d5 followed by ...c6 occurred as well- in a different variation of the closed Ruy Lopez - in the game Timman vs Spassky, 1979
Sep-28-07  Troller: <Well, I do miss the « old days » when GM's would keep on playing untill there was a real draw or a win>

In Zürich 1953, Najdorf drew a third of his games in 25 moves or less. The Svidler of 1953, Petrosian, drew 11/28 in 25 moves or less. Reshevsky drew 25% in 25 moves or less.

In total, 12.76% of the games in 1953 were drawn in 20 (!) moves or less. The comparative figure for Mexico is 6.25%. The longer theoretical opening lines of today may account for some of this, but really, there have always been these short draws between GMs.

Of course, in this particular case, Svidler does not look good, as he hasn't won a single game yet. Anand cannot be blamed for wanting to win the tournament I guess.

Sep-28-07
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  lostemperor: lol, of course it would be a draw. It was too much to hope for anything more.

Sep-28-07  arnaud1959: This game was the opportunity to have everybody in the tournement lose and win at least one time.

Anand calculates well not only on the board but also outside of the board. When he played for win against Moro he knew that he had an opportunity with white and he was right. Imagine if he had drawn. He would be only 1/2 points ahead with 2 rounds to go.

Oct-02-07  Resignation Trap: Photo of game after Svidler's 4.Ba4: http://www.chesspro.ru/_images/mate... .
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