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Evgeny Tomashevsky vs Peter Svidler
Russian Championship Superfinal (2007), Moscow RUS, rd 7, Dec-26
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1-0

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Dec-26-07  notyetagm: White to play: 30 ?


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30 ♗d2-a5! wins the Exchange


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since after 30 ... ♘c6x♗a5 31 ♖c1x♖c7


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the Black d8-queen cannot recapture the White c7-rook due to mate on e8 (<WEAK BACK RANK>: 31 ... ♕d8x♖c7?? 32 ♕a4-e8#


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Black (Svidler) thus loses ♖ for ♗ and later the game. Even 2700-rated super-GMs sometimes lose material to the <WEAK BACK RANK> tactic.

Dec-26-07  notyetagm: <<<<<A better example of the <BALEFUL INFLUENCE (EVERY(!) SINGLE(!) SQUARE(!) IS THREATENED)> of line pieces you could not ask for: The White a4-queen threatens the e8-mating square on Black's weak back rank through the Black c6-knight.>>>>>

Since the Black c6-knight <DEFENDS> the a5-pinning square, it cannot also meet this threat to the e8-square by <BLOCKING> the diagonal a4-e8. So the Black d8-queen is actually badly <OVERWORKED>, having to <DEFEND> the Black c7-rook and also meet the threat of ♕a4-e8# by <DEFENDING> the e8-square.

With the White a4-queen lined up with the e8-square, <<<<<some Black piece must meet the threat of ♕a4-e8# <(BALEFUL INFLUENCE)!!!>>>>>>. Thus White has three threats (♗d2-a5 <PINNING>, ♖c1x♖c7, and ♕a4-e8#) to the a5-, c7-, and e8-squares but Black has only two defenders (Black c6-knight and d8-queen) to these three threats. Two defenders almost certainly cannot meet three threats. In this particular position, the <OVERWORKED> nature of the Black c6-knight and d8-queen costs Black a full Exchange.

Dec-26-07  Atkins: I think Svidler's difficulty begun with 13...Nxc6?! 13....bxc then Rb8 or Be6 are so natural and good. May be Svidler overated 14.d4 But 14...Be6 15.Qa4 f6! looks more than Ok for Black.
Dec-27-07  Shajmaty: 9. d4, as played by Adorjan versus Karpov, at Oslo 1984, is much stronger than 9. d3.
Dec-27-07  Shajmaty: <Atkins: I think Svidler's difficulty begun with 13...Nxc6?! [...]> I find 13...Nxc6 correct. I believe Peter's hard time came after the suspicious manoeuvre 21...Bf5? + 22...Be4?
Dec-27-07  Atkins: <Shajmaty: <Atkins: I think Svidler's difficulty begun with 13...Nxc6?! [...]> I find 13...Nxc6 correct. I believe Peter's hard time came after the suspicious manoeuvre 21...Bf5? + 22...Be4?> What is your suggestion for Black here? 21...f6!? to stop the f file pressure? Whatever I will prefer White at this moment. Not a big advantage That's right. But d5 is weaker than d4. Therefore "What Ba7 is doing there?" is still a question which is not in the line I suggested.
Dec-27-07  Shajmaty: <Atkins: [...] What is your suggestion for Black here? 21...f6!? to stop the f file pressure? Whatever I will prefer White at this moment. Not a big advantage That's right. But d5 is weaker than d4. Therefore "What Ba7 is doing there?" is still a question which is not in the line I suggested.> Maybe 21...Rc8 (activating the Bishop at a7 via c8), 21...Bb6 (intending Na5-c4 and Ba5), or even 21...h6. I believe Black was O.K. before his 21st and 22nd moves.

By the way, where in Japan do you live?

Dec-27-07  Atkins: <Maybe 21...Rc8 (activating the Bishop at a7 via b8), 21...Bb6 (intending Na5-c4 and Ba5), or even 21...h6. I believe Black was O.K. before his 21st and 22nd moves.> I see. Then White's plan could be Ne1 Nd3 Nc5 or Nf4. <By the way, where in Japan do you live?> I live near Tokyo. At one hour from the center where I work. Here it will be soon 20'oclock. What's about you?
Dec-27-07  Shajmaty: <Atkins: [...] I live near Tokyo. At one hour from the center where I work. Here it will be soon 20'oclock. What's about you?> I've been living in Madrid for 15 years now. I visited Tokyo this summer... amazing!
Dec-27-07  Atkins: <Shajmaty: I've been living in Madrid for 15 years now. I visited Tokyo this summer... amazing!> Yes indeed. Next time you will come to Japan, please contact me, I will introduce you to some strong chess players. Do you know Shogi(Japanese Chess)?
Dec-27-07  Bobsterman3000: Seems as if Svidler should have been able to get more mileage out of exploiting the weak e4 square...

Dec-27-07  JohnBoy: <Atkins>: Are you nihon-jin? I lived in Kyoto about 20 years ago for a while and knew a fellow names Gotoh - at the time the strongest Shogi player of Kyushu. He taught me the moves and said that I had a good sense for the game (at the time I was USCF 2100). Probably because I understood how to organize my army to some extent for attack and defense. But all I really remember is getting slaughtered.
Dec-27-07  Atkins: <JohnBoy: <Atkins>: Are you nihon-jin? > I'm not but my wife is. I live in Japan since 1986. I'm happy you enjoyed Shogi game too. This game is deep too. I have a funny story about my own experience. The first time I played this game with my father in law he didn't explain me that one could use the piece taken (That was so obvious for him). As a chess player I exchanged all and, thinking like Steinitz advice that my King was a strong piece especially in that game, I went to charge to a quick dead when my opponent put a piece from the sky... I heared the name of Gotoh. I think he plays chess too. Not sure. Are you living in Europe? If yes; actually (And for few months!) a professionnal Shogi player, Honma Sensei 6 dan, is teaching the game in the capital of Europe. I'm not sure about his program (I could check it if you want). I think that he is actually in London. He will go back to Paris next month then one week in Madrid...
Dec-28-07  JohnBoy: <Atkins>: no - I am near to New York and retired from over-the-board chess (about 2300 but not tournament active). My only experience with Shogi was getting waxed by Gotoh - I loved the way he would throw down my pieces as if they had been captured ratehr than killed, and brainwashed to his cause. What did I have to do to kill them??? Some sort of horrible zombies!
Jan-01-08  minasina: http://chesspro.ru/chessonline/onli... (Translated: http://www.google.com/translate?u=h... The board is not functioning at the translated page.)
Jan-03-08  Shajmaty: <Atkins: [...] Next time you will come to Japan, please contact me, I will introduce you to some strong chess players. Do you know Shogi(Japanese Chess)?> Thanks for the offer, I will! I've heard of Shogi, but never played it (unlike JohnBoy!).
Feb-25-08  notyetagm: Note that 30 ♗d2-a5! was no accidental tactic. Tomashevsky intentionally created this tactical possibility by playing 29 ♘d3-f4! on the previous move.

Even super-GMs like Peter Svidler sometimes miss tactical ideas like 29 ♘d3-f4! and 30 ♗d2-a5!.

Jan-10-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: PINS AGAINST SQUARES
Jan-10-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: WEAK BACK RANK
Oct-25-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: PINS AGAINST SQUARES
Oct-25-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: BALEFUL INFLUENCE: every single square attacked
Jul-18-13  notyetagm: E Tomashevsky vs Svidler, 2007

Game Collection: BALEFUL INFLUENCE: EVERY SINGLE SQUARE ATTACKED

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