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Michael Adams vs Peter Svidler
Baku Grand Prix (2008), Baku AZE, rd 9, Apr-30
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation Traditional Line (B92)  ·  1-0



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Apr-30-08  luzhin: 39.Kh2! denies Svidler his swindle:
if 39.Rbb8?? then 39..Ng3! turns the tables.
Apr-30-08  positionalgenius: Really nice game here from adams
Apr-30-08  Ezzy: GM Adams,Michael(ENG) (2729) - GM Svidler,Peter(RUS) (2746) [B92]

FIDE Grand Prix 2008/09 Baku/Azerbaijan (9), 30.04.2008

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.0–0 0–0 9.Be3 Be6 10.Qd2 Nbd7 11.a4 Qc7 12.Rfd1 Rac8 13.a5 Rfe8 14.h3 h6 15.Qe1 Qb8?! <New move from Svidler. Only 15...Qc6 or 15...Bf8 have previously been played. His idea is to move the queen off the 'c' file and double roooks on the half open 'c' file, which seems natural enough I suppose, but the rooks become objects of attack. The irony of this novelty is that Svidler tucks the queen away on his back rank, and later it becomes the object of serious attack and is threatened to being trapped on a few occasions.> 16.Bf3 Rc4 17.Nd2 Rc6 18.Nf1 Rec8 19.Bd2 <I like this readjustment. Just when you think the knight is going to g3, it heads for e3 fighting for complete control of the d5 square.> 19...b6 20.Ne3 bxa5 21.Ncd5 Bxd5 22.exd5 Rc5 23.Bxa5 e4 24.Be2 Qxb2 25.Bxa6 <25.c3 With the threat 26 Rdb1 trapping the queen looks tempting, but Adams still has the move in reserve.> 25...Rb8? <Keeping active seems to be a better option for Svidler. Now he's in big trouble.. [25...Ra8 26.Bb4 Rc7 27.c3 Ne5 28.Rab1 (28.Rdb1 Nd3 29.Bxd3 Rxa1 30.Rxa1 exd3 31.Rd1 Whites a pawn up) 28...Qxb1 (28...Qa2 29.Bb5 Rb8 30.Ra1 Advantage to white) 29.Rxb1 Rxa6 An interesting unbalanced struggle]> 26.c3< Intending the very powerful 27 Bb4 >26...Rxa5 27.Rxa5 <Threatening 28 Nc4 which will eventually trap the queen.> 27...Qb6 28.Rda1 Nc5 29.Bf1 Qd8< Now this threatens 30...Nb3 [29...Nb3?? 30.Rb5 Qd8 31.Rxb8 Qxb8 32.Rb1] >30.Rb5 Rc8 31.Ra7 Nfd7 32.Nf5 Bf8 33.Qe3 Qf6 34.Ng3 Qe5 35.Nxe4 Nxe4 36.Rxd7 Rxc3 37.Qe2 Qd4??<Black has to defend his back rank> 38.Rd8 Rc1 39.Kh2 1–0 <39...Qe5+ 40.g3 Nc3 41.Qxe5 dxe5 42.Rc5 >

Nice play by my fellow countryman Mickey Adams. I just wish he would show a bit more personality in his press conferences. English isn’t even Peter Svidlers native tongue, but he uses the English language with much more personality than Adams, who seems to speak in slow motion.

May-01-08  luzhin: My note on move 39. is not entirely correct. If 39.Rbb8(?)then Nd2 would be stronger than Ng3, although it seems that White would still be able to win with two rooks plus pawns against Queen.
May-01-08  AdrianP: Just watched the press conference from this game - I thought it was pretty rude of Shipov(?) (or whoever is sitting in the middle) to start probing Svidler on the reasons for his 'decline', especially when Adams has dropped down the ratings pretty significantly in the last few years.

During the game I thought Svidler might have considered the exchange sac 23 ...Rc2 or (24... Rc2) and was pleased to hear both Svidler and Adams saying that this would have been better than what Svidler played.

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  Joshka: <AdrianP> Speaking of being rude!!...did you watch the Carlsen Press Conference the other day, when he goes over the game with Radjabov, who is sitting right below him!!....taking in all of Carlsen's analysis without muttering a single word, he was in agony!! It was as if Radjabov was being scolded in school by the teacher for failing to learn the lessons or something!!! Very very humiliating I thought for him to have to bear. He just sat there, in torcher, very very rude of Carlsen. Carlsen could have at least a couple of times, acknowleged his presence, but never did once.
May-01-08  percyblakeney: <very very rude of Carlsen>

I didn't see it like that, I thought it was the same thing as when Radjabov presents his win over Kamsky and the latter isn't too interested in saying anything. Some players aren't too talkative when they lose, while Carlsen at least praised Mamedyarov after their game so I don't agree about him being very rude.

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  Joshka: <Percyblakeney> Allright I have not seen the other video. Maybe this is the protocol, winner speaks and lectures, loser sits and is humbled. allright thanks for pointing this out. It just seems to me, that the winner (Carlsen) gets to speak for the loser (Radjabov) in this game display, without Radjabov being allowed to speak his mind, he really looked like he was in agony, but we all have our own opinions, thanks for your comments!
May-01-08  littlefermat: Is the Radjabov/Carlsen video available online?
May-01-08  percyblakeney: <littlefermat> All the press conferences can be found here, Radjabov-Carlsen was in round 7:

May-01-08  littlefermat: Thanks!
May-02-08  fromoort: <AdrianP> It wasn't GM Shipov - it was Balgabaev - Ilyumzhinov's assistant. I thought it was a very thoughtless / stupid question myself. Svidler's answer was dripping with sarcasm, although it's doubtful Balgabaev noticed. He didn't seem to be paying attention to Svidler's answer.

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