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Peter Svidler vs Alexander Riazantsev
Russian Championship Superfinal (2008), Moscow RUS, rd 3, Oct-05
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  1-0



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Oct-05-08  cliffordgoodman: what a game by svidler!
Oct-05-08  gandu: 37...a5 seems to have been a blunder, but Riazantsev was in dire time trouble by then.
Oct-05-08  Ron: I agree this is an interesting game by Svidler. He sort of played Nimzovitchian Heroic Defense here, seeing that after 19 a3 he can weather Black's attack and Black's queen checks are going to peter out. Petrosian and Steinitz would smile.
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  whiteshark: <30...f6> looks like an interesting alternative. Idea is after <31.exf6 e5> to stop Kf4.

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Oct-05-08  cliffordgoodman: after whitesharks idea f7+ looks very tasty
Oct-05-08  Ezzy: P Svidler (2727) - A Riazantsev (2656) [C11]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 Be7 8.Qd2 0–0 9.dxc5 Bxc5 10.0–0–0 Qa5 11.Bxc5 Nxc5 12.h4 Bd7 13.h5 Rab8< Novelty. 13...Rac8 and 13...h6 have been played before.> 14.h6 g6 15.Qe3 <This now stops 15...b5.because of 16 Qxc5. A reason 13...b5 should probably have been played earlier instead of 13...Rab8 > 15...Na4 16.Nxa4 Qxa4 17.Kb1 Rfc8 <Threatening 18...Nb4> 18.Rd2 Nb4 19.a3 Rxc2 <It seems the Naive Riazantsev doesn't trust Super Grandmaster Peter Svidler's judgment of calculation. If he was worried about this move, he wouldn't of played 19 a3. One thing is that the fireworks now begin, and the the game gets so complicated that even my Fritz is starting to freak out! [19...Nxc2 20.Qd3 Nxa3+ 21.Qxa3 Is not good for black.]> 20.axb4< Because a lot of moves now are forced, it was probably easier for Svidler to assess that the resulting position up to move 27 was in his favour and had better chances. In this complex position, anything can happen though.> 20...Rc1+ 21.Kxc1 Qa1+ 22.Kc2 Rc8+ 23.Qc3 Rxc3+ 24.Kxc3 Bb5 25.Kd4 Bxf1 26.Rf2 Qc1 27.Rfxf1< [27.Rhxf1 With rooks doubled on the 'f' file could be better.]> 27...Qxf4+ 28.Kd3 Qe4+ 29.Kd2 Qxb4+ 30.Ke3 Qb6+ 31.Kf4< Svidler's judgment seems correct allowing19...Rxc2. This position seems easier to play for white. But this is no easy task for white. He has to be so careful. In fact the more I analyse the position, the more complicated it gets. This is brave chess from Svidler who seems to have only one thing on his mind today, and that is to win.> 31...f6 <Black has to have an escape for his king>. 32.exf6 Qxb2 33.Kg4 Qxg2+ <[33...Qxf6 Who knows. This might be better.]> 34.Kh4 Qb2 <[34...Qe2 35.Kg3 Qd3 36.Rc1 e5 37.Rhf1 Kf7 38.Kg2 And it's still so complicated.]> 35.Rhg1< [35.Ng5 Threatens 36 f7+ and mate in 9 according to Fritz, so black would have to take the perpetual. Svidler must still be going for the win.]> 35...Qxf6+ <Opening the 'f' file now seems to lead to black's loss. [35...e5 36.Rc1 and it will take lots of analysis to find out what is happening.]> 36.Ng5 Qb2 <Threatening 37...Qh2+ and black is probably winning. >37.Kh3<White only needs to double rooks on the 'f' file with 38 Rg3 and 39 Rf3 and the win is easy,> 37...a5<[37...e5 38.Rg3 e4 39.Ne6 Qb4 40.Rg5 Qd6 41.Rf8+ Qxf8 42.Nxf8 Kxf8 43.Rxd5 Ke7 44.Ra5 a6 45.Kg4 and white will eventually win.]> 38.Nxe6 1–0

Wow!!!! What a game. Probably one of my favourites of the year so far. Probably one of the best games by Peter Svidler in a long time. This was a magnificent effort by Svidler. How he navigated through the complexities of this game is beyond my comprehension. A supreme effort. I don’t know whether I’m going over the top, but this was a Svidler masterpiece in my eyes.

Credit to both players for such a fantastic fight. This game will take reams of computer analysis to assess what is going on.

A joy to watch. Svidler’s not going away if he can play like this.

Oct-05-08  nmchessknight: Exciting game
Oct-05-08  THE pawn: This is some sort of very unpredictable attack that in the end wasnt very good for black. I dont think they made any mistake and by move <31...f6> blacks position was dubious.

other alternatives seem to be 31...Qxb2 or 31...a5.
32.Kg3 Qa3 33.Rc1 Qf8 34.Rc7 b5 35.Rxa7 b4 36.Rb7 d4 37.Rhd1 Qxh6 38.Rxd4 and black loses. On 31...a5 white can immediately play Rc1 and he also wins, with the threat of mate, black has to play Qd8 and white can grab the other pawns.

Anyway white could have played 33.Kg3 I still dont know why he gave his pawn. He could have played 35.Nh2!, the winning move, but <35.Rg1?!> brings black back in the game with 35...e5!. the losing blunder was <35...Qxf6??> which obviously comes from time trouble. Interesting note after <37...a5>, white had a mate starting with 38.Rg3. Can you find the rest?

Oct-05-08  THE pawn: <Ezzy> You still beat me to it. You havent found 35.Nh2! have you? In your notes your point <35.Rhg1> as normal, but it seems to lead to a draw...
Oct-05-08  Ezzy: <THE pawn:> Nice find. 35 Nh2! does seem to be a difficult move to defend against.
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  tamar: Wonder how much Svidler's devastating win over Riazantsev earlier this year played into his decision to go all out.

In that game, Riazantsev blundered a rook in the middle game. A Riazantsev vs Svidler, 2008

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  maxi: I am still not sure just how good this game is, but one thing is certain: it is unique and fascinating.
Oct-06-08  YifanFan:

35.Qf6+ lost. The game was reasonably equal before then.

Oct-06-08  Hidden Skillz: when was the last time svidler went into a tournament having three wins right off the bat? it's quite strange not seeing any draws thus far.
Oct-07-08  aragorn69: Ssssssssssspectacular !!!
Oct-08-08  AlfieNoakes: This is the sort of attack that it really takes guts to weather, with the queen flying around gobbling up all the loose pawns, amazing that, at the end, white still had enough to win.
Oct-08-08  AdrianP: It's a fantastic game and certainly Svidler had some cojones to go into this (he didn't have to), but from White's point of view, he's unlikely to get mated by queen alone. Black probably thought White would have to allow a perpetual, and may have been surprised that White could play for a win by shedding pretty much all his pawns. A lot of side lines seem to end up with R against up to 5 pawns, where the R is able to pick off the pawns.

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