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Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Peter Svidler
Russian Championship Superfinal (2010), Moscow RUS, rd 9, Dec-20
Scotch Game: Mieses Variation (C45)  ·  1-0



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  HeMateMe: White's 11th move is only playable by Super GMs and patzers.

It seemed for a moment like white was losing, his king boxed in on the edge of the board, and blacks knight looked better. Guess Nepo had it all worked out.

Dec-20-10  Eyal: According to the database, 11.Kd1 was actually played for the first time in a computer game - Rybka vs Pandix, 2010; among humans, it was also tried successfully by Ponomariov a few months ago (Ponomariov vs Leko, 2010). It's really the only way to justify 10.Nf3: there isn't much point in playing it if the knight has to go back to d2 after the queen check, and Bd2 or Qd2 give up a pawn (b2 or c4, respectively) apparently without sufficient compensation. As it turns out, the white king doesn't seem to be in danger, at least not an immediate one.
Dec-20-10  Hesam7: Games like these are the reason I stopped playing 1. ... e5. I mean take a look at the position after 21. Rd1:

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I just can't find the motivation to defend this with Black.

Dec-20-10  goldenbear: <Hesam7> It's funny you should say that. Positions like the one in your post are the reason I stopped playing 1.e4. I just don't have the motivation to try to win that kind of games in a "close-range" fight. I prefer to hold my opponent "at a distance", and although I can sometimes do this with White after 1.e4, I usually must pass through a rather dubious position to do so. With 1.d4, I feel I am better able to enter into a strategic battle soundly.
Dec-22-10  nezhmet: I am amazed that in Chess Today GM Baburin points out a clear draw for black a few short moves after the ending diagrammed by Hesam7.
Nov-10-14  Mating Net: 35.Nxc7! is an endgame killer. For the cost of a piece, White gets a Queen. Black can't sac back the piece to stop the a pawn as the f1 Knight as way too far away and the Bishop doesn't have a safe square to control a8.
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  Predrag3141: I checked 37 Nd5 (as played), 37 Kxc5 and 37 a4 with the computer. The first two rate +2.46 and +2.45, respectively, while 37 a4 rates just +0.42.

In human terms, White should plan 37 Kxc5/b4/b5, etc. and not 37 a4/a5/a6 because Black just gives up his bishop for the a-pawn.

White probably chose 37 Nd5 to prevent the race after 37 Kxc5 Ne3/...Nxg2/...Kg5. Believe it or not, in this race both sides queen their rook pawns on move 47, with both knights on the board, but the evaluation is +6.09.

Details: I requested analysis after 37 Kxc5 Ne3 38 a4 Bc8 39 a5 Nxg2 40 b4 Kg5. The answer is: "41.b5 h5 42.a6 h4 43.a7 Bb7 44.Kb6 Ba8 45.Nxa8 h3 46.Nc7 h2 47.a8=Q h1=Q 48.Qd5+ Kf4 49.Qxf7+ Kg3 50.Qxg6+ Kf2 51.c5 Ne3 52.Qd3 Qh3 53.c6 Qc8 54.Na6 Qf8 55.Ka5 Qg7 56.f4 Qa1+ 57.Kb6 Qc1 58.Kb7"

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