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Peter Svidler vs Dmitry Andreikin
Russian Championship Superfinal (2013), Nizhny Novgorod RUS, rd 4, Oct-08
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0

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Oct-08-13  Ed Frank: Tactical shots all over the damn place -- Svidler outplayed Andrekin without much fuss.
Oct-08-13  John Abraham: Svidler is really underrated. This win is just as crushing as his game against Carlsen in the final round of the Candidates tournament
Oct-08-13  csmath: 8. Be3

[New move but 6. c4 is already highly original sideline barely ever played on the top level. Fianchetto version would indicate intent of black to play kingside attack, however Andreikin will never start anything here.]

13. d4

[this move is prompted by previous move of black (12. ...Na6). White is also trying to reach queen-pawn opening structures probably because of familiarity with KID and Grunfeld.]

17. ... Ncd7?

[This natural move is an error because it allows white to target the bishop on e6 immediately.]

18. Ng5! Qc7
19. f4!

[Svidler immediately punishes the error of black.]

19. ...Qa5!?

[Seems natural to attempt a countergame but this is not going to work.]

20. a3 h6
21. Nf3?

[White fails to achieve bishop pair and serious advantage in the center: 21. Nxe6! Rxe6, 22. Qf2 with the threats of both c5 and f5. For example:

22. ...Rae8
23. c5! dxc5
24. Bxf6 Nxf6
25. e5 Nd5
26. Nxd5 cxd5
27. Rxd5 b6?
28. Bb3

and the difference in strength of bishops is obvious.]

21. ...Nh5?
22. Bxg7 Kxg7
23. Qd2

[Very natural response that indirectly protects c4 square for example 23. ...Qc7?, 24. f5! gxf5, 25. gxf5 and black loses bishop.]

24. ...Bxc4?!

[Both pawns on c4 and on b2 are poisoned but c4 is really a viper. The next move by white should have been quite obvious to black. Better alternative: 24. ...Qxb2 25. f5! gxf5 26. exf5 Bxc4 27. Qd4+ Nhf6
28. Qxc4 d5
29. Qd3 Qxa3
30. Nd4

and white has piece for three pawns. He is clearly better but the position is playable for black. Open position of black king was surely not appealing to Andreikin.]

25. Na4 Qc7
25. Qc3+ Nhf6?!

[One more error in the position black cannot afford any more errors. 25. ...Kg8 26. Qxc4 b5 27. Qb4 bxa4 28. Rxd6 Rab8 29. Qd2

with probably decisive advantage.]

30. ...Red8

[responding to threat e5 but it is not good enough. Black has no defence for example in case of 30. ...Nf8, 31. Rxf6! Kxf6, 32. Ne5 and white will return the exchange easily plus two more pawns.]

31. e5!

[anyway and the game is now decided while white crashes last defences around black king.]

31. ...Ne8
32. Qc3 [obvious threat] Nb6

[and black is completely lost.]

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This is a very complex game in which Svidler played the best game in Russian Championship so far. He has obviously displayed high level of mastery here and completely outplayed Andreikin in the middlegame.

Oct-08-13  Sihlous: This really was a very impressive game by Svidler.
Oct-08-13  Everett: I like the c4 response. My kind of bind for White. Even if it doesn't lead to an advantage, White has space and solid development.
Oct-08-13  jphamlore: I think Svidler may have remembered a game he played as Black in 1997 vs Sakaev in the St Petersburg Championship, a game that does not appear to be in chessgames.com database, but is presented in John Watson's Mastering the Chess Openings, Volume 2, pages 212-213. Similar to this game, Svidler as Black allowed his dark squared fianchettoed bishop to be exchanged off and then was defeated by White's kingside attack in short order.

And that's why so many chess writers advise one to closely analyze one's defeats.

Oct-09-13  Ulhumbrus: An alternative to 9...Nb8 is 9...Ne8 freeing the f7 pawn to advance to f5 as in the game Anderssen vs Steinitz, 1866
Oct-15-13
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  thegoodanarchist: Great game by Svidler! I enjoy his play immensely.
Mar-18-14
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  GrahamClayton: <ulhumbrus>An alternative to 9...♘b8 is 9...♘e8 freeing the f7 pawn to advance to f5 as in the game Anderssen vs Steinitz, 1866.

<ulhumbrus>,
It is not very often that you get the chance to reference a game from 1866 when kibitzing on a 2013 game! Svidler wanted to get out the major theoretical lines with 6...c6, thinking that Andreikin might be slightly uncomfortable. He looked very uncomfortable.

Mar-18-14
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  perfidious: <GrahamClayton: <u>, It is not very often that you get the chance to reference a game from 1866 when kibitzing on a 2013 game!>

True, though the chief reason for this is that by the end of the nineteenth century, the focus was already on more active lines to combat the Berlin, before Black turned to 3....a6.

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