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Game commentary from  IM Malcolm Pein

GM Peter Svidler (2690)  -  GM Sergey Tiviakov (2628) 
[B37]  ECC Halkidiki GRE (4), 25.09.2002

Grischuk hasn't been doing it alone for the NAO team. His teammate Peter Svidler 
is undefeated on board two. Here he turns in a nice attacking win against Dragon 
expert Tiviakov. 

1.e4 c5; 2.Nf3 Nc6; 3.d4 cxd4; 4.Nxd4 g6; 5.c4,  {Diagram?} 
The Maroczy Bind against the Accelerated Dragon. 

Usually this means a dour positional struggle, but not in this game. 

5...Nf6; 6.Nc3 d6; 7.Nc2 Bg7; 8.Be2 Nd7; 9.0-0 Nc5; 10.Bd2 0-0; 11.b4,  {Diag?} 
Forcing Black to accept the e4 gambit pawn. In exchange White gets control of the 
a1-h8 diagonal and eliminates the Dragon bishop. 

11...Bxc3; 12.Bxc3 Nxe4; 13.Bb2 Be6; 14.b5 Ne5; 15.Qd4 Nf6; 16.f4('!') {Diagram?}  
Such is modern chess that Tiviakov had played this entire game before up to this point. 
In 1991 Smirin played 16.Ne3, here and the game was drawn in 23 moves. That doesn't 
mean f4 is new, however ... 

(A wild and wooly position.  Is White justified in going for the win? {A.J.G.})  

16...Ned7;  (See the diagram just below.)  

  The position after Black's 16th move, ...Ned7.  (alaf-2_rec-gm5.gif, 15 KB)


17.g4,  {Diagram?}  
Now White is threatening both g5 and f5. 

17...Qb6; 18.f5 Bxc4; 19.Bxc4 Nxg4; 20.Bd5(TN)  {Diagram?}  
The first new move! The insipid 20.Qxb6 was played before, although White also 
went on to win that game. Black may have material equality but the two bishops 
are very strong.  

    [ 20.Qxb6 Nxb6; 21.Bb3,  1-0 in 41. M. Prusikhin - S. Petrosian;  Germany/2001. ] 

20...Rac8; 21.Ne3 Nge5; 22.Qxb6 Nxb6; 23.Bxb7 Rb8; 24.Ba6 Nd3; 25.Bd4 Nb4
26.Rfc1 Nxa6; 27.bxa6,   {Diagram?}  
Although Black has finally eliminated one of the bishops, the a-pawn is now deadly. 

27...e5; 28.fxe6 fxe6; 29.Rab1,  {Diagram?}  Black Resigns, 1 - 0  
Black can do nothing to prevent White from capturing on b6 and putting a rook 
on the (deadly) seventh rank. 

     [ White wins after: 29.Rab1 Rbc8; 30.Bxb6 Rxc1+; 31.Rxc1 axb6; 32.Rc7, "+/-" ]

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