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Konstantin Sakaev

Konstantin Sakaev,
grandmaster

Short, Nigel (2683) - Svidler, Peter (2672)
KC Internet Grand Prix, 2000, round 2.2
[C51]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Be7 6. d4 Na5 7. Be2 d6

Diagram 1

8. Qa4+ c6 9. dxe5 dxe5 10. Nxe5 Nf6 11. O-O b5 12. Qc2 O-O

Svidler chosed the line where White's chances, in my opinion, are obviously better. After 12...Qc7 13. f4 O-O 14. Be3 White also has advantage.

Diagram 2

13. a4?!

Here 13. Bf4! seems to be strong, for example, 13...Bd6 14. Rd1 Qc7 15. Rxd6 Qxd6 16. Ng6 Qc5 17. Nxf8

Diagram 3

17...Qxf8 ( 17...Kxf8 18. e5 Nd5 19. Qxh7 Nxf4 20. Qh8+ Ke7 21. Qh4+ ) 18. Nd2 with advantage. By now nobody has played 13. Bf4 , usual continuations are 13. a4 and 13. Nd2 .

13...Qc7 14. Nf3 a6 15. Bg5

Diagram 4

15...Bg4!

It is stronger than 15...Be6 16. Nbd2 Nb7 17. Nd4 Nc5 .

16. Nbd2 Nb7 17. h3 Bh5 18. Rae1 Nc5 19. Nd4 Bg6?!

Looks like a mistake. Necessary was 19...Bxe2 20. Rxe2 Ne6 , or 20...h6 21. Bh4 Nh5!? 22. Bxe7 Qxe7 , and if 23. Nxc6?! , then 23...Qf6 24. Nd4 Nf4 .

Diagram 5

20. f4?!

Tempting was 20. Bxf6!? Bxf6 21. f4 , for example, 21...b4? 22. f5 bxc3 23. N2b3 .

20...Ncxe4 21. Nxe4 Bxe4

White hardly has a sufficient compensation for a pawn.

22. Bd3 Bxd3 23. Qxd3

Diagram 6

23...Rfe8?!

I would recommend 23...Nd5 . In the case of 23...Bc5 24. Bxf6 gxf6 one should expect a quick draw, but after 23...Rfe8?! White gains better chances.

24. Re5! Qd7 25. Qf3?!

Diagram 7

If 25. Qe2 , then 25...Bc5! , that's why 25. Qg3!? deserved attention. 25. Qf3 permits 25...Nd5 .

25...Nd5 26. axb5 axb5 27. Bxe7 Nxe7 28. Rfe1 Ng6

Diagram 8

Possible was 28...Nd5 29. Nxc6 (after 29. Qg4 Rxe5 30. Qxd7 Rxe1+ Black stands better) 29...Qxc6 30. Rxe8+ Rxe8 31. Rxe8+ Qxe8 32. Qxd5 with a draw.

29. Rxe8+ Rxe8 30. Rxe8+ Qxe8 31. Nxc6 Nh4

Diagram 9

32. Qd5 Qe3+ 33. Kh1 Qc1+

32. Qg4 Qxc6 33. Qxh4 f6 34. Qg3 1/2:1/2

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