Sergey Ivanov,
international grandmaster


   This game is a fine example of modern psychology approach from the side of Peter Svidler. He managed to make Anand to play the most unpleasant position for Indian - an unclear play with material disbalance. As result, Peter achieved a fully winning position, but then lost his concentration. Anand used a possibility to complicate a game and got some chances to draw. And, after all, something very strange happened. Being already at a simple winning position, Svidler accepted draw. Probably, it was also connected with psychology - Peter trusted in infallible of Anand too much and couldn't believe he might defeat Vishy in such a "simple" way.

Svidler,P (2715) - Anand,V (2780)
Dos Hermanas, 1999

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Ne4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.de5 Be6 9.Nbd2 Nc5 10.c3 d4 11.Ng5!? (I.Zaitsev) 11...Bd5 11...Qg5 12.Qf3; 11...dc3 12.Ne6 fe6 13.bc3 12.Nf7!? 12.Bd5 Qd5 13.Nb3 Nb3 14.ab3 Be7 15.Nf3 d3!? (15...Ne5 16.Nd4 Ng6 17.Qf3 Qf3 18.Nf3 c5 19.Rd1 0-0 20.Be3 Rfc8= Anand-I.Sokolov, Lyon, 1994) 16.Be3 0-0 17.Bd4 Rfd8 18.Qd3 Qb3 19.Qe2 Qe6 20.Rfd1 Rd5 21.h3 a5=/+ Onischuk-I.Sokolov, Wijk aan Zee, 1997 12...Kf7 12...Bf7? 13.Bf7 Kf7 14.Qf3 Kg8 15.Qc6+/- 13.Qf3 Ke6 14.Qg4 14.Ne4 Nb3 (14...Ne4 15.Qe4 Ne7 with unclear position) 15.Qg4 Kf7 16.Qf5 Kg8 17.e6 h6 18.Qf7 Kh7 19.Ng5 hg5 20.Qh5 Kg8 21.Qf7= 14...Ke7 14...Kf7? 15.e6 Kg8 16.Qf5+/- 15.e6! 15.Nf3 Ne6-/+ 15...Be6 15...Nb3!? 16.Nb3 Be6 17.Re1 (17.Bg5 Kd7) 17...Qd5 18.Nc5 Nd8 19.cd4 (19.Bg5 Kf7 20.Ne6 Ne6 21.Re6 Qe6 22.Qf3 Kg6-+) 19...h6 20.Bf4 with compensation for material 16.Re1 Qd7 17.Be6 Ne6 18.Nf3 with attack; with idea 19.Bg5 Kf7 20.Qf5 18...Re8 18...h6 19.Nh4 with attack 19.Ng5 Ncd8 20.Bd2! with idea cd4, Bb4; 20.Qh4 Kd6!-/+ 20...h6 21.Nf3!? 21.Ne6 Ne6 22.Re6 Qe6 23.Re1 Qe1 24.Be1 Kf7 25.Bd2 Be7 with unclear position 21...Qd5 21...Qd6 22.Bf4 with attack 22.Re5 Qd6 23.cd4 with idea 24.d5 23...h5 24.Qe4 24.Qh4 Kf7 25.d5 Be7 24...Kf7 24...c6 25.d5 cd5 26.Rd5 Qb6 27.Qg6+- 25.d5 Kg8 25...Nc5 26.Qf4+- 26.Qg6! 26.Re1? Nc5-/+; 26.de6 Re6 (26...Nc6 27.Rh5! Rh5 28.Qg6+/-) 27.Bf4+/- 26...Re7 26...Qd7 27.Rae1 Qf7 28.Qf7 Nf7 29.Re6+- 27.Rae1 Nd4 27...Rf7 28.de6 Rf6 (28...Rf3 29.gf3 Qd2 30.e7+-) 29.Qe8+- 28.Qd6 Nf3 29.gf3 cd6 30.Re7 Be7 31.Be7+- Nf7 32.Ra7 32.h4!? Ne5 33.Bc3 Nf3 34.Kf1 Rh7 35.Rd7+- 32...h4 33.Ra8 33.Ra6 Rh5 33...Kh7 34.Ra6 Kg6 35.Rb6 Rc8 36.Rb5 36.Rc6!? 36...Rc2 37.Bc3?! better was 37.Be3 h3 (37...Ne5 38.Kg2+-) 38.f4 Nh6 39.a4 Nf5 40.Rb6 (40.a5 Nd4! with counterplay) 40...Ne3 41.fe3 Rg2 42.Kf1 Rh2 43.a5 Rd2 44.Kg1+- 37...h3 38.Kf1 Ng5 39.Rb7 39.Rb4 Nf3 40.Rf4 Nh2 41.Kg1 Kg5! with counterplay 39...Nf3 40.Rg7 Kf5 41.Rg3 Ke4 41...Nh2 42.Kg1 Ng4 43.Rh3+- 42.Rh3 Rc1 43.Ke2 Rc3! 43...Ng1 44.Kd2+-; 43...Rc2!? 44.Kd1 Rf2 with unclear position 44.bc3 Ng1 45.Kf1 Nh3 46.a4 Kd5 46...Nf4 47.c4 (47.a5) 47...Kd4 48.a5 Kc4 49.a6 Nd5 50.a7 Nc7 51.h4 47.Kg2 Ng5 47...Nf4 48.Kf3 Nd3 49.a5 Nc5 50.h4 48.h4 Ne4 49.h5 Ke6 49...Nc3? 50.h6 Ne2 51.Kf3 Nd4 52.Kg4 Nc6 53.h7 Ne5 54.Kf5 Nf7 55.Kf6+- 50.c4! 50.a5 Nc3 51.a6 Nb5 50...Nd2 50...Kf5 51.a5 Nc5 52.f4 51.a5 Nc4 52.a6 Nb6 53.a7 Kf5 54.f4 Na8 55.Kf3 d5 56.Ke3 Nc7 57.Kd2 Kf6 58.Kc2 Kf5 59.Kb3 with idea Kb4, Kc5, Kc6+- 59...d4 60.Kc4 Kf6 61.Kd3 Kf5 62.Ke2 Kf6 63.Kf2! Kf5 64.Kf3 zugzwang Na8 65.Ke2 Nc7 66.Kd3 zugzwang Kf6 67.Ke4 Kf7 68.f5 Kf6 69.h6 Kf7 70.Kd4 Nb5 71.Kc5 Na7 72.Kb6 Nc8 73.Kc7 Na7 (73...Ne7 74.h7 Kg7 75.f6!+-) 74.Kd7 Nb5 (74...Kf6 75.h7 Kg7 76.f6 Kh7 77.f7 Kg7 78.Ke8 +-) 75.h7 Kg7 76.f6 Kh7 77.f7 Kg7 78.Ke7+- 1/2-1/2

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