(8) Svidler,P (2747) - Bareev,E (2714) [C10]
Corus GM-A Wijk aan Zee (3), 13.01.2004
[Stoyko, Steve]

Here we have Svidler, a vicious attacking player, vs. Bareev, who is ultra-solid and a great endgame player. A nice clash of styles between players who were, at the time, both rated in the top-10!

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7
[ This is the Rubinstein Variation, which prepares Ngf6. The immediate 4...Nf6 5.Nxf6+ Qxf6 has been played with some success but runs into a long-range problem; as the Q is not well-placed on f6 and after 6.Nf3 it's in danger of being trapped with 7.Bd3 and 8.Bg5. So Black then has to play 6...h6 which gives White a target & natural attacking chances with 0-0-0, g4, h4 & g5.]

5.Nf3 Ngf6 6.Bd3!
Development! [ 6.Bg5 is weaker because after 6...Be7 White is basically forced to trade 2 pairs of pieces & has nothing.]

This is distinctly designed to discourage 0-0-0. [ Also good is 6...Be7 ]

7.0-0 Nxe4
The simplification plan.

8.Bxe4 Nf6 9.Bg5!! cxd4 10.Nxd4 h6?
[ 10...Be7 is much safer.]

11.Bxf6 Qxf6
Let's pause to consider White's plan.

[ This is much better than 12.Nb5 which is met by 12...Qe5 The threat is now 13.Bxb7 followed by Qb5+.]

Looks like this stops all the threats but Black is wasting development time by making P moves while his K is in the center. Not a healthy thing to do!

13.Rad1 Be7
Finally... but too late!

14.Nc6! e5 15.Nxe7 Qxe7
Black is 1 move away from getting a good game with ...0-0 and ...f5.

16.f4!! exf4??
[ 16...0-0 was forced after which f4-f5 retains positional pressure on the Q-side.]

Nice way to beat the world's #4-rated player! Before we cancel the rest of the lecture, let us see illustration game 2 : Tal - Petrosian. 1-0