Excelsior on the Board

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Peter Svidler on his win over Ruslan Ponomariov

Peter Svilder defeated Ruslan Ponomariov in the 5th round of the European Club Cup held in Eilat, while the St. Petersburg team is the only one team at the moment which hasn't lost any match yet.

The winner who played on Board 1 shared some thoughts on the game with our website. 

European Club Cup 2012, Round 5

English Opening
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 Bb4 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 Bxc3 7.bxc3 Re8

Svidler: "I always wondered why 8.Ne1 wasn't played any more. Well, it's clear that was because of 8...d5but it seemed to me that you can get an interestingly unusual position here, so today I have eventually decided to check what people think about that. 

9.cxd5 Nxd5 10.Qc2 Bg4
Ruslan chose a very natural reaction: he forces 11.f3, then he plays 11...Be6 12.e4 Nb6 13.d3 Qd7

14.f4 f5. Now if White find anything, Black may stand just a bit better. However, there's an important move 15.g4 after which a strange position appears. Maybe he could beat this pawn, of course not everyone would do so - 15...fxg4 16.f5 Bf7... and it's also clear that strategically I have a huge compensation in that position. 

Ruslan chose: 15...fxe4 16.f5 Bf7 17.Bxe4 Nd5 18.g5 g6 Here we got a strange position again, I wanted to keep it tense but perhaps I made a very inaccurate move 19.Ng2. I was thinking it would be advantageous for me to force him to play 19...Nce7 and to play 20.f6 with some tempo, only after that; however, he moved his knight to a brilliant square -  20...Nf5. So it's most likely that I had to play 19.f6 immediately in order to keep the knight on c6, where it would be isolated.

The position stays unclear. I made a terrible move 21.Rb1 - lost tempo and after 21...c5 it's unclear who stands better. 

Then we both had time trouble in an intensively complex position where you had millions of opportunities after each move. I was lucky: I played a bit more accurately. 22.Rf2 Nd6 23.Bf3 c4 24.dxc4 Nxc4 25.Qd3 e4 26.Bxe4 Ne5 27.Qg3 Rac8 28.Bd2 Qg4 29.Qxg4 Nxg4 30.Re2 Nxc3 31.Bxc3 Rxc3 32.Rxb7

Even here the position still could be quite unclear if he hasn't played 32...h6. Let's say he plays 32...Rc1+ 33.Ne1 and 33...Kf8 threatening  Bc4. It's hard to imagine that I don't stand better, but the position is very concrete, I should solve concrete problems.

And after 32...h6 33.h3 I just didn't see how to defend. 33...Rxh3 34.Bd5 Rxe2 35.Bxf7+ Kf8 36.Bxg6 Re8 37.Rf7+ Kg8 38.Rg7+

It's a pity he played  38...Kh8, instead of 38...Kf8, because in that case I would play 39.Rg8+ Kxg8 and you have an excelsior: 40.f7+ and 41.fxe8. It's not that usual to be able to demonstrate excelsior on a board..."

39.Rh7+ 1-0

In another decisive game of this match Nikita Vitiugov took an upper hand on Viorel Bologan.
Watch all games of the match:

[Event "28th European Club Cup"] [Site "Eilat ISR"] [Date "2012.10.15"] [Round "5"] [White "Svidler,P"] [Black "Ponomariov,R"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2747"] [BlackElo "2735"] [EventDate "2012.10.11"] [ECO "A29"] 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e5 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 Bb4 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O Bxc3 7. bxc3 Re8 8. Ne1 d5 9. cxd5 Nxd5 10. Qc2 Bg4 11. f3 Be6 12. e4 Nb6 13. d3 Qd7 14. f4 f5 15. g4 fxe4 16. f5 Bf7 17. Bxe4 Nd5 18. g5 g6 19. Ng2 Nce7 20. f6 Nf5 21. Rb1 c5 22. Rf2 Nd6 23. Bf3 c4 24. dxc4 Nxc4 25. Qd3 e4 26. Bxe4 Ne5 27. Qg3 Rac8 28. Bd2 Qg4 29. Qxg4 Nxg4 30. Re2 Nxc3 31. Bxc3 Rxc3 32. Rxb7 h6 33. h3 Rxh3 34. Bd5 Rxe2 35. Bxf7+ Kf8 36. Bxg6 Re8 37. Rf7+ Kg8 38. Rg7+ Kh8 39. Rh7+ 1-0 [Event "28th European Club Cup"] [Site "Eilat ISR"] [Date "2012.10.15"] [Round "5"] [White "Areshchenko,A"] [Black "Dominguez Perez,L"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2710"] [BlackElo "2734"] [EventDate "2012.10.11"] [ECO "B90"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bc4 e6 7. a4 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. Be3 Nc6 10. Kh1 Bd7 11. Qe2 Rc8 12. Bb3 Na5 13. Ba2 Qc7 14. Rad1 Nc4 15. Bc1 Rfd8 16. f4 Be8 17. Rd3 Qb6 18. b3 Na5 19. Bb2 Nc6 20. Nxc6 Bxc6 21. Rg3 Qb4 22. Nd5 exd5 23. exd5 Re8 24. dxc6 bxc6 25. Qxa6 d5 26. Qd3 Bd8 27. Be5 g6 28. Qa6 Be7 29. f5 Ne4 30. Rgf3 Bc5 31. fxg6 fxg6 32. h3 Bd6 33. c3 Qa3 34. Bxd6 Nxd6 35. Bb1 Qxb3 36. Qa7 Qb7 37. Qc5 Qe7 38. a5 Ne4 39. Qd4 Qc5 40. Qxc5 Nxc5 41. h4 Ne4 42. Bxe4 dxe4 43. Re3 Ra8 44. Ra1 Ra6 45. Ra4 Re5 46. Raxe4 Rxe4 47. Rxe4 Rxa5 48. Kh2 Rc5 49. c4 Kf7 50. g4 h6 51. Kg3 Kf6 52. Kf4 g5+ 53. hxg5+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "28th European Club Cup"] [Site "Eilat ISR"] [Date "2012.10.15"] [Round "5"] [White "Vitiugov,N"] [Black "Bologan,V"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2691"] [BlackElo "2695"] [EventDate "2012.10.11"] [ECO "E32"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 b6 7. Bg5 Bb7 8. e3 d6 9. Ne2 Nbd7 10. Qc2 c5 11. Rd1 Qe7 12. Nc3 cxd4 13. Rxd4 h6 14. Bh4 Rfd8 15. f3 d5 16. cxd5 exd5 17. Bf2 Nc5 18. Be2 Ne6 19. Rd2 a6 20. O-O b5 21. Rfd1 Rac8 22. Qb1 Nc5 23. Bf1 Nb3 24. Rc2 Na5 25. Ne2 Rxc2 26. Qxc2 Rc8 27. Qb1 Nc4 28. Nd4 Qe5 29. Rd3 Nd7 30. Rc3 Re8 31. Qc1 Nf8 32. b3 Nb6 33. Bg3 Qf6 34. Rc7 Ba8 35. Ra7 Rc8 36. Rc7 Re8 37. Ra7 Rc8 38. Qd2 Nbd7 39. Qa5 Rc1 40. Rxa8 Qg6 41. e4 dxe4 42. Qd2 Ra1 43. Nc2 Rxf1+ 44. Kxf1 Qc6 45. Rd8 exf3 46. gxf3 Qxf3+ 47. Kg1 Qc6 48. Ne3 Qb6 49. Qxd7 Qxe3+ 50. Bf2 Qc1+ 51. Kg2 Qxa3 52. Qd6 1-0 [Event "28th European Club Cup"] [Site "Eilat ISR"] [Date "2012.10.15"] [Round "5"] [White "Kurnosov,I"] [Black "Movsesian,S"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2660"] [BlackElo "2699"] [EventDate "2012.10.11"] [ECO "C65"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 O-O 6. O-O Re8 7. Nbd2 a6 8. Ba4 b5 9. Bc2 h6 10. Re1 d5 11. exd5 Nxd5 12. Ne4 Bf8 13. a4 Be6 14. axb5 axb5 15. Rxa8 Qxa8 16. Ng3 Nf6 17. Bd2 Bd5 18. Ne4 Nxe4 19. dxe4 Bc4 20. Bb3 Na5 21. Bxc4 Nxc4 22. b3 Nd6 23. Qc2 c5 24. c4 bxc4 25. bxc4 Qa6 26. Rc1 Qc6 27. Re1 Qa6 28. Rc1 Qc6 29. Re1 1/2-1/2 [Event "28th European Club Cup"] [Site "Eilat ISR"] [Date "2012.10.15"] [Round "5"] [White "Efimenko,Z"] [Black "Motylev,A"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2689"] [BlackElo "2655"] [EventDate "2012.10.11"] [ECO "B18"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. Nh3 Nd7 7. Bc4 e6 8. O-O Ngf6 9. f4 Nb6 10. Bb3 Qd7 11. c3 Bd6 12. Qf3 Qc7 13. Kh1 O-O 14. f5 exf5 15. Nxf5 Bxh2 16. Nxg7 Ne4 17. Nh5 Rae8 18. N3f4 Bxf4 19. Nxf4 Nd5 20. Kg1 Qd8 21. Nxd5 cxd5 22. Bh6 Re6 23. Bxf8 Kxf8 24. Qf4 Kg7 25. Rae1 b5 26. Bd1 h5 27. Qh2 Qg5 28. Rf4 Ng3 29. Ref1 Re4 30. R4f3 h4 31. Qh3 Bh5 32. Rxg3 hxg3 33. Qxh5 Qe3+ 34. Kh1 f5 35. Bf3 Qf2 36. Qg5+ Kh8 37. Qf6+ Kg8 38. Qg6+ Kh8 39. Qh6+ Kg8 40. Qg5+ Kh8 41. Qf6+ Kg8 42. Qg6+ Kh8 43. Qh6+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "28th European Club Cup"] [Site "Eilat ISR"] [Date "2012.10.15"] [Round "5"] [White "Khismatullin,D"] [Black "Zvjaginsev,V"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2638"] [BlackElo "2678"] [EventDate "2012.10.11"] [ECO "E06"] 1. c4 e6 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Be7 5. d4 O-O 6. O-O c5 7. cxd5 exd5 8. Nc3 Be6 9. Be3 cxd4 10. Nxd4 Nc6 11. Qa4 Qd7 12. Rad1 Bh3 13. Rd2 Bb4 14. Rc2 Bxc3 15. Rxc3 Nxd4 16. Qxd4 Bxg2 17. Kxg2 Rfe8 18. Rfc1 Ng4 19. h3 Re4 20. Qd2 Nxe3+ 21. Rxe3 Qe6 22. Rc7 d4 23. Rf3 Rf8 24. Rxb7 Qxa2 25. Qd3 Qe6 26. Rxa7 h6 27. b4 Rxe2 28. Qxd4 Re4 29. Qc3 Qd5 30. Qb3 Qxb3 31. Rxb3 Rb8 32. Rf3 f6 33. Rd3 Kh7 34. Rdd7 Rg8 35. Rab7 h5 36. h4 Kg6 37. b5 Rb4 38. Kf3 Kf5 39. Rd5+ Kg6 40. Kg2 Rb2 41. Rdd7 Kf5 42. Rd4 Kg6 43. Rf4 Kh6 44. g4 hxg4 45. Rxg4 Kh5 46. Rf4 Kh6 47. Kg3 Rc8 48. b6 Rc6 49. Rg4 g6 50. Rf4 1/2-1/2 

Table, schedule, results, all games and other materials regarding the tournament
Round 6 will be held tomorrow at 17.00 MSK Time.

P.S. Sam Loyd's excelsior

The chess problem is named after the poem "Excelsior" by Henry Wadsworth Longfello. According to the legend one of the Loyd's mates always had a friend who was willing to wager that he could always find the piece which delivered the principal mate of a chess problem. Loyd composed this problem as a joke and bet his friend dinner that he could not pick a piece that didn't give mate in the main line (his friend immediately identified the pawn on b2 as being the least likely to deliver mate), and when the problem was published it was with the stipulation that white mates with "the least likely piece or pawn."

1.b4! Threatening 2.Rf5 any 3.Rf1# or 2.Rd5 any 3.Rd1# (with possible prolonging of both by 2...Rc5 3.bxc5 any 4.R mates). White cannot begin with 1. Rf5 because Black's 1.... Rc5 would pin the rook.
Now there are multiple possible half-defences defending only one of threats and one secondary non-thematical defence:1...Rxc2 2.Nxc2! a2 3.Rd5 (or Rf5) a1Q 4.Nxa1 any 5.R mates.
1…Лc5+ 2.bc!  Threatening 3.Rb1#.
2…a2 3.c6! Again with the same threats as on move one, i.e. 4.Rf5 any 5.Rf1# or 4.Rd5 any 5.Rd1#.
3…Сc7 Because both Rd5 and Rf5 are threatened; the alternative moves 3.... Bf6 and 3.... Bg5 would only defend against one or the other, i.e. they would half-defend. The given move does defend against Rd5 in the sense that 4.Rd5 Bxg3 5.Rd1+ Be1 6. Rdxe1# takes more than the required five moves, and similarly for 4.Rf5 Bf4.

4.cb any 5.bxa8=Q/B#The mate is delivered with the pawn which starts on b2.



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