Tal Memorial, Round 3, 7.11.09
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 Svidler is a well known expert in Gruenfeld Opening. 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Bd2 It seems that nowadays top layer prefer to avoid the main line of Gruenfeld Defense. The 5.Bd2 is a rather off beat system. White’s idea is to capture at c3 with his bishop after black play Nxc3 5…Bg7 6. e4 Nb6 However black’s is not force to take at c3. After 6…Nxc3 7.Bxc3 black bishop on g7 is neutralised! 7. Be3 Now there is no more Bc3 option, white bishop move to a more decent square and protect his d4 pawn. 7…O-O 8. h3 White prevent Bg4 8…e5 8…f5 is another strong option 9. Nf3 exd4 10. Bxd4 Bxd4 11. Qxd4 Qe7 12. Qe3 Nc6 13. Bb5 Nb4 14. Rc1 Be6 15. b3 a6 16. Be2 Nc6
17. O-O f6 18. Rfe1 Rad8 19. Bf1 Bf7 20. Nh2 Be6 21. f4 Nd4 22. f5 Bf7 23. Ng4
gxf5 24. Nh6+ Kh8 25. Qf2 fxe4 26. Rxe4 Qd6 ??