Speelman's Agony: A clash of Sveshnikovs

by Jonathan Speelman
12/1/2019 – The Sicilian Sveshnikov is on tap for this penultimate column of 2019 as GM JON SPEELMAN tackles a pair of clashes from "clashkid". Pictured: Evgeny Sveshnikov by GFHund (CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons) | Send in your own games! Jon welcomes submissions from readers. If your games are selected for the Agony column, not only will you get free detailed commentary of your games by one of chess’s great authors and instructors, and former world no. 4 player, but you also win a free three-month ChessBase Premium Account!

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Agony & Ecstasy #111

This week's pair of games are by an Austrian teenager who goes under the name of "clashkid" on my stream. When I asked for games for here he kindly sent me these but wishes to stay anonymous saying:

I am a 17 year old player from Austria rated in the 1900s but the games were played in 2016 - back then I was rated around 1600. The first was against an FM which I lost pretty quickly. The second was a club game against my friend which I managed to win. I was Black in both games which were at a time control of  90+30.

Since they are against people I personally know and I'm not sure if they are OK with the games being published, I haven't included my and the opponents' names. 

Both are Sicilian Sveshnikovs, and we start with the horrible loss, admittedly against a much stronger player at a time when "clashkid" had a fairly rudimentary understanding of the opening

 

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The Shining Sveshnikov Sicilian

Always wanted to play like a World Champion? Search no further! With Magnus Carlsen using the Sveshnikov variation as his weapon of choice in the World Championship match against Fabiano Caruana, this DVD could not be better timed.

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Jonathan Speelman, born in 1956, studied mathematics but became a professional chess player in 1977. He was a member of the English Olympic team from 1980–2006 and three times British Champion. He played twice in Candidates Tournaments, reaching the semi-final in 1989. He twice seconded a World Championship challenger: Nigel Short and then Viswanathan Anand against Garry Kasparov in London 1993 and New York 1995.
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