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Peter Svidler was unable to make any impression on Viswanathan Anand in the final round at Madrid, so had to settle for a draw and second place. With all five last-round games drawn, the placings remained unaltered from the previous day. Final scores: Anand 61/2; Svidler 51/2; San Segundo and Leko 5; Adams, Krasenkov and Illescas 41/2; Yermolinsky 4; Belyavsky 3; Granda Zuniga 21/2.

While Anand never looked in any real trouble, Svidler notched up his points in a more hair-raising style. The following game against Granda Zuniga is a typical example of his rather loose steering.

Black's 15...Bxc3 is a good idea in this type of position. With white pawns stuck on f4 and c3, his black-squared bishop is stifled. While White had trouble finding a plan, Svidler improved his position by trotting his knights slowly into attacking positions. White seemed to be desperately holding things together but joined in the game again with 36.Bd4+! The resulting melee left White with two rooks for a queen in an unclear position, but 53.Re6? was a bad blunder. After 53.Reg5 White is still fighting.

White: Julio Granda Zuniga

Black: Peter Svidler

Madrid 1998

King's Indian Defence

1 Nf3 Nf6 29 Qf2 Nf3

2 c4 g6 30 Bxf3 exf3

3 Nc3 Bg7 31 Qxf3 Bg4

4 e4 d6 32 Qf2 Rfe8

5 d4 0-0 33 Re1 Bd7

6 Be2 e5 34 Qg1 Ng4

7 d5 Na6 35 Nf1 Qh3

8 Nd2 Bd7 36 Bd4+ cxd4

9 0-0 Ne8 37 Qxd4+ Re5

10 a3 c5 38 fxe5 dxe5

11 Kh1 f5 39 Qd2 Rf8

12 exf5 gxf5 40 Kg1 Rf2

13 f4 e4 41 Qxf2 Nxf2

14 g4 Nac7 42 Kxf2 Qh4+

15 gxf5 Bxc3 43 Rg3 Qxc4

16 bxc3 Bxf5 44 Ne3 Qa2+

17 Rg1+ Kh8 45 Kg1 Qxa3

18 Nf1 Qf6 46 Rf1 Qe7

19 Ng3 Ng7 47 Nc4 h5

20 Rb1 b6 48 Rf2 Kh7

21 Be3 Rae8 49 Rgf3 Be8

22 Qe1 Re7 50 Rf5 Qg7+

23 Rb2 Qh6 51 Rg2 Qc7

24 Bd1 Nce8 52 Rxe5 Bg6

25 Rbg2 Nf6 53 Re6 Bf7

26 Nf1 Bh3 54 Rf6 Bxd5

27 Rg5 Nf5 White resigned

28 Ng3 Nh4

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