Going into this round Fed was the sole leader with seven points. Svidler was one point behind and his buddy Vitiugov even had a chance to take the lead if he beats Dubov and Svidler wins. So basically Svidler had every reason to play a complicated game. The only problem is that this is incompatible with his free-roll style. Playing unclear positions where he doesn’t have a forced draw in his back-pocket is simply not part of his repertoire. Obviously that’s only half of the story, because the Fed self-destructs in this game for absolutely no reason. Svidler didn’t win the game, Fedoseev lost it. Maybe losing in rounds 6 and 7 had something to do with this.
Play it safe!