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Boris Gelfand vs Viswanathan Anand
Biel Interzonal (1993), Biel SUI, rd 8, Jul-24
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran. Wade Variation (D47)  ·  1-0


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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Honza Cervenka: Black seems to be in big troubles after 17.Qa4. The pin of knight paralysed his development very efficiently. Anand tried to solve the problems by castling, but it had a little tactic hole. Gelfand's winning combination is not difficult, but very instructive. I like it.:-)
May-23-04  WMD: According to the BCM, Anand took the bishop (20...Kxh7) without hesitation. He presumably overlooked 23.g3. The alternative line 20...Kf8 21.Qa4 Rxd2 leaves Black a pawn down but with better defensive prospects.
May-23-04  WMD: In the following Linares (1994) Bareev preferred 17.Qxc5 against Kramnik and they played out a careful draw. Bareev vs Kramnik, 1994.
Jul-03-04  guyk: y (BLA) and not (ISR)
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  acirce: <guyk> Because he is from Belarus, he only moved to Israel some years ago (don't remember exactly when).
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  acirce: <The alternative line 20...Kf8 21.Qa4 Rxd2> and "Black's activity compensates for the pawn" according to Aagaard.
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  acirce: In his very nice and highly recommended game collection ("My Most Memorable Games") Gelfand also mentions 21..Bxg2! instead of the immediate 21..Rxd2?, actually it was Anand who pointed it out the next day: 22.Kxg2 Rxd2 and either

a) 23.Ra4 Rb4! (23..Qc6+ 24.Kh3! Qxa4 25.Rg1 winning) 24.Rxb4 Qxb4 25.Qxe6 Qxb2 or

b) 23.Qxe6 Rbxb2 (23..Rb6 24.Qe4+ Rg6+ 25.Kh1 ; 23..Qg5+ 24.Kh1 ) 24.Qe4+ Kg8 25.Kg1

In both cases, Gelfand estimates the chances of a White win and a draw as 50/50.

Gelfand confirms that Anand - as well as some other top players observing the game and thinking Gelfand was losing - had missed 23.g3!

Apr-09-07  slomarko: <acirce> why 23...Rb4 in your line? isn't 23...Qg5 Kh1 Qf5 better?
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  acirce: What, after <23.Ra4>? That would lose to 25.Rh4+.
May-25-11  somitra: Is this the last classical win for Gelfand over Anand ? Or is CG missing some games ?
Nov-12-11  talisman: yes and 93 was a long time ago...a win by anand will leave a long reign at the top for the history books.
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