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Boris Gelfand vs Vladimir Kramnik
"Gel Nails" (game of the day Apr-30-2012)
Gelfand - Kramnik Candidates Semifinal (1994), Sanghi Nagar IND, rd 4, Jul-29
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  1-0


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Dec-11-07  Nezhmetdinov: this is the best I have seen Gelfand play - when white's queen moved over to the kingside it becomes clear that black's counterplay, based on a policy of harrassing white's advanced knight, is illusory.
Dec-11-07  GlassCow: Indeed. A fantastically conducted attack by Gelfand, beginning with the bishop sac on h7 and ending with the coordination of heavy pieces to form a nice mating net.
Jan-15-08  Everett: Gelfand must have been reading his Smyslov. Very reminiscent of Smyslov-Ribli '84

Apr-30-12  LoveThatJoker: GG by Gelfand!


Apr-30-12  rilkefan: Unless it's deja vu all over again, I think many of the recent Anand games (and even going back some of the late-week POTD) have been about the strength of Q+R against displaced king.
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  Check It Out: The finishing mates would be:

42...Ka8 43.Rh8+ eat the rook and queen then mate. Nom!


42...Kc8 43.Rh8+ Kd7 44.Rd8#

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  Check It Out: Even though the opening would I suppose be considered somewhat boring, I went through it very slowly visualizing which squares were controlled (particularly d4,e4,d5,e5) and found it interesting.

9.c5 sets up a queenside pawn majority and a strong if complicated queenside attack. Moving the knight to c7 looked risky when it was played.

I suppose black had to play 18...e5 to break open the center else white could perhaps shift the attack over to the kingside with a powerful grip on the e5 square. Not sure about that, but black's move is committal and loses the pawn, so Kramnik obviously felt something drastic was necessary.

36.e6 and 37.e7 look powerful and maybe Gelfand saw them as the convincing blows when contemplating whether to play 30.Bxh7+.

40.Qa5 looks important to wrap up the attack. Did Gelfy see it when he played 30.Bxh7+??

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  HeMateMe: The combo begins on move 30, perhaps conceived before that. A forced win 12 moves later.

This is the guy that has no chance against Anand?

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  profK: I might not be too relevant these days but here we have an elderly 26 year old tussling with younger 21 year old....The more I look at Boris' games they have a flowing positional style that belongs to the 40s and 50s, but so what !!
Apr-30-12  goodevans: From yesterday's GOTD, Anand vs Morozevich, 2007

<goodevans: With less than a fortnight to go before the WC match, gives us a reminder of how good the current champion can be with sparkling wins in both today's puzzle and today's GOTD.

Will we be seeing similar from his challenger over the next few days?>

No signs of bias here then!

Apr-30-12  Pensive: Saw this position in a Soltis book; "Wisest things ever said about chess"

According to Soltis, 33.♕h7+ is a mistake:
33.♕h7+ ♔f8 34.♕h8+ ♔e7 35.♕xg7 < ♕f4! 36.♖f3 ♕xf3! 37.gxf3 ♖g8>

Apparently, restricting the king would have been better than chasing it: 33.♕h5! ♔f8 34.♕g5! ♔g8 35.♖g3 g6 36.♖h3

Apr-30-12  lemaire90: Wow, very nice game !
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  kevin86: Black will be mated very quickly.
Apr-30-12  waustad: I guess with the match coming up I'll need to look at more Gelfand games. This was a nice king hunt, so maybe this inquiry will produce more interest than some of the boring draws I remember. Draws aren't all boring, but there are times when all of the life seems to be sucked out of a game.
Apr-30-12  scormus: Great game! CG could find some good puzzles from ones like that. In this one it was the Impaler who got nailed!
Apr-30-12  screwdriver: I love the attack by
Boris Gelfand. If Gelfand has improved since 1994, we may see a new chess world champion this year.
Apr-30-12  Lil Swine: itll be nice if he uses this in the match
Apr-30-12  DWINS: Can someone please explain the pun?
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  TheFocus: Gel(fand) nails down the win.

Women get gel nails at the nail salon.

Apr-30-12  DWINS: Thanks <TheFocus>. I was thinking along similar lines, but it's such a weak pun that I thought maybe I was missing something. Oh well, they all can't be good.
May-01-12  Shams: We never would have got the pedicure humor were it not for <TheFocus>' return.
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  TheFocus: It comes from having girlfriends who like spending my money on fancy nails and hairdos.
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  TheFocus: If they don't keep pretty, I'll focus my attention elsewhere.
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