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Boris Gelfand vs Alexander Yuryevich (Nenashev) Graf
"The Pin is Mightier" (game of the day May-03-2012)
Plovdiv ch-EU tt (2003), rd 3
Queen's Gambit Declined: Barmen Variation (D37)  ·  1-0


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  xthred: Fireworks!
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  LoveThatJoker: Amazing game by GM Gelfand!

If 25...Bxb6 26. axb6 and White is in prime position to win.


May-03-12  reduxe: Now that's what I call chess!
May-03-12  sevenseaman: Rollicking game but the pun is vague. "The Pin is Mightier" than what?
May-03-12  Raern: The pin is mightier than (putting the rook to) the sword. The game is good, the pun is great.
May-03-12  basileios: "The pen is mightier than the sword."

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  Honza Cervenka: Lovely game.
May-03-12  ossipossi: pin pun pen!
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  kevin86: White gives up queen,regains her,then wins ahead the exchange.


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  goldenbear: This game reminded me of another great "pin" game... Korchnoi vs Svidler, 1997
May-03-12  ZeejDonnelly: Beautiful performance by Gelfand. A primer for the upcoming WCC, I hope.
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  Jimfromprovidence: Wow! Very nicely done. The game continuation most likely and also the simplest is 40...Kg5 41 Qxd5 Bxd5 42 b4.

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Black's king cannot help stop the b pawn, so black has to give up his last piece to halt the pawn's advance.

May-03-12  thalekkallan: gelfand will defeat anand.
gelfand anandine tholppikkyum
May-03-12  TimothyLucasJaeger: A fine display; its hard to pinpoint any single mistake by black. Rather, white took every opportunity and turned it into advantage. Is <7 ... Nb6> refuted by this game?
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