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Boris Gelfand vs Garry Kasparov
Novgorod (1997), Novgorod RUS, rd 6, Jun-17
Queen's Indian Defense: Petrosian Variation (E12)  ·  0-1


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  plang: A great example of Kasparov's opening preparation. 4..c5 does not have a good reputation and is rarely played. Kasparov put a lot of work into it used it to win this very nice game (voted 6th best game in Informant #70) and then never played the variation again; Similar to his use of Evans Gambit in 1995. 13 h3 does not work out well, 13 Bf4 was suggested by Stohl. 14..Qc8 was the move Kasparov had prepared as a theoretical improvement. 21 Bh2 also does not work out well; Stohl recommended 21 Re4. 23 Rab1 is an oversight; 23 Ne4 would have been better. 23..Bc3 was a very clever move with the idea of maintaining the knight on e4. Still, Kasparov felt that playing tactically with 23..Rb2 was stronger. 27..f4 is a cool move; burying the white bishop on h2 (if 28 Bf4?..Qf5). 29 Re4? was the losing move. After either 29 Re5 or 29 h4 the game would have remained very complicated. Gelfand's 37 Qf7 set the simple trap (37..Ne3?? 38 Bf4). Kasparov still could have gone wrong with 39..Ng2+ when 40 Kf2 would have left him in a lot of trouble. After 39..Qh4+ white loses both bishops.
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  perfidious: This match-up is another example of why Kasparov held the top spot for so long- by any standard, Gelfand is a great player, but couldn't win a single game from him.
Mar-29-08  notyetagm: Black to play: 37 ... ?

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Gelfand (White) has just played 37 ♕a7-f7, setting a simple trap that Kasparov (Black) saw right through. Black would like to play 37 ... ♘f5-e3??, <REINFORCING THE PIN> on the White g2-bishop to the White g1-king by the Black g5-queen and threatening the <SNAP MATE> ... ♕g5x♗g2#.

<plang: ... Gelfand's 37 Qf7 set the simple trap (37..Ne3?? 38 Bf4).>

But the point of Gelfand's trap is that 37 ... ♘f5-e3?? is a -horrible- blunder, as the Black f5-knight is -newly- <PINNED> by the White f7-queen to the <LOOSE> f4-pinning square of the White h2-bishop. Hence 37 ... ♘f5-e3?? runs into the <PIN> 38 ♗h2xf4+ and Black can resign.

(VAR) Position after 37 ... ♘f5-e3?? 38 ♗h2xf4

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In this variation notice how the <PIN> of the Black g5-queen to the Black h6-king by the White f4-bishop prevents the <SNAP MATE> 38 ... ♕g5x♗g2#.

Oct-28-08  Xeroxx: transposes into a benoni.
Feb-24-15  Everett: I think 37... would make a very nice puzzle...
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