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Boris Gelfand vs Boris Kantsler
Israel (2001)
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Classical System Misc. Lines (E98)  ·  0-1


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Given 23 times; par: 29 [what's this?]

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May-14-06  hayton3: What a nice game - revealing a series of thunderbolts by Black so typical of the nasty tactical surprises that come bundled with the fearsome weapon that is the King Indian's Defence.
May-17-06  notyetagm: Yes, <hayton3>, this game won a Chess Informant Best Game Prize and is included in "The World's Greatest Chess Games".

30 ... ♘g2!! is wicked.

May-17-06  aw1988: It's a fine move, but it's not too difficult at all to find.
May-18-06  hayton3: <aw1988> You're right - it's not at all difficult to find this once you've been given the preceeding 5-6 moves. 30...Kg2 is the cherry on the cake. If you still think it's not difficult to find 5-6 moves out, I'll put up $2,000 to buy you a 2700 rating and then throw in $1,000,000 for your match against Topalov. As a bonus I'll toss in $5,000 for Kasparov's opening book - and I expect a return on my investment.
May-19-06  notyetagm: <hayton3> Yes, and hindsight is 20/20. I still remember the fool who said that Anand's ... ♘c7!! against Karjakin at Corus 2006 was obvious. Yes, once someone has shown you why it works! :-)

And in this game 23 ... ♗h3!! and 30 ... ♘g2!! were so outstanding that this game won a Chess Informant Best Game prize and was included in the 2nd edition of The World's Greatest Chess Games.

I do not think 2700+ rated Gelfand would have missed these incredible tactical ideas if they were "easy to see". That's not how you get a 2700 rating.

May-19-06  notyetagm: <hayton3: <aw1988> ... If you still think it's not difficult to find 5-6 moves out, I'll put up $2,000 to buy you a 2700 rating and then throw in $1,000,000 for your match against Topalov.>

You are too funny, Winston.

May-20-06  zev22407: What would be if white plays 28)h3 how can black attack?
May-20-06  abcpokerboy: <zev>, Nh4 followed by Qxh3 looks promising...
Jul-13-06  notyetagm: 30 ... ♘g2!! is one of the best examples I have ever seen of <INTERFERENCE>.

The Black g2-knight <BLOCKS> the line of life-giving force from the White e2-queen to the h2-mating focal point, creating the threat of 31 ... ♕xh2#.

Oct-03-06  THE pawn: reminescent of this game:

Korchnoi vs Kasparov, 1991

Oct-03-06  Starf1re: what's wrong with 35) q g2 -- are the passed pawns too strong?
Oct-04-06  NBZ: 35. Qg2 Nh2+ wins the errant queen
Jun-01-08  Xeroxx: I enjoyed this kings indian.
Aug-13-14  Xeroxx: Absolutely.
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  plang: 20..b6 21 Nb7 would have led to an unclear position (21..Nxb7?! 22 axb..Rxb7 23 Nxa7). White got into trouble after 24 gxh?; better was 24 hxg..Bxg2 25 Kxg2..Rxg3+ 26 Kf2..Bh4 with unclear consequences. 25 Kg2?..Ng6 would have played into Black's plans. 28 Rfc1..Nh4 29 Qf1..Nxf3+ 30 Qxf3..Qh3 would have been winning for Black.
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