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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Boris Gelfand
"The Rushin' Game" (game of the day Jun-10-2011)
Pivdenny Bank Chess Cup (2008) (rapid), Odessa UKR, rd 14, Jun-01
Russian Game: Nimzowitsch Attack (C42)  ·  1-0


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Jun-01-08  percyblakeney: Gelfand just needed a draw in the last round to be sole winner, but stumbled into a mate before the 20th move.
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  luzhin: Serves him right for playing the Petroff.
Jun-02-08  shr0pshire: Wonderful sacrifice! It's amazing Ponomariov could be given such a line from Gelfand a petroff expert. And I remember when Gelfand was playing in the world championships he used the petroff as the basis for defense against 1. e4. Ouch!
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  whiteshark: I wonder why he didn't follow Anand vs Gelfand, 2007 with <11...Bf6> ?
Jul-05-08  refutor: harsh treatment of the Petroff
Jul-12-08  ToTheDeath: Wiped off the board!! Great game!!
Oct-20-08  Nouvelle: wow thatīs a hell of a game. I didnīt even see it coming a few moves before the mate.
Jun-10-11  panzerkampf: What if 15..fxg6?
Jun-10-11  paire: Wow. This is amazing chess. Anybody know the details of the tournament?
Jun-10-11  Magic Castle: <panzerkampf: What if 15..fxg6?>

Simply 16. Qe2. The pawn at h6 gives white a tremendous advantage.

Jun-10-11  abuzic: 15...fxg6? 16. Qd5+ Kf8 17. Qd4 (16...Kf8 17. Bd4+ and mate follows) Kf7 18. Qg7+ Ke5 19. Rde1....
Jun-10-11  sevenseaman: Pono knew where he was going, not Boris though!
Jun-10-11  Oceanlake: Black should avoid cramping moves and prepare to castle on the same side as white. This suggests Nc6 rather than Be7.
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  Check It Out: Whoa! Gelfand miniaturized in a Petroff no less!
Jun-10-11  Jamboree: 14. ... Bxe2?? and 15. ... Bxd1?? are beyond bad - -probably the worst two moves Gelfand has ever made. It's like walking face first into an airplane propeller. Insta-mate.

What would have happened if Gelfand had instead tried the obvious 14. ... dxe5. I mean, isn't the whole point of the strange move 12. ... Qc8 to protect the bishop on g4 if there's a knight exchange?

After 14. ... dxe5, Does white have anything, attack-wise, or has black managed to equalize?

Jun-10-11  ossipossi: <Oceanlake> right, odd castling gives white tremendous advantage.
Jun-10-11  abuzic: <Jamboree After 14. ... dxe5, Does white have anything, attack-wise, or has black managed to equalize?> 14...dxe5 15. Bxg4 Qxg4 16. Qd5 and it looks that white is much better, and the structure of the black pawns is vulnerable.
Jun-10-11  Sem: 16. Qd4 - what a beauty!
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  piltdown man: I knew that pawn would cause trouble.
Jun-10-11  Abdooss: Gelfand beats Ponomariov in 21 moves >>
Gelfand vs Ponomariov, 2009
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  Garech: Ponomariov makes it look to simple! Can anyone confirm if this was a blitz game? I hope so, for Gelfand's sake.


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  kevin86: Quick question:When did the Petroff become the Petrov?

Clearly a speed game is played and white comes in quickly with the attack. Black's defense couldn't be up to speed.

Jun-10-11  hedgeh0g: <kevin86> I always wondered why people called it the <Petroff> instead of the <Petrov>...
Jun-10-11  scormus: Good pun, shame about the Bplay
Jun-10-11  t4ngl3: It is called Petr-on, in case it is played right. If it is played like this... well... Petr-off.
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