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Boris Gelfand vs Pavel Eljanov
4th FIDE Grand Prix (2009), Nalchik RUS, rd 7, Apr-22
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Catalan Defense (A13)  ·  0-1


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Apr-22-09  messachess: Very nice game by Eljanov. Nice mating combination at the end. Congratulations!
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  Viewer Deluxe: Not only that but he created some amazing resources he didnít even use. Take a look
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Apr-24-09  blacksburg: ouch. that must have hurt.
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  notyetagm: 31 ... ?

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31 ... ♘e4xf2! <remove guard: g3>

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32 ♔g1x♘f2 ♕e5-g3+ <the point>

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  notyetagm: 34 ... ?

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34 ... ♖e8xe2! <pins: f1, remove guard: f3>

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Eljanov (Black) missed this *bone-crunching* move, 34 ... ♖e8xe2!, pointed out by RYBKA 3 AQUARIUM at

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  notyetagm: So Eljanov (Black) <REMOVED THE GUARD> of the g3-square with 31 ... ♘e4xf2!

31 ... ♘e4xf2! <remove guard: g3>

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but then overlooked <REMOVING THE GUARD> of the f3-square with 34 ... ♖e8xe2!.

34 ... ♖e8xe2! <remove guard: f3>

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So Eljanov missed playing a *superb* <DOUBLE REMOVAL OF THE GUARD> combination.

Jan-14-11  sfm: I was thinking "Why not 33.Kg1 ?" But -,Rxg4! answers that question.
May-31-12  hellopolgar: a world chess champion should NEVER lose a game like this, i am not talking about the final blow but he got completely outplayed from the beginning by a 2700 player. thus i am glad that gelfand lost against anand.
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  Jim Bartle: A candidate for the world chess champion should certainly never lose a game like this:

Kasparov vs Anand, 1992

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  Petrosianic: <a world chess champion should NEVER lose a game like this,>

We're making up rules out of thin air now. The fact is that sometimes they do, and worse than this. They just don't tend to get published as often as the masterpieces.

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  keypusher: The nice thing about silly posts like hellopolgar's is that they occasionally point the way to very interesting games. I didn't know about this one until now.
May-31-12  Shams: Remember when the phrase <2700 player> wasn't a pejorative? Me too. I think it was three hours ago.
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  ChessHigherCat: I can't believe Gelfand put his queen out of play like that with 31 Qxa7. For the past 5 or 6 moves Eljanov had been showing sovereign indifference to that dumb pawn and then when Gelfand actually stooped to taking it, he allowed the fatal attack immediately afterwards.
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