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Boris Gelfand vs Sergey Karjakin
World Cup (2009), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 6, Dec-06
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45)  ·  1-0


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Dec-07-09  13stitches: So this win sends Karjakin packing and Gelfand to the finals. Mr. Boris still has it,eh.
Dec-07-09  drummer61: Boris sweeps 2-0. Impressive and shows why he is the #1 seed.
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  luzhin: Yes, 16...h6 was asking for it: Karjakin had to try 16...Nf8
Dec-07-09  zanshin: <luzhin: Yes, 16...h6 was asking for it: Karjakin had to try 16...Nf8>

What a game by Gelfand! Engine analysis supports the belief that Gelfand's play was very sound in this critical position and that Karjakin's 16...h6? was indeed 'asking for it' ;-)

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Dec-07-09  ROO.BOOKAROO: A very beautiful game, more exciting than many games of the day, at least to me. I would have been interested in seeing the potential continuation leading to an explicit win. I would guess 34...Rg6, and then 35. R8d6
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  bumpmobile: < ROO.BOOKAROO: A very beautiful game, more exciting than many games of the day, at least to me. I would have been interested in seeing the potential continuation leading to an explicit win. I would guess 34...Rg6, and then 35. R8d6> Wouldn't 35. h5 just win the rook outright?
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  YouRang: A great attack by Gelfand (white). I would start with 16...h6, attacking white's knight [diagram]

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White could just retreat the knight to h3 (not 17.Nf3? Bxc3 18.Bxc3 e4 forks B+N), which leaves him down a pawn with a knight on the rim.

But no! white goes on offense with <17.Nxb5! axb5> getting back the pawn, opening up the c-file, and uncovering an attack on black's DSB. <18.Bh7+ Kf8> (any other move loses quickly, e.g. 18...Nxh7 19.Qxh7 Kf8 20.Bxb4+ ) <19.Bxb4+ c5 20.dxc5> getting the piece back, going up a pawn, and threatening c6+ while B+N) <21.Be4!> [diagram]

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<21...Nb8> probably best (note: if 21...hxg5? then 22.Bxc6 Qxc6 23.Rd6 Qc7 24.c6 attacking N with discovered check threat; better is 21...Nxe4 22.Nxe4, but then white is up a pawn with a strong position).

Now, <22.Nh7+ Nxh7 23.Bxh7 g6> which seems to trap white's LSB [diagram]

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But white's "trapped" LSB is sort of a trojan horse, which becomes apparent after <24.Rd6!> threatening to destroy the defense around black's king while black's pieces are tied up on the kingside. The white queen and Rd6 will then be in position to finish off black.

<24...Re7> which is probably best, getting the rook ready to defend on the 7th rank. Notice that going after the bishop with 24...Kg7? is ill-advised: 25.Bxg6! fxg6 26.Qxg6+ Kh8 27.Qh5 (threat: Rxh6+ wins).

White threatens more k-side pressure with <25.h4>. Black still has no time for Kg7, and 25.h5 would free white's LSB. So black prevents it with <25...h4>. But white now hits with the bishop sac: <26.Bxg7 fxg6 27.Qxg6> with deadly attack on the king position.

White is totally winning at this point, but black apparenly didn't see the immediate king threat, and went with <27...Rxa2? 28.Rcd1!> threatening the deadly Rf6+ Rf7 and Rd8+!

White finished it off easily: <28...Rf7 29.Qh6+ Rg7 30.Qf6+ 31.Kg8 Rd8+ 32.Qf5+ Rg6 33.Qxh5+ Rh6 34.Qf5+> if 34...Rg6 then 35.h5 , or if 34...Kg7 35.Qf8+ Kg6 36.R1d6+ .

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  tpstar: Off with your head (1. d4 Nf6), dance 'til you're dead (2. c4 e6)/Heads will roll (3. Nf3 d5), heads will roll (4. Nc3 c6)/Heads will roll (5. e3 Nbd7) on the floor (6. Qc2 Bd6)/Glitter on the west streets (7. Bd3 0-0), silver over everything (8. 0-0 dxc4)/The river's all wet (9. Bxc4 b5), you're all chrome (10. Be2 Bb7)/Dripping with alchemy (11. Rd1 Qc7), shiver stop shivering (12. Bd2)/The glitter's all wet [last book move], you're all chrome (12 ... e5)/The men cry out (13. Rac1 a6), the girls cry out (14. b4 Rfe8)/The men cry out (15. Bd3 Bxb4), the girls cry out (16. Ng5 h6)/The men cry out [16 ... Bd6!? 17. Bxh7+ Kf8 ], oh no (17. Nxb5 axb5)/The men cry out [17 ... cxb5 18. Bh7+], the girls cry out (18. Bh7+ Kf8)/The men cry out (19. Bxb4+ c5), the girls cry out (20. dxc5 Bc6)/The men cry out (21. Be4 Nb8), oh no [21 ... Kg8 22. Bxc6 Qxc6 23. Rd6 ]/Off off with your head (22. Nh7+ Nxh7), dance dance 'til you're dead (23. Bxh7 g6)/Heads will roll [23 ... Ra4!? 24. a3 Na6 ], heads will roll (24. Rd6 Re7)/Heads will roll (25. h4) on the floor [25. f4 ]/You can last (25 ... h5??), take the past [25 ... Qc8 26. f3 Be8 ]/Shut your eyes (26. Bxg6 fxg6), realize [ ]/You can last (27. Qxg6 Rxa2), take the past [27 ... Rg7 28. Qf6+ Kg8 29. Rd8+ ]/Shut your eyes (28. Rcd1 Rf7), realize [28 ... Ra1 is the last straw 29. Rxa1 Rg7 30. Qf5+ Kg8 ]/Glitter on the west streets (29. Qh6+ Rg7), silver over everything (30. Qf6+ Kg8)/The glitter's all wet [30. Rg6 Rd2 31. Qh8+ ], you're all chrome (31. Rd8+ Kh7), you're all chrome (32. Qf5+ Rg6)/Off off off with your head (33. Qxh5+ Rh6), dance dance dance 'til you're dead (34. Qf5+ 1-0) - Yeah Yeah Yeahs + Fritz 7, "Heads Will Roll"
Dec-07-09  Albertan: I have analyzed this game using my chess resources and the program Deep Rybka 3.Drop by my blog and play through the game analysis,using Chessviewer Deluxe, by visiting:
Dec-08-09  ozmikey: <Albertan> I notice your engine gives 25...h5 as a blunder, but it's hard to see what else Black can do - 25...Kg7 26. Rxg6+ loses immediately, and if White is allowed to get in h5 then Black is simply dead lost. 25...Na6 perhaps?

In any event, a very impressive game from Gelfand.

Dec-08-09  shintaro go: I really don't like giving up the Black d pawn in any scenario.
Dec-08-09  stukkenjager: Nice game Boris, but 25.h4 seems a bit slow, why not 25.Bxg6

25.Bxg6 fxg6 26.Qxg6 Rg7 27.Qxh6 Qe7

(27...Kg8 28.Qe6+ Kh7 29.e4!)

28.Qh8+ Kf7 29.g3 looks ok to me.

Dec-08-09  Augalv: Commentary at:
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  YouRang: <stukkenjager: Nice game Boris, but 25.h4 seems a bit slow, why not 25.Bxg6>

I think it's true that he could have played Bxg6 immediately at move 25. Being that he played it on the next move, I presume that Bxg6 was a move he was considering, but had not fully calculated it out.

So he went with 25.h4, which is also a strong move. Strong enough that it really didn't give black time to deal with the threat of 26.Bxg6. Apparently, during the intervening time, Gelfand realized that the bishop sac worked.

The point is that he may have missed the 'best' move on move 25, but it was only 'not best' in the sense that it was slightly slower -- it was just as winning.

Dec-08-09  computer chess guy: 21. ♗e4! is very nice. Engines I've tried like 21. ♘xf7 for quite a while, but it appears ♗e4 is better.
Feb-12-10  notyetagm: Schach 64 Test und Training:

<In Schach Magazin 64, Februar 2010, nimmt Gro▀meister King die Partie Boris Gelfand (2758) gegen Sergej Karjakin (2723) unter die Lupe: >

Feb-12-10  notyetagm: Game Collection: Gelfand's Best Games Featured in GM Danny King's column in Schach, 64 February 2010
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