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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Boris Gelfand
"Don't Cha Wish Your Gelfand..." (game of the day Sep-11-2011)
World Championship Candidates (2011), Kazan RUS, rd 1, May-07
Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Flank Variation (B87)  ·  0-1


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  ajile: OK I see it. AFter Black retakes with the bishop it gives Black e7 as an escape square for the king.
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  HeMateMe: 6 pawns for the Rook--mob rule.
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  al wazir: What's wrong with 34...Bxh3 ? If 35. Qxh2, then 35...Bc8.
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  Ezzy: Mamedyarov,Shakhriyar - Gelfand,Boris [B87]
FIDE Candidates Matches 2011 Kazan/Tatarstan/Russia (1.3), 07.05.2011

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 b5 8.00 Be7 9.Qf3 Qc7 10.Qg3 00 11.Bh6 Ne8 12.Rad1 Bd7 13.f4 Nc6 14.f5 Nxd4 15.Rxd4 Kh8< Novelty I think. Morozevich v Kasparov 01 Astana 2001 went [15...Bf6 16.Rd3 Be5 17.Qg4 b4 18.f6 g6 19.Ne2 a5 20.Bxf8 Kxf8 21.Qh4 a4]> 16.Be3 Nf6 17.Qh3 d5 18.e5? Qxe5 19.Rh4< Shak goes for the quick knockout blow threatening 20 Bd4 20...Q moves 21 Bxf6 and mate down the 'h' file. BUT he seems to miss a hidden defence.> 19...Rfc8 <Subtle. Now if 21 Bd4 Bc5! [19...d4 20.Ne4 Kg8 21.Nxf6+ Bxf6 22.Bxd4 (22.Rxh7?? Qxe3+) 22...Qxd4+ 23.Rxd4 Bxd4+ 24.Kh1 Is better for white.] >20.Kh1< Renewing the 21 Bd4 threat.> 20...Rxc3!<( Often seen in the Sicilian Dragon.) Keeping whites attack in check, and fighting for the advantage. [20...Bc5 21.Bg5 Kg8?? 21...h6 is the only move, or else white with some nice moves can carve up black's position. 22.Bxf6 Qxf6 23.Rxh7 g6 24.Bxd5!! exd5 25.Nxd5 Qe5 26.Qh4 Bxf5 27.Nf6+ Qxf6 28.Qxf6 Kxh7 29.Rf4 Bf2 30.Qxf7+ Winning for white.] >21.bxc3 Qxc3 22.Rd4?< [22.Bd4 Qxh3 23.Rxh3 Seems more safe.]> 22...a5! <Gelfand now has a strong initiative. The b3 Bishop has to take some time to escape.> 23.Rd3 Qc6 24.c3 a4 25.Bc2 e5 <Nice classical pawn center. Gelfand is in control with idea's of 26...e4 then snapping up the c3 pawn when the rook on d3 retreats.> 26.Bg5 b4 27.Qh4 bxc3 28.Rh3< Shak still attempting to attack the king (Which is all he has) but it's defendable.> 28...Kg8 29.Re1< [29.Bxf6 Bxf6 30.Qxh7+ Kf8 And there the attack ends. Black has 3 central connected passed pawns which will soon be rolling along. Quite lost for white.] >29...e4 30.g4 Kf8 31.Be3 Qc4 32.g5 Bxf5 33.gxf6 Bxf6 <An unusual material balance of a rook for 5 pawns. Black's position is dominant.> 34.Qh5 Bg6 35.Qg4 Qxa2 <A rook for 6 pawns. >36.Bb1 Qc4 <The pawns will just keep rolling along.> 37.Qg2 a3 38.Ba2 Qc6 39.Rg3 Rb8 <This rook will go to b2, the pawn will go to c2 and the carnage is complete.> 0-1

Excellent play from Boris!!

Shak on the attack, gunning for Gelfands King, but Boris had it under control with his dragon type move 20...Rxc3!

That ol' man Gelfand, his pawns keep rolling along.

Strange material imbalance of rook for 6 pawns. Extremely well played by Gelfand. Shak must have thought his attack was close to winning after 18 e5? BUT the subtle 19...Rfc8 and 20...Rxc3! completely knocked back the attack.

Again, a bit of a gem from Boris. Could he be World Champion at 44 or 45.

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  hedgeh0g: If Shak had played 16.f6!, perhaps it would have been a completely different affair.
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  HeMateMe: Can't black just answer with 16...f6, gaining a pawn, and the open g file for his Rook? black then has a pawn center that can't be cracked, and can defend the kingside with R-g8. If necessary, he can give back the pawn to open up a Bishop diagonal, or advance in the center, at an opportune moment.
May-07-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: Gelfand's Best Games
May-07-11  HolyAvatar: From my point of view the downward spiral started with 16.Be3 while 16.f6! was much stronger. I don't understand why Mame stopped his attack and let black have counterplay with a better pawn structure.
May-07-11  ColdSong: 18...Qe5 (one); 21...Qc3 (two); 27...bc3 (three); 32...Bf5 (four); 33...Bf6 (five); 35...Qa2 (six)
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  hedgeh0g: <HeMateMe> 16...gxf6 (if that's what you were referring to) is simply answered by Bxf8 and that kingside doesn't look easy to defend at all.

16...Bxf6 17.Rxf6 Qc5 18.Bxg7+ Nxg7 Qf2 seems to give White an edge, but is probably Black's best continuation.

16...Nxf6 Qxg7# of course :)

I think Gelfand played a model Sicilian here, to be honest. I'm glad he's decided to ditch the Petrov (for now, at least) and is seeing a return on his investment.

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  patzer2: White's 14. f5!? follows the game Morozevich vs Kasparov, 2001 won by Black.

Instead, perhaps 14. Nxc6 as in White's win in Ivanchuk vs Gelfand, 2008 might have been more prudent.

Another potential early improvement is 16. fxe6 fxe6 17. Rxf8+ Bxf8 18. Be3 to =.

May-07-11  PJ chess player: It looks like White had 29.Bxf6 ( Black had to take bishop with his bishop because on 29...Qxf6 or gxf6 30.Qxh7;Kf8 31.Qh8#) with taking the pawn on h7.
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  hedgeh0g: Yes, but simply winning a pawn isn't enough for White. The Black king goes to e7 and White is down material with no attack.
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  Bdellovibrio: Go Gelfand! This fella sure does bring his best game in WCC events; he's kind of like an anti-Ivanchuk this way.
May-07-11  cjgone: Wow, impressive game.
May-07-11  Imposter: After 22...a5, White could have held with 23. a4, offering to shed the c-pawn in exchange for coordinating his pieces.If 23... bxa4 24. Bxa4 Bxa4 24. Rxa4 Qxc2 25. Rh4 and he's got something that's far from a forced loss, even though he's down three pawns for the exchange, his pieces are all posted aggressively for counterplay. It's better than what he played which was a dead loss.

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After 23. a4, Black could also play 23...Ne4 24. fxe6 fxe6 (LSB has to protect b5) and now 25. Rd3 is so much better than in the game, eg: 25...Qc8 26. Bd4 and White's probably got enough counterplay to make a contest.

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  parmetd: White resigned.
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  Hesam7: Gelfand has a lot of experience with this position, for example: Kasparov vs Gelfand, 1993. So I don't think Mamedyarov's opening choice was a good one.
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  Albertan: I had the chess program Deep Hiarcs 13.2 analyze this game on my quad core compute for two hours and I have added my own comments to this analysis using Chessbase Megadatabase 2011 and posted it to the first page of my blog using the program Chessviewer Deluxe. You can access this analysis directly by clicking on the following link:

I hope you drop by and play through this analysis.

May-07-11  parisattack: Ugh. Hopefully Shak will come back in the next game.

Not sure why he went with 1. e4, his 1. d4 play is so strong and he really seems out of his element here...

Positions as after move 25 are what Sicilian players dream about.

May-07-11  SetNoEscapeOn: <parisattack>

Yes, white's plans on the kingside have been foiled, and the superior center and structure take over the game as black's pieces infiltrate the opponent's camp.

<al wazir: What's wrong with 34...Bxh3 ? If 35. Qxh2, then 35...Bc8.>

According to GM Alejandro there's nothing wrong with that move. the only downside is black will no longer be down a whole rook when he wins :).

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  ahmadov: Shak should be given credit for playing a very interesting game despite the loss... Hope he will come back today...
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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

May-08-11  stukkenjager: here is a possible finish after 39.Bc1

39.Bc1 Rb2 40.Bxb2 axb2 41.Qc2 d4 42.Rxg6 hxg6! 43.Qb3 e3+ 44.Kg1 Qe8 45. Qd5 Kg8 46.Re2 c2 47.Rxc2 e2 48.Rxe2 Qxe2 49.Qxf7+ Kh7 50.Qg8+ Kh6 51.h4 Qe1+ 52.Kg2 Qe4+ 53.Kf1 Kh5

May-08-11  chezzy: This must have been a nightmare for Shak, seeing ever more black pawns marching to victory.
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