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Boris Gelfand vs Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava
"Like a Hot Knife Through Baadur" (game of the day Jan-04-2012)
European Club Cup (2011), Rogaska Slatina SLO, rd 3, Sep-27
Benoni Defense: Classical Variation. General (A70)  ·  1-0


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  Morten: A positional queen sacrifice. Beauty.
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  hedgeh0g: A very nice game; I'm surprised I never heard of it until now.
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  whiteshark: Crisis takes a much longer time coming than you think, and then it happens much faster than you would have thought.
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  bright1: Quite possibly the greatest pun in the history of
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  Penguincw: Would anyone say that 19.Qxc2 is a queen sac?
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  Garech: Great game from Gelfand; he'll have to pull off similar tricks if he wants to take Anand out.
Jan-04-12  twin phoenix: i would definately categorize 19. Qxc2 a sac. perhaps the prettiest kind. (1. mating sac 2.temporary sac that eventually leads to a material advantage 3. positional sac) i would call this a purely positional sac as the queen gave her life not for mate or a forced win of material but simply because it leads to what <once> compared to infantry storming the artillery emplacement.

i agree with <bright1> an awesome pun!

Jan-04-12  solskytz: I can see a clear tendency here to show Gelfand at his best, with exhibited games that show his daring, his attacking style, the phenomenal coordination of his aggressively-posted pieces a-la 'game of the century'...

as if this is to say - "Gelfand, not what you thought' - not a boring player (of course we remember his win against Grischuk...), and not necessarily cannon-fodder for Anand...

ok I got your optimistic message... we wait and see (when is that match taking place anyway?)

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  maxi: This is mainly a theoretical game. It is very possible that the Queen sac was also homework. Anyway, itīs great chess.
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  kevin86: White wins back the queen with a winning advantage.
Jan-04-12  rapidcitychess: The fact that the pawns can push back any piece shines in this game, with Black looking like he was trying to play the Hedgehog.
Jan-04-12  nolanryan: gelfand is nasty. I'll be rooting for him in the WC!
Jan-04-12  checkmateyourmove: I dont know whats better the game or the pun... I vote for both !!!
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  WannaBe: So far, best pun of the year for 2012... Granted the year just started.
Jan-04-12  LoveThatJoker: Great game! Good job by Gelfand for sure!


Jan-04-12  standardwisdom: What is white's continuation after 21.. Rxc4
Jan-05-12  JohnBoy: <standard> - probably 22.bc4. What is your intention? 22...Bd3 23.c5 and white is doing just fine.
Jan-16-12  notyetagm: Wow, I just love this game by Gelfand.

It's hard to imagine beating a 2700-rated player like Jobava in such a one-sided fashion.

Feb-13-12  PinnedPiece: GTM score: 49 Par: 44

Last few moves for white were surprisingly forcing.

I missed exchanging Q for N---how on earth did Gelfand figure that was a winning move? Luck borne of Desperation?

What happens after 25...Qxd6?

26. Ra6 or e5?

A curious fact about the Guess the Move database, it seems to me that most games with Gelfand in them have him losing. Not this one, though.


Sep-20-12  nnnnnnnn: One of the greatest Queen sacrifices in the history of chess! Completely out of the blue.
Jun-26-13  notyetagm: Gelfand vs Jobava, 2011


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  Gilmoy: Not even a sac; it's just a straight trade of Q for BN+PPP. That's good for the Q iff she can fork unprotected stuff (in which case it's not really a straight trade after all), and bad for the Q if everything is protected.

Here <17.b3> completes the P-B shield pair (the smallest possible fully-protected chain), after which the Bc4 is just too strong: it holds the center and blockades c. The retreat with tempo <20.Bd4> is a 2nd key feature, which should kick all your calculating hats into gear. The worst case for the Q is where everything is protected and <mobile> -- then Tetris happens, as here.

It was brave (or inexplicable) of Black to hang 3 pawns for almost nothing, and then offer two more pieces. Surely he was aware of the possibility, but perhaps he was already seeking complications to confuse a bad opening. On 19.Ke2 Nxe3 <not sure which one is better> mayhem ensues, but it still doesn't look worth 3 pawns.

Oct-29-13  engineerX: White has a crushing initiative, from move 19.Qxc2 until 29.Bg5 he is always threatening something and black has few options, with only one exception: 21.O-O
Apr-16-14  CP6033: I would have loved to see Jobava's face after Qxc2!!, maybe he saw it though.....
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  morfishine: <bright1: Quite possibly the greatest pun in the history of>...and this is quite possibly the dumbest post in the history of cg



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