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Boris Gelfand vs Hikaru Nakamura
Tata Steel Group A (2012), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-20
Dutch Defense: Leningrad. Warsaw Variation (A88)  ·  0-1
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Jan-20-12  Marmot PFL: <23. Bb2 Bg7 24. Ba3 Gelfand repeats once the moves, probably to win some time. Hard to imagine him making a draw in such a nice position with no risk> (!)

I would have prevented d4, no matter what. Once that is in black mobilizes his center and seems fine. Of course white didn't have to lose but the game had gone from better to somewhat worse rather quickly and white couldn't adapt psychologically.

Jan-20-12  Xeroxx: Is this a new game?
Jan-20-12  Shams: <Xeroxx> As new as they come, two hours out of the oven.
Jan-20-12  Fanques Fair: I am pleased to see a dutch win, to prove this is a reliable opening against 1-d4 and usually gives Black counterplay , and often White tends to refute Black' s opening and loses ...
After 25- ... , Nf6, itīs clear that Whiteīs pressure on d5 is not working, and Gelfand has no real plan. Actually, after 18- ... , d5 , in principle the game is equal , as white would have to move his light square bishop to f1 to make it play rather than stare at the black pawn chain. 20 - Rc1 , followed by Bf1, was more advisable than 20- Qc5 ?! , that leaded to nothing. Afterwards, I donīt see why Gelfand refused to exchange the dark-squared bishops, maybe to keep an illusory advantage.
Jan-20-12
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  Gilmoy: <12.Ng5> seems to backfire: White pays the same 3 tempi as Black, but the rubberband recapture leaves Black's Q usefully posted on e6 -- and with a 5-4 lead in development. Where'd White lose <two> tempi? Looks like <8.d5 9.dxe6>: White's tempi keep vanishing from the board, pulling a Black piece up.

After that, Black makes all of the aggressive moves first: <16..Nce4 18..d5 26..d4>.

Jan-20-12
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  Penguincw: Gelfand still has a great record against Nakamura.
Jan-20-12  Jamboree: What was the losing move here? Was it 30. Bh3, which allowed 30. ... e3 -- or was the game lost earlier?
Jan-20-12  frogbert: the losing move was gelfand's last one, Rc2. Rd6 seems to hold for white.
Jan-20-12
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  Stonehenge: 35. Rc2 was a blunder, he should have prevented the doubling of the rooks on the d file.
Jan-20-12  Marmot PFL: As players age, blunders in the 5th hour of play increase in frequency.
Jan-20-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: INTERPOSE! INTERPOSE! INTERPOSE! INTERPOSE!

Gelfand vs Nakamura, 2012 <frogbert: the losing move was gelfand's last one, Rc2. Rd6 seems to hold for white.>

Jan-20-12  notyetagm: <Stonehenge: 35. Rc2 was a blunder, he should have prevented the doubling of the rooks on the d file.>

Yes.

Jan-20-12  notyetagm: The best recent example of this theme:

Game Collection: NOTICE THE IMMEDIATE DECISIVE EFFECT OF GAINING <CONTROL OVER THE PROMOTION SQUARE>

Gelfand vs Nakamura, 2012 35 ... Re4-d4! 0-1 and doubled Black rooks gain control of f1-promo sq

Jan-20-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: NOTICE THE IMMEDIATE DECISIVE EFFECT OF GAINING
Jan-20-12
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  tpstar: The World is a vampire (1. d4 f5), sent to drain (2. g3 Nf6)/Secret destroyers (3. Bg2 g6) hold you up to the flames (4. c4 Bg7)/And what do I get (5. Nc3 0-0) for my pain (6. Nf3 d6)/Betrayed desires (7. 0-0 c6) and a piece of the game (8. d5 e5)/Even though I know (9. dxe6 Bxe6), I suppose I'll show (10. b3 Re8)/All my cool and cold (11. Bb2 Na6) like old Job (12. Ng5 Qe7)/Despite all my rage (13. Nxe6 Qxe6) I am still just a rat in a cage (14. Qc2 Nc5)/Despite all my rage (15. Rad1 Rad8) I am still just a rat in a cage (16. e3)/Then someone will say [last book move] what is lost can Never be Saved (16 ... Nce4)/Despite all my rage (17. Nxe4 fxe4) I am still just a rat in a cage (18. Rd2 d5)/Now I'm naked (19. cxd5 cxd5), nothing but an animal (20. Qc5 b6)/But can you fake it (21. Qb5 Nh5) for just one more show? (22. Ba3 Bf8)/And what do you want (23. Bb2 Bg7), I want to change (24. Ba3 Be5)/And what have you got (25. Rc1 Nf6), when you feel the same? (26. Rdc2 d4)/Even though I know (27. Rc6 Qf5), I suppose I'll show (28. exd4 Bxd4)/All my cool and cold (29. Qxf5 gxf5) like old Job (30. Bh3 e3)/Despite all my rage (31. Bxf5 exf2+) I am still just a rat in a cage (32. Kf1 Be3)/Despite all my rage [32 ... Re5 33. Be6+ Kg7 34. Bb4 ] I am still just a rat in a cage (33. Rb1 Ne4)/Then someone will say (34. Bxe4 Rxe4) what is lost can Never be Saved (35. Rc2?)/Despite all my rage [35. Rd6 Rxd6 36. Bxd6 ] I am still just a rat in a cage (35 ... Red4 0-1) - The Smashing Pumpkins + Fritz 7, "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"

Hi Nakamura

Jan-20-12
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  LucB: Very nice tpstar! Appropriate choice of song; I also like 'zero' by these fellows.
Jan-20-12  roninmb: Funny. White bishop has chosen total passivity / a3 / although black insisted to exchange it, only to watch in horror that central breakthrough which won the game, supported by his black colleague !
Jan-20-12
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  wordfunph: "OK it's horrible game yes, it's very weak game, what to do?

It's not the only mistake in the game. Maybe computer say it's the last one but OK the whole game I played horribly."

- GM Boris Gelfand

http://www.chess.co.uk/twic/chessne...

Jan-20-12
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  OhioChessFan: <ronin: Funny. White bishop has chosen total passivity / a3 / although black insisted to exchange it, only to watch in horror that central breakthrough which won the game, supported by his black colleague !>

My quick playthrough left me with the same impression. White wasted a bunch of tempi to avoid exchanging and that Bishop is what gave Black the win.

Jan-20-12  BadKnight: i was wondering why white repeatedly avoided bishop exchanges. complete mystery to me.
Jan-21-12  SChesshevsky: << BadKnight: i was wondering why white repeatedly avoided bishop exchanges. complete mystery to me. >>

I'm guessing White was probably worried about losing the c-file. Without control over c1 with the Bishop Black potentially could invade pretty well with Rc8 then c5 and then double rooks or force an exchange and swing the Queen behind the rook on the cfile eventually.

Probably a valid worry but giving up the a1 diagonal didn't turn out so well either.

Dec-03-13  onam: 18.Rd2 White will try to have a play now on the Queen side by doubling the rooks on the d file and pushing the Queen side pawns forward, for example: b4-b5, trying to create some weaknesses in the Blacks pawn structure
Feb-09-14  tranquilsimplicity: The refusal to exchange the dark square bishop may have been an attempt to draw perhaps after the realisation of the lack of a solid plan by White. #
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