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Magnus Carlsen vs Boris Gelfand
"Magnus P.I." (game of the day Apr-02-2013)
World Championship Candidates (2013), London ENG, rd 10, Mar-27
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30)  ·  1-0


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Apr-06-13  xanadu: Yes, and then to develope the Kinight via g6 to left e7 to the bishop, and castle Anyway, looks strange to me!
Apr-10-13  Ulhumbrus: <xanadu: Ulhumbrus: Hi. If 6...d5 is (strategically) a wrong plan, then what are, in your opinion the options? What I see as a problem for Gelfand is the developement of the Black Square Bishop since the king´s Knight is in e7. Thus, development of the Knight through f6 is probably better. What do you think? Thanks for your always interesting comments and discussion of the strategy in the openings. Best wishes.> Thank you for the compliment. One alternative to 6...d5 indicated by <Rookfile> is 6...d6. Another is 6...Qc7. Yet another is 6...g6. The idea behind all three is the same: to wait until Black has caught up in development before opening lines.
Apr-10-13  Just Another Master: Beautiful game against a great player
Apr-10-13  xanadu: Thanks <Ulhumbrus> and <Rookfile> for your comments.
Apr-11-13  Ulhumbrus: After 9 Be3 a better alternative to 9...cxd4 may be 9...b6 because while both moves lose time for development and the former move opens the d file for the benefit of White, on 9...b6 White has to lose some time himself if he plays dxc5 in order to open the d file
Apr-11-13  Ulhumbrus: One brilliant point after 20 Rd1 which appears only in the notes, as they say, is that after 20...Qe8 (instead of 20...Qb6) on 21 Rd4! Rd8 22 Ne4!! takes advantage of White's rook's momentary presence on d4, in what Bronstein says is the style of Lasker. On 22..Nh5 23 Qe3! Rxd4 24 Bxd4 threatens 25 g4 and on 24...g6 25 g4 Ng7 26 Nf6+ Bxf6 27 Bxf6 gains the bishop pair and an unopposed dark squared bishop.
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  lost in space: Just starting to look at this game a bit deeper.

Normally I agree with <Uhlumbrus>, but his idea 9...b6 is not that good - from my point of view.

After 10. Nc3 there is threat of d5 and Black has not that much options.

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10...cxd4 or 10...Nxd4 is a worse compared to 9...cxd4. Other moves like 10...Ra7 are looking artificial.

10..Bd6 11. dxc5 bxc5 12. Na4 and white is fine

10...Bb7 11. d5 exd5 12. Bxc5 and white is more than fine

10. Be7 11. Na4 Nd5 12. dxc5 Nxe3 13. Rxe3 bxc5 14. Qxd8 Kxd8 15. Rc3 and white has close to be wining.

Apr-14-13  Ulhumbrus: <lost in space>

On 9...b6 10 Nc3 Be7 Black has the d5 square covered three times and White has d5 covered only twice because White has not played the advance c4 yet.

On 9...b6 10 c4 Be7 11 Nc3 the advance d5 is still not yet a threat as long as Black can overpower the d5 pawn by ...Nb4 in reply eg 11...0-0 12 d5 ed 13 cd Nb4

On 9..b6 10 c4 Be7 11 Nc3 0-0 12 Qd2! prepares to get the queen's rook to d1 and now Black cannot prevent the advance d5. On 12...Re8! 13 Rad1 Bd6 14 d5 ed 15 cd Ne5 White may end up with some advantage.

9...b6 does concede an advantage to White. The question is whether it concedes less advantage to White than 9...cxd4 concedes to White.

9...cxd4 clears the d file and clears partly the c file. It therefore opens additional lines, and it does that in a position where White is ahead in development, so that it is White who can be expected to benefit from the additional opened lines.

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  lost in space: Hello <Uhlumbrus>, the line I don't like is the following:

9...b6 10. Nc3 Be7 11. Na4

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and I would definitely prefer white here, more than after 9...cxd4.

A possible line: 11...Ng4 (or Nd5) 12. dxc5 Nxe3 13. Rxe3 14. Qxd8+ Kxd8 15. Rc3 and Black is in trouble (my perspective)

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If Black does not play 10...Be7 or 10...Bd6 white has d5.

Apr-15-13  Ulhumbrus: <lost in space: Hello <Ulhumbrus>, the line I don't like is the following: 9...b6 10. Nc3 Be7 11. Na4
and I would definitely prefer white here, more than after 9...cxd4.

A possible line: 11...Ng4 (or Nd5) 12. dxc5 Nxe3 13. Rxe3 bxc5 14. Qxd8+ Kxd8 15. Rc3 and Black is in trouble (my perspective)>

In this sequence the manoeuvre 11..Ng4 followed by 12...Nxe3 increases still more White's lead in development. It won't be surprising if White ends up winning at least a pawn, and that just to begin with. Instead of 11...Ng4, 11...Nd7 defends the c5 and b6 pawns without drawing out White's rook.

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  lost in space: o.k,

lets have a look to this position, after 11...Nd7

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Of course I can not cover all options here, but this is what I checked:

12. d5! exd5 (to be checked: 12...Na5; Nb4)

13. Qxd5 Ra7
(13...Bb7 14. Rad1 Qc8 15. Ng5 Nd8 (15...0-0 16. Qxd7 1:0; 15...Bxg5 16. Bxg5+ Kf8 17. Nxb6 Nxb6 18. Qxc5+ Kg8 Rd8+ 1:0) 16. Qb3 with serious white advantage)

14. Bxc5 Nxc5
(14...bxc5 15. Qxc6 0-0 16. Rad1 Nb8 17. Qb6 Qxb6 18. Nxb6 Bg4 19. Nd7 Rxd7 20. Rxd7 Bxd7 (20...Nxd7 21. Rxe7 with a similar position) 21. Rxe7 Be6 Ng5 22. Bxa2 Rc7 with serious white advantage); (14...0-0 15. Bxe7 Nxe7 16. Qd6 Nf5 17. Qf4 Qc7 18. Qxc7 Rxc7 19. c4 and white should be able to win)

15. Qxc6+ Kf8 16. Qxb6; close to 1:0

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I will now have a look to 12...Nb4

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  lost in space: 12...Nb4 isn't good either.

12...Nb4 13. c4 b5 14. d6 bxa4 15. dxe7 Qxe7 16. Qxa4 bb7 17. Ne5 0-0-0 18. a3 Nxe5 19. axb4 Qc7 and white is better

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12...Na5 is even worse
12...Na5 13. dxe6 fxe6 14. Ng5 Nf6 15. Qf3 Bb7 16. Qh3 e5 17. Rad1 Qc8 18. Qg3; looks like close to 1:0

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After 11...Nd7 white is better in development and is able to open central lines versus the black king, which is still in the center.

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  Eyal: Today Gelfand repeated the line in the 1st round of the Alekhine Memorial (Svidler vs Gelfand, 2013), so we know where <he> thinks Black should deviate - on move 9.
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  lost in space: Yes, he played 9...Be7. Looks like a good choice. Will have a deeper look.
Sep-03-13  Neogy: How about 29...Qc2 -providing protection for the Bishop on e4 about to be chased by b5. Instead of played e5 which drives away the white Rook BUT creates a loose piece which subsequently falls.

Thereafter, if 30.Bd3 then Qc1+. How does this pan out?

Sep-03-13  Nerwal: 29... ♕c2 doesn't work unfortunately. White plays 30. b5 ♗e4 anyway and after 31. ♖d8 Δ ♖xf8+ ♕d8+ black has no good answer.
Feb-17-14  Chessman1504: Finally, another relatively recent win in Carlsen's notable games.
Mar-07-14  knowall: In my opinion this game is the work of a chess genius. Whites strategy is to utilize the queen side pawn majority;the king side demonstration facilitated this plan;28 Qa5 further advanced the strategy, as did the brilliant bishop sacrifice. The economy is wonderful. Genius.
Jul-05-14  Chessman1504: This game reminds me of Capablanca or Fischer. In a relatively equal position, Carlsen exploits the full power of the pieces, showing the power of centralization and piece harmony. Through forceful maneuvers and neat tactics, Carlsen gains powerful long-term advantages, advantages he rides to a powerful endgame. The precision and accuracy with which he executes his ideas is astonishing.
Oct-23-14  tranquilsimplicity: <Chessman 1504> Very well put. The analysis is perfect!#
Feb-10-15  1971: This is one of MC's best games ever imo.
Jul-26-15  upmitvaliant8791: Another board masterpiece by Carlsen!
Apr-28-16  otc: In an interview with ChessBase in March 2016 Gelfand said about this game "this game played by Magnus against me was simply fantastic. Maybe it is Magnus’ best game of his career to date." see
Jun-28-16  talhal20: Carlsen is master in promoting his pawn to queen and has won many games.
Mar-04-17  Carlsensilyo: I really love seemingly effortless games
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