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Boris Gelfand vs Peter Svidler
World Championship Candidates (2013), London ENG, rd 12, Mar-29
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  PawnSac: Well i guess the chucky-Carlsen and Aronian-Kramnik games were so interesting nobody was interested in this one. What a shame. They missed an opportunity to see white move his queen 6 times in the first 15 moves! Crazy.

After 16 moves black has the better position, a lead in development, and he still manages to only draw.

Mar-29-13  JENTA: I like Gelfand's plan. Usually, it is black who has to use that elastic defensive mode:


The pair of bishops is so valuable stuff that one has to hide them and to hold them very carefully. It is an investment.

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  lost in space: Well, I don't see a big black advantage after 16 moves, but also no white advantage.

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The slight plus in development for black is compensated by the bishop pair of white.

Af few moves later- after move 27 - White has definitely advantage:

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I guess either directly 28. b5 is good

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or 28. Qa2 Be5 29. Qb3 with the threat of 30. b5

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