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Boris Gelfand vs Ilan Manor
"Lord of the Manor" (game of the day Mar-30-2008)
Wch U20 (1988), Adelaide AUS, rd 2, Sep-??
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Smyslov Variation (D25)  ·  1-0



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Mar-30-08  think: 41. ... Rxf7 42. Qf8+ Kg7 43. Bxf7 Qxf7 44. Qxf7 Kxf7 leaves White with a won King and pawn endgame because Black cannot both defend his own pawns and stop the White a pawn from queening.
Mar-30-08  think: Now that I look at it, 43. Qxf7+ in my line is more forcing and stops Black from any perpetual check possibilities.
Mar-30-08  MarkusKann: You're correct, but is really obviously, of course the best way is the game's simplification.
Mar-30-08  sallom89: ouch.. that nasty bishop at the end of the board didn't seem to be there lol.
Mar-30-08  mistreaver: Nice game. Gelfand squeezed the win from seemingly quiet position. He very nicely combined threats on kingside with winning pawns on queenside. I wonder why doesn't black play c5. Isn't that essenital move in almost every Queen gambit?
Mar-30-08  samikd: I wasnt aware of this variation of the Queens Gambit accepted. Its certainly very uncommon, and you can see why. Playing bith <g6> and <e6> creates dark squared weaknesses, which Gelfand utilises by playing <e5> etc. Black makes things worse by giving up his dark sqaured Bishop for a Knight, but I guess he was afraid of sacrifices at <e6> or <f7> followed by an assault by the white Queen. In any case, I dont know why anybody would want to play this variation, because the main appeal of the QGA lies in free piece movements for Black, whereas here his pieces are very constrained
Mar-30-08  samikd: I also like Gelfand's <b4>, punishing Black for not playing the freeing move <c5> as soon as possible. Very thematic play by Gelfand, so very typical of a student of the Soviet school of chess
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  Jimfromprovidence: IMHO, black lost because he didn't drive white's queen off of h6. If black had played 27...Qh4, below, the queen has to retreat and black's kingside is safe.

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As it was, the queen camped out at h6 for 10 moves, severely inhibiting black’s position.

Mar-30-08  houthakker: The attacking answer after 27 ... Qh4 is 28. Rd3 Qxh5 29.Qd2 with two active white rooks on the kingside and pawn b4 for the taking.
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  Jimfromprovidence: <houthakker> <The attacking answer after 27 ... Qh4 is 28. Rd3 Qxh5 29.Qd2 with two active white rooks on the kingside and pawn b4 for the taking.>

Your line is fine, but the position after 29..Red8 still looks dead even.

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Mar-30-08  ruyfanatic: I enjoy seeing games of the queen's gambit. They are very entertaining.
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  kevin86: White exchanges all pieces by force by: {41...Rxf7 42 Qe8+ Kg7 43 Qxf7+ Qxf7 44 Bxf7+ Kxf7 and the lone a-pawn diverts black's king and allows white's monarch to arrive and capture black's two pawns and win with the remaining ones.

There is no conterplay-just a matter of time.

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