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Benjamin Finegold vs Boris Gelfand
Amsterdam OHRA-B (1989), Amsterdam NED, rd 5, Aug-05
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Berlin Variation (E38)  ·  1-0



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Dec-10-09  SPINK: Finegold with all of the attack in this one, destroyed a world class player. Nicely done
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  whiteshark: Finegold called it his <best game> in NIC, issue 2010-01.
May-18-12  Mudphudder: Ben....treasure this game! Anand hasn't even taken a game off him yet.
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  Rob Morrison: This looks to me like a classic case of a super GM trying to beat a so-so GM by complicating with the use of deliberately inferior (or at least risky) moves. 13 . . . O-O-O is just asking for it, though my sense is that it may also have been a decent try on a practical level because it's hardly obvious how white should proceed and there appear to be lots of ways white could lunge at black's king and just end up messing things up. Nice to see black's 13th brought to justice.
Oct-04-15  LeilaDog: Yes, O-O-O looked odd. White always looked like it would win the pawn race. And surely the not-too-subtle line up of the rooks gives you a clue as to where the danger might come from. (I have a general view that castling on opposite sides can give the weaker player more of a chance because of the nearly incalculable complexities of the pawn attack on each side. Cf. this game, where it should have been clearer to black that he was just castling into danger.)
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  Domdaniel: Finegold delivers a brilliant video annotation of this game -- "and now Gelfand is no.3 in the world, and I'm no.3 on my block". Wonderful stuff.

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