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Aleksandar Kovacevic vs Boris Gelfand
Belgrade Investbank (1997), Belgrade SRB, rd 8, Nov-20
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  0-1

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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-08-08
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  plang: The strategy of black playing ..h5 in the Najdorf was relatively new when this game was played. The game was played in the 8th round. In the same round Ljubojevic played 10..Qc7 against Shirov and managed to draw (game not in database) although Gelfand's 10..Rc8 seems more effective. 15..Bg5 was new; 15..Qc7 had been played previously. Gelfand gives 21 Qxh5..Qb6 22 Re2..a5 with compensation for the pawn. 23 Ka1..Ra4 24 Re4?..Qb3! would have been cute. Instead of regaining the pawn with 23..Rxc3 with approximate equality Gelfand played for the attack with 23..Rfc8. In time pressure Kovacevic missed the best defense 27 Qe4..Rxd4 (27..exd? 28 Qe8+..Kg7 29 Re7 and wins) 28 cxd..Rc4 29 Rd1 when white would have had reasonable drawing chances.

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