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Emil Sutovsky vs Boris Gelfand
ISR-chT (2000), Ramat Aviv, rd 3, Jan-14
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation (B23)  ·  1-0



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  wordfunph: when asked for his best game ever, GM Sutovsky referred to this game.

61.Qxb5+! secures the game.

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  plang: The game followed Anand-Gelfand Reggio Emilia 1991-2 (drawn) through 10..Rb8 where Anand played 11 Qg3; 11 Be3 was new. Gelfand may have been hoping for 21 Rae1..Kd7! 22 Nxg6..Re8 when Black is better; after Sutovsky's 21 Nxg6! White's attack was powerful. If 26..cxb 27 Qd4 followed by Qg7+ is decisive. Gelfand missed the toughest defense 34..Rxg7 35 Qxg7..Re6 36 Qa7..Nc7 37 g4..Re8 38 h4 though White should win (if Black plays 38..Ra8? he would lose quickly after 39 Qxa8..Nxa8 40 g5..hxg 41 h5).

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