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Evgeny Ilgizovich Bareev vs Boris Gelfand
FIDE World Cup (2005) (rapid), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 7, Dec-17
Benoni Defense: Taimanov Variation (A67)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Albertan: Wow! Gelfand allowed the Taimanov variation of the Benoni Defense and lived to tell about it.
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  Albertan: Gelfand lost two tempi in the opening bringing out his queen and then retreating the piece,however he weakened Bareev's kingside with the manuever.
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  Albertan: The move 10.Be3 may be a theoretical novelty. In my database White has only played the move 10.Ng5.
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  Albertan: Another idea on move 16 was to play 16.Nd2. If Bareev had played this move play might have continued: 16.Nd2 Bh3 17. Rf3 N8d7 18. a5 Nc8 19. Qb3 Rb8 20.Rf2 f5 21.Bf3 Nf6 22.e5 Ng4 23.Bxg4 Bxg4 24.Nc4 dxe5 25.Nxe5 Nd6!? 26.Bxc5 Bxe5 27.fxe5 Rxe5
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  Albertan: Gelfand could have won a pawn by playing:

16... Bxc3 17. bxc3 Rxe4! 18.Bxc5! (If 18.Qxe4? then 18...Bf5 traps the queen) 18...Rxe2!? 19.Qxe2 dxc5

Rxe2 19.Qxe2 dxc5

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  Albertan: If 18... Bxe5 19. Nxe5 Bxe2 20. Qxe2 Qxe5 21. Rae1 Nxd5 22. Qf2 Nxe3 23. Qxf7+ Kh8 24. Nd5 Nc6 25. Rxe3 Qd4 with compensation for the pawn.
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  Albertan: Another idea on move 23 for White was to play 23.Nd5 and play might continue:

23. Nd5 Nxf3+ 24. Bxf3 Nxc5
25. Qxc5 Rad8 26. b4 a5 27. bxa5 Bf8 28. Nc7 Qe3+ 29. Qxe3 Rxe3 30. Bxb7 Rxd6 31. Rxd6 Bxd6 32. Nd5 Ra3

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  Albertan: Gelfand could have played an interesting on move 33. If 33... Qc2+!? this would lead to a continuation where Black offers a temporary pawn sacrifice..however in the end all Gelfand would have is a draw by perpetual check:

4. Kh3 Nb6 35. Qe4 Qf2 36. Qd3 g5 37. Bxh5 f5 38. Ne6 g4+ 39. Bxg4 fxg4+ 40. Kxg4 Qf1 41. Qg6 Qe2+ 42. Kh3 Qf1+ 43. Kg4=

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  Albertan: Gelfand could have won a pawn by playing: 40... Nxf3 41. Qxf3 hxg3 42. hxg3 Qc1 43. Nd5 Qxb2+ 44. Re2 Qa1
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  Albertan: Another idea on move 42 for Black was to play 42...Nxf3 which would have lead to some interesting play:

42... Nxf3 43. Bxg7+ Kxg7 44. Ne6+ Kg8 45. Nxg5 Ng1+ 46. Kg2 Nxe2 47. Rxe2 Rfd8 48. Rd2 Rb6 49. d7 Rb5 50. Ne4 f5 51. Ng5 Rb7 52. Rd6 Rdxd7 53. Rxg6+ Rg7 54. Rxg7+ Kxg7 55. b4 Rxb4

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  Albertan: Gelfand might have considered playing:

46...Rb3. A sample variation involving 46...Rb3 is:

46... Rb3 47. Nd5 Rd8 48. Rxf7 Rxd6 49.
Nf6 Rxc3+ (49... Rxf6+ 50. Rxf6 Rxc3+ 51. Kg4 Kg7 52. Rf3 Rc5 )

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  Albertan: Bareev might have considered playing the move d7 on move 47. A possible variation involving this move is:

47. d7 Kg7 48. Ne6+ Kf6 49. Nxd8 Rxd8 50.Re4 Rxd7 51. c4 Rd3+ 52. Re3 Rd4 53. Rc3 Ke6 54. c5 Kd7 55. c6+ Kc7 56. h4 f5 57. Ke3 Re4+ 58. Kf2 Rb4 59. Rc1 Rb2+ 60. Kf3 Rb3+ 61. Kf4 Rb4+ 62. Ke5 Rb3 63. Rg1 Rd3 64. Kf6 Rd6+ 65. Kf7 Kxc6

Feb-10-07  Shajmaty: <Albertan: The move 10.Be3 may be a theoretical novelty. In my database White has only played the move 10.Ng5.> I guess U mean 15. Be3... yes, only 15. Ng5 played. Anyway, I believe 13. Bc4 is worse than 13. Be2.
Aug-22-08  Whitehat1963: Interesting, complex and high-level look at the Opening of the Day.
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