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Boris Gelfand vs Ivan Sokolov
Corus Group A (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 9, Jan-24
Semi-Slav Defense: Accelerated Meran Variation (D45)  ·  1-0

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Jan-24-06  erimiro1: Interesting game of Gelfand, who played his queen on first row: Qb1-c1, and then the winner Qa1. I don't remember another game with such a manoeuvre. 27.-N:f2 was forced (27.-Nf6?? 28.R:f6 g:f6 29.Q:h6+ followed by Nh5)
Jan-24-06  euripides: From a quiet opening, there is a complete congestion of the d file. Gelfand seems to get his minor pieces better positioned and then launches a violent attack, at some apparent risk. I wondered if he had underestimated 29...Rc6. 30...Ng6 looks like a fatal blunder, but the threats of Ne5 and Rb2 were giving Black plenty to think about. Fascinating stuff, and quite a brilliancy if the attack was sound.
Jan-24-06  SlavAttack: what if 27...nf6? would not that neutralize the attack while preserving the material advantage?
Jan-24-06  euripides: <Slav> see <erimiro>'s earlier comment.
Jan-25-06  Ybrevo: What a terrible game by Sokolov. Did he ever have a plan? But nicely executed by Gelfand - he has played a good tournament so far.

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