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Boris Gelfand vs Alexey Shirov
Istanbul Olympiad (2000), Istanbul TUR, rd 6, Nov-02
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Gligoric-Taimanov System (E92)  ·  1-0

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Oct-21-06  yevlev: Great game by GM Gelfand!!
May-07-17
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  plang: 11..h5!? was a new idea but Gelfand thought Black would have been better off sticking with the standard lines: 11..Nh6, 11..Nd7 or 11..Na6.

Rogers after 15 0-0:
" "Compared to the normal line, I have a wonderful position," said Gelfand after the game. "I am two tempi ahead." The two tempi are normally expended by White who tries to play c4-c5-cxd6, whereas here Black has voluntarily opened the c-file. In fact, in similar lines Black often chooses to try to keep the wholw queenside closed with ..c5 rather than allow White to play c5. Gelfand considered that Black was close to being strategically lost already, with White's knight already having reached its ideal square on c4 and Black's kingside attack not even close to starting."

A cute variation would have been 19..Kf8 20 Qa3..Ke7 21 b4 and if 21..Nc7? then 22 Nbxd6..Nxd6 23 Nxd6 and wins. 20..a6? was punished by Gelfand's nice combination but Shirov probably did not like the alternative 20..b6 21 b4..Bxb5 22 axb..Nd7 23 Be3..Bxe3 24 Nxe3 where White is much better. Shirov may have overlooked Gelfand's 23 b4! instead hoping for 23 Bxc5..Nc4! 24 Nxd7..Nxa3 25 Nxb8..Bxc5+..Kh1..Nc2 with no problems for Black. 28 Qh3 would have been almost immediately decisive though the win was not endangered in any case.

Not a good game for the Kings Indian or for Shirov.

May-07-17
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  ChessHigherCat: Did black resign because of the threat of 42. Bxd6 Bxd6 43. Qxb7 Bxb4 44. Qxa6 with an attack on f6?

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