chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Viswanathan Anand vs Boris Gelfand
World Championship Tournament (2007), Mexico City MEX, rd 1, Sep-13
Russian Game: Nimzowitsch Attack (C42)  ·  1/2-1/2

ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

Annotations by Stockfish (Computer).      [21448 more games annotated by Stockfish]

explore this opening
find similar games 101 more Anand/Gelfand games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: To access more information about the players (more games, favorite openings, statistics, sometimes a biography and photograph), click their highlighted names at the top of this page.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

THIS IS A COMPUTER ANNOTATED SCORE.   [CLICK HERE] FOR ORIGINAL.

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Sep-13-07  yalie: Topalov would have played 17 g4
Sep-13-07  Andrew Chapman: <Take the f4 pawn Gelfand, or at least show me the continuation that made you so apprehensive.>Is there anything wrong with 22..Rxf4?
Sep-13-07  orio24: <Andrew Chapman: <Take the f4 pawn Gelfand, or at least show me the continuation that made you so apprehensive.>Is there anything wrong with 22..Rxf4?>

I don't know, it seems to be the best move.

Gelfand just probably preferred safe 1/2 point start.

Sep-14-07  kackhander: to my patzerish eyes b3 and Rg1 seemed contrary to the spirit of white's plan. i thought he'd given up the bishop pair in return for enough time to get the pawn storm rolling, then it seems he had a crisis of confidence and shuffled around a bit instead letting gelfand build up on the e-file.

it's a shame because it looked like an exciting game in prospect.

Sep-14-07  you vs yourself: Anand says 16.b3 was a mistake.

During the game, he thought there was a draw after 22..Rxf4; but after analyzing it with Gelfand, he's not sure he could've saved the game had Gelfand taken the free pawn.

http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...

Sep-14-07  Ulhumbrus: If Anand said that 16 b3 was a mistake, it may be that he considered 16 g4 to be the right move.
Sep-14-07  KamikazeAttack: Anand wasn't sure if he would have been able to safe the game if Gelf had gone 22..Rxf4!

Who woulda believed that Anand coulda lost with White to Gelf?

Chees is so complex and anything can happen.

Sep-14-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Quite interesting is the following comment regarding 16...Bb5:

However, Black had here the stunning <16...c5!!> (suggested by Frederic Friedel on Playchess during the live broadcast) at his disposal. The idea is simple: to clear the queen's way to a5 and deprive the white bishop's access to d4. With his knight on h2 and his bishop relatively inactive and slightly hanging, White would have faced serious problems of coordination. He could get out of trouble with <17.Ng4 Be6 18.Nxf6+> (unfortunately, forced) <18...Qxf6> but this would leave his light squares desperately weak.

http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...

Sep-14-07  orio24: That 16...c5!! is really awesome idea.

At the end it seems, Anand was very lucky he got 1/2 at the end.

Gelfand missed his first chance (taking into account also 22...♖xf4!). Let's hope it was not his last one.

Sep-14-07  you vs yourself: After 16.g4, chessmaster gives black a slight edge. I wonder if rbyka likes the pawn storm for white.
Sep-14-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Position after the suggested <16...c5! 17.Ng4 Be6 18.Nxf6+ Qxf6>


click for larger view

and just one variation as example....

<19. Bf2 a5 20. Qxd6 a4 21. Qe5 axb3 22. axb3 Ra1+ 23. Kb2 Ra2+>


click for larger view

<24. Kxa2 Bxb3+ 25. Kxb3 Rxe5 26. fxe5 Qxf2>


click for larger view

and white will have some hard times to defend this ....

Sep-14-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: There are, of course, many deviations from my above 'mainline', e.g.

a) 19. Rde1 a5 (or Bg4 / Bf5 / Rad8 etc)...

b) 20.a4 [to stop the a5 pawn] Bg4 21. Rde1 (or 21. Bh4 Qf5) Rxe1+ 22. Bxe1 Re8 23. Bh4 Qf5 ...

c) 22. Qxf6 bxa2 23. Kb2 gxf6 23. Bxc5

but I'm gonna descend now.

Sep-14-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Mateo: I can't believe Gelfand did not see 22...Rxf4!. If he saw it, why didn't he played it? There was no risk at all.
Sep-14-07  cotdt: <Mateo: I can't believe Gelfand did not see 22...Rxf4!. If he saw it, why didn't he played it? There was no risk at all.> Both players saw it, but it seemed to go into unclear positions. But in their post-game interview, they analyzed the position to be winning for Gelfand. Too bad Gelfand did not have the guts to play it.
Sep-15-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eyal: <Instead of the final move 22..Rxe1+, Gelfand could have grabbed a pawn with 22..Rxf4. It's opposite-colored bishops, but it looks significantly better for Black. There's a reason we don't often hear "killer instinct" and "Boris Gelfand" in the same sentence.> (http://www.chessninja.com/dailydirt...)
Sep-15-07  anandrulez: Gelfie didnt risk much and prefered safe draw.Anand white repertoire loos shaky at the moment.Hope he plays better lines.....
Sep-15-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eyal: <Gelfie didnt risk much and prefered safe draw> Well, in the process he missed good winning chances against Anand, which is something you don't get very often (especially with Black). That's not the way to succeed in such a tournament.
Sep-17-07  Resignation Trap: Gelfand always supplies us with a wide variety of facial expressions. Here he is at the start of the game: http://www.chessbase.com/news/2007/... .
Sep-17-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <ResT> That was clearly after he played <22... Rxe1+>
Sep-17-07  Resignation Trap: <whiteshark> Yeah, you're probably right. :)
Sep-30-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eyal: ...And now that Anand has finished first, a point ahead of him, Gelfand certainly has a reason to regret not playing for a win in this game.
Oct-02-07  sanyas: Maybe he just missed the tactic?

Okay, probably not.

Oct-02-07  euripides: <rt> Nice photo. Does that qualify as blindfold ? or are the glasses those hi-tech ones that don't need eyes ?
Aug-06-08  notyetagm: Black to play: 11 ... ?


click for larger view

(VAR) Position after 11 ... ♘e5x♘f3 12 g2xf3


click for larger view

<Whack8888: 11. Nxf3 gives White an open g file--and his pawn is already to h5--it will be difficult for Black to attack White's doubled pawns, while White will have a relatively easy time attacking the dark squares around Black's King--if h6, then that pawn will be very weak, <and if White plays h6 followed by Black's g6, Black will have a hard time defending his dark squares also--keep in mind that having to f pawns when Black's King side pawns are on f7, g6, and h7 is not at all a bad thing as you can send both of them to attack the vulnerable g6 square>>

Very good points you make about:

1) the utility of the half-open g-file

2) the strength of the cramping White h5-pawn, especially in conjunction with the half-open g-gile

3) the doubled White f-pawns are not really weak since they are on a closed file and therefore are difficult to attack

4) the power of the doubled White f-pawns: White might be able to play f4-f5 attacking weak g6-square/pawn -TWICE- if Black allows h5-h6 g7-g6.

May-24-09  notyetagm: 22 ... ?


click for larger view

(VAR)
22 ... ♖e4xf4!


click for larger view

(VAR)
23 ♕d2x♖f4?? ♗f6-g5 <pin>


click for larger view

search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.


NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
petrovs,russian game,nimzowitsch attack
from raygie tutor's favorite games by raygie tutor
ramzee997's favorite games
by ramzee997
22 ... Re4xf4! 23 Qd2xRf4?? Bf6-g5 pins f4-queen to c1-king
from You can take *ANY* square lined up with king by notyetagm
Russian Game: Nimzowitsch Attk (C42) 1/2-1/2? Instead 22..Rxf4!
from yP-K4 Games by fredthebear
22 ... Re4xf4! loose pawn falls due to pin 23 Qd2xRf4?? Bf6-g5
from When COUNTING says no, MISPLACED PIECES says yes by notyetagm
Fide 2007 world cup
by King mega
Round 1: Anand 1/2, Gelfand 1/2
from 2007 World Chess Championship by Penguincw
Russian Game: Nimzowitsch Attk (C42) 1/2-1/2? Instead 22..Rxf4!
from P Ds to Open Flame Games Burnt Fredthebear by fredthebear
22 ... Re4xf4! 23 Qd2xRf4?? Bf6-g5 pins f4-queen to c1-king
from Pins! Exploit every pin!!! by trh6upsz

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2020, Chessgames Services LLC