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Boris Gelfand vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
World Cup (2009) (blitz), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 4, Dec-02
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Korchnoi Line (A28)  ·  1-0

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Dec-02-09  beenthere240: Ken Spragget has annotated this game on his blog. White's 23. d4! cracks the game open.
Dec-04-09  Eyal: This was the 2nd blitz game, which decided the match between the two players in the 4th round after the 7 previous games (2 classical, 4 rapids, 1 blitz) were drawn. In all previous 3 games with White Gelfand played 4.g3, and after 4...Nd4 5.Bg2 Nxf3+ 6.Bxf3 Bb4 7.Qb3 Bc5 8.d3 c6 9.O-O O-O 10.Bd2 h6 got absolutely nothing. Here he deviated with 4.a3, to get VL out of this Nd4-Bb4 system in which he appeared to feel very comfortable, leading to a sort of KID-type formation instead, and it paid off. (Btw, after 4.a3, 4...Nd4? is weak because White can simply play 5.Nxe5 Qe7 6.Nf3 - with the pawn on g3 that wouldn't be possible due to mate on f3).

Interestingly, for a while it seems that White is playing on the Q-side and Black trying to develop some play on the K-side, but actually Black's troubles begin right with the K-side expansion 16...f5? (better was c6). From that point on, the way Gelfand exploits the weaknesses created in Black's position is very direct and powerful.

Feb-21-11  notyetagm: THIS WEEK'S CHESSVIDEOS SHOW: MORE HIGH- (AND LOW-) LIGHTS FROM THE WORLD CUP FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2009 AT 11:09AM

http://www.chessvideos.tv/forum/vie...

<Last time, I looked at some blunders from the World Cup; this time, it's a couple of blitz highlights from round 4. In this week's presentation for ChessVideos, I examine the rook and bishop ending from the second Jakovenko-Grischuk blitz game, <<<and then present the second Gelfand-Vachier Lagrave blitz game in its entirety.>>> The first game wasn't exactly characterized by its overwhelming accuracy, though it had its instructive moments, but the second game was very impressive.

I hope you'll have a look. The show is free (free registration is the only pre-requisite, if you haven't fulfilled it already), and will be available on-demand for the next month or so.>

Feb-21-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: Gelfand's Best Games

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