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Boris Gelfand vs Vugar Gashimov
Linares (2010), Linares ESP, rd 1, Feb-13
Benoni Defense: Classical Variation. General (A70)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-13-10  Eyal: According to Ljubojevic (who's present on the scene) talking to ICC, what happened was that they swapped queens so quickly in the time scramble that the pieces didn't actually touch the board before they pressed the clock, which confused the relay/demo boards.
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  Tabanus: <the pieces didn't actually touch the board> lol, is that at all possible?
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  Gypsy: Hmm, and now it looks Black is slightly better. It should be a draw, however. Too late in the game now. But Gashimov certainly outplayed Gelfand after the opening.
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  chancho: <Tabanus>
Feb-13-10  lost in space: Harry, du kannst schon mal den Wagen holen.
Feb-13-10  PinnedPiece: Anything wrong with 43...f4?
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  Tabanus: As if the shadow is faster than Lucky Luke :)

Well I guess its possible, but not without "cheating"? Should slow motion be available to the arbiter? ;)

Feb-13-10  lost in space: Dead draw. Good night
Feb-13-10  Eyal: <Anything wrong with 43...f4?> It gives White a passed e-pawn and allows him to exchange off his weak h-pawn (though it should probably be a draw anyway).
Feb-13-10  Marmot PFL: I missed some moves - why did Gelfand simply give up pf3 with 32 Qc4?
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  Peligroso Patzer: < Marmot PFL: I missed some moves - why did Gelfand simply give up pf3 with 32 Qc4? >

He was running short of time at that point in the game. He may have misjudged that the line he played offered stronger attacking possibilities than it actually did.

Feb-13-10  Marmot PFL: If the black N was on e6 he would have Nf4+ and Ng2 winning h4, so Nd8 looks logical. Not likely to lead to much though. If the pawns were more advances some king od sacrifice might be possible.
Feb-13-10  SamAtoms1980: [-0.38/21] 47 ... Nd8 48.Nd2 Ne6 49.Nc4 Nf4+ 50.Ke3 Ng2+ 51.Ke2 Bxh4
Feb-13-10  Marmot PFL: McShane evidently won today in over 100 moves. I don't think anything like that will happen here.
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  keypusher: Generally I manage not to care about opening names, but "Anti-Nimzo-indian" for a Benoni? It isn't 1930.
Feb-14-10  notyetagm:
Feb-14-10  notyetagm: Game Collection: DECOYS: *ALIGNMENT*:CHESS IS *NOT* JUST COUNTING 19 ... Nf6xd5! 20 Qb3xNd5?! lines up with d2-knight for skewer
Feb-14-10  notyetagm:

18 ... ♕b6-a7

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<A key position. With a few accurate consolidating moves, the game will be as good as over, as White has all sorts of advantages here: an extra pawn, the bishop pair, a centralized passed pawn, and domination of some key light squares. Black has two trumps of his own, though: good control over some dark squares, and the fact that White still hasn't solved the problem of his king. Gelfand takes care of that problem, but at the cost of his beautiful passer.>


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<19.0-0?! [19.d6 safeguards the pawn while opening the a2-g8 diagonal; 19.Rd1 protects the Nd2 (see the game) and brings the rook within defensive range of the d-pawn; and the most obvious (but not necessarily best) option is 19.e4 , protecting the d5-pawn, but it's a little scary to play this as it weakens two more dark squares, d4 and f4.; 19.Nc4 isn't so good, however. It stops ...c4, but after 19...Nxd5 20.Bc6 (20.Nd6!? N7b6 21.Rd1 c4 is very unclear.) 20...N5b6! 21.Bxa8 Nxc4 22.Qxc4 Bxb2 23.Rd1 Rxa8 gives Black good compensation for the exchange.]>

Feb-14-10  notyetagm: 19 ... ?

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19 ... ♘f6xd5!

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<[<<<20.Qxd5?! Nb6>>> 21.Qxc5 Rac8 22.Qg5 Rxd2 and Black is in great shape, with full compensation for the pawn (which he'll regain momentarily).] >


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The main point of Gashimov's 19 ... ♘f6xd5!: the Black d8-rook <SKEWERS> the White d5-queen and d2-knight.

Feb-14-10  kingsindian2006: I could never play this opening for black , very cramped from get go... What is goal of attack with this defense? Anyone know? Or is there a reason its not played much at this level besides maybe vugar
Feb-14-10  humangraymatter: Black's 7..Bg7 is considered inferior to 7..a6 because of Queen's check.9..b5 is also considered dubious at Zenon Franco's Chess Explaine-Modern Benoni book.
Feb-14-10  Red October: did any Master comment on the possibility of 19.0-0-0 for White?
Feb-14-10  notyetagm: GIRI comments ->
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