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Boris Gelfand vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
FIDE Grand Prix (2010), Astrakhan RUS, rd 2, May-11
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Indian Formation (A15)  ·  1-0



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  tamar: Both Kings in the center trapezing about like the Flying Wallendas.

Mamedyarov falls to his death after 39...Ke6 as 40 Nc6 forks the rooks

May-11-10  redwhitechess: Good job Gelfand! Stockfich at chessbomb had giving minus score for some moves, maybe computer weaknesses?
May-11-10  pulsar: Black's Rook on a5 is the main feature of this game.
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  Gilmoy: <18..Ra6> is pretty cool, too!
May-12-10  Dr. Funkenstein: Gelfand's pawn sac with f4 and e4 is a brilliant passage of play. He realizes that black can't secure his protected passed pawn with c5 as that would entomb the rook. The king can then use the space created to decisively finish the game. Mamedyarov must have been in time trouble when he played 38 ...Kd5?? Even a lower ranked GM could have found Nb4+ without using a computer program...
May-12-10  kingfu: Black's King Rook is doing what exactly?
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  tamar: 28...Bb4! would vindicate Mamedyarov's extravagant rook forays/instead of 28...Bg7?

If 29 Nxb4 Ra5xe5+ wins, so white is just worse, and the rook in no danger of being trapped.

May-12-10  hellopolgar: boy, Gelfand trapped that rook good.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I would have liked to have seen 39...Kxe5; 40.Nc6+ with a triple fork.
May-21-10  botvinnik64: Must have been time pressure on Shark's part; how else to explain blunder? Game looked pretty even for most of the time...
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