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Boris Gelfand vs Gata Kamsky
World Championship Candidates (2011) (rapid), Kazan RUS, rd 2, May-16
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Indian Formation (A15)  ·  0-1



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May-16-11  swr: Oh my... that was ugly.
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  OhioChessFan: White's Queen stranded. Bet she didn't like the Rook on her home square.
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  al wazir: When I move my ♕ three times in the first 15 moves and then let it get trapped, people call me a patzer and worse. But what do they know? I'm actually playing like a GM.
May-16-11  lost in space: 16. a3?? c4! 17. dxc4 (instead of Qxc4) 17...Nc5 and the queen is gone too.
May-16-11  DAVI DE RAFE: is grischuk going to win world champ with this performance
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  al wazir: Grischuk, Gelfand, what's the difference? They're both Russians who begin with 'G'.
May-17-11  newton296: was this a blitz game? its so ugly! wow! boris gets his Q hung right in the middle of the board!
May-17-11  Gogia: is this really blitz?
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  tamar: No, this was a rapid game. As I recall, Gelfand was behind on the clock, but still had ample time, like 12 minutes or so.
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  Rob Morrison: Wow!! 16 . . . c4!! What a beautiful move! 16. a3? was a form of helpmate on white's queen but very easy to overlook the stunning reply.
Jun-02-11  ReikiMaster: That's the spirit <al wazir>! 16.Ne4 looks ok.
Jun-20-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: CLEARANCE: VACATING A SQUARE

Gelfand vs Kamsky, 2011 16 ... c5-c4! vacates c5-sq for 17 ... Nd7-c5, harvesting b3-queen

Jun-20-11  notyetagm: Gelfand vs Kamsky, 2011

<lost in space: 16. a3?? c4! 17. dxc4 (instead of Qxc4) 17...Nc5 and the queen is gone too.>

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16 a2-a3?? <self-block: a3>

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16 ... c5-c4! <clearance: c5>

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17 d3xc4 ♘d7-c5 <trapped piece: b3-queen>

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Gelfand clearly missed IMHO the most difficult <KNIGHT PATTERN> to see on the board, <THE OPPOSITE SIDES OF A 3X5 RECTANGLE>, here the d7- and b3-squares.

This pattern is *especially* hard to see on a crowded board, as it is here.

The Black d7-knight just seems to come out of nowhere (the Black 2nd rank) to harvest the White b3-queen, which is <STALEMATED>.

<Rob Morrison: Wow!! 16 . . . c4!! What a beautiful move! 16. a3? was a form of helpmate on white's queen but very easy to overlook the stunning reply.>

Yes, Gelfand is the new challenger to World Champion Anand, is rated over 2740, and completely(!) overlooked that 16 a2-a3?? c5-c4! results in a fatal loss of material due to a <TRAPPED> queen.

Jun-20-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: KNIGHT PATTERNS: OPP SIDES OF 3x5 RECTANGLE

Gelfand vs Kamsky, 2011 17 ... Nd7-c5 comes out of nowhere to harvest trapped b3-queen

Jun-20-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: DECOYS: ALIGNMENT: DRAGGED INTO THE LINE OF FIRE
Oct-05-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: SELF-BLOCKS: CAN'T CAPTURE YOUR OWN PIMP

Gelfand vs Kamsky, 2011 16 a2-a3?? takes away the a3-square, stalemating White b3-queen

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