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Boris Gelfand vs Anish Giri
FIDE Grand Prix Beijing (2013), Beijing CHN, rd 3, Jul-06
Dutch Defense: Leningrad. Warsaw Variation (A88)  ·  0-1

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Jul-06-13  MrSpock: The position after move 37 is equal!
Jul-06-13  TimothyLucasJaeger: Gelfand forfeited on time, i believe.
Jul-06-13  Jamboree: If white keeps his king in the center and centralizes his knight as well then there's no way he can lose because even in a worst-case scenario his could, after trading off two pawns on the kingside, sac one of his pieces for the other pawns, if black tries to beak through and overextend the two central pawns.

But meanwhile black has to deal with the terrible problem of white's two queenside pawns, which will start rolling very quickly after Nb4, a4, a5 and a6. Black would need his king and both pieces in the fray to make any progress pushing his own passed pawn, but at least one if not two of those pieces will be needed to hold white's pawns at bay.

In other words, white had a guaranteed draw, and possibly winning chances...and then his flag fell. Which is especially sad because even a beginner could play the next three moves almost instantly. Something like 38. Nb4 is risk-free and requires no analysis, and 39. a4 is also risk-free. Even the do-nothing moves 40. Bg8 and then 41. Bc4 could be played just to get to time-control. Even in a one-minute game those moves could be played without any thinking required.

What a tragedy.

Jul-06-13  csmath: Dutch is played against Gelfand because he has some mental block about playing against Dutch.
Jul-06-13
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  whiteshark: <TimothyLucasJaeger: Gelfand forfeited on time, i believe.> Yes, Boris lost it on time!
Jul-06-13  ajile: :o)

I always check out the Dutch games first. Extra credit if it's a Leningrad.

Jul-07-13  mrbasso: Gelfand's result against the Dutch lately is indeed a complete disaster.
Jul-07-13
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  perfidious: <mrbasso:.....is indeed a complete disaster.>

Knew there was someone missing from iggydom.

Jul-07-13  Calar: Report from chessvibes.com:

<Boris Gelfand was better throughout the game against Anish Giri, but lost anyway. How is that possible? Well, in a Dutch Defence that didn't go too well, the Dutch grandmaster managed to hang on with 16...Rd7! and when White didn't find the best plan, it was more or less OK for Black. Just before the time control the players reached an unclear ending, and then at move 38, with two minutes on the clock, Gelfand started thinking, forgot about the clock and lost on time.>

So Gelfand forgot about the clock

Jul-07-13
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  perfidious: Ouch.
Jul-07-13  garrettfu5: Poor Boris :/
It has taken some time for me to see Boris as a top level player. Ever since the mass skepticism about him being a respectable challenger for the world title I have held Boris to low regard. I didn't believe he had proven his ability enough to deserve that chance for the title. I have followed his recent performance, watched his post-game press conferences and interviews, and I have to say I am beginning to believe in Boris Gelfand. His chess has shone.
Mar-28-19
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  whiteshark: * he nodded off / felt asleep due to jet-lag.

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