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Evgeny Tomashevsky vs Boris Gelfand
FIDE Grand Prix Paris (2013), Elancourt FRA, rd 2, Sep-23
Gruenfeld Defense: Three Knights. Burille Variation (D94)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-23-13  Beholder: First! Unless someone on my ignore list posted above that.
Sep-23-13  waustad: Gelfand took Giri to school. Let's see how he does against Tomashevsky. The latter showed a lot during the World Cup.
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  Check It Out: <Beholder> I'm on your ignore list so you can't see my post, which reads, "FIRST!!"
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  whiteshark: Brilliant strategy. You've gotta admit.
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  hoodrobin: why did you all put me on ignore? (but you can't read me.)


Sep-23-13  Strongest Force: Thomas-Reshevsky is da man!
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  Domdaniel: He ain't Tom Hevsky, he's a Brother.
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  chancho: The Tomahawk will dash your hopes and chop off your scalp.

(ask Aronian, Morozevich, and So)

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  Domdaniel: The flanges and flanks
The files and the ranks
Are the fangs of the new-fangled Gelfand...
Sep-23-13  chessdgc2: With a little dental technique, fangs can be pulled....
Sep-23-13  chessdgc2: Amongst top-level players, the Gruenfeld Defense doesn't have a good result-reputation so I do admire Gelfand's courage playing it
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  whiteshark: <1.d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. e3 O-O 6. Be2>

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Sep-23-13  chessdgc2: It's White's way of avoiding the Exchange Variation which favors White!
Sep-23-13  chessdgc2: Oh goodness, has Black's d5-pawn become poisoned?
Sep-23-13  chessdgc2: Gentlemen, you are now looking at the Poisoned Pawn Variation of the Gruenfeld by Boris Gelfand who deserves a Silver Star
Sep-23-13  Robin01: I thought a poisoned pawn variation had to do with black taking the b2 pawn with his queen.
Sep-23-13  chessdgc2: Robin01: A poisoned is named so because it is NOT safe to take're thinking of the so-called Poisoned Pawn Variation of the Ruy Lopez which is heavily debated...if the pawn Is NOT safe to take, it is therefore named a "Poisoned Pawn", bu the variation you're talking about in the Ruy Lopez is not necessarily "unsafe"! Just look at Short-Kasparov in the World Championship back in 1992...Kasparov proves Black CAN take the pawn at b2 and win...we've got a poisoned pawn here!
Sep-23-13  lost in space: Opening Explorer

Still theory and well known

Sep-23-13  chessdgc2: Robinp1: Apology: It's the Sicilian Defense (Najdorf Vairation which carries the Poisoned Pawn Variation or Najdorf "Classical" system Where White's DSB goes to g5 leaving the b2 square undefended
Sep-23-13  lost in space: Opening Explorer

Most likely outcojme is a draw according to OE

Sep-23-13  chessdgc2: White can't take with 1. bxc3 here...White must play 1. Bd2
Sep-23-13  Robin01: White could always play 10.Kf1.
Sep-23-13  lost in space: No, 10. bxc3 Qxc3 11. Qd2 Qxa1 12. 0-0 Qg7 13. Bb2 f6 14. Bc4+ is well known theory and most probably the best way to create winning chances for White.

An other option -beside 10. Bd2 is 10. Kf1

Sep-23-13  chessdgc2: lost in space: I did not consider 1 Kf1 due to ...Rd8
Sep-23-13  lost in space: 10. Kf1 Rd8 11. Qc4 or Qb3 and we have 2 game in the database; 1 ends draw, one with a white win.
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