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Boris Gelfand vs Leinier Dominguez Perez
FIDE Grand Prix Paris (2013), Elancourt FRA, rd 3, Sep-24
Queen's Gambit Declined: Barmen Variation (D37)  ·  1-0

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Sep-24-13  luzhin: Gelfand could have had an earlier dinner if he'd spotted 39.Rxe5! Rxe5 40.Bf6 which wins, i.e 40...Rg5 41.Bxg5 hxg5 42.Qxg5 Bxb3 43.d7.
Sep-24-13
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  Eggman: This is at least the second time that Gelfand has had the Queen vs Rook ending in his career. On a previous (infamous) occasion against Peter Svidler Gelfand had the rook, and with some help from his opponent managed to defend successfully.

Today Gelfand had the queen, and managed to win it, though curiously Gelfand missed a faster win, and it was exactly the win missed by Svidler:


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Here in Gelfand vs Svidler, 2001 White has just played 95.Rg1 and Svidler misses 1...Qh4+ 2.Kg2 Qd4!, ending things quickly, e.g. 3.Kh2 Kf2 4.Rg2+ Kf1 and the rook soon falls.


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Meanwhile in Gelfand-Dominguez Black has just played 85...Ra7, reaching exactly the same position as in Gelfand-Svidler above, and now instead of 86.Qd8+ Kb7 87.Qd4! Gelfand played 86.Qf8+?!, prolonging the struggle. Unlike Svidler, however, Gelfand eventually got the job done.

Sep-24-13  devere: "Gelfand vs Svidler, 2001"

Anyone one who cannot win this Q v R ending in the required 50 moves should not consider themselves a chess master. So much for the claims that today's players are better than the famous old-timers.

Sep-24-13  Shams: <devere> You don't think Peter Svidler should even consider himself a master? That's rubbish. Against stout defense the ending can be very, very difficult to win. Ask Walter Browne if you don't believe me.
Sep-24-13  paramount: WOW....GOTD!!!!
Sep-25-13  Blunderdome: Epic.
Sep-25-13  PawnJockey: <luzhin> You are absolutely right. 39. Rxe5 is crushing.

I wonder if there was time pressure on both players as 39.. Ne5 seems a blunder to me. The whole point of white's queen on the G file (at least at first glance) appears to put the pin on black's g-pawn and in that position Ne5 is just a welcome gift.

Sep-25-13  builttospill: Wow! So many in-between moves, starting with the Be7. Gelfand is the real deal
Sep-26-13
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  Gypsy: Gelfand channeling his inner Kasparov.
Sep-26-13  Marmot PFL: In Gelfand vs Svidler, 2001 if the score is right Svidler somehow missed 85...Qc5+, winning the rook. Maybe that upset him and threw off his concentration.

<I wonder if there was time pressure on both players as 39.. Ne5 seems a blunder to me. The whole point of white's queen on the G file (at least at first glance) appears to put the pin on black's g-pawn and in that position Ne5 is just a welcome gift.>

Black was losing anyway so his only chance was a time pressure mistake by white.

Jun-18-18  Omnipotent00001: 68. Qe4 mates in 54 turns. g7 as played wins also but takes 8 moves longer.

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