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Fabiano Caruana vs Boris Gelfand
FIDE Grand Prix Paris (2013), Elancourt FRA, rd 6, Sep-30
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30)  ·  1-0

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Sep-30-13  chessdgc2: :) I must be spelling that wrong...ok then, I learned something, bugle...that's to play Taps...in remembrance of Gelfand
Sep-30-13  Ulhumbrus: Welcome <AgentRgent>!
Sep-30-13
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  Domdaniel: <chessdgc2> I could be wrong, but perhaps tamar's point was that there is no such thing as a 'bugal'. Unless maybe Topalov eats them in Bugalaria...
Sep-30-13  Conrad93: The funny thing is that black was lost moves ago. White just dragged it out.

Anyways, CG should switch to the Nakamura-Ivanchuk game after.

Sep-30-13
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  tamar: Skittles are another appropriate snack at the chessboard.
Sep-30-13
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  AgentRgent: <Ulhumbrus: Welcome> Greetings!
Sep-30-13
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  tamar: As in Gelfand is going to get a bagel in this game.
Sep-30-13  Ulhumbrus: On 41...Rf8 ( hoping to play ...Rf8-f6-g6) White can consider 42 a5- a6
Sep-30-13
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  Domdaniel: < appropriate snack at the chessboard> And *tamarles*, of course...
Sep-30-13  Ulhumbrus: 42 Rg2 invites 42...Re8. This suggests an alternative eg 42 Rc3
Sep-30-13
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  tamar: Such snacks are known as fingerfehler foods.
Sep-30-13  chessdgc2: It is true this game was won long ago, but this is a classic example how a winning side must be consistent with his advantage for an extensive period of time or number of moves in order to seal it...any slip could have lost his advantage...quite impressive!
Sep-30-13
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  Domdaniel: Bagel should submit to pizza soon.
Sep-30-13  watwinc: This is exactly the kind of position that makes me think twice about reviving my Sicilian repertoire.
Sep-30-13  Marmot PFL: I would probably have pushed the d-pawn by now but white is being very careful to guard everything first.
Sep-30-13  chessdgc2: Dom: For Caruana! You know, it seems that the Rossolimo is a very effective weapon against the open Sici as Free used it against Gelfand and got a sound draw while Caruana should go on to win this one...Gelfand is one of the best Sici players in the world so this gives huge credibility to the variation
Sep-30-13
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  tamar: Boris coming to terms that his King attack is gone. He must somehow keep his piece activity high to have a chance for a cheapo.

42...Qh5 perhaps with an idea to reroute the Queen via Qe8 to watch the pawns, but still be available to attack.

Sep-30-13  haydn20: 42. Rc3 is nice. With white owning ranks 2 & 3 Black has nothing. As a cherry on top the whipped cream, the Bishop covers the queening square for the dP.
Sep-30-13
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  tamar: <haydn20> The King is alone, but the rooks on the second and third rank create an electronic fence keeping the dogs out.
Sep-30-13  Ulhumbrus: 42...Qh5 prepares the manoeuvre ...Rf8-f6-g6 as the move Bd8 in reply to ...Rf6 will no longer skewer the rook on f6 to the queen on h4. Perhaps it is time for White to consider advancing his a pawn: 43 a6 Rf6 44 a7
Sep-30-13  chessdgc2: Yes, and White can force Black to hand over a piece for the dP even before it reaches d8
Sep-30-13  Ulhumbrus: Perhaps Caruana is trying to decide whether to advance his d pawn or his a pawn
Sep-30-13
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  Domdaniel: <chessdgc2> -- < it seems that the Rossolimo is a very effective weapon against the open Sici > Yep, it can be. I played it once, about 35 years ago, and drew. I was young and innocent and didn't know any openings -- and I never played 1.e4 again.
Sep-30-13  Ulhumbrus: <chessdgc2: Dom: For Caruana! You know, it seems that the Rossolimo is a very effective weapon against the open Sici as Free used it against Gelfand and got a sound draw while Caruana should go on to win this one...Gelfand is one of the best Sici players in the world so this gives huge credibility to the variation> We may assume that Gelfand did not intend his central pawns to become a target instead of a weapon so he must have overlooked at least one thing at some point.
Sep-30-13  chessdgc2: Dom: That's an interesting testimony you shared on the Rossolimo...I had something of a "flipside" to that as I played against it when I was still an "A" player against a "C" player and we drew...that was back in the 80's and I cursed it! The C player told me afterwards that he played it because it allowed him to trade pieces when things got hot in the center...whatever his reason, it worked for him!
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