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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 remembrance of Gelfand
Sep-30-13  Ulhumbrus: Welcome <AgentRgent>!
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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.

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  tamar: Skittles are another appropriate snack at the chessboard.
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  AgentRgent: <Ulhumbrus: Welcome> Greetings!
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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
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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
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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!
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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
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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.
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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
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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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