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Boris Gelfand vs Hikaru Nakamura
FIDE Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2015), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 2, May-15
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Bayonet Attack (E97)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-15-15  Marmot PFL: Early on white seems to be playing only for the draw, which he finally gets due to opposite color bishops.
May-15-15  CountryGirl: I got the feeling that Gelfand had nothing special prepared for this game. Nakamura seemed to have zero difficulties, and to be the only one pressing. Has the bayonet variation been blunted?
May-15-15  SirRuthless: 13....h6 was the novelty(i think) I have not checked the database on that but Gelfand didn't really respond the right way after 14.Ne6 Bx 15.dx Qc8 16.Be3 Ne8!? pretty much equalizes for black and 17. Bg3 was just passive allowing Qxe6 immediately. I think black is already better now. 13....Nf5 is standard in this line so Gelfand was surprised by 13...h6 apparently.
May-16-15  Jamboree: What really separates the great grandmasters from the rest of us (and even from run-of-the-mill grandmasters) is their ability to keep fighting and keep finding counterplay even in seemingly hopeless positions -- and do so routinely. Almost any player in the world would have lost this game to Nakamura after being a pawn or two down in the early endgame. But it's nearly impossible to seal the deal against Gelfand unless you have him completely and irrevocably busted or mated (which doesn't happen very often). If there is the slimmest opportunity for counterplay, a glimmer of an idea, Gelfand will find it and maximize his chances. Even when you think you've simply won already, his disembodied surviving mechanical hand will crawl by itself down the road and strangle you in the final scene.

Because of skills like this, Gelfand racks up draws when everyone else would be racking up goose eggs.

May-23-15  Conrad93: So is 9...Nh5 now the most popular move in this variation?

I usually see 9...a5 or 9. Ne8 played.

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