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Boris Gelfand vs Cristobal Henriquez Villagra
World Cup (2015) (rapid), Baku AZE, rd 1, Sep-13
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Pin Defense (D12)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-13-15  Pulo y Gata: Coming from Boris, this is a terrible game. White's 24th was a little shocking.
Sep-13-15  dumbgai: Gelfand gets eliminated in the first round by an IM.
Sep-13-15  Macbeth: 43...Qe3 menaces the deadly Qf4+. 44.Qb8 looks playable but then black has the f6-f5-f4 plan. I'm too lazy to check with an engine, but white seems to be lost.

The infamous 24 f3. looks terrible, but white has already a difficult position (white BSB is becoming useless).

Sep-13-15  dumbgai: <Macbeth> You don't need to check an engine, because black is a piece up.
Sep-13-15  Macbeth: I'm sure that you are very aware that a piece up still could be draw <dumbgai>.
Sep-13-15  dumbgai: Yes, being a piece up can be a draw, but only in special circumstances with reduced material or when the weaker side has a fortress.

In this position, black is a piece up while also having plenty of pawns, and the white king is exposed. There's no need to consult an engine to see that black is easily winning.

Sep-14-15  Joules: Shredder says -5.75 and it goes downhill quickly -7.72 after recommended:

Qb8 Kf7
Rd5 Qxc3
Qb1 Qd3
Qa1 Ng7
with Black threatening to Queen again on the C-file

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  swordfish: Interesting game. A little-known player defeats with Black a former WC contender by trading two bishops for two knights in the opening. Is this a known line of the Slav?
Sep-17-15  latvalatvian: Make sure everything you say on this site is backed up by science. Also, stay away from those evil chess computers.
Feb-25-20  asiduodiego: A good game by Henríquez. The opening was quite surprising (the trading of the bishop pair for the knight pair by Black), but this bet in the end paid off: the infamous 24 f3? by Boris is bad, sure, but he's trying to activate his Bishop, but that turned out to be fatal very quickly.

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