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Boris Gelfand vs Samuel Shankland
Prague Chess Festival (Masters) (2019), Prague CZE, rd 3, Mar-08
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Schallopp Defense (D12)  ·  1-0



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Mar-10-19  Steve.Patzer: Move 57 by Shankland was a blunder.
Mar-12-19  Hokey pokey: I guess Black had to play 57...Bxe7.
Mar-15-19  sakredkow: It looks like 13. Qb6 is a new move here. 13. Bc3 has been played before.
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  Fusilli: In New In Chess 3,2019, Timman has an article on "Hidden traps and tricks." There he notes a devilish Gelfand miss in this position:

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Gelfand played 19.Bd3. Timman writes:

<This retreat is good for a slight plus, and in the end, Gelfand managed to win. A far stronger option, however, was 19.Bb7!, with the point of 19...Bb5 20.Rb1 Qc7

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21.Bc6+!!, and White wins the exchange. After 21...Qxc6 22.Qxb8+ Kf7 23.Qxb5 Qxc3+ 24.Kf1, the rest would be a matter of technique. But that little move 21.Bc6+!! was hard to find over the board.>

If 19...Bd7 (this is me, not Timman), the simple 20.O-O gives white an overwhelming superiority. The threat is 21.Bb4, so 20...Qc7 21.Rb1 e6 22.Ba5, and white wins the exchange here too.

I think the instructive point is that, if we look at the first diagram, white is clearly better. Both kings are in the center, but White's castle is one move away and Black's castle three. White has harmonious pieces, while Black is messy: behind in development, with his e-pawn still on e7 blocking the bishop, with a queen devoted to defend a vulnerable rook (and potentially obstructing the development of his own bishop)... There's gotta be something!

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