Chess Match – Carlsen, Magnus vs Gelfand, Boris- in Zuerich Chess Challenge, Open: D78


Math between Carlsen, Magnus and Gelfand, Boris

Event: Zuerich Chess Challenge

Pgn:


[Event “Zuerich Chess Challenge”]
[Site “Zuerich”]
[Date “2014.01.30”]
[Round “1”]
[White “[White being only one pawn up, he here has a dominating grip on the “White being only one pawn up, he here has a dominating grip on the”]”]
[Black “Gelfand, Boris”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “2872”]
[BlackElo “2777”]
[ECO “D78”]
[Annotator “Nielsen,PH”]
[EventDate “2014.01.30”]
[PlyCount “73”]
[EventType “tourn”]
[EventRounds “5”]
[EventCountry “SUI”]
[Source “web”]
[SourceDate “2014.03.17”]
[EventCategory “22”]
[[{ After his win in Chennai, Magnus took a 2 month break from chess, “{ After his win in Chennai, Magnus took a 2 month break from chess,”] “[{ After his win in Chennai, Magnus took a 2 month break from chess, “{ After his win in Chennai, Magnus took a 2 month break from chess,”]”]
[[discounting an indeed effective, yet rather risky attacking victory against “discounting an indeed effective, yet rather risky attacking victory against”] “[discounting an indeed effective, yet rather risky attacking victory against “discounting an indeed effective, yet rather risky attacking victory against”]”]
[Bill “[Bill Gates. The prolog in Zurich was a 5 round blitz tournament to “Bill Gates. The prolog in Zurich was a 5 round blitz tournament to”]”]
[[determine the pairings. Despite his actually winning it did indicate some “determine the pairings. Despite his actually winning it did indicate some”] “[determine the pairings. Despite his actually winning it did indicate some “determine the pairings. Despite his actually winning it did indicate some”]”]
[[rustiness in the champion’s play, but in his first classical game as World “rustiness in the champion’s play, but in his first classical game as World”] “[rustiness in the champion’s play, but in his first classical game as World “rustiness in the champion’s play, but in his first classical game as World”]”]
[[Champion, we saw Magnus from his absolutely best side. } “Champion, we saw Magnus from his absolutely best side. }”] “[Champion, we saw Magnus from his absolutely best side. } “Champion, we saw Magnus from his absolutely best side. }”]”]
[[1. c4 g6 2. d4 $5 { Having given it a shot at avoiding the Grünfeld, “1. c4 g6 2. d4 $5 { Having given it a shot at avoiding the Grünfeld,”] “[1. c4 g6 2. d4 $5 { Having given it a shot at avoiding the Grünfeld, “1. c4 g6 2. d4 $5 { Having given it a shot at avoiding the Grünfeld,”]”]
[Magnus “[Magnus reacts to Gelfand’s surprising 1…g6 by actually allowing it! It “Magnus reacts to Gelfand’s surprising 1…g6 by actually allowing it! It”]”]
[[might seem inconsistent, but one of Magnus’ many strengths is huge “might seem inconsistent, but one of Magnus’ many strengths is huge”] “[might seem inconsistent, but one of Magnus’ many strengths is huge “might seem inconsistent, but one of Magnus’ many strengths is huge”]”]
[[flexibility and not being dependent on a specific opening choice. } 2… “flexibility and not being dependent on a specific opening choice. } 2…”] “[flexibility and not being dependent on a specific opening choice. } 2… “flexibility and not being dependent on a specific opening choice. } 2…”]”]
[[Nf6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. g3 c6 5. Bg2 d5 6. Qa4 $5 { An interesting line, which “Nf6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. g3 c6 5. Bg2 d5 6. Qa4 $5 { An interesting line, which”] “[Nf6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. g3 c6 5. Bg2 d5 6. Qa4 $5 { An interesting line, which “Nf6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. g3 c6 5. Bg2 d5 6. Qa4 $5 { An interesting line, which”]”]
[[became popular after Magnus used it to get a decent position against Peter “became popular after Magnus used it to get a decent position against Peter”] “[became popular after Magnus used it to get a decent position against Peter “became popular after Magnus used it to get a decent position against Peter”]”]
[Svidler “[Svidler in Linares 2007. The inspiration then came from leafing through “Svidler in Linares 2007. The inspiration then came from leafing through”]”]
[[Larsen’s book ZOOM (Zero hour opening models). As Gelfand has mentioned it “Larsen’s book ZOOM (Zero hour opening models). As Gelfand has mentioned it”] “[Larsen’s book ZOOM (Zero hour opening models). As Gelfand has mentioned it “Larsen’s book ZOOM (Zero hour opening models). As Gelfand has mentioned it”]”]
[[as a book with a huge impact on his chess development, I guess hoping for “as a book with a huge impact on his chess development, I guess hoping for”] “[as a book with a huge impact on his chess development, I guess hoping for “as a book with a huge impact on his chess development, I guess hoping for”]”]
[[6.Qa4 being a surprise is too much, but even objectively it’s an “6.Qa4 being a surprise is too much, but even objectively it’s an”] “[6.Qa4 being a surprise is too much, but even objectively it’s an “6.Qa4 being a surprise is too much, but even objectively it’s an”]”]
[[interesting line. } 6… O-O 7. O-O Nfd7 $5 (7… Bf5 { was what Svidler “interesting line. } 6… O-O 7. O-O Nfd7 $5 (7… Bf5 { was what Svidler”] “[interesting line. } 6… O-O 7. O-O Nfd7 $5 (7… Bf5 { was what Svidler “interesting line. } 6… O-O 7. O-O Nfd7 $5 (7… Bf5 { was what Svidler”]”]
[[played, but after: } 8. Nc3 Nbd7 9. cxd5 Nb6 10. Qb3 Nfxd5 11. Rd1 Qd6 12. “played, but after: } 8. Nc3 Nbd7 9. cxd5 Nb6 10. Qb3 Nfxd5 11. Rd1 Qd6 12.”] “[played, but after: } 8. Nc3 Nbd7 9. cxd5 Nb6 10. Qb3 Nfxd5 11. Rd1 Qd6 12. “played, but after: } 8. Nc3 Nbd7 9. cxd5 Nb6 10. Qb3 Nfxd5 11. Rd1 Qd6 12.”]”]
[[Bd2 Nxc3 13. Bxc3 Qe6 14. d5 $5 { Magnus had a pleasant edge, as after “Bd2 Nxc3 13. Bxc3 Qe6 14. d5 $5 { Magnus had a pleasant edge, as after”] “[Bd2 Nxc3 13. Bxc3 Qe6 14. d5 $5 { Magnus had a pleasant edge, as after “Bd2 Nxc3 13. Bxc3 Qe6 14. d5 $5 { Magnus had a pleasant edge, as after”]”]
[[exchanging on g7 and Nd4 White gets back the pawn with risk-free pressure. “exchanging on g7 and Nd4 White gets back the pawn with risk-free pressure.”] “[exchanging on g7 and Nd4 White gets back the pawn with risk-free pressure. “exchanging on g7 and Nd4 White gets back the pawn with risk-free pressure.”]”]
[[}) (7… a6 8. Bf4 Be6 9. cxd5 cxd5 10. Qb3 Ra7 { was Aronian’s creative “}) (7… a6 8. Bf4 Be6 9. cxd5 cxd5 10. Qb3 Ra7 { was Aronian’s creative”] “[}) (7… a6 8. Bf4 Be6 9. cxd5 cxd5 10. Qb3 Ra7 { was Aronian’s creative “}) (7… a6 8. Bf4 Be6 9. cxd5 cxd5 10. Qb3 Ra7 { was Aronian’s creative”]”]
[[way of handling the position im Monaco 2011, but there too Magnus had a “way of handling the position im Monaco 2011, but there too Magnus had a”] “[way of handling the position im Monaco 2011, but there too Magnus had a “way of handling the position im Monaco 2011, but there too Magnus had a”]”]
[[pleasant position, despite both games eventually being drawn. }) (7… Nbd7 “pleasant position, despite both games eventually being drawn. }) (7… Nbd7”] “[pleasant position, despite both games eventually being drawn. }) (7… Nbd7 “pleasant position, despite both games eventually being drawn. }) (7… Nbd7″]”]
[[8. cxd5 Nb6 { has also been played, but the claim is that after …cxd5 the “8. cxd5 Nb6 { has also been played, but the claim is that after …cxd5 the”] “[8. cxd5 Nb6 { has also been played, but the claim is that after …cxd5 the “8. cxd5 Nb6 { has also been played, but the claim is that after …cxd5 the”]”]
[[knight would rather be on b8, ready to go to c6, than sort of misplaced on “knight would rather be on b8, ready to go to c6, than sort of misplaced on”] “[knight would rather be on b8, ready to go to c6, than sort of misplaced on “knight would rather be on b8, ready to go to c6, than sort of misplaced on”]”]
[[b6. }) 8. Qc2 Nf6 $5 { A very interesting novelty. } ( { Against Fressinet “b6. }) 8. Qc2 Nf6 $5 { A very interesting novelty. } ( { Against Fressinet”] “[b6. }) 8. Qc2 Nf6 $5 { A very interesting novelty. } ( { Against Fressinet “b6. }) 8. Qc2 Nf6 $5 { A very interesting novelty. } ( { Against Fressinet”]”]
[Gelfand “[Gelfand had an unpleasant position after } 8… dxc4 9. Qxc4 Nb6 10. Qc2 “Gelfand had an unpleasant position after } 8… dxc4 9. Qxc4 Nb6 10. Qc2″]”]
[[Na6 11. Rd1 { , but as always had done his homework well and has an very “Na6 11. Rd1 { , but as always had done his homework well and has an very”] “[Na6 11. Rd1 { , but as always had done his homework well and has an very “Na6 11. Rd1 { , but as always had done his homework well and has an very”]”]
[[interesting idea in mind, which made Magnus think for more than half an “interesting idea in mind, which made Magnus think for more than half an”] “[interesting idea in mind, which made Magnus think for more than half an “interesting idea in mind, which made Magnus think for more than half an”]”]
[[hour. }) 9. Bf4 $5 { Probably White’s best way to fight for an opening “hour. }) 9. Bf4 $5 { Probably White’s best way to fight for an opening”] “[hour. }) 9. Bf4 $5 { Probably White’s best way to fight for an opening “hour. }) 9. Bf4 $5 { Probably White’s best way to fight for an opening”]”]
[[advantage. The position after 8…Nf6 had previously occurred in quite a “advantage. The position after 8…Nf6 had previously occurred in quite a”] “[advantage. The position after 8…Nf6 had previously occurred in quite a “advantage. The position after 8…Nf6 had previously occurred in quite a”]”]
[[few games, but always with Black to move! But in some way, White is “few games, but always with Black to move! But in some way, White is”] “[few games, but always with Black to move! But in some way, White is “few games, but always with Black to move! But in some way, White is”]”]
[[actually in some kind of zugzwang. The natural 9.Nc3 is answered by “actually in some kind of zugzwang. The natural 9.Nc3 is answered by”] “[actually in some kind of zugzwang. The natural 9.Nc3 is answered by “actually in some kind of zugzwang. The natural 9.Nc3 is answered by”]”]
[[9…dxc4 when its not obvious how White gets his pawn back, and 9.Rd1 Bf5 “9…dxc4 when its not obvious how White gets his pawn back, and 9.Rd1 Bf5”] “[9…dxc4 when its not obvious how White gets his pawn back, and 9.Rd1 Bf5 “9…dxc4 when its not obvious how White gets his pawn back, and 9.Rd1 Bf5″]”]
[[10.Qb3 Qb6 already threatens 11…Qxb3 followed by 12…Bc2. } 9… Bf5 10. “10.Qb3 Qb6 already threatens 11…Qxb3 followed by 12…Bc2. } 9… Bf5 10.”] “[10.Qb3 Qb6 already threatens 11…Qxb3 followed by 12…Bc2. } 9… Bf5 10. “10.Qb3 Qb6 already threatens 11…Qxb3 followed by 12…Bc2. } 9… Bf5 10.”]”]
[[Qb3 Qb6 11. Nbd2 Ne4 $5 { Nothing seems wrong with 11…Nbd7, but Gelfand “Qb3 Qb6 11. Nbd2 Ne4 $5 { Nothing seems wrong with 11…Nbd7, but Gelfand”] “[Qb3 Qb6 11. Nbd2 Ne4 $5 { Nothing seems wrong with 11…Nbd7, but Gelfand “Qb3 Qb6 11. Nbd2 Ne4 $5 { Nothing seems wrong with 11…Nbd7, but Gelfand”]”]
[[tries putting pressure in the centre and keeps the option of putting the “tries putting pressure in the centre and keeps the option of putting the”] “[tries putting pressure in the centre and keeps the option of putting the “tries putting pressure in the centre and keeps the option of putting the”]”]
[[knight on c6, should White exchange on d5. } 12. e3 (12. cxd5 Qxb3 13. Nxb3 “knight on c6, should White exchange on d5. } 12. e3 (12. cxd5 Qxb3 13. Nxb3”] “[knight on c6, should White exchange on d5. } 12. e3 (12. cxd5 Qxb3 13. Nxb3 “knight on c6, should White exchange on d5. } 12. e3 (12. cxd5 Qxb3 13. Nxb3″]”]
[[cxd5 { [%cal Gb8c6] illustrates exactly that point, when Black due to the “cxd5 { [%cal Gb8c6] illustrates exactly that point, when Black due to the”] “[cxd5 { [%cal Gb8c6] illustrates exactly that point, when Black due to the “cxd5 { [%cal Gb8c6] illustrates exactly that point, when Black due to the”]”]
[[knight coming to c6 is completely fine, so Magnus has to try and keep the “knight coming to c6 is completely fine, so Magnus has to try and keep the”] “[knight coming to c6 is completely fine, so Magnus has to try and keep the “knight coming to c6 is completely fine, so Magnus has to try and keep the”]”]
[[tension. }) 12… Qxb3 13. axb3 Na6 14. cxd5 cxd5 { A seemingly dull “tension. }) 12… Qxb3 13. axb3 Na6 14. cxd5 cxd5 { A seemingly dull”] “[tension. }) 12… Qxb3 13. axb3 Na6 14. cxd5 cxd5 { A seemingly dull “tension. }) 12… Qxb3 13. axb3 Na6 14. cxd5 cxd5 { A seemingly dull”]”]
[[position with no advantage for White would be the obvious conclusion. Quite “position with no advantage for White would be the obvious conclusion. Quite”] “[position with no advantage for White would be the obvious conclusion. Quite “position with no advantage for White would be the obvious conclusion. Quite”]”]
[[similar to Magnus’ game against Caruana later in the tournament. And in “similar to Magnus’ game against Caruana later in the tournament. And in”] “[similar to Magnus’ game against Caruana later in the tournament. And in “similar to Magnus’ game against Caruana later in the tournament. And in”]”]
[[both games after just a few more moves, almost like by magic, suddenly “both games after just a few more moves, almost like by magic, suddenly”] “[both games after just a few more moves, almost like by magic, suddenly “both games after just a few more moves, almost like by magic, suddenly”]”]
[Carlsen “[Carlsen has an overwhelming initiative. } 15. g4 $1 { An excellent move, “Carlsen has an overwhelming initiative. } 15. g4 $1 { An excellent move,”]”]
[[with a good mix of objective merits and provocation. Gelfand, being a “with a good mix of objective merits and provocation. Gelfand, being a”] “[with a good mix of objective merits and provocation. Gelfand, being a “with a good mix of objective merits and provocation. Gelfand, being a”]”]
[[principled player, of course reacts with the critical continuation, “principled player, of course reacts with the critical continuation,”] “[principled player, of course reacts with the critical continuation, “principled player, of course reacts with the critical continuation,”]”]
[[accepting the sacrifice. } 15… Bxg4 (15… Nxd2 16. Nxd2 Be6 { was “accepting the sacrifice. } 15… Bxg4 (15… Nxd2 16. Nxd2 Be6 { was”] “[accepting the sacrifice. } 15… Bxg4 (15… Nxd2 16. Nxd2 Be6 { was “accepting the sacrifice. } 15… Bxg4 (15… Nxd2 16. Nxd2 Be6 { was”]”]
[[possible, but apart from the natural 17.Rfc1 Rfc8 18.Rc3!? also 17.Nb1!? “possible, but apart from the natural 17.Rfc1 Rfc8 18.Rc3!? also 17.Nb1!?”] “[possible, but apart from the natural 17.Rfc1 Rfc8 18.Rc3!? also 17.Nb1!? “possible, but apart from the natural 17.Rfc1 Rfc8 18.Rc3!? also 17.Nb1!?”]”]
[[keeps putting pressure on the black position. }) 16. Nxe4 dxe4 17. Nd2 f5 { “keeps putting pressure on the black position. }) 16. Nxe4 dxe4 17. Nd2 f5 {“] “[keeps putting pressure on the black position. }) 16. Nxe4 dxe4 17. Nd2 f5 { “keeps putting pressure on the black position. }) 16. Nxe4 dxe4 17. Nd2 f5 {“]”]
[The “[The price Black has to pay for winning the pawn, is that his bishop on g4 “The price Black has to pay for winning the pawn, is that his bishop on g4″]”]
[[now is shut out, and can’t help in defending the weak black queenside. } “now is shut out, and can’t help in defending the weak black queenside. }”] “[now is shut out, and can’t help in defending the weak black queenside. } “now is shut out, and can’t help in defending the weak black queenside. }”]”]
[[18. f3 e5 $5 (18… exf3 19. Nxf3 { illustrates well White’s idea. He is a “18. f3 e5 $5 (18… exf3 19. Nxf3 { illustrates well White’s idea. He is a”] “[18. f3 e5 $5 (18… exf3 19. Nxf3 { illustrates well White’s idea. He is a “18. f3 e5 $5 (18… exf3 19. Nxf3 { illustrates well White’s idea. He is a”]”]
[[pawn down, but his bishops points at the queensinde, and Black seems not to “pawn down, but his bishops points at the queensinde, and Black seems not to”] “[pawn down, but his bishops points at the queensinde, and Black seems not to “pawn down, but his bishops points at the queensinde, and Black seems not to”]”]
[[be able to defend b7, when White’s knight goes to either e5 or g5. However “be able to defend b7, when White’s knight goes to either e5 or g5. However”] “[be able to defend b7, when White’s knight goes to either e5 or g5. However “be able to defend b7, when White’s knight goes to either e5 or g5. However”]”]
[[there seems to be a hidden defence: } 19… Rad8 $1 20. Ne5 (20. Ng5 e5 $1 “there seems to be a hidden defence: } 19… Rad8 $1 20. Ne5 (20. Ng5 e5 $1”] “[there seems to be a hidden defence: } 19… Rad8 $1 20. Ne5 (20. Ng5 e5 $1 “there seems to be a hidden defence: } 19… Rad8 $1 20. Ne5 (20. Ng5 e5 $1″]”]
[[21. dxe5 Rfe8 22. Bxb7 Nb4 { is indeed a very computerish line, but Black “21. dxe5 Rfe8 22. Bxb7 Nb4 { is indeed a very computerish line, but Black”] “[21. dxe5 Rfe8 22. Bxb7 Nb4 { is indeed a very computerish line, but Black “21. dxe5 Rfe8 22. Bxb7 Nb4 { is indeed a very computerish line, but Black”]”]
[[seems to generate enough counterplay just in time. }) 20… Bxe5 21. Bxe5 “seems to generate enough counterplay just in time. }) 20… Bxe5 21. Bxe5”] “[seems to generate enough counterplay just in time. }) 20… Bxe5 21. Bxe5 “seems to generate enough counterplay just in time. }) 20… Bxe5 21. Bxe5″]”]
[[Rd7 { and allthough White definitely still has sufficient compensation, “Rd7 { and allthough White definitely still has sufficient compensation,”] “[Rd7 { and allthough White definitely still has sufficient compensation, “Rd7 { and allthough White definitely still has sufficient compensation,”]”]
[[Black’s position does seem very solid keeping the game in balance. }) 19. “Black’s position does seem very solid keeping the game in balance. }) 19.”] “[Black’s position does seem very solid keeping the game in balance. }) 19. “Black’s position does seem very solid keeping the game in balance. }) 19.”]”]
[[dxe5 exf3 20. Nxf3 Rae8 { Gelfand’s play as always follows a clear logical “dxe5 exf3 20. Nxf3 Rae8 { Gelfand’s play as always follows a clear logical”] “[dxe5 exf3 20. Nxf3 Rae8 { Gelfand’s play as always follows a clear logical “dxe5 exf3 20. Nxf3 Rae8 { Gelfand’s play as always follows a clear logical”]”]
[[path, and by sacrificing back the pawn, it seems like he has neutralised “path, and by sacrificing back the pawn, it seems like he has neutralised”] “[path, and by sacrificing back the pawn, it seems like he has neutralised “path, and by sacrificing back the pawn, it seems like he has neutralised”]”]
[[the pressure of White’s bishops. } (20… Rfe8 { wouldn’t be an “the pressure of White’s bishops. } (20… Rfe8 { wouldn’t be an”] “[the pressure of White’s bishops. } (20… Rfe8 { wouldn’t be an “the pressure of White’s bishops. } (20… Rfe8 { wouldn’t be an”]”]
[[inprovement, as } 21. Nd4 { attacking b7, then caused trouble, but now this “inprovement, as } 21. Nd4 { attacking b7, then caused trouble, but now this”] “[inprovement, as } 21. Nd4 { attacking b7, then caused trouble, but now this “inprovement, as } 21. Nd4 { attacking b7, then caused trouble, but now this”]”]
[[can be met by 21…Bxe5 22.Bxb7 Nb4 as there is no longer a rook hanging on “can be met by 21…Bxe5 22.Bxb7 Nb4 as there is no longer a rook hanging on”] “[can be met by 21…Bxe5 22.Bxb7 Nb4 as there is no longer a rook hanging on “can be met by 21…Bxe5 22.Bxb7 Nb4 as there is no longer a rook hanging on”]”]
[[a8. }) 21. Ra5 $1 { It almost seems like White goes to great lengths to “a8. }) 21. Ra5 $1 { It almost seems like White goes to great lengths to”] “[a8. }) 21. Ra5 $1 { It almost seems like White goes to great lengths to “a8. }) 21. Ra5 $1 { It almost seems like White goes to great lengths to”]”]
[[hang on to his extra pawn, but it’s actually equal material, and White “hang on to his extra pawn, but it’s actually equal material, and White”] “[hang on to his extra pawn, but it’s actually equal material, and White “hang on to his extra pawn, but it’s actually equal material, and White”]”]
[[developing his initiative! Yes, he does have seemingly weak doubled pawns, “developing his initiative! Yes, he does have seemingly weak doubled pawns,”] “[developing his initiative! Yes, he does have seemingly weak doubled pawns, “developing his initiative! Yes, he does have seemingly weak doubled pawns,”]”]
[[but like this Magnus defends the pawn on e5, thus being ready for Nd4 or “but like this Magnus defends the pawn on e5, thus being ready for Nd4 or”] “[but like this Magnus defends the pawn on e5, thus being ready for Nd4 or “but like this Magnus defends the pawn on e5, thus being ready for Nd4 or”]”]
[[Ng5 very much making it a tactical battle, and not a quiet positional game. “Ng5 very much making it a tactical battle, and not a quiet positional game.”] “[Ng5 very much making it a tactical battle, and not a quiet positional game. “Ng5 very much making it a tactical battle, and not a quiet positional game.”]”]
[[} 21… Nb4 22. Nd4 b6 23. Rxa7 Bxe5 { Again, Gelfand’s play is consistent “} 21… Nb4 22. Nd4 b6 23. Rxa7 Bxe5 { Again, Gelfand’s play is consistent”] “[} 21… Nb4 22. Nd4 b6 23. Rxa7 Bxe5 { Again, Gelfand’s play is consistent “} 21… Nb4 22. Nd4 b6 23. Rxa7 Bxe5 { Again, Gelfand’s play is consistent”]”]
[[and logical. Pushing away the white rook, he eliminated the pawn on e5, and “and logical. Pushing away the white rook, he eliminated the pawn on e5, and”] “[and logical. Pushing away the white rook, he eliminated the pawn on e5, and “and logical. Pushing away the white rook, he eliminated the pawn on e5, and”]”]
[[the knight on b4 controls the d5-square, keeping White’s bishop from “the knight on b4 controls the d5-square, keeping White’s bishop from”] “[the knight on b4 controls the d5-square, keeping White’s bishop from “the knight on b4 controls the d5-square, keeping White’s bishop from”]”]
[[checking on d5. A first sight, it would seem Black has solved his problems. “checking on d5. A first sight, it would seem Black has solved his problems.”] “[checking on d5. A first sight, it would seem Black has solved his problems. “checking on d5. A first sight, it would seem Black has solved his problems.”]”]
[[} 24. Bh6 $1 Rf6 { An uncomfortable necessity, allowing White access to g7, “} 24. Bh6 $1 Rf6 { An uncomfortable necessity, allowing White access to g7,”] “[} 24. Bh6 $1 Rf6 { An uncomfortable necessity, allowing White access to g7, “} 24. Bh6 $1 Rf6 { An uncomfortable necessity, allowing White access to g7,”]”]
[[but the more obvious looking } (24… Rf7 { is answered very strongly by } “but the more obvious looking } (24… Rf7 { is answered very strongly by }”] “[but the more obvious looking } (24… Rf7 { is answered very strongly by } “but the more obvious looking } (24… Rf7 { is answered very strongly by }”]”]
[[25. Ra4 Bd6 26. Rfa1 $1 { when defending against 27.Ra8! with a white “25. Ra4 Bd6 26. Rfa1 $1 { when defending against 27.Ra8! with a white”] “[25. Ra4 Bd6 26. Rfa1 $1 { when defending against 27.Ra8! with a white “25. Ra4 Bd6 26. Rfa1 $1 { when defending against 27.Ra8! with a white”]”]
[[mating attack becomes very difficult, with White already being close to “mating attack becomes very difficult, with White already being close to”] “[mating attack becomes very difficult, with White already being close to “mating attack becomes very difficult, with White already being close to”]”]
[[winning. }) 25. h3 (25. Ra4 $5 { would also have been very interesting, and “winning. }) 25. h3 (25. Ra4 $5 { would also have been very interesting, and”] “[winning. }) 25. h3 (25. Ra4 $5 { would also have been very interesting, and “winning. }) 25. h3 (25. Ra4 $5 { would also have been very interesting, and”]”]
[[maybe even better than the game continuation. It’s based on the tactical “maybe even better than the game continuation. It’s based on the tactical”] “[maybe even better than the game continuation. It’s based on the tactical “maybe even better than the game continuation. It’s based on the tactical”]”]
[[point } 25… Bd6 26. Nb5 Bc5 27. Nc7 Rd8 28. Rxb4 $1 Bxb4 29. Nd5 { when “point } 25… Bd6 26. Nb5 Bc5 27. Nc7 Rd8 28. Rxb4 $1 Bxb4 29. Nd5 { when”] “[point } 25… Bd6 26. Nb5 Bc5 27. Nc7 Rd8 28. Rxb4 $1 Bxb4 29. Nd5 { when “point } 25… Bd6 26. Nb5 Bc5 27. Nc7 Rd8 28. Rxb4 $1 Bxb4 29. Nd5 { when”]”]
[[surprisingly despite being an exchange up, there is no way only to “surprisingly despite being an exchange up, there is no way only to”] “[surprisingly despite being an exchange up, there is no way only to “surprisingly despite being an exchange up, there is no way only to”]”]
[[sacrifice it back, as 29…Be7 would just be captured, and 29… Rxd5 “sacrifice it back, as 29…Be7 would just be captured, and 29… Rxd5”] “[sacrifice it back, as 29…Be7 would just be captured, and 29… Rxd5 “sacrifice it back, as 29…Be7 would just be captured, and 29… Rxd5″]”]
[[30.Bxd5+ Kh8 31.Ra1! wins further material due to the mating threat. } “30.Bxd5+ Kh8 31.Ra1! wins further material due to the mating threat. }”] “[30.Bxd5+ Kh8 31.Ra1! wins further material due to the mating threat. } “30.Bxd5+ Kh8 31.Ra1! wins further material due to the mating threat. }”]”]
[[29… Rfd6 30. Nxb4 Rd1 { still do keep some drawing chances for Black “29… Rfd6 30. Nxb4 Rd1 { still do keep some drawing chances for Black”] “[29… Rfd6 30. Nxb4 Rd1 { still do keep some drawing chances for Black “29… Rfd6 30. Nxb4 Rd1 { still do keep some drawing chances for Black”]”]
[[though. }) 25… Bh5 $6 { Hard to believe, but this retreat weakens f5! “though. }) 25… Bh5 $6 { Hard to believe, but this retreat weakens f5!”] “[though. }) 25… Bh5 $6 { Hard to believe, but this retreat weakens f5! “though. }) 25… Bh5 $6 { Hard to believe, but this retreat weakens f5!”]”]
[Resolute “[Resolute defence with } (25… Bxd4 $1 26. exd4 Be2 27. Rc1 g5 $1 { would “Resolute defence with } (25… Bxd4 $1 26. exd4 Be2 27. Rc1 g5 $1 { would”]”]
[[come close to saving the game for Black. The most tempting move looks to be “come close to saving the game for Black. The most tempting move looks to be”] “[come close to saving the game for Black. The most tempting move looks to be “come close to saving the game for Black. The most tempting move looks to be”]”]
[[} 28. Rg7+ Kh8 29. Re7 $1 { but after } 29… Rg8 30. Bxg5 Rxg5 31. Rc8+ “} 28. Rg7+ Kh8 29. Re7 $1 { but after } 29… Rg8 30. Bxg5 Rxg5 31. Rc8+”] “[} 28. Rg7+ Kh8 29. Re7 $1 { but after } 29… Rg8 30. Bxg5 Rxg5 31. Rc8+ “} 28. Rg7+ Kh8 29. Re7 $1 { but after } 29… Rg8 30. Bxg5 Rxg5 31. Rc8+”]”]
[[Rg8 32. Rxg8+ Kxg8 33. Rxe2 { although White is still considerably better, “Rg8 32. Rxg8+ Kxg8 33. Rxe2 { although White is still considerably better,”] “[Rg8 32. Rxg8+ Kxg8 33. Rxe2 { although White is still considerably better, “Rg8 32. Rxg8+ Kxg8 33. Rxe2 { although White is still considerably better,”]”]
[I “[I would think Black has as good chances of saving the game, as White has of “I would think Black has as good chances of saving the game, as White has of”]”]
[[winning it. The b-pawn is not much of an extra pawn and …Kf7 and …Rd6 a “winning it. The b-pawn is not much of an extra pawn and …Kf7 and …Rd6 a”] “[winning it. The b-pawn is not much of an extra pawn and …Kf7 and …Rd6 a “winning it. The b-pawn is not much of an extra pawn and …Kf7 and …Rd6 a”]”]
[[solid setup making it very hard for White to break through. }) 26. Nc2 $3 { “solid setup making it very hard for White to break through. }) 26. Nc2 $3 {“] “[solid setup making it very hard for White to break through. }) 26. Nc2 $3 { “solid setup making it very hard for White to break through. }) 26. Nc2 $3 {“]”]
[An “[An excellent start for Magnus, and while not exactly without further “An excellent start for Magnus, and while not exactly without further”]”]
[[exchanged queens in no way resembles an endgame, but that king safety is “exchanged queens in no way resembles an endgame, but that king safety is”] “[exchanged queens in no way resembles an endgame, but that king safety is “exchanged queens in no way resembles an endgame, but that king safety is”]”]
[[the dominating factor. By offering Black a chance to take on c2, Magnus “the dominating factor. By offering Black a chance to take on c2, Magnus”] “[the dominating factor. By offering Black a chance to take on c2, Magnus “the dominating factor. By offering Black a chance to take on c2, Magnus”]”]
[[wins access to the d5-square for his bishop, and the direct acceptance of “wins access to the d5-square for his bishop, and the direct acceptance of”] “[wins access to the d5-square for his bishop, and the direct acceptance of “wins access to the d5-square for his bishop, and the direct acceptance of”]”]
[[the sacrifice leads to: 26…Nxc2 27.Bd5+ Rfe6 (27…Kh8 28.Bg7 is mate!) “the sacrifice leads to: 26…Nxc2 27.Bd5+ Rfe6 (27…Kh8 28.Bg7 is mate!)”] “[the sacrifice leads to: 26…Nxc2 27.Bd5+ Rfe6 (27…Kh8 28.Bg7 is mate!) “the sacrifice leads to: 26…Nxc2 27.Bd5+ Rfe6 (27…Kh8 28.Bg7 is mate!)”]”]
[[28.Rc1 wins the knight, leaving White with an extra exchange, as 28…Nb4 “28.Rc1 wins the knight, leaving White with an extra exchange, as 28…Nb4”] “[28.Rc1 wins the knight, leaving White with an extra exchange, as 28…Nb4 “28.Rc1 wins the knight, leaving White with an extra exchange, as 28…Nb4″]”]
[[29. Bxe6+ Rxe6 30.Rc8 mates. } 26… g5 $1 { The only way to fight back, “29. Bxe6+ Rxe6 30.Rc8 mates. } 26… g5 $1 { The only way to fight back,”] “[29. Bxe6+ Rxe6 30.Rc8 mates. } 26… g5 $1 { The only way to fight back, “29. Bxe6+ Rxe6 30.Rc8 mates. } 26… g5 $1 { The only way to fight back,”]”]
[[challenging the bishop on h6 just in time as now the black knight still “challenging the bishop on h6 just in time as now the black knight still”] “[challenging the bishop on h6 just in time as now the black knight still “challenging the bishop on h6 just in time as now the black knight still”]”]
[[controls the d5-square. } 27. Bxg5 Rg6 28. Rxf5 $1 { This was the whole “controls the d5-square. } 27. Bxg5 Rg6 28. Rxf5 $1 { This was the whole”] “[controls the d5-square. } 27. Bxg5 Rg6 28. Rxf5 $1 { This was the whole “controls the d5-square. } 27. Bxg5 Rg6 28. Rxf5 $1 { This was the whole”]”]
[[point of 25.h3. The black bishop had to be lured to h5, leaving the f5-pawn “point of 25.h3. The black bishop had to be lured to h5, leaving the f5-pawn”] “[point of 25.h3. The black bishop had to be lured to h5, leaving the f5-pawn “point of 25.h3. The black bishop had to be lured to h5, leaving the f5-pawn”]”]
[[unprotected. } 28… h6 29. Bxh6 $5 { Keeping true to the style of the “unprotected. } 28… h6 29. Bxh6 $5 { Keeping true to the style of the”] “[unprotected. } 28… h6 29. Bxh6 $5 { Keeping true to the style of the “unprotected. } 28… h6 29. Bxh6 $5 { Keeping true to the style of the”]”]
[[game, but actually the more modest } (29. Nxb4 $1 { might be objectively “game, but actually the more modest } (29. Nxb4 $1 { might be objectively”] “[game, but actually the more modest } (29. Nxb4 $1 { might be objectively “game, but actually the more modest } (29. Nxb4 $1 { might be objectively”]”]
[[better as after } 29… Rxg5 30. Rxg5+ hxg5 31. Bd5+ Kf8 (31… Kh8 32. Bf7 “better as after } 29… Rxg5 30. Rxg5+ hxg5 31. Bd5+ Kf8 (31… Kh8 32. Bf7”] “[better as after } 29… Rxg5 30. Rxg5+ hxg5 31. Bd5+ Kf8 (31… Kh8 32. Bf7 “better as after } 29… Rxg5 30. Rxg5+ hxg5 31. Bd5+ Kf8 (31… Kh8 32. Bf7″]”]
[[Bxf7 33. Rxf7 Bxb2 34. Nd5 { also should win easily as White will just “Bxf7 33. Rxf7 Bxb2 34. Nd5 { also should win easily as White will just”] “[Bxf7 33. Rxf7 Bxb2 34. Nd5 { also should win easily as White will just “Bxf7 33. Rxf7 Bxb2 34. Nd5 { also should win easily as White will just”]”]
[[bring up his king with decisive effect }) 32. Nc6 Bxb2 33. Kf2 { Despite “bring up his king with decisive effect }) 32. Nc6 Bxb2 33. Kf2 { Despite”] “[bring up his king with decisive effect }) 32. Nc6 Bxb2 33. Kf2 { Despite “bring up his king with decisive effect }) 32. Nc6 Bxb2 33. Kf2 { Despite”]”]
[[position, and should win rather trivially. }) 29… Rxh6 $2 (29… Bf3 $1 { “position, and should win rather trivially. }) 29… Rxh6 $2 (29… Bf3 $1 {“] “[position, and should win rather trivially. }) 29… Rxh6 $2 (29… Bf3 $1 { “position, and should win rather trivially. }) 29… Rxh6 $2 (29… Bf3 $1 {“]”]
[[amazingly prolongs the resistance. The point is that after 30.Rxf3 Nxc2 the “amazingly prolongs the resistance. The point is that after 30.Rxf3 Nxc2 the”] “[amazingly prolongs the resistance. The point is that after 30.Rxf3 Nxc2 the “amazingly prolongs the resistance. The point is that after 30.Rxf3 Nxc2 the”]”]
[[bishop on h6 is hanging, and …Ne1 a threat, so White has to play } 30. “bishop on h6 is hanging, and …Ne1 a threat, so White has to play } 30.”] “[bishop on h6 is hanging, and …Ne1 a threat, so White has to play } 30. “bishop on h6 is hanging, and …Ne1 a threat, so White has to play } 30.”]”]
[[Rg5 Rxg5 31. Bxg5 Bxg2 32. Nxb4 Bxh3 33. Nd5 { keeping good winning “Rg5 Rxg5 31. Bxg5 Bxg2 32. Nxb4 Bxh3 33. Nd5 { keeping good winning”] “[Rg5 Rxg5 31. Bxg5 Bxg2 32. Nxb4 Bxh3 33. Nd5 { keeping good winning “Rg5 Rxg5 31. Bxg5 Bxg2 32. Nxb4 Bxh3 33. Nd5 { keeping good winning”]”]
[[chances, but not as easy a task, as after 29.Nxb4! }) (29… Nxc2 30. Rxh5 “chances, but not as easy a task, as after 29.Nxb4! }) (29… Nxc2 30. Rxh5”] “[chances, but not as easy a task, as after 29.Nxb4! }) (29… Nxc2 30. Rxh5 “chances, but not as easy a task, as after 29.Nxb4! }) (29… Nxc2 30. Rxh5″]”]
[[{ Now the bishop on h6 is protected, and } 30… Ne1 31. Rg5 $1 { Just “{ Now the bishop on h6 is protected, and } 30… Ne1 31. Rg5 $1 { Just”] “[{ Now the bishop on h6 is protected, and } 30… Ne1 31. Rg5 $1 { Just “{ Now the bishop on h6 is protected, and } 30… Ne1 31. Rg5 $1 { Just”]”]
[[wins. }) 30. Nxb4 Bxb2 31. Nd5 Kh8 32. Rb7 Bd1 33. b4 Rg8 34. Ne7 Rd8 35. “wins. }) 30. Nxb4 Bxb2 31. Nd5 Kh8 32. Rb7 Bd1 33. b4 Rg8 34. Ne7 Rd8 35.”] “[wins. }) 30. Nxb4 Bxb2 31. Nd5 Kh8 32. Rb7 Bd1 33. b4 Rg8 34. Ne7 Rd8 35. “wins. }) 30. Nxb4 Bxb2 31. Nd5 Kh8 32. Rb7 Bd1 33. b4 Rg8 34. Ne7 Rd8 35.”]”]
[[Be4 Bf6 $2 { In time trouble Gelfand blunders, but even if it would take “Be4 Bf6 $2 { In time trouble Gelfand blunders, but even if it would take”] “[Be4 Bf6 $2 { In time trouble Gelfand blunders, but even if it would take “Be4 Bf6 $2 { In time trouble Gelfand blunders, but even if it would take”]”]
[[some time, White’s extra pawns would suffice for a win. } 36. Rxb6 Kg7 37. “some time, White’s extra pawns would suffice for a win. } 36. Rxb6 Kg7 37.”] “[some time, White’s extra pawns would suffice for a win. } 36. Rxb6 Kg7 37. “some time, White’s extra pawns would suffice for a win. } 36. Rxb6 Kg7 37.”]”]
[[Rf2 $1 { Threatening 38.Nf5+ and if 37… Bxe7 then 38.Rg2+! forces the “Rf2 $1 { Threatening 38.Nf5+ and if 37… Bxe7 then 38.Rg2+! forces the”] “[Rf2 $1 { Threatening 38.Nf5+ and if 37… Bxe7 then 38.Rg2+! forces the “Rf2 $1 { Threatening 38.Nf5+ and if 37… Bxe7 then 38.Rg2+! forces the”]”]
[[black king to leave the protection of the rook on h6, so Gelfand resigned. “black king to leave the protection of the rook on h6, so Gelfand resigned.”] “[black king to leave the protection of the rook on h6, so Gelfand resigned. “black king to leave the protection of the rook on h6, so Gelfand resigned.”]”]
[[adventures he kept up the pace and with 4/5 in the classical control “adventures he kept up the pace and with 4/5 in the classical control”] “[adventures he kept up the pace and with 4/5 in the classical control “adventures he kept up the pace and with 4/5 in the classical control”]”]
[[improved on his own rating record as well as gaining a huge lead before the “improved on his own rating record as well as gaining a huge lead before the”] “[improved on his own rating record as well as gaining a huge lead before the “improved on his own rating record as well as gaining a huge lead before the”]”]
[[final rapids, when even a rather unstable performance sufficed to give him “final rapids, when even a rather unstable performance sufficed to give him”] “[final rapids, when even a rather unstable performance sufficed to give him “final rapids, when even a rather unstable performance sufficed to give him”]”]
[[a win in the overall standings too. } 1-0 “a win in the overall standings too. } 1-0”] “[a win in the overall standings too. } 1-0 “a win in the overall standings too. } 1-0″]”]
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