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Boris Gelfand vs Iossif Dorfman
Minsk (1986), Minsk BLR, Dec-??
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Modern Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  0-1



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Oct-24-06  ronaldducalang: SO how did this become a memorable game of Gelfand?
Nov-03-09  Everett: Read the book, or look at the next game in the list.
Nov-03-09  ounos: Missing mate in two at move 36 is quite strange...
Sep-20-11  wordfunph: <ounos: Missing mate in two at move 36 is quite strange...>

based on the book My Most Memorable Games by Boris Gelfand, both players were in time trouble and so they continued playing..

36...Rf2+ was mate in two :(

Sep-20-11  wordfunph: <ronaldducalang: SO how did this become a memorable game of Gelfand?>

"I consider this game to be one of the most important in my chess career.... I really enjoyed having played a fighting game, full of errors, against such a player and I didn't regret at all the fact that I missed the grandmaster norm."

- GM Boris Gelfand

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  Domdaniel: This variation of the Gruenfeld is still close to unfathomable for ordinary mortals: one of those variations (like Tal's Benoni or Botvinnik's Winawer or Kramnik's Catalan) where the complexities are just beyond analysis. Even with engine assistance, you need incredible preparation to play either side.

Gelfand actually awards question marks to his 19th, 20th, 21st and 24th moves, along with a few of Dorfman's. Suggested improvements include 19.Rb3 instead of Nxe6, and 20.Nxf8 for Bxe7.

Read the book: My Most Memorable Games, by Boris Gelfand. Anyone who selects the 8.Rb1 Gruenfeld as their favourite opening has to be one of the good guys.

Apr-30-12  waustad: I've never thought of Gelfand as swashbuckling, but maybe I've been too hasty in my assessment. Of course he was a lot younger then.
Jul-25-20  Krishno8: Reading the book by Boris, really it's a memorable game. The time pressure 😑😑

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