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Viktor Gavrikov vs Boris Gelfand
Biel (1995), Biel SUI, rd 3, Jul-23
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Panno Variation (E63)  ·  0-1



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May-01-12  sorokahdeen: Interesting to see how Gelfand has a single piece's infiltration of the white position become a decisive element in a coordinated attack with strongly reduced material (rook and two minors a side).

I think he's done something like this before but here, it is looks like the logical culmination of a deep and hard-to-see strategy of playing from the center and the queen's wing.

Pretty cool.

May-01-12  sevenseaman: <scormus> When I was merrily trying to solve it for a White win and making no headway, I looked at "Easy" twice and wondered if senescence had crept over me overnight.

Had I hit my dreaded dolt age or simply gone crazy on a Tuesday. Not a good prospect, either of the them. I had solved some sharp puzzles only last night; you can 'magine my predicament.

Not unreasonably I had a throwback to this slightly bald gag of some years ago;

A budding young and beautiful actress married an old billionaire purely for his money. But then she divorced him in 6 months.

Her reply to a pointed question in a press conference after the divorce; "Well, I did not like the idea of senility creeping over me"!

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  agb2002: Black has a knight for a bishop.

White threatens 32.hxg4.

The white queen protects f2. Therefore, 31... Ne1 32.Qf4 e5 and White is lost (33.Nc4 Rxc4, etc.).

May-01-12  morfishine: Thankfully, I opened the page after the error was corrected: After <31...Ne1 32.Qf4 e5> White Queen is lost, or Black mates or any of a number of horrible catastrophes await White

Perhaps, as mentioned by <shaikh123> instead of 31.h3, <31.e3> offers more resistance

May-01-12  whiteshark: Annoying the white queen.
May-01-12  Balmo: Does 31...Rc3 work?
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  OhioChessFan: 31...Rc3 32. e3
May-01-12  TheTamale: D'oh. I saw the knight move almost immediately, but I couldn't see the follow-up pawn move. Pre-coffee. You know the story.
May-01-12  zb2cr: Simple. I remember this one from 2 years ago.
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  paulalbert: After some close looking ( my first instinct was to look for something on weak back rank to get Rc8 to c1 for example ) was able to see that Ne1 and then e5 drives White Q from protection of f2 square. Of course White can take two Ns for the Q, but that's hopeless. Easy once you see it, but not immediately obvious. Good, instructive puzzle for the boy scouts that I work with as a Chess Merit Badge Counselor.
May-01-12  VincentL: "Easy".

Last night this had "White to move" as the caption.

With black to play, the solution is 31....Ne1 and now black cannot prevent Qxf2+ followed by Qh2# after Kh1. If 32. Qf4 e5. White can give up his queen, but mate will occur shortly afterwards.

May-01-12  SuperPatzer77: <VincentL <black> cannot prevent Qxf2+...>

<VincentL> Not <black> - it should be <white> cannot prevent Qxf2


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  chrisowen: A nf3 a nf6 food for thought in cooled almost nailed in ear it koinus

for 31...Ne1 ring the limit qf4 in evermore suffer in cognizant it e5

peel back the onion white ha no room to defend a f2 a bull Boris wamped

him off the board tactics prevailed it I think again.

May-01-12  TheaN: 1 May 2012


Material: White, ♗ vs ♘

Candidates: Ne1, Nd4, <[Ne1]>

For some odd reason the key move was the one I considered first hand, but somehow couldn't get it to work after the initial defense of White. Trying it via the other side was even more ineffective, hence it has to be:

<31....Ne1 32.Qf4> this reply is forced. White's last move is most likely 31.h3, putting tabs on the g4-knight that are less severe than Ne1 doing on the queen at f3. Because Nxf3 is check, moves like Nc4 are ineffective. The true key of Ne1 is then, that it forces the White queen away. Because defense of f2 is critical, f4 is the only square.

<32....e5!> this move eluded me the first go, and is surprisingly easy to miss. Why not simply putting the White queen en prise again, considering that f6 is also defended by the knight on g4. Basically, White has no more defense against either 33....exf4 and 33....Qxf2†. White may only try:

<33.Nc4> now, but because the queen is paralyzed:

<33....Rxc4 34.Rb2 Qxb2 35.Qxc4 Qxd2 36.Qc8† Kg7 > and it is done with the fun.

May-01-12  eblunt: 31 ... ♘e1 32 hxg4 is technically blacks best defence, he only loses his ♕ for two ♘ , and white doesn't have an immediate mate threat. Viktor will be tipping his king over pretty sharpish all the same.
May-01-12  hedgeh0g: I remember beating Gavrikov in a blitz game once (White side of a Polugaevsky gambit). Good times :)

Anyway, 31...Ne1 32.Qf4 e5 seems straightforward enough.

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  kevin86: Nice puzzle:white's queen must defend f2,but the black knights and pawn won't let him!
May-01-12  Castleinthesky: I got it. I thought 27.Bf1 seemed like a weak way to defend the pawn and allowed Black to come in. Nice problem.
May-01-12  voyager39: Got it finally but not without wasting a lot of time over 31...Rc3?! You get caught up in some wierd idea and miss the obvious. Certainly this wasn't easy for me.

Good to see CG doing a Gelfand week. Look fwd to more.

May-01-12  Patriot: Material is even.

White threatens 32.hxg4.

My first instinct is to play 31...Ne1, hitting the queen and attempting to remove the guard on f2. 32.Qf4 f5 33.Nc4 Rxc4 . I don't see a good reply for white.

May-01-12  bischopper: I think that would be 31...Ne1 Where to put the queen now good bye my lady or mate...
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  gawain: I am thinking that Black can mate at f2 if he can force the white queen away from covering that square. So try 30... Ne1 31 Qf4 e5
May-01-12  stst: No direct threat on the K, therefore harass the Q!
31.... Ne1
The only square for the Q to stay on the f-file is f4, else 32.....Qxf2 and White loses at once. 32.Qf4 e5 to harass,
and White Q has to leave the f-file, allowing
34.Kh1 Qh2#
May-01-12  stst: Good to get it (with some logic)
though it's late,
Good Night!!
May-02-12  dragon player: The white queen is stuck on the f-file, to defend the f2-pawn. I think the solution is chasing it away:

32.Qf4 e5

and the queen has to stop defending the f2-pawn, and then 33...Qxf2+ 34.Kh1 Qh2# follows.

Time to check.


Right indeed.


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