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Boris Gelfand vs Miguel Illescas Cordoba
"Fly in the Ointment" (game of the day Feb-18-2014)
Madrid (1996), Madrid ESP, rd 5, May-13
Bogo-Indian Defense: Grünfeld Variation (E11)  ·  0-1



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  ToTheDeath: 18. Ne1? was a bad blunder, allowing the second knight to join the attack. After 18. Qb5 White is still ok.

After 19. Nh3! There is no defense to 20... Nxf2+

20. gxh3 Nxf2 is mate.

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  al wazir: <ToTheDeath: After 18. Qb5 White is still ok.> Not really: 18. Qb5 Nh3 20. Nd3 Nexf2+ 21. Rxf2 (21. Nxf2 Bxg2+ 22. Kg1 Bc6+) Nxf2+ 22. Nxf2 Bxg2+ 23. Kg1 Bc6+.

Maybe 28. Qd4 would work better.

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  NM JRousselle: Fly in the ointment? I don't get it. I know the quotation is from the Bible (Ecclesiates 10:1), but I don't see how it applies here.
Feb-18-14  offramp: Illescas is Spanish. Spanish fly.
Feb-18-14  Eduardo Leon: <al wazir>, after 18.♕b5 (not 19.♕b5), 18...♘h3 is not even a legal move.
Feb-18-14  Smileshire: <Fly in the ointment? I don't get it. I know the quotation is from the Bible (Ecclesiates 10:1), but I don't see how it applies here.> Because its full quote is "As the fly in the oil of the ointment maker causes it to stink, so does a little foolishness to one who is precious for wisdom and glory." NWT translation. So obviously Boris was foolish here, and by his own wisdom and experience should've entered into his glory by winning against a lesser player.
Feb-18-14  morfishine: Quite striking for this to happen against such a strong player. In any case, I don't like 14.dxe6 which looks a waste of time letting the White rooks sleep. Isn't 14.Rfd1 better keeping the a8-h1 diagonal closed?


Feb-18-14  PJs Studio: I like how black didn't play 18...Rxg2+ 19.Kxg2 Nc5+ snagging the queen. He noticed White's 18.Ne1 was so bad that 18...Ng5 wins immediately.
Feb-18-14  rozzatu: My first post. Maybe the last, I am not so strong with english language... Usually I only look at the games, I have signed-in myself because doing so I can set a default viewer. So I greet you all!
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  perfidious: <rozzatu> Welcome to our site, and we hope your post is not your last one!

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Feb-18-14  Morphized: I really don't understand 6. Qxd2... Gelfand seemed to have big problems developing his bishop afterwards, why not simply Bxb2?
Feb-18-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: A number of White's opening choices seemed odd. Qxd2 was the biggie, but Qd3 didn't make much sense either.
Feb-18-14  yureesystem: Ouch!! GM Illesca can attack really well against a very strong Grandmaster. Brilliant played by Spanish Grandmaster.
Feb-18-14  psmith: <PJs Studio> 18... Rxg2+ 19. Nxg2 doesn't look so good...
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  kevin86: White can be mated by two knights or lose the queen...or resign, as he did.
Feb-19-14  PJs Studio: Thanks Psmith... for not picking on the mentally handicapped. ;) I need to work much harder at this game. Ugh

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