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Boris Gelfand vs Aleksander Delchev
FIDE World Championship Tournament (2001/02), Moscow RUS, rd 3, Dec-01
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense (D40)  ·  1-0



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  plang: Game 1 of their third round match in the World Championship tournament; Gelfand also won the second game to clinch the match. He went on to defeat Azmaiparashvili before being eliminated by Svidler in the quarterfinals. At Madrid 1998 Anand played 9 Ndb5 against Krasenkov and went on to win; 9 Nxc6 was new. Despite losing the right to castle Gelfand felt he had a small but tangible advantage after 10..Nxc6?! (10..bxc!? might be better) due to the power of the g2 bishop. Gelfand considered 16 Bf3! to be the key move making it more difficult for Black to exchange light-squared bishops. 22..b6 23 Rc7..Rd8 24 Nc8 would have cost Black a pawn but have been a tougher defense as the rook ending was hopeless.

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