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Mikhail Gurevich vs Boris Gelfand
Corus Group A (2002), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-19
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45)  ·  0-1



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Mar-17-14  ralph46: The finish would have been 31 Kh2 Qc7+ followed by Bc6 trapping the queen
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  plang: 10..Qc7 had been played in Burn-Chigorin Hastings 1895 and Black had gone on to win; 10..dxc was new. The knight never got back into the game after 19 Na4?; Gelfand recommended 19 Nb1 with the hope of activating it via d2.

Gelfand after 22..Rc8:
"The critical position of the game. I was told that the grandmasters in the press room thought that Black was in danger. However I felt that the two bishops and the poor position of the knight on a4 were stronger factors than the temporary lack of coordination of the black pieces."

White may have overlooked 23..Be2!. 28 Qxa7..Bc6 29 Qg1..Bf6 30 Qf1..Bd4 31 h3..g5 32 fxg..Bxg2+ 33 Qxg2..Qe1+ 34 Kh2..Be5+ would have been crushing for Black. 30 g3 would have held out longer. White resigned due to 31 Kh2..Qc7+ 32 Kh1..Bc6.

I associate Gelfand with intricate positional play in closed positions; this shows a different aspect of his talent - a beautiful example of the power of two bishops in an open position.

Jul-21-19  gambitfan: joli finish avec piĆ©geage de la dame blanche

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