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Boris Gelfand vs Jeroen Piket
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000), New Delhi IND, rd 3, Dec-03
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  1-0



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  plang: Game 1 of their third round match in the World Championship tournament; a draw in game 2 clinched the match for Gelfand who was then eliminated by Shirov in the next round.

Gelfand after 11 exd:
"This type of position with an isolated pawn often arises from different openings, for example the Tarrasch defense, the Nimzo-Indian Defense etc. I think it is in White's favour that he has exchanged his bishop for the knight at f6, as the knight will not be able to blockade the pawn from d5. Now the main question is whether Black can bc8 bishop into play."

Gelfand was familiar with this line having won a game against Benjamin at Horgen 1994 with 15 Qe3; here he varied with 15 Rfd1. 19..Qh3?! lost a tempo; better was 19..Qf5. Gelfand recommended 23..Qe7 24 h4..Rxd1+ 25 Rxd1..Rd8 26 Rb1 as a tougher defense. 29..g6 could have been answered by 30 Qf4..Kg7 31 Kg2 with promising attacking chances for White. 31,,Nxf4? lost immediately; 31..Bf6 32 Bxg6 would have left White with a commanding position.

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