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Boris Gelfand vs Alexander Morozevich
13th Amber Blindfold (2004) (blindfold), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 5, Mar-25
Queen's Gambit Declined: Albin Countergambit. Fianchetto Variation (D09)  ·  0-1



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Mar-31-04  Whitehat1963: What's white's best move on 16? Unless there's something I'm missing, Nxf5 looks, shall we say, skeptical?
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  tpstar: After 13 ... Qg4 White's game is difficult, since 14. Nxd4? Rg8 costs a piece (Ng3) to prevent mate on g2. Instead of trading Q for R&B, 15. Ne1 0-0-0 (15 ... Nxe5 16. Qxd4) 16. Nd3 was probably White's best practical chance. Note 16. e3? loses to 16 ... f3 (17. Bxf3 Bxe4). Sharp opening for a blindfold game!
Apr-01-04  Whitehat1963: What's the best finish after 28 ... Nxe5?
Aug-18-04  Knezh: White probably lost on time.. The best finish would probably involve picking up queenside pawns with Qd1+ and Qd2
Feb-02-05  schnarre: Score another one for the Albin.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Knezh: White probably lost on time.. *** >

Gelfand struggled throughout this blindfold event, in which he scored 3/11. Starting with the off-beat opening, this game seems to have involved for him a process of steadily increasing disorientation and loss of thread. He may well have resigned after 28. ... Nxe5 due to a combined sense that his position had become seriously bad and sheer exasperation.

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