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Boris Gelfand vs Alexander Grischuk
Russia Team Championship (2004), Sochi RUS, rd 7, Apr-26
Tarrasch Defense: Classical. Advance Variation (D34)  ·  1-0



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  plang: Gelfand felt that 12 Qd2 calls the whole line with 9..c4 into question. One of the points of White's idea is shown by 13..Nxe5 14 Nxd5! which leads to an advantage for White. The first time Gelfand played Karpov at Linares 1991 Gelfand had lost a seemingly harmless double rook ending. That game had given him confidence that he could take advantage of the positional advantage he obtained in this game.

Gelfand after 24 R1c2:
"So, a double rook ending has been reached. For the sake of clarity, let me remind you that the ending without the queenside pawns is drawn, whereas if White were able to win the c5 and f6 pawns in return for the a-pawn, he would win in similar fashion to the game Romanishin-Polugaevsky from the 1974 USSR Championship. I also think that exchanging one pair of rooks will favor Black, as White has this option at any point. Moreover, if White should manage to activate his second rook (as in the game), all Black's pawns will become targets."

28..Ra5? allowed White to activate his rook with 29Rb2!; 28..Rh5 was an alternative.

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  perfidious: A well-known alternative is 11.f4, as played in Kasparov vs G Hjorth, 1980.

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