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Sergei Movsesian vs Boris Gelfand
Sigeman & Co (1999), Malmo SWE, rd 4, Jun-11
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  0-1



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Jul-05-12  Derived: What an incredible finish.
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  plang: 8..h5 was first played in the mid 90s and was just starting to catch on; 10 a4 was an attempt to steer the game into a positional battle where the pawn on ..h5 is a weakness. 10..Nb6 was new; 10..Rc8, 10..Be7 and 10..Qc7 had been played previously. 17 h3?! was played to prevent ..h3 but Gelfand thought that was unnecessary as 17 a5..h3!? 18 g4 would not have been in Blacks best interest. Gelfand was short of time and offered a draw with 18..Ng4 which Movsesian declined. 26 Kh1? was a blunder; Gelfand recommended 26 axb..Qxb5 27 Rxd6..Bxe3 28 Qxe3..Qxb2 29 Rdxa6..Rxc3 30 Qh6..Rg3 31 Rxg6+ with a draw. 27 Rxa4 was not possible: 27..Qb5 28 Qc2..Bxe3 29 Rxe3..Qf1+ winning material. A pretty mating line would have been 28 Rxa4..Rxb2 29 Rxa6..Rb1+ 30 Nd1..Rd8 31 Rd5..Bf4! 32 Rd3..d5 33 exd..e4! 34 Qxe4..Qf2 35 Rxg6+..Kh8 and Black wins. Movsesian offered a draw after 32 Ne3 because Gelfand had less than two minutes left but Gelfand declined. Also losing would have been 36 Qxc4..Rxc4 37 Nf2..Be3 38 Nd3..Rxe4 39 Raxd6..Rxd6 40 Rxd6..Bd4.

As I was going through the game I wondered why Gelfand had chosen this game to provide extensive analysis - the answer became clear after the final beautiful combination.

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