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Sergei Rublevsky vs Boris Gelfand
Rubinstein Memorial (1998), Polanica-Zdroj POL, rd 5, Aug-22
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack. Main Line (B52)  ·  0-1



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Sep-12-05  Professeur Y: The nice annotations of Boris Gelfand for this game, taken from his book My memorable games., are posted this week on ChessCafe's "Skittles room" Column. Interesting stuff.
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  plang: 12 a4 is theory but the set-up does not look as promising to me for White as the standard Maroczy Bind where the white-squared bishops are not exchanged. Gelfand was critical of 14..Rfd8? as it took away the queens best escape; after 15 Nd5 the response 15..Nxd5 was forced. The drawback to 20 Nc3 was that Black could play ..e6 without worrying about the response Nf4. Gelfand calculated precisely that after 23..Qb4 his queen wouldn't be trapped. 28 cxd..Bxd4 29 Rxd4..Rc8! would have been better for Black. Gelfand was critical of Rublevsky's play in the rook ending. For instance, he felt that 34 Kf2..d4 35 b4! activating the a3 rook would have been sufficient to draw. The last chance to defend was 34 Kg3..Rdd2 40 h4 when White would have had some drawing chances. Gelfand had to avoid 47..Rh3? 48 Kb5..Rxf3 49 Kxa5..Rxb3? 50 Rxe6+.

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