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Boris Gelfand vs Baadur Jobava
Dortmund Sparkassen (2006), Dortmund GER, rd 5, Aug-04
Sicilian Defense: Accelerated Dragon. Maroczy Bind Breyer Variation (B39)  ·  1-0



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Aug-04-06  R.Sergiu: Another great battle from Gelfand, I think he saw the solution around move 100. 113... Qd7+ 114. Qg4 and no more checks
Aug-04-06  capablancakarpov: Doesn´t 56...e5 draw for black?
Aug-04-06  R.Sergiu: Probably not: for example 56...e5 57.Kxh5 e4 58. Kg4 Ke5 59. h5 e3 60. Kf3 Kf5 61. h6! Kg6 62. Kxe3 Kxh6 and white can get the opposition just as in other lines. I’m just a patzer so I may have missed something. Other lines lead to the same ending Q&P vs. Q
Aug-04-06  Confuse: gelfand going nuts after losing an extensive end game against adams. wow, very nice : )
Aug-04-06  MarvinTsai: I have a question. In this game black'queen successively check for 13 times. Is there a upper limit for this?
Aug-05-06  DutchDunce: <MT> 50 if there is no capture or pawn move the whole way. At that point it is a draw.

Now, whether it's even mathematically possible for that to happen and not have a 3-fold rep or clearly demonstrable perpetual check, I don't know.

Aug-05-06  DutchDunce: Interesting how this transposed into a Sicilian. It feels more like an English to me, but I guess the e4 seals it.
Aug-05-06  Ybrevo: <DutchDunce> It is the so-called Maroczy of the Accelerated Dragon, but you are right - it resembles some lines in the English. The ending is a classic aproach by Gelfand and very well played. If White had a h-pawn instead, the win is extremely difficult.
Aug-05-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Wow! Hard-fought, but well deserved!
Aug-05-06  sucaba: 84. ♔g5? =, better ♕e5 #58 or ♔f7 #68;
85. _ ♔a4? , better ♔b3 = or ♔a2 =;
86. ♕a8? =, better ♔g4! #59;
87. _ ♔a5? , better ♔a3 =;
92. ♕h1? =, better ♕a7 #35 or ♕e7 #39;
92. _ ♕c8+? , better ♔b3 = or ♔a3 =
(Nalimov tablebase).
Aug-05-06  euripides: In general, the defending king should go to the opposite corner if it can't get in fron of the pawn. So 73...Kb3 loooks better and Nalimov shows that White must then play 74 g6 to win, whereas against 73...Kb5 he has several winning moves.
Aug-06-06  TheBB: There is a wild "analysis" of this endgame here:

Dec-05-09  Lovuschka: In Sergiu's line, 61.g4+ and 62.Kxe3 is easier - white wins since the pawn g4 protects the one on h5 while taking it allows the h-pawn to promote.
Nov-15-11  wordfunph: Game Trivia!

The game might have lasted considerably shorter if Jobava had not woken up just in time to make his 40th move. While he sat thinking he suddenly noticed that he'd only 2(!) seconds left, and with a sudden reflex that caused amusement among the spectators he managed to flash out the last move before the first time-control.

Source: NIC Magazine 2006 06

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