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Boris Gelfand vs Peter Svidler
Tal Memorial (2006), Moscow RUS, rd 7, Nov-14
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Indian Formation (A15)  ·  1-0



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Nov-14-06  TheSlid: Following the games today, I could understand why the Svid wanted to exchange the N on b6. Sadly, 23...Nd7 looks like the point where things start to go very wrong for Black. The a6 pawn drops off and there does not seem to be much counterplay.
Nov-14-06  Shajmaty: 36. Ba5! If 36...Qxa5? 37. c7 and Black has no check available!
Nov-14-06  euripides: you mean the slid thinks the svid had his reasons to exchange off the squid ?
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  plang: Interesting effort on Gelfands part to avoid the Gruenfeld.
Nov-14-06  iron maiden: 36. Ba5! is nice. Looked fairly effortless for Gelfand--maybe Svidler is starting to tire again?
Nov-14-06  TheSlid: <euripides> LOL!
Nov-14-06  djmercury: Svidler looks to concede passed pawns too lightly, not the first time that I see him loosing matches like this lately after conceding a passed pawn pretty early in the game.
Nov-14-06  sandmanbrig: Why would Gelfand want to avoid the grunfeld plang? He is probably the best player against it. He created the variations that are played most today.
Nov-14-06  Ulhumbrus: 18 f4?! looks like a mistake at first sight, attempting to attack on both wings, however White cannot avoid disturbing the king side pawns. 20..Re8 neglects the Nb8. 20...a5 clears a6 for the N. However 20...e5 may be better still, and if Black can compel White to weaken the King side further, he may become able to afford to sacrifice the a pawn in order to get the N out.With 26 Bxa6 White has won the a6 pawn but without having had to weaken his King side further by any additional pawn moves.This suggests that Black has chosen the wrong way to relinquish the a6 pawn. After this Gelfand manages to win with his extra pawn, returning it but gaining a very strong passed c pawn in return.
Nov-14-06  Bob726: It always seems that Svidler chokes in the second half of the tournment first losin to Griscuk with the white pieces! and today losing to Gelfand.
Nov-14-06  shintaro go: What if instead of 24..Qxd7, 24..Qxb3 25. Bxb3 Bxd7?
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  tpstar: <shintaro go> After 24. Nxd7 Black can't interpolate 24 ... Qxb3? due to the Zwischenzug 25. Nf6+ Kf8/Kh8 (25 ... Kg7? 26. Nxe8+) 26. Bxb3 winning a piece.

At the end, White breaks down the blockade on c8 with 44. Kc4 & 45. Kb5 & 46. Qa6 (46 ... Qe8+ 47. Kb6). Another plan would be 44. Qb6 & 45. Qb8 (note 44. Qb6 Ke8 45. Qb8 Kd7 46. Qb5#) but this allows 45 ... Qa6+ and White must endure several checks creating some swindling chances for Black.

Nov-15-06  slomarko: really careless play by Svidler.
Nov-15-06  Marvol: <sandmanbrig: Why would Gelfand want to avoid the grunfeld plang? He is probably the best player against it. He created the variations that are played most today.>

But so is Svidler for the black side.

For whatever reasons, Gelfand did avoid the Grunfeld, whereas Svidler played it (after 4.d4 it's a Grunfeld but white declines).

Nov-15-06  Marvol: And I guess this is a good reason for Gelfand to avoid the Grunfeld against Svidler:

He has scored quite poorly, +0 =1 -2 in 3 games - with white. Not good at all.

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  Mateo: A beautiful example of what Stean called simple chess.

[Event "Tal Memorial"]
[Site "Moscow RUS"]
[Date "2006.11.14"]
[EventDate "2006.11.06"]
[Round "7"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "B Gelfand"]
[Black "P Svidler"]
[ECO "A05"]
[WhiteElo "2733"]
[BlackElo "2750"]
[PlyCount "86"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Qa4+ Bd7 5. Qb3 dxc4 6. Qxc4 a6 7. d4 b5 8. Qb3 <8.Qd3.> c5 <8...Nc6.> 9. dxc5 Bg7 10. e4 O-O <10...Nc6 E Vorobiov vs V Yandemirov, 2004 1- 0.> 11. Be2 Bc6 <The simplest in order to win back the pawn.> 12. e5 Nfd7 13. Be3 Nxe5 14. Nxe5 Bxe5 15. O-O e6 16. a4 <A very good move. After the trade of the pawns, Black will have a new weakness, the lonesome a pawn. Another point is that the b6 square is weakened.> bxa4 17. Nxa4 Qc7 <17...Nd7 deserved consideration.> 18. f4 Bg7 19. Nb6 <Now the Black Knight is tied to the defence of the a pawn.> Ra7 20. Rfd1 <Of course, this Rook and not the other one has to go on the open file. The Queen Rook must keep the pressure on the a pawn.> Re8 <What for? 20...e5 looking for counterplay seems more natural.> 21. Bc4 Bh6 22. Rf1 <22.Rd6 Bf8 23.R comes back Bh6.> Qb7 23. Rf2 Nd7?! <A dubious pawn sacrifice. But Svidler in his cramped position loses patience. 23...Bg7 might be better.> 24. Nxd7 Qxd7 <24...Qxb3 25.Nf6+ Kh8 26.Bxb3, White won a piece. 24...Bxd7 25.c6!, White wins the exchange.> 25. Rxa6 Rxa6 26. Bxa6 Bg7 27. Rd2 Qa7 28. Qb6 Qa8 <28...Qxb6 29.cxb6, then 30.b7 and 31.Ba7 is an easy win for White.> 29. Bb5 <29.b4 Rb8 30.Qc7 Bf6, Black wins back the pawn in better conditions than in the game.> Bxb5 30. Qxb5 Rb8 31. Qc4 <Impeding Qe4.> Qa1+ 32. Kf2 Rxb2 33. c6 Rxd2+ 34. Bxd2 Qa7+ 35. Ke2 Qc7 <An unsuccessful attempt to block the passed pawn.> 36. Ba5! Qc8 <36...Qxa5 37.c7, White wins.> 37. c7 Bf8 38. Qc6 f5 39. Bc3 Kf7 40. Be5 Be7 41. Kd3 g5 42. g3 gxf4 43. gxf4 <The White King goes to b6 and then the White Queen to b7.> 1-0

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  Honza Cervenka: This Gruenfeldlike setup against Reti or English does not seem to be very effective. Svidler is superb player who is very familiar with black side of Gruenfeld but here he was in ropes from the opening and the other examples from database are not much satisfactory as well. Nice play by Gelfand.

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