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Vasil Spasov vs Boris Gelfand
Villa de Canada de Calatrava (2007), Canada de Calatrava ESP, rd 5, Apr-07
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  0-1



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Aug-28-08  sicilianhugefun: play up to mate
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  fredthebear: With White in dire straights, FTB was eager to play 46.Rd8 skewering bishop to knight on the d-file since one piece cannot protect the other. However, the knight has a time gaining/piece saving check 46...Nf2+ to get out of it (followed by a bishop move, of course). White is lost at this point.

It's puzzling why White played on when the coming Black c-pawn promotion was obvious. With all remaining pawns on the same side of the board, chances for a draw are improved... providing Black blunders his extra piece away. The odds of Gelfand making such a mistake were slim to nil unless he appeared ill or was very low on time.

Personally, I am always pleased to see masters play on until the threat of mate exists. It wasn't necessary against a player of Gelfand's caliber, but it's good to see his technique in action of pinning the backward g2-pawn and then piling on the pin.

Some readers would say it's puzzling why FTB would even bother to write this! Hey, the cave is quite and FTB likes to think and put his thoughts on paper, which releases the thought from mind because it has been documented. Yes, this bear likes to write (speed type is more exact) after giving some thought. On to the next game.

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  fredthebear: For the record, FTB usually does not comment on most of the games that he replays.
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  fredthebear: GM blunders with the queen do happen, but it's usually w/a busier board (more pieces, more to think about, especially a centralized knight that could generate all kinds of forks).

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