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Alexander Grischuk vs Boris Gelfand
Pivdenny Bank Chess Cup (2007) (rapid), Odessa UKR, rd 1, Jul-04
Semi-Slav Defense: Anti-Moscow Gambit (D44)  ·  1-0



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Jul-10-07  kingsindian2006: beautiful game by grischuk.. I have a feeling they might meet in mexico... Second best game in the tourney behind shirov vs gelfy
Jul-10-07  spin: this game hurts my brain...
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  Peligroso Patzer: When I first played through this game, I could not understand why Gelfand did not play 34. … c1=♕, and Fritz seems to agree that this was the only move to hold the balance. Maybe Gelfand thought he could retain winning chances by postponing the promotion, but after 34. … ♗b7? 35. ♕f6! White was winning.

After 34. … c1=♕, the game could have headed towards a draw with two separate continuations: (A) 35.♘xa6+ ♔b7 36.♖b4+ ♕xb4 37.♘xb4 ♖xd7 38.♕f6=; or (B) 35.♖b4+ ♕xb4 36.♘xa6+ ♔b7 37.♘xb4 ♖xd7 38.♕f6=, reaching the same position after White's 38th move in either line.

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  Peligroso Patzer: With respect to the variations given in my previous post, (A) [with 35. ♘xa6+] may be the better practical choice because it gives Black the chance to go wrong with 35. ... ♔a8?? 36. ♗c6+ ♕xc6 37. dxc6 and White wins.
Dec-07-10  KingG: <After 34. … c1=Q, the game could have headed towards a draw with two separate continuations: (A) 35.Nxa6+ Kb7 36.Rb4+ Qxb4 37.Nxb4 Rxd7 38.Qf6=; or (B) 35.Rb4+ Qxb4 36.Nxa6+ Kb7 37.Nxb4 Rxd7 38.Qf6=, reaching the same position after White's 38th move in either line.> Black is not yet out of the woods after 34...c1=Q 35.Nxa6+ Kb7 36.Rb4+ Qxb4 37.Nxb4 Rxd7 38.d6+ Kb6 39.Qd3!.

White will keep his advanced passed pawn, and mop up most of the other Black pawns.

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