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Vladimir Kramnik vs Boris Gelfand
World Championship Tournament (2007), Mexico City MEX, rd 7, Sep-20
Semi-Slav Defense: Anti-Moscow Gambit (D44)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-20-07  micartouse: <acirce> Far out, man!
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  WannaBe: Re: <acirce>'s post/game, both 0-0-0 and there was a exd1=Q+ move?!
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  Sneaky: Good game, can't complain about that.
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  chancho: Draw official
Sep-20-07  percyblakeney: Well defended by Gelfand in time trouble...
Sep-20-07  twinlark: Drawn.
Sep-20-07  Marmot PFL: Quite a lot of action in that draw.
Sep-20-07  Hesam7: Draw is official.
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  keypusher: What a game! And a very nice result for Gelfand.
Sep-20-07  popski: Congratulations Gelfand! Good game indeed!
Sep-20-07  AgentRgent: ARGH!! So close...
Sep-20-07  badest: Nice game! (now this is an OK draw ;)
Sep-20-07  acirce: So Anand is going to extend his lead if he converts today, which he will.

It's not out of the question that Kramnik simply forgot that ..0-0-0 was possible.

Sep-20-07  VargPOD: Anand has a winning position, Kramink might be trailing a full point after this round.
Sep-20-07  MaxxLange: I have to say I am surprised. I thought White could win. Of course these guys had calculated much more than me.

Can you imagine playing in time trouble like that in such an important game?

Sep-20-07  whatthefat: Well well, Gelfand is in the form of his life!
Sep-20-07  acirce: <Can you imagine playing in time trouble like that in such an important game?> Yes, respect to the players. I would blunder a piece in every other move.
Sep-20-07  Creg: As many have pointed out, this game may have been a draw, but what an all out gutsy effort by Gelfand. Wow!
Sep-20-07  BlackNightmare: funny how the game ended up with kramnik a pawn up when he was down one himself for most of the encounter even if it's a draw gelfand just blew his chances, anand is now (again) the sole leader with a full point ahead of Kramnik 'that' prediction is getting stronger...
Sep-20-07  falso contacto: while watching the game i thought 25. ...a5 was critical. gelfand is doing fine, but i remember him being second only to karpov and kasparov 15 years ago. so might not be a surprise.
Sep-21-07  KamikazeAttack: The last time Gelfy played like this was in 94 I think, winning the Biel interzonal qualification tournament.
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  Troller: I'm not sure Gelfand <blew his chances>. His attack did look good, but when he chose to activate Bb7, he also opened the d-file so he could not castle. There was simply never quite enough pressure, as he could not employ all his pieces at the same time.

Kramnik admitted afterwards he had forgotten/overlooked Black could still castle. I had been looking for ways for Black to castle for the last 10 moves, so I instantly thought "Now! It is possible!" So for once I anticipated a strong and surprising move, what a nice feeling.

Sep-21-07  KamikazeAttack: <Kramnik admitted afterwards he had forgotten/overlooked Black could still castle.>

Kramnuik must be gutted right now.

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  Mateo: I couldn't see this game live. Here are my first impressions.

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Be2 Bb7 10.O-O Nbd7 11.Ne5 h5 12.Nxd7 Qxd7 13.Qc1 <Novelty. 13.Be5 is usual.> Rg8 <13...Qxd4 14.Qxg5 Nd7 could be played one of these days.> 14.Rd1 Bb4 15.Qe3 Qe7 <Now, in some variations Black has ‘d7’ for his Knight, if the White Queen Bishop comes to ‘e5’.> 16.h3 <Gelfand threatened h4, Be5 Nd7. Kramnik wants to keep his Bishop.> h4 17.Bh2?! <17.Be5 could be more accurate. If 17...Nd7 18.Bh2, the Black Knight does not support the ‘g4’ break like in the game.> Bxc3! <If 17...g4, 18.e5 Nd5 19.Nxd5 cxd5 20.Bxg4, that’s the big difference.> 18.bxc3 g4 <Gelfand threatens gxh3 winning another pawn.> 19.Kh1 <19.Kf1 should be considered too, to avoid to put the King on the same diagonal than the Black’s Queen Bishop.> c5?! <19...gxh3 20.gxh3 c5 opening the ‘g’ file should be more accurate.> 20.hxg4 cxd4 <Obviously Gelfand didn’t like the possibility dxc5.> 21.Rxd4 e5 22.Rdd1 Nxg4 <The safest. 22...Nxe4 might be playable but with Black’s King in the center one might understand Gelfand cautious choice.> 23.Bxg4 Rxg4 24.f3 Rg6 25.a4 a5 <25...bxa4 26.Rxa4 attacking ‘a7’ and ‘c4’ wins back the pawn.> 26.axb5 <Now the position is equal.> a4 27.Qe2 Qc5 28.Rab1 Rd6!? <28...a3 was simple and good.> 29.Rxd6 Qxd6 30.Qxc4 a3 31.Ra1 h3!? <disrupting the pawns to get a target at ‘f3’.> 32.Qe2!? <32.gxh3 Rc8 33.Qd4 cxd4 34.Bxd6 dxc3, White is a pawn up but Black should draw with the opposite colours Bishops. If 35.Bxa3 Ra8! (threatens c2) 36.Ra2 Kd7! (36...c2?! 37.Rxc2 Rxa3 38.Rc7) followed by c2. Then we could see an ending where White has 3 pawns for the Bishop, likely draw.> hxg2+ 33.Qxg2 O-O-O <Unusual at this stage of the game!> 34.Qa2 f5! 35.Qxa3 fxe4 36.Qxd6 Rxd6 <easy draw now.> 37.fxe4 Bxe4+ 38.Kg1 Bd3 39.Bxe5 Rg6+ 40.Kf2 Bxb5 1/2-1/2

Sep-21-07  notyetagm: <AgentRgent: ARGH!! So close...>

Sorry, <agent>, not close enough. :-)

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