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Boris Gelfand vs Vasyl Ivanchuk
FIDE Grand Prix (2008), Sochi RUS, rd 10, Aug-11
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Hedgehog Defense (A30)  ·  1-0



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  tamar: if 38...Kf8 39 Qd6+ Ke8 40 Qc6+ picks up the rook.

Gelfand played some of the deepest chess at Sochi. His trials converting points remind me of Euwe, who also had problems with consistency.

Aug-11-08  messachess: This game is a great chess study (if only I had the time!) I don't know if Ivanchuk played too 'loosey goosey' with the Q and got forced into a disadvantageous exchange or not. I suspect that he thought he could disentangle his pieces in time to be on par with Gelfand.
Aug-12-08  TheBB: Gelfand can be proud of this game.
Aug-12-08  arsen387: I think Gelfand is one of the best by the depth of conception of this game in our days, but unfortunately you can't say the same by looking on his results. In this game he finishes in style after gaining Q vs R+B advantage. High class
Aug-12-08  Vollmer: It seems that 7..d6 and especially 8...a6 are 'lazy' moves that don't do much . Black needed to castle here . Black is in a crouch the rest of the game and falls to White's accurate and aggressive play .
Aug-13-08  zoren: its actually the hedgehog system which was pioneered by Mihai Suba back in the 70's / 80's i believe. a6 and d6 look "lazy" but its a popular system against the english opening
Aug-13-08  chesskingqph: The bulletin for round 11 said that according to Boris 20... Qxa2 is a mistake and Black should try 20... Nxd5, and he would respond by 21 exd5 then 21... Qxd5 22 Nxe6!. But I think the (only) correct response for White should be 21 Rxc5 because he seemed overlook the fact that in his suggested line, the Black queen and bright-colored bishop are very strong on the diagonal a8-h1, 22... Qh8+!. Also 22 Bg2 is suicidal. So maybe Ivanchuk should have tried that move ;-).

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