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Rustam Kasimdzhanov vs Boris Gelfand
4th FIDE Grand Prix (2009), Nalchik RUS, rd 8, Apr-23
Semi-Slav Defense: Anti-Moscow Gambit (D44)  ·  0-1



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Apr-23-09  whiteshark: <23.b4> looks like a fine idea, but the timing was wrong. He should have been tested it three moves earlier.

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Apr-23-09  jurado96: what is wrong with this players
leaving a piece just like that
gelfand must of go like
after a second chance
so who's to blame
Apr-23-09  ILikeFruits: blame...
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  Peligroso Patzer: <jurado96: what is wrong with this players leaving a piece just like that
gelfand must of go like
after a second chance
so who's to blame>

If you are referring to the possibility of 26. ... Bxd5, it seems that this move would have yielded Black no advantage after 27. Rd2.

This is why Gelfand played 26. ... c3 (to deprive White's Rook of access to the d-file). Perhaps in time pressure, Kasimdzhanov went in for a different method to maneuver his Rook to the d-file, but 28. Rd3 was, of course, unavailing to save the White position.

Apr-23-09  jurado96: peligroso
did he lose a piece or not ?
and i mean players of this caliber
ussualy go farther and win on a little advantage
what happen with akopian/kamsky
one blunder after another
i love the game and i love combinations
and overkilled games but to see this players i love to see their tecniques and things i dont see but sometimes
they just play like club players
(careless )get it or have someone
more intelligent to explain it to you
Apr-24-09  Eyal: 9...Nbd7 is a very interesting novelty by Gelfand - and at quite an early stage for such a topical line.

<This epic struggle demonstrated that Gelfand is back! In the Anti-Moscow Gambit of the Slav the Israeli created an excellent new setup starting with 9...Nbd7!? Black sacrificed the c6-pawn, but got a couple of tempi for development, which allowed him to get an equal game and take part in a fight for the center.

Kasimdzhanov accepted the challenge, and selected the most principled and aggressive continuations. However, the fight was uneven. Gelfand followed his home analysis, obtained a decent advantage and converted it in a very brutal manner (22...f5!, 26...c3!). White's play can be improved only after very serious analysis, so all I can do now is assign exclamation marks to most Gelfand's moves...> (Shipov,

According to Chessok's Rybka (, Black has a definite edge after 22...f5, and a near-winning advantage after 23...Qd6, even if White plays the relatively best 24.Qa1.

Apr-24-09  notyetagm: MONOKROUSSIS ANNOTATES:
Apr-25-09  notyetagm: 22 ... ?

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22 ... f7-f5! <undermine: d5>

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MONOKROUSSOS: <22.Bxf4 f5! Two can play this game! <<<White's knight is precarious>>> and the Ba8 and Rf8 are a real menace.>

Apr-25-09  notyetagm: 28 ... ?

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28 ... ♘e5x♖d3! 0-1 <knight discovery zwischenschach>

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29 ♗f4x♕d6 ♘d3-f2+! <zwischenschach>

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Apr-25-09  notyetagm: 25 ... ?

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25 ... ♖f8-d8! <pin!>

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MONOKROUSSOS: <25.Bxe4 Rd8 Just like that, White is dead. The knight can't be defended again, but if it retreats it will be overloaded, unable to adequately protect both c3 and e4.>

I think Monokroussos means "protect both d1 and e4".

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