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Boris Gelfand vs Farrukh Amonatov
World Cup (2009), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 2, Nov-25
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Donner Defense (E94)  ·  1-0



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Nov-25-09  dumbgai: No Farrukh, not 40...Qf1!
Nov-25-09  syracrophy: A nice variation is 41...♔f7 42. ♕b7+ ♔g6 43. ♖g8+ ♔h5 <No mate at <f7>, but...> 44.♖xg5+! hxg5 45. ♕h7#
Nov-26-09  Eyal: Yes, that's probably what Amonatov missed when he played 40...Qf1??

Gelfand played an excellent strategic game, but toward the end seems to have faltered tactically several times. First, 31.Ra8+ Kh7 32.Bc1 should win more simply, because Black has to give up either the exchange or another pawn (after 32...Rb3 33.Na4 Qb7 34.Nxd6); then, he misses the prophylactic 36.Kg3! (actually plays it a move too late) and gets into a position where he could actually lose; but Amonatov misses in his own turn a prophylactic king move - 40...Kg7 or h7, after which White would have to give up the exchange by 41.Rxd8 because then the Qf1 threat becomes real. Instead, as already mentioned, Amonatov blunders with the immediate 40...Qf1??

Nov-26-09  cannibal: A comment on the first game between those two:

<shintaro go: Now this is a short draw. Amonatov practically gave up his campaign in this World Cup.>

Turns out he didn't, but rather waited for Gelfand to do all the action and possibly overpress. And almost successfully, as Gelfand lost the thread before the time control.

Seriously though, I don't think Gelfand should have accepted such a quick draw as black. The offer itself pretty much showed that Amonatov had no plan to play for an advantage, so Gelfand should have had some faith in his positional superiority and tried to outplay him also with black. It's not exactly impossible, Wang Yue showed in in round 1.

Mar-01-10  alexrawlings: Yeah, I agree with the comments below. This could be a puzzle with Black to move at move 40. Leonard Barden says in his column that <40.. Kg7 really threatens Qf1 and forces White to go 41 Rxd8 Qxd8 when Black should win on material>.

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