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Boris Gelfand vs Simon Kim Williams
"Going Dutch" (game of the day Sep-14-2013)
European Club Cup (2012), Eilat ISR, rd 4, Oct-14
Dutch Defense: Classical Variation. General (A96)  ·  0-1



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Oct-15-12  Captain Hindsight: A rollercoaster ride.

Better would have been <35.Rh1 Qf6 36.Nc7!=>

Oct-16-12  paavoh: Compared to the Gelfand-Adams game, it seems that White did not play according to a solid plan. Underestimation of the opponent, perhaps?
Oct-25-12  kellmano: Video annotated by the winner here:

Nov-27-12  apanadsky: good game
Dec-11-12  Balmo: Huge win for Williams here, somehow not in his chessgames best games collection! Beating the contestant for the WC in the same year that Gelfand challenged Anand is no mean feat.
Mar-02-13  tstavernman: Leonard Barden's commented on this game in his online London Evening Standard Puzzle Column:

Boris Gelfand v Simon Williams, Shahmat64 v Jutes of Kent, European team championship, Eilat 2012. World title challenger Gelfand was a heavy favourite for this game. His team were the No2 seeds and he was playing on home soil in Israel. But the English grandmaster is known for his fearless attacking style and he opened with 1 d4 f5, the Dutch Defence about which he has published books and DVDs. Unexpectedly Gelfand wilted under the pressure and in an uneven game finally blundered into defeat. Some moves before that he had been in serious trouble in today's puzzle diagram, where Williams continued 27...Ne7. Can you find a better move for Black?

Barden's solution: 27...Nxd4! 28 Nxd4 Qf4 and since Black threatens Qh2+ followed by mate, White must allow Qxd4 when he drops another pawn with a wrecked position.

Aug-09-13  wordfunph: "Boris was very polite after the game, congratulating me on my victory. How often do you see that? Personally, I have found that it is often the stronger players who are the most gracious in defeat. There are some notable exceptions though...

I returned the favour to Boris a couple of days later. ln a rush during my game I opened the door to the toilet a bit too violently and in the process managed to land the wood right into Boris'face, taking him out in the process. I apologised as much as possible, but I am sure he must hate me now!"

- GM Simon Williams

Source: Chess Monthly 2012 December

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  offramp: < Balmo: Huge win for Williams here, somehow not in his chessgames best games collection!...>

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Sep-14-13  whiteshark: <ln a rush during my game I opened the door to the toilet a bit too violently and in the process managed to land the wood right into Boris'face, taking him out in the process.> I'm so glad that we play him only via internet o'wise our physical integrity could have been in real danger. :D
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  Once: A notable victory for my near neighbour, Simon Williams, and in my favourite d4 defence to boot!
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  Domdaniel: <Once> - < my favourite d4 defence to boot!> Um, you like to put the boot into the Dutch?
Sep-14-13  kevin86: Great finish! White has no checks and is about to be rounded up by black.
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  Once: Why not? Everyone else tries to!
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  Everett: Of all the Dutch defenses I've mucked with through the years, I find the Classical pawn formation to be the most resilient.
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  Domdaniel: <Everett> I agree -- I've played the Classical/Fluid and Iljin-Zhenevsky systems many times. I certainly prefer it to the Stonewall, which is a bit too rigid for my tastes. But I suspect that the Leningrad is good too.
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  Everett: <Domdaniel> you're right of course, all those other systems are playable, and I even look to shift to a favorable stonewall when starting with the classical. Yet, personally, I find myself losing from both sides of the mainline Leningrad Dutch, same with the Grunfeld, which is why I play the Yusupov-Rubinstein Attack when playing a queen's pawn opening.
Jul-06-17  PhilFeeley: The problem with the Leningrad is h4 by white. That seems to give black serious trouble.

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