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Boris Gelfand vs Michael Adams
"Gelfand the Flames" (game of the day May-01-2013)
Alekhine Memorial (2013), Paris/St Petersburg FRA/RUS, rd 3, Apr-23
Queen's Gambit Declined: Barmen Variation (D37)  ·  1-0



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Apr-23-13  Whitehat1963: Nice endgame technique by Gelfand!
Apr-23-13  iking: by move 24. f5, Black is a pawn up .... then several moves later White is a pawn up 29. Rb3, silly micky
Apr-24-13  MTuraga: An instructive game by Gelfand...
Apr-24-13  dunican: Gelfand fighting for advantage and not settling for a quick draw? Haven't seen that for a while. And it paid off!
Apr-24-13  Lutwidge: Gelfand is sometimes Rubinstein 2.0
Apr-24-13  fligorna: As usual, the N is stronger than B..
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  PawnSac: <Whitehat1963: Nice endgame technique by Gelfand!>

Yes! 57.Nf2! was excellently conceived. Black did not want to let the white rook out with Ke7 but it seems he underestimated the strength of Ne4!

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  Bishoprick: Beautiful and instructive endgame!
Apr-25-13  AngeLa: knighted :) amazing :)
Apr-28-13  Blunderdome: search "gelfand adams 12-13"
May-01-13  nolanryan: gelfand is so brutal. nice game
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  AylerKupp: Yes, a masterful endgame performance by Gelfand. I got the impression that he saw the final position on move 77 before he sacrificed the exchange at move 59. And once more the old saying that two connected passed pawns on the 6th beat a rook proves to be true.

But I thought that Adams started to go wrong as early as 8...Nb6. Since he was likely going to 0-0 and White was going to try a k-side attack along the light squares, with the king knight gone it I think it would have been better to move his remaining knight to the k-side by 8...Nf6 and help protect h7.

And I would be wrong. At low ply (d=21) Critter 1.6a evaluates the position at [+0.30] after 8...Nb6 and at [+0.73] after 8...Nf6 since 9.f5 becomes possible immediately and White can take immediate advantage of his lead in development after 9...Nd5 10.fxe6 Bxe6 11.Bxd5 Bxd5 12.0-0. Oh well, I guess I still have a lot to learn.

May-01-13  lost in space: Year, 8...Nf6 is very good for white

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The line below is not forced and there are alternatives for Black, maybe even better than the line given, but from my perspective it is the main line as most consequently played from both sides. Maybe just with exception of 15. Nh3 were 15. Nxf7 would be more natural. Will check this line later on.

9. f5 exf5 10. Ng5 Qe7+ 11. Kf1 Be6 12. Qa4+ c6 13. d5! 0-0-0 14. dxe6 Ng4 15. Nh3 b5 16. Bxb5 cxb5 17. Nxb5 Qc5 18. b4 Qb6 19. Nxa7+ with decisive advantage white

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May-01-13  cunctatorg: Well, imho the turning point of the game is in-between the 24th and the 28th move... 24. f5!? and after 24... Kg7 (what else?) then 25. Nd6 Rb8 26. Ne8 Kf8 27. fg6! hg6 (27... Kxe8?? 28. g7 ) 28. Nxc7 with clear advantage... However the turning point of the game with respect to these great players might occured earlier, much earlier...
May-01-13  JohnBoy: I recall in the post-game comments by the players of Svidler vs Kramnik, 2013 the comment that white would there have a small, persistent, risk-free pull. This looks like that message played out. Well-done. Very instructive.
May-01-13  nummerzwei: 9...g6 looks fairly logical.
May-01-13  kevin86: The pawns were so strong that white could give his rook for a piece. Black's lone pawn is a is his game.
May-01-13  Sydro: Kamsky vs Gelfand, 2007 Same Pun.
May-01-13  Rama: Could have called this game, "Death On d5."
May-01-13  Travis Bickle: Brilliant endgame by Gelfand!
May-06-13  nolanryan: that horse is moving like a tremendous machine

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