World Cup: Gelfand's Rooks-Wolves Teared Rahman's Queen-Auroch to Pieces

Время публикации: 12.08.2013 23:27 | Последнее обновление: 22.08.2016 23:03

"You should know that the queen is terribly lonely. There are two bishops, two knights and a pair or rooks. Who are the lonely ones? The king and the queen. They have their own destiny in chess. Why is the queen lonely and why it is so bad? That's because it can't make two threats at a time. When two rooks are out, they just pounce on something much like the wolves do - on something big, for instance the moose. Or even better  - the auroch, which is more frightful. So, these rooks-wolves tear the queen-auroch to pieces, because he's only one, while they are two. They have two jaws if saying metaphorically, while he has only one. The queen is huge, but still lonely. He can't do anything as he is a lonely individuality."

GM Alexey Dreev said this while a live converstion on Chess-News radio; today we got an illustration of his words in Rahman - Gelfand second classical encounter of Round 1 of World Cup. Boris Gelfand led the match after winning 1st classical duel, so his opponent needed only a win to proceed to tiebreaks. He managed to get a winnnig position, but... Rahman failed to convert his advantage with only one queen. Objectively it wasn't easy to do.     

RAHMAN - GELFAND

The computer assessment of the position shouldn't delude. Only later the machine starts to be a bit slow to finally understand there's no win. In the position you see on the diagram the Bangladeshi player still had a chance to win; he should have started by playing 84.Qh3!
In case of 84...Rxa5 there's 85.Qe3+ Kh5 86.Qe2+ Kg6 87.c8Q Rxc8 88.Kxc8 Rh5 (
88...Rf5 89.Qg4+) 89.Qg4+ Kh6 90.Kd7 h3 91.Ke6 and so on.
If Black plays 84...Rae8 everything is even simpler: 85.a6 Re4 (85...Reg8 86.a7 Re8 87.c8Q) 86.c8Q and so on. It's important that the black pawn is far away from last line which means in case of trading White will have time to stop it by the help of a new queen. 

Rahman played 84.Qd5+? and it turned out that the queen can't get on h3-square. 84...Kf4 85.Qd4+ Kg3 86.Qg1+ Kf3 87.a6 h3. Seemingly, looking for a win in this position is already pointless.
88.Qh2 Rae8 89.a7 Reg8 90.Qh1+ Kf2 91.Qh2+ Kf3 92.Kb6 Rg6+ 93.Kc5 Rh5+ 94.Kc4 Rg4+ 95.Kc3 Rc5+ 96.Kd3 Rd5+ 97.Kc3 Rc5+ 98.Kd3 Rd5+ 99.Kc2 Rc5+ 100.Kd1 Rd5+ 101.Kc1 Rc5+ 102.Kb2 Rb5+ 103.Kc3 1/2

Thus, Boris Gelfand qualified to the next round needing no tiebreaks.

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2013"] [Site "Tromsш"] [Date "2013.08.12"] [Round "1.2"] [White "Rahman, Ziaur"] [Black "Gelfand, Boris"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D01"] [WhiteElo "2470"] [BlackElo "2773"] [Annotator "Robot 4"] [PlyCount "205"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] [EventCountry "NOR"] [TimeControl "40/5400+30:1800+30"] 1. d4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Nf6 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 2. Bg5 {[%emt 0:00:25]} d5 {[%emt 0:00:35]} 3. e3 {[%emt 0:00:18]} c5 {[%emt 0:00:39]} 4. Bxf6 {[%emt 0:00:48]} gxf6 {[%emt 0:00:48]} 5. Nc3 {[%emt 0:04:05]} e6 {[%emt 0:12:42]} 6. Qh5 { [%emt 0:02:48]} Nd7 {[%emt 0:08:25]} 7. O-O-O {[%emt 0:03:31]} f5 {[%emt 0:02: 25]} 8. Bb5 {[%emt 0:06:28]} Qf6 {[%emt 0:12:40]} 9. Nf3 {[%emt 0:05:07]} a6 { [%emt 0:08:59]} 10. Bxd7+ {[%emt 0:07:06]} Bxd7 {[%emt 0:00:47]} 11. Ne5 { [%emt 0:01:16]} cxd4 {[%emt 0:03:15]} 12. Nxd7 {[%emt 0:03:47]} Kxd7 {[%emt 0: 00:22]} 13. Rxd4 {[%emt 0:00:55]} Bg7 {[%emt 0:05:45]} 14. Rb4 {[%emt 0:07:51]} b5 {[%emt 0:01:30]} 15. Rd1 {[%emt 0:01:33]} Qg6 {[%emt 0:12:33]} 16. Nxd5 { [%emt 0:10:06]} exd5 {[%emt 0:00:31]} 17. Rxd5+ {[%emt 0:03:32]} Ke7 18. Qh4+ { [%emt 0:01:31]} Bf6 {[%emt 0:05:44]} 19. Qf4 Bg5 {[%emt 0:02:13]} 20. Qc7+ { [%emt 0:09:30]} Kf8 21. g4 fxg4 {[%emt 0:05:22]} 22. Rxg4 {[%emt 0:15:15]} Bxe3+ {[%emt 0:00:38]} 23. fxe3 {[%emt 0:00:05]} Qxg4 {[%emt 0:00:02]} 24. Qc5+ {[%emt 0:00:23]} Kg7 {[%emt 0:00:56]} 25. Rg5+ {[%emt 0:00:11]} Qxg5 {[%emt 0: 00:02]} 26. Qxg5+ {[%emt 0:00:05]} Kf8 {[%emt 0:00:01]} 27. b3 {[%emt 0:01:40]} h6 {[%emt 0:03:41]} 28. Qf6 {[%emt 0:01:20]} Kg8 {[%emt 0:00:08]} 29. e4 { [%emt 0:02:57]} b4 {[%emt 0:01:29]} 30. e5 {[%emt 0:00:48]} a5 {[%emt 0:00:33]} 31. e6 {[%emt 0:01:31]} fxe6 {[%emt 0:00:12]} 32. Qg6+ {[%emt 0:00:16]} Kf8 { [%emt 0:00:04]} 33. Qf6+ {[%emt 0:01:19]} Kg8 {[%emt 0:00:04]} 34. Qxe6+ { [%emt 0:01:05]} Kg7 {[%emt 0:00:06]} 35. Qe5+ {[%emt 0:00:12]} Kf7 {[%emt 0:02: 04]} 36. h4 {[%emt 0:00:35]} Rhd8 {[%emt 0:01:44]} 37. Qf5+ {[%emt 0:01:41]} Kg7 {[%emt 0:00:26]} 38. Qg4+ {[%emt 0:00:07]} Kf7 {[%emt 0:01:34]} 39. h5 { [%emt 0:02:21]} Rh8 {[%emt 0:04:09]} 40. Qf5+ {[%emt 0:01:00]} Ke7 {[%emt 0:00: 05]} 41. Kb2 {[%emt 0:31:18]} Kd6 {[%emt 0:33:33]} 42. Qf6+ {[%emt 0:02:27]} Kd5 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 43. Qf5+ {[%emt 0:00:00]} Kd6 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 44. a3 { [%emt 0:00:00]} bxa3+ {[%emt 0:00:00]} 45. Kxa3 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Raf8 {[%emt 0: 00:00]} 46. Qd3+ {[%emt 0:00:00]} Ke5 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 47. Qg3+ {[%emt 0:00:00] } Kf5 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 48. Qg6+ {[%emt 0:00:00]} Kf4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 49. c4 { [%emt 0:00:00]} Rfg8 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 50. Qf7+ {[%emt 0:00:00]} Kg4 {[%emt 0: 00:00]} 51. c5 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Rf8 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 52. Qg6+ {[%emt 0:00:00]} Kh4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 53. c6 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Rfg8 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 54. Qf7 { [%emt 0:00:00]} Rf8 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 55. Qd5 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Rd8 {[%emt 0:00: 00]} 56. Qc5 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Kg4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 57. c7 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Rdf8 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 58. Kb2 {[%emt 0:00:44]} Ra8 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 59. Ka3 {[%emt 0:01:30]} Raf8 {[%emt 0:00:26]} 60. Qd5 {[%emt 0:00:29]} Rhg8 {[%emt 0:00:56]} 61. Qe5 {[%emt 0:01:34]} Re8 {[%emt 0:01:12]} 62. Qd5 {[%emt 0:00:41]} Ref8 { [%emt 0:00:21]} 63. Ka4 {[%emt 0:00:55]} Ra8 {[%emt 0:01:39]} 64. Qd1+ {[%emt 0:01:08]} Kg5 {[%emt 0:01:32]} 65. Kb5 {[%emt 0:00:10]} Rgf8 {[%emt 0:00:18]} 66. Kb6 {[%emt 0:00:31]} Rf6+ {[%emt 0:00:22]} 67. Kb7 {[%emt 0:00:15]} Rff8 { [%emt 0:00:05]} 68. Qd5+ {[%emt 0:01:05]} Kg4 {[%emt 0:00:20]} 69. Qe5 {[%emt 0:01:12]} Rfe8 {[%emt 0:00:23]} 70. Qc5 {[%emt 0:00:54]} Rf8 {[%emt 0:00:17]} 71. Qd5 {[%emt 0:01:41]} Kh4 {[%emt 0:01:02]} 72. Kc6 {[%emt 0:01:17]} Kg4 { [%emt 0:01:11]} 73. Kd7 {[%emt 0:01:29]} Kh4 {[%emt 0:00:25]} 74. Qh1+ {[%emt 0:01:12]} Kg4 {[%emt 0:00:55]} 75. Qh2 {[%emt 0:00:34]} Rf7+ {[%emt 0:00:43]} 76. Kc6 {[%emt 0:00:25]} Rf6+ {[%emt 0:00:42]} 77. Kb7 {[%emt 0:00:39]} Rff8 { [%emt 0:00:18]} 78. Qh1 {[%emt 0:00:11]} Rfe8 {[%emt 0:01:19]} 79. Qa1 {[%emt 0:00:46]} Kxh5 {[%emt 0:03:08]} 80. Qa4 {[%emt 0:01:26]} Kg5 {[%emt 0:00:40]} 81. b4 {[%emt 0:00:21]} h5 {[%emt 0:00:08]} 82. bxa5 {[%emt 0:00:52]} h4 { [%emt 0:00:16]} 83. Qd7 {[%emt 0:00:13]} Rh8 {[%emt 0:00:45]} 84. Qd5+ {[%emt 0:01:14]} Kf4 {[%emt 0:01:43]} 85. Qd4+ {[%emt 0:00:10]} Kg3 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 86. Qg1+ {[%emt 0:00:06]} Kf3 {[%emt 0:01:09]} 87. a6 {[%emt 0:00:28]} h3 { [%emt 0:00:53]} 88. Qh2 {[%emt 0:00:26]} Rae8 {[%emt 0:01:21]} 89. a7 {[%emt 0: 00:26]} Reg8 {[%emt 0:00:18]} 90. Qh1+ {[%emt 0:00:36]} Kf2 {[%emt 0:00:05]} 91. Qh2+ {[%emt 0:00:16]} Kf3 {[%emt 0:00:03]} 92. Kb6 {[%emt 0:00:55]} Rg6+ { [%emt 0:00:38]} 93. Kc5 {[%emt 0:00:32]} Rh5+ {[%emt 0:01:03]} 94. Kc4 {[%emt 0:00:43]} Rg4+ {[%emt 0:00:05]} 95. Kc3 {[%emt 0:00:58]} Rc5+ {[%emt 0:00:04]} 96. Kd3 {[%emt 0:00:24]} Rd5+ {[%emt 0:00:03]} 97. Kc3 {[%emt 0:00:43]} Rc5+ { [%emt 0:00:04]} 98. Kd3 {[%emt 0:00:07]} Rd5+ {[%emt 0:00:09]} 99. Kc2 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Rc5+ {[%emt 0:00:06]} 100. Kd1 {[%emt 0:01:02]} Rd5+ {[%emt 0:00:38]} 101. Kc1 {[%emt 0:00:05]} Rc5+ {[%emt 0:00:28]} 102. Kb2 {[%emt 0:00:51]} Rb5+ {[%emt 0:00:12]} 103. Kc3 {[%emt 0:00:32]} 1/2-1/2 


  


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