Jerusalem: Uncompromising Chess In Gelfand - Svidler Match. How Grunfeld and King's Indian Work

Время публикации: 23.07.2014 20:10 | Последнее обновление: 23.07.2014 21:36

The Gelfand - Svidler match in rapid chess has continued today after the rest day.

It's already clear the Russian businessman Oleg Skvortsov will have a hard time choosing the best game to award as long as all encounters are full of fighting chess. Interestingly Black placed the bishop on g7 in all six games played so far, and in three of those encounters g7-g6 was played already as the first move.

Gelfand equalized the match score by winning the fifth game, he used oppoennet's mistake on 14th move: Gelfand developed all the pieces fully enjoying this advantage.

In a reply game Russian GM was better in understanding the King's Indian with the bishop developed on g2.    


The position has been frequently played, also by young Gelfand when he used to play King's Indian as Black quite often.
15.Bg5!? An interesting novelty. More common is placing the bishop on е3.
15...b5! 16.cxb5 axb5 17.Ndxb5 Bxb5 18.Nxb5 Rxa2 Black let White to have the "advnatage of the pair of bishops" but got some advantages in return - more active pieces and a somewhat easier posititon to play. In such positions White is more likely to make a mistake, which eventually happened to Gelfand too. 

[Event "Gelfand-Svidler Rapid 2014"] [Site "Jerusalem ISR"] [Date "2014.07.23"] [Round "5"] [White "Svidler, Peter"] [Black "Gelfand, Boris"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2751"] [BlackElo "2753"] [ECO "D81"] [Opening "Gruenfeld"] [Variation "Russian variation"] [WhiteFideId "4102142"] [BlackFideId "2805677"] [EventDate "2014.07.20"] 1. c4 g6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Qb3 dxc4 5. Qxc4 Be6 6. Qb5+ Bd7 7. Qb3 c5 8. d5 b5 9. Nxb5 Qa5+ 10. Nc3 Na6 11. f3 c4 12. Qd1 e6 13. e4 exd5 14. e5 d4 15. exf6 dxc3 16. bxc3 O-O-O 17. Bd2 Ba4 18. Qc1 Qe5+ 19. Be2 Nc5 20. Kf1 Nd3 21. Bxd3 Rxd3 22. Ne2 Bc5 23. Ng3 Rhd8 24. Qe1 Be3 25. Bxe3 Rxe3 0-1 [Event "Gelfand-Svidler Rapid 2014"] [Site "Jerusalem ISR"] [Date "2014.07.23"] [Round "6"] [White "Gelfand, Boris"] [Black "Svidler, Peter"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2753"] [BlackElo "2751"] [ECO "E68"] [Opening "King's Indian"] [Variation "fianchetto, classical variation, 8.e4"] [WhiteFideId "2805677"] [BlackFideId "4102142"] [EventDate "2014.07.20"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Nf3 O-O 5. Bg2 d6 6. O-O Nbd7 7. Nc3 e5 8. e4 exd4 9. Nxd4 Re8 10. h3 Nc5 11. Re1 Bd7 12. Rb1 Qc8 13. g4 h5 14. f3 a6 15. Bg5 b5 16. cxb5 axb5 17. Ndxb5 Bxb5 18. Nxb5 Rxa2 19. Nc3 Ra8 20. Be3 hxg4 21. hxg4 Nfd7 22. g5 Rb8 23. Qc2 Ne5 24. Nd5 Ncd3 25. Rf1 Nb4 26. Nxb4 Rxb4 27. b3 c5 28. Bd2 Rb6 29. b4 cxb4 30. Qxc8 Rxc8 31. Rxb4 Ra6 32. Rb3 Rc2 33. Bf4 Raa2 34. Bh3 Nc6 35. Rd3 Bd4+ 36. Kh1 Be5 37. Bxe5 Nxe5 0-1

Svidler leads the match 3.5-2.5. Last two games to be played tomorrow. 


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