Tal Memorial: Gelfand Confuses in a Tough Clash Against Carlsen

Время публикации: 18.11.2011 18:32 | Последнее обновление: 18.11.2011 19:01

Details of a thrilling struggle

Magnus Carlsen – Boris Gelfand was probably the most exciting game of Round 2 of Tal Memorial. .

23.Bc3 (23.Nd4 Rxd4 24.exd4 Bxd4+ 25.Be3 Bxe3+ 26.Rxe3 could lead to a draw) 23...Qe7 24.g5 Rdd1 25.Ng3 (25.Nd4? is disproved by Rxd4! 26.Bxd4 Bxd4) 25...Bd6! 26.Qe2! Rg1?! (correct was 26...Bxg3+ 27.Rxg3 Rf1+ 28.Qxf1 Rxf1+ 29.Kxf1 Nd7 with a probable equality; according to Gelfand that was a way for him to draw from a position of weakness, his evaluation of the position was not quite right as he had been expecting for something more) 27.Qd3?! (strong initiative could be developed by 27.Qb5! Qxb7 28.Qe8+ Nc8 29.Bc4!) 27...Bc7 (27...Bxg3+ could return to the variants with 26...Bxg3+)28.Ne4!? 

28...Raf1+ (in this tough position Black continued to sheer away) 29.Ke2 Rxf3 30.gxf3 (chances of White are preferable) 30...f5?! (noteworthy was 30...Rg2+!?) 31.gxf6 gxf6 32.Bxf6 Qh7 33.Qb5! Rg2+ 34.Kd3 Qd7+ (and Gelfand is forced to go into a tough and objectively losing endgame)35.Qxd7 Nxd7 36.Bd5 Be5 37.f4 (37.Bxe5+ Nxe5+ 38.Kd4 was also good) 37...Bc7? (the only chance to prolong the resistance was 37...Bxf6 38.Nxf6 Nc5+!) 38.Bc6! 1-0 

(Mikhail Golubev’s commentary)


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