Gelfand – Svidler Game Two

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Interesting 15+15 Game I Just Played

A friend has been trying to talk me into playing in the lichess 45/45 league. I’ve been playing some 15+15 games to establish my classical rating and I just finished this one.

Overall I am pleased with the game, though you will see that there are many areas in which I could improve here.

I’m curious what the readers think…

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Gelfand – Svidler Game One

First a tactic from the game you’re about to see.

Can White take the bishop hanging on g4? The answer is at the very bottom of this post.

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Answer: No! After 20.Qxg4?? Black mates in three with 20…Qxf2+ 21.Kh1 Qe1+ 22.Bf1 Qxf1#

And Now For Something Completely Different…

Starting today and proceeding for the next several days the game of the day will be a bit different.

These games are taken from the Gelfand-Svidler rapid match at the 2nd Gedeon Japhet tournament from 2014.

What makes them different is that the players gave in depth interviews about each game. So I will give not only the games, but the YouTube videos of the interviews as well!

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Interesting Position in the Marshall

I’ve been looking at some various positions that I might want to play. I’ve been thinking about playing the mainline Marshall instead of playing anti-Marshall setups as White.

So I was looking at this position:

Here the main move for White is by far 17.Nd2. It’s almost universal. I was looking at a different move which I am working on, but I then started asking myself, why not 17.Bd1 in this position? Doesn’t that force the light squared bishops off?

So I was trying to determine the consequences of giving up the light squared bishop for White. Then I turned the engine on. The engine shows that there is a brutal tactical refutation after 17.Bd1.

Have a look. The solution appears at the end of the post.

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Solution: 17…Rxe3 18.fxe3 Bxg3. Here everything wins. Feel free to analyze all of the lines with or without an engine.

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Korchnoi – Sax 1991 Playoff Game 2

He’s done it! With this hold Korchnoi wins yet another Candidates Match, this time at the age of 60.

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Korchnoi – Sax 1991 Playoff Game 1

Korchnoi again takes the lead. Can he hold on?

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Korchnoi – Sax 1991 Game 8

And with this semi-lifeless effort we head to a rapid playoff.

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Tommy Takes Down a GM

Yesterday at the Czech Open in Pardubice Tom Polgar-Shutzman managed a nice win over Russian GM Semen Dvoirys!

As you may have guessed by the name, Tom is a part of the famous Polgar family. He is Susan’s son.

I met Tom earlier this year at the USATN where I roomed with him. He was one of the nicest people you could ever meet.

During the few days that we hung out we talked a lot about chess and goals and he made it clear to me that his goal was to ensure that the Polgar family gained another GM.

So far he’s having a nice tournament with a 2453 performance rating going 3.5-2.5 through the first six rounds.

Here’s his game against Dvoirys.

Tomorrow he plays Ukrainian FM Yevgeniy Roshka. I’ll keep an eye on the last three rounds and you should too!

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Korchnoi – Sax 1991 Game 7

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