Grischuk Escaped Gelfand: "Boris Was Very Well Prepared to This Rare Line"

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Round 6 of the Candidates tournament was not less interesting than the previous one, moreover it was marked with only two draws. One of the games which finished peacefully was played between Alexander Grischuk and Boris Gelfand. The latter missed a good chance of taking a point.

Alexander GRISCHUK - Boris GELFAND
Candidates tournament 2013, Round 6

Sicilian defence
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 e6 4.0-0 Nge7 5.Re1 a6 6.Bf1 d5

In most of the games here the opponents exchange the pawns on d5. Grischuk chose the less popular move:
7.d3 d4 8.e5 Nd5
Grischuk, "Unfortunately, Boris was very well prepared to this rare line. I don't like my move 9.c4 because it looks very good, but there's a very strong response
9...dxc3 10.bxc3 Rb8!. The problem is that after 11.c4 the black knight goes to e7, then on f5 and Black has a great position. So, I had to make a move which is quite bad for white - 11.Bb2 bishop doesn't belong to this diagonal, but otherwise I didn't see the way of finishing development..."

11...b5 12.Nbd2 Be7 13.Ne4 0-0 14.Rb1 Nb6

15.Ba1
Grischuk, "Here I wanted to play 15.c4. Then 15...bxc4 16.dxc4 Qxd1 17.Rexd1 Na4 18.Ba1 Rxb1 19.Rxb1 took place. Here's some strange move 19...Nb4 20.a3 Nc2 21.Nc3 Nxa3 22.Rb3 Nc2 23.Nxa4 Nxa1 24.Rb2 Rd8, and I couldn't see how to threat the knight. 
[the knight could be caught 25.Ne1! And in case of 25...Bd7 white plays 26.Nc3 Bg5 27.Ne4. Instead of 24...Rd8? correct would be 24...Bd7! 25.Nc3 a5, and Black is OK - CN]
15...Bb7 16.c4 b4 17.Qd2 a5 18.Qf4 Nd7
Grischuk, "Actually here I liked my position. Maybe White is not worse, but I started to make stupid moves..."
19.Qg3
Grischuk, "Maybe I had to play 19.h4 or 19...Rbd1"
Gelfand, "I would play
19...Qc7 on 19.Rbd1"
Grischuk, "20.Qg3"
Gelfand, "20...а4. [after express analysis] I thought I had no problem whatsoever. I thought that White had to be careful to keep the balance."

19...Ba8 20.h4 a4 21.h5
Grischuk: "I  thought that I would move my rook to g4, but there's no chance for that."
21...h6 22.Qg4 Qc7

23.Nd6? Ncxe5
Grischuk, "And you can resign immediately. OK, I guess I found the only chance..."
24.Nxe5 Nf6 25.Qd1 Bxd6 26.Qxa4 Nxh5 27.Qd1 Nf6

Grischuk, "Here I was planning to play 28.Rе3, but there's 28...Nе4, and that's the end."
28.Ng4 Nxg4 29.Qxg4 e5 30.f4 Rbe8 31.Re3 f6 32.Rbe1

32...Qf7
Grischuk, "Here there was the move 32...е4".
Gelfand, "I thought about that but I wasn't sure about 33.g3 f5 34.Qg6".

Grischuk, "I'm not threatening anything though."
Gelfand, "Nevertheless, I thought I found a good plan. I played really slowly. I forgot about the clock somehow and when I realized that I had 13 seconds left for three moves. I was lucky not to lose on time."  

33.f5 Bc6 34.Rh3 Kh7 35.Bb2 Ra8
Gelfand, "Maybe I had to play 35...g5 here, and I would have an extra pawn."
36.Bc1

36...Rg8?
Gelfand missed a considerable part of his advantage with this move. After 36...Rxa2 Black could win: 37.Bxh6 gxh6 38.Rxh6+ Kxh6 39.Re3 Qh5 40.Rh3 Be8 41.Rxh5+ Bxh5 42.Qh4 Ra7! 43.Be2 b3.
37.Re2 Bf8 38.Rf2 Re8

Grischuk, "Here the position looked very promising already. There was no good place for my queen though."
39.Be2 e4

Grischuk, "The problem is that I either block the bishop - after Qf4, or the rook - after Qh4. I had to choose the second."
40.Qh4 exd3 41.Bh5 Re1+ 42.Rf1 Rxf1+ 43.Kxf1 Qe7

Grischuk, "Maybe I could check somehow g6, take on h6 with the bishop and then with the rook with winning. Unfortunately that was impossible."
44.Rxd3 Qe5 45.Qg4

Grischuk, "I could play 45.Bg6+ Kh8 46.Qg4, but I completely missed 46...Bd6".

45...Be8?
Grischuk, "There's 46.Qg6+ Kh8 47.Bхh6 on 45...Bd6."
[Exactly 45...Bd6 had to be played. 46.Qg6+? Kh8 47.Bхh6 losses because of 47...Be4! 48.Rh3 Bxg2 49.Qxg2. Instead it seems that white should play 46.Bf7+ with further moving the bishop on e6 - CN]
46.Bg6+

Grischuk, "I decided to put up a trap. although I had to play 46.Bхe8 Qxe8 47.Qe2, and I think it's close to a draw here.
46...Bxg6 47.fxg6+ Kh8 48.Rd7 Bd6
but if playing 48...Qa1? instead of all this, White has 49.Qf4 and Black should resign for there's no defence from Qхh6+ with checkmate."
46...Bxg6 47.fxg6+ Kh8 48.Rd7 Bd6 49.Bxh6 Qa1+ 50.Kf2 Qxa2+ 51.Kf1 Qb1+ 52.Kf2 Qc2+ 53.Kg1 Qb1+ 54.Kf2 Qb2+ 55.Kf1 1/2


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[Event "FIDE Candidates 2013"] [Site "London"] [Date "2013.03.21"] [Round "6"] [White "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Black "Gelfand, Boris"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B30"] [WhiteElo "2764"] [BlackElo "2740"] [Annotator "Robot 3"] [PlyCount "109"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [TimeControl "40/7200:20/3600:900+30"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 e6 4. O-O Nge7 5. Re1 a6 6. Bf1 d5 7. d3 d4 8. e5 Nd5 9. c4 dxc3 10. bxc3 Rb8 11. Bb2 b5 12. Nbd2 Be7 13. Ne4 O-O 14. Rb1 Nb6 15. Ba1 Bb7 16. c4 b4 17. Qd2 a5 18. Qf4 Nd7 19. Qg3 Ba8 20. h4 a4 21. h5 h6 22. Qg4 Qc7 23. Nd6 Ncxe5 24. Nxe5 Nf6 25. Qd1 Bxd6 26. Qxa4 Nxh5 27. Qd1 Nf6 28. Ng4 Nxg4 29. Qxg4 e5 30. f4 Rbe8 31. Re3 f6 32. Rbe1 Qf7 33. f5 Bc6 34. Rh3 Kh7 35. Bb2 Ra8 36. Bc1 Rg8 37. Re2 Bf8 38. Rf2 Re8 39. Be2 e4 40. Qh4 exd3 41. Bh5 Re1+ 42. Rf1 Rxf1+ 43. Kxf1 Qe7 44. Rxd3 Qe5 45. Qg4 Be8 46. Bg6+ Bxg6 47. fxg6+ Kh8 48. Rd7 Bd6 49. Bxh6 Qa1+ 50. Kf2 Qxa2+ 51. Kf1 Qb1+ 52. Kf2 Qc2+ 53. Kg1 Qb1+ 54. Kf2 Qb2+ 55. Kf1 1/2-1/2

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