"We Exchanged the Presents"

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London: Gelfand changes the tournament standings by beating Aronian

Boris Gelfand became the hero of Round 9 by beating Levon Aronian. Now Israeli GM shares 4-5 places with Alexander Grischuk with 4.5/9.

"I think for me it was more difficult because I played with my very close friend and he is leading the tournament. But we're professionals and we have to play our utmost in each game," Gelfand said. at the press conference.


We have discussed this position during the live talk on Chess-News with Evgeny Sveshnikov and Farrukh Amonatov. GMs expected Aronian to play 25...Re8, however, they couldn't agree on the final evaluation: 26.d5 exd5 27.Bd3 Sveshnikov thought that White had a considerable advantage; Amonatov supported the idea that White just had a compensation for the pawn and nothing more. Aronian chose another move giving no chance of checking the predictions.
25...Rxd4?! 26.Bxe6 Bf7?
Now White is obviously better.
27.Bxf5 Bc4 28.e6!
Gelfand, "Maybe Levon just missed this move."
28...Qd6 29.Rfe1 Re8 30.e7 Bf7 31.Rc5 g6 32.Bg4

32...h5? A blunder after which White should have won quickly.
33.f5! Kg7 34.fxg6 Bxg6 35.Bxh5 Rd3 36.Qe5+?! Boris missed the shortest way to victory 36.Qg5! (
36...Rg3 37.Qh4).  
36...Qxe5 37.Rcxe5 Bxh5 38.Rxh5 Rxa3 39.Rf5 Rd3 40.Re4

The ending is won for White. Aronian tried hard finding the chances for holding the game, but in vain. Armenian GM resigned after 20 moves. Now he is half a point behind the sole leader Magnus Carlsen. 

"I blundered to Levon in the first half of the tournament, now he answered with a blunder. Let's say we have just exchanged the presents," the winner concluded. 

The press conference was attended only by Gelfand, for Aronian left for the drug test.

On a question on his unsuccessful start of the tournament, Gelfand said, "Maybe that's because of the fact that the torunament had to start on March 20th and I planned to approach it with my best shape. Well, I am not using that as an excuse, but still. In this case we could have the Zurich competition in the proper dates. At some point we just opened the FIDE website and found out that the dates have been changed - the tournament has been moved by a week. That was strange. One day we just woke up and accidentally found out that the dates are changed. We, however, didin't get any notifications or explanations from FIDE. We should ask the organizers why so. This is such an important tournament, people prepare for it for years... It's of course a tremendous difference, I mean the changing of the date. Maybe we would have the Zurich tournament in different dates if we knew here were such changes. The organizer wanted to give us, me and Kramnik, an opportunity to prepare for the Candidates tournament as best. However, his idea has ruined."      

[Event "FIDE Candidates 2013"] [Site "London"] [Date "2013.03.25"] [Round "9"] [White "Gelfand, Boris"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D37"] [WhiteElo "2740"] [BlackElo "2809"] [Annotator "Robot 9"] [PlyCount "119"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [TimeControl "7200+1255"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 Nbd7 7. Be2 c6 8. O-O Nh5 9. Be5 f6 10. Bg3 f5 11. Be5 Nhf6 12. h3 Nxe5 13. Nxe5 Nd7 14. f4 Nxe5 15. fxe5 Bg5 16. Qd2 Bd7 17. Rac1 Rc8 18. a3 Kh8 19. b4 Be8 20. Bd3 Rc7 21. Ne2 Bh5 22. Nf4 Bxf4 23. exf4 Rd7 24. Qe3 dxc4 25. Bxc4 Rxd4 26. Bxe6 Bf7 27. Bxf5 Bc4 28. e6 Qd6 29. Rfe1 Re8 30. e7 Bf7 31. Rc5 g6 32. Bg4 h5 33. f5 Kg7 34. fxg6 Bxg6 35. Bxh5 Rd3 36. Qe5+ Qxe5 37. Rcxe5 Bxh5 38. Rxh5 Rxa3 39. Rf5 Rd3 40. Re4 Rd7 41. Rg4+ Kh6 42. Rf6+ Kh7 43. Rf7+ Kh6 44. Rgg7 Rd1+ 45. Kh2 Rf1 46. Rh7+ Kg6 47. Rhg7+ Kh6 48. Rh7+ Kg6 49. Rfg7+ Kf6 50. h4 Ke6 51. Rg4 Kf5 52. Kg3 Re1 53. Rf4+ Ke6 54. h5 Rxe7 55. Rxe7+ Kxe7 56. Kh4 b6 57. h6 Rh1+ 58. Kg5 Ke6 59. Kg6 Ke5 60. Rf5+ {Kd5} 1-0

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