Grand Prix Beijing: Ivanchuk's King On Wrong Path, Gelfand Celebrates Win

Время публикации: 12.07.2013 21:09 | Последнее обновление: 12.07.2013 22:39

The longest game of Round 8 of Grand Prix Beijing was played by "veterans": Boris Gelfand and Vassily Ivanchuk. Ukrainian GM faced a lot of problems during the game, however, he still could hold in the endgame.


65...Kh3 It seems like a mistake as the black king cuts itself from the game; but actually it only seems to be wrong move.

The main question is what will happen in case of 65...Kxh4. It turns out nothing is clear: 66.Nxd6 Rxd6 67.Rh1+ Kg5 68.Rxh7 Ra6 69.Re7 Kf6 70.Rxb7 (70.Re8 isn't any better 70...Rxa5 71.Re6+ Kf7 72.Rxe5 Ra6 and Black should hold) Rxa5 71.Rb5 Ra3+ 72.Kd2 Ra2+ 73.Kc3 Ra3+ 74.Kb2 Re3 75.Rxc5 Rxe4 76.Rc6+ Kf5

77.c5 (definitely doesn't win 77.d6 Rd4 78.Kc3 g5 79.c5 g4 80.Rc8 Ke6) g5 78.Rh6 Rc4 79.c6 g4 80.Kb3 Rc5 81.d6 Rxc6 82.d7 Rxh6 83.d8Q

Can White win this position? Yes, it can but only with the help of Black. If Ivanchuk has played correctly the position would most probably be drawn.

Let's remember this variant, we will need it in two moves.

66.Rg1 Nf8 67.Ke3

67...Kh2? Now it's really a mistake. The variant we have mentioned gave Black a chance to escape 67...Kxh4!. In comparison to that variant white king is on e3 instead of d3, however, that changes nothing: 68.Rf1 Nh7 69.Nxd6 Rxd6 70.Rh1+ Kg5 71.Rxh7 Ra6 72.Re7 Kf6 73.Rxb7 Rxa5 74.Rb5 Ra3+ and so on.

White can try another continuation: 68.Rh1+ Kg5 69.Rh8 Nh7. Here 70.Nxd6 brings to already familiar position: 70...Rxd6 71.Rxh7 Ra6 72.Re7 Kf6 73.Rxb7 Rxa5 and so on.. This shouldn't be successful as well: 70.Re8 Nf6 71.Re6 Ng4+ 72.Ke2 Rh7 73.Nxd6 Kf4! 74.Rxg6 Rh2+ 75.Kd3 Nf2+ 76.Kc3 Nxe4+.

Obviously that's about the objective evaluation, because in practical sense it's absolutely not easy for Black to find all the best and accurate continuations move after move.

68.Rf1 Nh7 69.Rf3! That's the end.
69...Kg2 70.Nc3 g5 71.hxg5 Nxg5 72.Rf5
Ivanchuk decided to stop defending and he was quite right here: the cut off king, the difference between the activity of his and the rival's pieces, d6-pawn as a weakness - all that creates a considerable and even decisive advantage for White. 1-0

[Event "FIDE GP Beijing"] [Site "Beijing CHN"] [Date "2013.07.12"] [Round "8.5"] [White "Gelfand, Boris"] [Black "Ivanchuk, Vassily"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E97"] [Opening "King's Indian"] [Variation "orthodox, Aronin-Taimanov, bayonet attack"] [EventDate "2013.07.04"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Be2 O-O 6. Nf3 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. b4 Nh5 10. g3 a5 11. bxa5 Rxa5 12. Nd2 Nf6 13. a4 Ra8 14. Nb3 c5 15. Bd2 Nd7 16. a5 f5 17. f3 Nf6 18. Qc2 h5 19. Na4 fxe4 20. fxe4 Bh3 21. Rf3 Kh7 22. Bf1 Bg4 23. Rf2 Bh6 24. Bg2 Neg8 25. Nb6 Rb8 26. Raf1 Qe7 27. h3 Bd7 28. Bxh6 Kxh6 29. Qd2+ Kg7 30. Qg5 Rf7 31. Nd2 Rbf8 32. Qh4 Nh7 33. Qxe7 Rxe7 34. Rxf8 Nxf8 35. Nf3 Nh7 36. Nxd7 Rxd7 37. h4 Ngf6 38. Bh3 Rc7 39. Nd2 Ng4 40. Rb1 Nhf6 41. Rb6 Rd7 42. Bf1 Kf8 43. Bd3 Nh6 44. Bc2 Nf7 45. Nb1 Rc7 46. Nc3 Nd7 47. Rb1 Ke7 48. Ba4 Nd8 49. Bxd7 Kxd7 50. Kg2 Nf7 51. g4 hxg4 52. Kg3 Nh6 53. Rb6 Ke7 54. Nd1 Ng8 55. Kxg4 Nf6+ 56. Kf3 Rd7 57. Nc3 Kf8 58. Nb5 Ke7 59. Nc3 Kf8 60. Rb1 Kg7 61. Ke2 Kh6 62. Rf1 Nh7 63. Nb5 Kh5 64. Ke3 Kg4 65. Kd3 Kh3 66. Rg1 Nf8 67. Ke3 Kh2 68. Rf1 Nh7 69. Rf3 Kg2 70. Nc3 g5 71. hxg5 Nxg5 72. Rf5 1-0

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