Gelfand: "One Still Needs Chess Seconds Not Only to Send Them to Laundry"

Время публикации: 03.10.2014 20:04 | Последнее обновление: 15.01.2015 07:01

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The heroes of the first day in Baku Fabiano Caruana and Boris Gelfand faced each other already in round 2. Today they have managed to play a fascinating game as well. First of all, the Israeli GM went for an exchange sacrifice right after the opening:



Boris Gelfand told our website that the idea of the sacrifice belongs to his second Alexander Huzman: 

"Nigel Short said recently that one doesn't need a second in modern chess except to send them to a laundry because just pressing a computer key is enough to work on one's openings. However, I (probably like many others) am really thankful to my seconds for their difficult job which allows them to find novelties as this one. 
It's a matter of taste as to whose position is preferrable after 18...Rxe3, but anyway, Black has sufficient compensation for the exchange. Up to a certain moment, I was playing well...

After 31.с5 dxc5 32.bxc5 I got a bit confused, and I was short of time... So, I pulled my rook back: 32...Re8? (Black had to play 32...Be5! planning to bring the rook to h3, and his advantage would be serious - CN). The position would be difficult for me had Fabiano not played 33.h4? (33.Kh1! - CN). That was exactly what I counted for because I had seen 33...Re3! with the perpetual.
It's a pity that I lost the thread at some point, but nevertheless I feel satisfied because the game was really interesting and my opponent is really strong".

[Event "Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2014.10.03"] [Round "2.2"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Gelfand, Boris"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B90"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Najdorf"] [EventDate "2014.10.02"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f3 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. Be3 h5 9. Qd2 Nbd7 10. Nd5 Bxd5 11. exd5 g6 12. Be2 Bg7 13. Na5 Qc7 14. c4 e4 15. O-O exf3 16. gxf3 O-O 17. b4 Rfe8 18. Rac1 Rxe3 19. Qxe3 Re8 20. Qd2 Kh7 21. Nb3 Bh6 22. f4 Ne4 23. Qe1 Ndf6 24. Bd3 Qd7 25. Rc2 Qh3 26. Qd1 Bxf4 27. Qf3 Qxf3 28. Rxf3 Ng5 29. Rf1 Re3 30. Nc1 Ng4 31. c5 dxc5 32. bxc5 Re8 33. h4 Re3 34. hxg5 Rg3+ 35. Kh1 Rh3+ 36. Kg2 Rg3+ 37. Kh1 Rh3+ 1/2-1/2


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