When the Rook Lay In Wait

Время публикации: 29.09.2012 00:39 | Последнее обновление: 29.09.2012 00:49

Grand Prix: Gelfand wins again, Mamedyarov follows

Gelfand was first to make Adams feel bitterness of loss in the Grand Prix Series. This was third win for the World Vice-Champion and it strengthened his leading position in London. 

Adams decided to check his rival in the "Rossolimo variation" of the Sicilian defence, however, he played differently than Anand in Moscow, who "allowed" black knight moving from g8 to e7. In general, Gelfand wouldn't experience any problems if not the rook stuck on h8. GM told about that in his commentary to the official website:

"I had to be careful with this rook: if the position would open, I would be in trouble. When the rook got into the game, I think I already had a slight advantage. Somewhere near 33rd move the game was close to a draw, but Micky blundered..."


33.Qe3? (better was 33.h3) Bd5 34.Ng5? Qf6 35.Nf3 Bxf3 36.Qxf3 Qxf3 37.gxf3 Rxf3. "The rook endgame is won in any case", - Gelfand added. It's noteworthy that this is Boris's second win in Sicilian with black at the Grand Prix London.

Only one participant maintains the status of Gelfand's nearest rival: that is Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Today the Azerbaijani used Nakamura's unconfident play after the opening (the King's Indian defence). Apparently, weak was the combination of 14...Qc8 and 15...Rb8, after which White grabbed initiative and strengthened it later. 

Unfortunately, the winner quickly left the playing hall, so we couldn't get his commentary.
Таble, schedule, results, all games and other materials regarding the tournament

Here are both of the decisive games of the round.

[Event "1st FIDE GP London 2012"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "2012.09.28"] [Round "7.3"] [White "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E68"] [Opening "King's Indian"] [Variation "fianchetto, classical variation, 8.e4"] [EventDate ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. g3 O-O 5. Bg2 d6 6. O-O Nbd7 7. Nc3 e5 8. e4 exd4 9. Nxd4 Re8 10. h3 Nc5 11. Re1 h6 12. Kh2 Bd7 13. Rb1 a6 14. a3 Qc8 15. f4 Rb8 16. b4 Ne6 17. Nf3 c5 18. e5 dxe5 19. Nxe5 cxb4 20. axb4 Nf8 21. Bb2 Be6 22. Nd5 Qd8 23. Qb3 h5 24. Rbd1 Bxd5 25. cxd5 h4 26. d6 hxg3+ 27. Qxg3 Nh5 28. Qg4 f5 29. Qf3 Qh4 30. d7 Red8 31. Rf1 Kh7 32. Qe3 Qe7 33. Qc5 Qxc5 34. bxc5 Ne6 35. Ba3 Nhxf4 36. Nf7 Rf8 37. Rxf4 Rxf7 38. Rh4+ Kg8 39. Bd5 Nd8 40. Re1 Bf6 41. Re8+ Kg7 42. Rhh8 Be5+ 43. Rxe5 1-0 [Event "1st FIDE GP London 2012"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "2012.09.28"] [Round "7.5"] [White "Adams, Michael"] [Black "Gelfand, Boris"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B30"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack (without ...d6)"] [EventDate ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 e6 4. O-O Nge7 5. b3 a6 6. Bxc6 Nxc6 7. Bb2 b6 8. d4 cxd4 9. Nxd4 Bb7 10. Nd2 f6 11. Qg4 Kf7 12. Rad1 Qc7 13. Nxc6 Bxc6 14. Qh5+ Kg8 15. Bd4 b5 16. f4 Be7 17. c3 Rf8 18. b4 d6 19. Bf2 e5 20. Rc1 Qb7 21. Rfe1 Be8 22. Qf3 Bf7 23. c4 h5 24. c5 dxc5 25. Bxc5 exf4 26. Qxf4 Bxa2 27. e5 Bxc5+ 28. Rxc5 fxe5 29. Qxe5 Rh6 30. Nf3 Re6 31. Qa1 Rxe1+ 32. Qxe1 Qb6 33. Qe3 Bd5 34. Ng5 Qf6 35. Nf3 Bxf3 36. gxf3 Qxf3 37. Qxf3 Rxf3 38. Kg2 Rf4 39. Rc6 Rxb4 40. Rxa6 Rc4 41. Rb6 b4 42. Rb7 Kh7 43. Rb6 g6 44. Kg3 h4+ 45. Kf3 Kh6 46. Rb5 g5 47. h3 Rc3+ 0-1 


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