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Gelfand, Boris (2724) - Ding, Liren (2773) [E11]
Chess Grand Prix, Moscow (9) 2017

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Be7 6. Nf3 O-O
The Bogo-Indian Defence.
7. O-O Nbd7 8. a4








   
8...a5!
Black does not allow White to push a4-a5 to seize space on the queenside. 8...Ne4?! is worse, 9. a5 c6 10. Qb3 Nxd2 11. Nbxd2 f5 12. cxd5 (12. Ne1!? and 12. Rfc1!? deserve attention, with a small edge to White) 12...cxd5 13. Rfc1 Bd6 14. Ne1 Nf6 15. Nd3 Rb8 16. Nf3 Bd7 17. Nfe5 Be8 18. e3, with a small edge to White in Sasikiran, K - Kambrath, Y, Biel 2016.
9. Qc2 c6 10. Na3
The alternatives are 10. Nc3, 10. Rc1 and 10. Bf4.
10. Nc3 b6 (10...dxc4) 11. cxd5 Nxd5 12. Ne4 (12. Na2!? Bb7 (12...Ba6) 13. e4 N5f6 (13...Nb4) 14. Nc3 Rc8 15. Rfd1 Re8 16. Be3 (16. Rac1) 16...h6 (16...b5) 17. h3 (17. Qe2!?) 17...b5!, with good counterplay in Troff, K - Wojtaszek, R, Wijk aan Zee 2014) 12...Bb7 (12...Ba6) 13. Neg5 N5f6?! (13...g6, with counterplay) 14. Ne5?! (14. e4! is better) 14...h6 15. Nxe6? (15. Bxc6) 15...fxe6 16. Nxc6 Rc8 17. Qc4 Bxc6 18. Bxc6 Rf7 19. Qb5 Nf8, and Black has a clear advantage, Troff, K - Farago, I, Budapest 2013.
10. Rc1 Ne4 11. Be3 f5 (11...g5) 12. Nc3 Bd6 (12...Nd6) 13. Rd1 Qe7 14. Rac1 Ndf6?! (14...Kh8) 15. Ne5 Bxe5 16. dxe5 Ng4, Aronian, L - Wei Yi, Wijk aan Zee 2017, and here 17. cxd5!? is interesting, 17...exd5 18. Bd4 Re8 19. Nxe4 fxe4 20. f3 Nxe5 21. fxe4 dxe4 22. Bxe4 h6, with a small edge to White.
10. Bf4 Nh5 11. Bc1 f5 12. Ne5 Bd6 13. Nd3 Qe7 14. b3, Dubov, D - Andreikin, D, Novi Sad 2016, and here Black can play 14...b6!? 15. Ba3 Ba6 16. Bxd6 Qxd6 17. e3 Rac8, with counterplay.









   
10...Ne4!
A good novelty. In the game Gelfand, B - Tomashevsky, E, Moscow 2017 Black preferred 10...Bd6 11. Ne1 Qe7 12. Nd3 e5 13. cxd5 Nxd5 14. Bxd5 cxd5 15. Nb5 e4 16. Nf4 Nf6, and here White can continue 17. Qb3!? Rd8 18. Rfc1, with a small or slight advantage.
11. Bf4 g5!
Very aggressive: Black plans to fight for victory.
12. Be3 f5!
Black seizes space on the kingside. Now we see the Dutch Defence, Stonewall Variation.
13. Rad1 Bf6
The typical 13...Qe8 with the idea of ...Qh5 is also possible.
14. Nb1
White can play 14. Ne1, followed by Nd3 or f3.
14...Qe7 15. Nc3 b6
15...Nd6!? is interesting too.
16. Ne5 Nxe5 17. dxe5 Bxe5 18. Bxb6?!
18. Nxe4!? is playable, 18...fxe4 19. c5, with couterchances.
18...Qb4 19. Nxe4 fxe4








   
20. cxd5?
A risky sacrifice. 20. Be3 is better, 20...Qxb2 21. Qxb2 Bxb2 22. Bxg5 Ba6 23. Rd2 Ba3 24. Ra2 Bb4, and Black has only a small advantage in the endgame.
20...Qxb6 21. Qxe4 Qxb2 22. dxc6
Or 22. dxe6 Bxe6 23. Qe3 Bf5 24. Bxc6 Rac8 25. Bd7 Bxd7 26. Rxd7 Kh8 27. Qa7 Rc1 28. Rxh7+ Kg8 29. Rd7 Rxf1+ 30. Kxf1 Qb1+ 31. Kg2 Qe4+ 32. f3 Qxe2+ 33. Qf2, with a clear edge to Black.
22...Bc7!








   
23. Rd7?
23. Qg4 is more stubborn, 23...Rb8 24. Qxg5+ Qg7 25. Qc5 Rb4.
23...Bxd7 24. cxd7 Qf6 25. Bh3 Rab8 26. Qxe6+ Qxe6 27. Bxe6+ Kg7 28. Rc1 Kf6 29. Bg4 Bd8 30. Rc6+ Kg7








   
31. Bh5 Rb2
Black has an extra rook and wins.
32. Rc8 Rd2 33. Be8 Bb6 34. Rb8 Rf6 35. e3 g4
White resigned. 0-1










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Gelfand, Boris (2724) - Ding, Liren (2773) [E11]
Chess Grand Prix/Moscow (9) 2017

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Be7 6. Nf3 O-O 7. O-O Nbd7 8. a4 a5 9. Qc2 c6 10. Na3 Ne4 11. Bf4 g5 12. Be3 f5 13. Rad1 Bf6 14. Nb1 Qe7 15. Nc3 b6 16. Ne5 Nxe5 17. dxe5 Bxe5 18. Bxb6 Qb4 19. Nxe4 fxe4 20. cxd5 Qxb6 21. Qxe4 Qxb2 22. dxc6 Bc7 23. Rd7 Bxd7 24. cxd7 Qf6 25. Bh3 Rab8 26. Qxe6+ Qxe6 27. Bxe6+ Kg7 28. Rc1 Kf6 29. Bg4 Bd8 30. Rc6+ Kg7 31. Bh5 Rb2 32. Rc8 Rd2 33. Be8 Bb6 34. Rb8 Rf6 35. e3 g4 0-1



"Spinal Tap" sing the song "Stonehenge":
"We'll go back in time
To that mystic land
Where the dewdrops cry
And the cats meow".
This song is about Stonehenge, but not about the Dutch Stonewall.

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