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Gelfand, Boris (2740) - Caruana, Fabiano (2757) [D70]
Zurich Chess Challenge, Zurich (2) 2013

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 d5








   
4. cxd5
The Gruenfeld Defence.
4...Nxd5 5. e4 Nb6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. Be3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. O-O-O Qd6 10. Nb5 Qd7 11. Kb1 Rd8 12. d5 a6








   
13. Nc3
After 13. dxc6 Qxd2 14. Rxd2 Rxd2 15. Bxd2 axb5 16. cxb7 Bxb7 17. Bxb5 f5 18. exf5 Bd5! 19. Ne2 (19. b3 gxf5 20. h4 c5 21. Be3 (21. Ne2? Bxb3) 21...Ra5 22. Bd3 c4 23. Bxb6 Rb5 24. Bxc4 Bxc4 25. Kc2 Rxb6 26. bxc4 Rb2+ 27. Kd3 Rb1 28. g4 fxg4 29. fxg4 Kf7 30. a4 Rd1+ 31. Kc2 Ra1 32. Kd3 Rd1+) 19...Bxa2+ 20. Kc2 gxf5 the endgame is drawish, Vitiugov, N - Giri, A, Reggio Emilia 2011.
13...Qe8 14. Qe1 Na7!
A good novelty. In the game Aronian, L - Caruana, F, Tal Memorial, Moscow 2012 Black played 14...Ne5 15. Be2 e6 16. Bxb6 cxb6 17. f4 Nd7 18. dxe6 Qxe6.








   
15. h4!?
After 15. Bf4 Bd7! 16. Bxc7 Na4! 17. Nge2 (17. Bxd8 Nxc3+ 18. bxc3 Qxd8 with compensation, Black can attack the white king) 17...Rdc8 18. Bg3 Qd8 Black has good counterplay on the queenside.
15...Nb5! 16. Nge2
Or 16. Nxb5 axb5 17. Bd4 Bxd4 18. Rxd4 e6 19. h5 Qe7, with a small edge to Black.
16...Nc4 17. Bd4
Worse is 17. Bc1 h5 18. Qf2 e6.
17...Nxd4 18. Nxd4 Nb6 19. h5
Or 19. Qg3 c5 20. Nb3 Bxc3 21. bxc3 Na4 22. Rc1 e6 23. h5 exd5 24. Qh4 Rd7 25. hxg6 fxg6 26. exd5 b5, with counterplay.
19...e6








   
20. hxg6
Also playable is 20. Qh4!? exd5 21. hxg6 hxg6 22. exd5 Nxd5 23. Bc4 Nxc3+ 24. bxc3 b5 25. Bb3 Bf5+ 26. Nxf5 Rxd1+ 27. Rxd1 gxf5 28. g4 c5 29. gxf5 Qe5 30. Rd8+ Rxd8 31. Qxd8+, with perpetual check.
20...hxg6 21. f4 Qe7 22. Nf3
Or 22. Qg3!? exd5 23. e5 c5 24. Nf3 d4 25. Ne4 Nd5 26. Nfg5 Bf5 (26...Ne3? 27. Bd3 Bf5 (27...Nxd1? 28. Nh7!) 28. Rh7 Bxe4 29. Bxe4 Nxd1 30. Qh3 f5 31. Qb3+ Kf8 32. Ne6+ Kg8 33. Rxg7+ Qxg7 34. Nxg7+ Kxg7 35. Bd5 d3 36. Kc1 Ne3 37. Qxb7+ Kh6 38. Qxa8 Rxa8 39. Bxa8, with an advantage) 27. Bd3 Rac8 28. Rh7 f6 29. Nxf6+ Nxf6 30. Bxf5 gxf5 31. exf6 Qxf6 32. Rdh1 d3 33. Rxg7+ Qxg7 34. Rh7, with equality.
22...exd5 23. e5








   
23...d4!
A strong response, though possible is 23...Bf5+ 24. Bd3 d4 25. Ne2 Bxd3+ 26. Rxd3 c5 27. Ng5 Nd7 28. Qh4 Nf8 29. Rdh3 b5 30. Ng3 d3 31. N3e4 d2 32. Kc2.
24. Nxd4 c5 25. Nf3 Bf5+ 26. Ka1
White gets counterplay.
26...Rxd1+ 27. Qxd1 Rd8








   
28. Qe1?!
A mistake, White loses a tempo. Better is 28. Qc1!? at once.
28...Qd7!
Black activates his queen to take the initiative.
29. Be2 Nd5 30. Nxd5 Qxd5 31. Qc1 Be6!
Black forces White to weaken his queenside and gains some advantage.
32. b3 Qc6 33. Rd1 Rxd1 34. Qxd1?
Correct is 34. Bxd1, with a small edge for Black.
34...Qe4!
Centralization.
35. g3








   
35...Bf5?
Black could have obtained a big advantage with 35...Bg4! 36. Nd4 cxd4 37. Bxg4 d3! 38. Qd2 (38. Bf3 Qe3 39. a3 Bf8 40. b4 a5 41. bxa5 d2 42. Bg4 Qxa3+ 43. Kb1 Qxg3, winning, or 38. Kb2 Bf8) 38...f6 39. Kb1 fxe5 40. Bd1 Qd4.
36. Bc4 Bh6 37. Bd5 Qe3 38. Qd2








   
38...Qxd2
With equality.
39. Nxd2 g5 40. Bxb7 gxf4
A draw. 1/2-1/2










Move
   

Gelfand, Boris (2740) - Caruana, Fabiano (2757) [D70]
Zurich Chess Challenge/Zurich (2) 2013

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nb6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. Be3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. O-O-O Qd6 10. Nb5 Qd7 11. Kb1 Rd8 12. d5 a6 13. Nc3 Qe8 14. Qe1 Na7 15. h4 Nb5 16. Nge2 Nc4 17. Bd4 Nxd4 18. Nxd4 Nb6 19. h5 e6 20. hxg6 hxg6 21. f4 Qe7 22. Nf3 exd5 23. e5 d4 24. Nxd4 c5 25. Nf3 Bf5+ 26. Ka1 Rxd1+ 27. Qxd1 Rd8 28. Qe1 Qd7 29. Be2 Nd5 30. Nxd5 Qxd5 31. Qc1 Be6 32. b3 Qc6 33. Rd1 Rxd1 34. Qxd1 Qe4 35. g3 Bf5 36. Bc4 Bh6 37. Bd5 Qe3 38. Qd2 Qxd2 39. Nxd2 g5 40. Bxb7 gxf4 1/2-1/2


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