Amber Chess Tournament 2011 – Grandmaster Ivanchuk vs GM Gelfand – Round 8 Rapidplay

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Analysis by NM Will Stewart. Continuing Coverage of the unique Super Tournament: Amber 2011, presenting a Round 8 Rapid Game between Vassily Ivanchuk (of Ukraine) vs Boris Gelfand (of Israel). The opening was not particularly interesting in this game, as a standard Petroff was played with an early c4 by white to open up the position. Ivanchuk managed to impressively manipulate the resulting complications into a bishops of opposite color, attacking position for white. Gelfand lost his way, grabbing an inconsequential pawn on a3 while allowing a devastating mating attack on his king, initiated by an excellent bishop sacrifice by Ivanchuk in time-trouble. Great game by Ivanchuk, again demonstrating his exceptional resourcefulness and ice-cold nerves under time pressure.

Amber is well-known because of it’s unique format – half of the tournament is Blindfold Chess, and the other half is Rapid Chess (25 min, 30 sec increment).

***PGN, for your convenience ***

[Event “Amber 2011”]
[Site “Monte Negro”]
[Date “2011.03.20”]
[Round “8”]
[White “Ivanchuk(R)”]
[Black “GM_Gelfand(R)”]
[Result “*”]
[Opening “Petrov: classical attack, Jaenisch variation”]
[ECO “C42”]
[NIC “RG.06”]
[Time “09:09:49”]
[TimeControl “1500+10”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d4 d5 6. Bd3 Be7 7. O-O Nc6 8.
c4 Nb4 9. Be2 O-O 10. Nc3 Bf5 11. a3 Nxc3 12. bxc3 Nc6 13. Re1 Re8 14. cxd5
Qxd5 15. Bf4 Rac8 16. g3 Bf6 17. Rc1 h6 18. c4 Qa5 19. d5 Ne5 20. Bxe5 Bxe5
21. Bd3 Bg4 22. Re4 Bxf3 23. Qxf3 Bb2 24. Rb1 Qxa3 25. c5 Kf8 26. d6 cxd6
27. cxd6 Rxe4 28. Qxe4 Bf6 29. Qh7 g6 30. Bxg6 fxg6 31. Rxb7 Qa1+ 32. Kg2
Bg7 33. Qxg6 Qf6 34. Rxg7 Qxg7 35. Qf5+

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