Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs GM Boris Gelfand – 2011 World Championship Candidates Tournament

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A great game 3 of the Match between GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan, FIDE 2772) and GM Boris Gelfand (Israel, FIDE 2733). Mamedyarov opens with e4 as white, and Gelfand answers with c5 as black. White plays the aggressive Fischer-Sozin Attack, involving Bc4 and immediate pressure against black’s position. Gelfand defends his chosen Sicilian Najdorf excellently, rebukes white’s attack, and sacrifices material to ensure the absolute safety of his king. A very unusual material balance arises, as black gains 6 pawns for white’s rook! A fantastically creative game by experienced veteran Boris Gelfand, nearly guaranteeing his spot in the Semi-Finals of the 2011 World Championship Candidates Match Tournament (the winner will go on to challenge Viswanathan Anand for the World Title in 2012).

CORRESPONDING ARTICLE WITH INTERACTIVE BOARD, TOURNAMENT ANALYSIS, OTHER GAMES AND MORE: http://www.iChess.net/2011/05/12/2011-world-championship-candidates-tournament-quarterfinals/

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