‪GM Boris Gelfand Vs GM Alexander Grischuk – Final Game – 2011 Candidates Matches‬ – Chess

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2011 Candidates Match Final: Game 6 – Boris Gelfand (Israel, 2733) Vs Alexander Grischuk (Russia, 2747) – Gelfand opens as white with d4, and Grischuk answers with the Grunfeld Defense. Gelfand plays a calmer, less complicated variation involving a fianchetto on the kingside. After an interesting novelty by white with 13. B3 and 14. Rb1, Grischuk plays with extreme creativity. Black lifts a rook to attack white’s king with 16. Ra5 and 17. Rh5, however Gelfand calmly defends with 18. Nh4 – unafraid of the weakening of his kingside pawn structure. White slowly but surely achieves a decisive amount of pressure, due to creeping central pawns that serve to powerfully restrict black’s pieces. Grischuk loses the thread of the game due to imposing time pressure, and fails to maintain the balance as he is overwhelmed tactically and strategically. A very smooth victory by Boris Gelfand. It will certainly be interesting to watch the Israeli challenge Viswanathan Anand for the world title in 2012.

CORRESPONDING ARTICLE WITH INTERACTIVE BOARD TOURNAMENT ANALYSIS AND MORE: http://www.iChess.net/2011/06/02/gm-boris-gelfand-vs-gm-alexander-grischuk-video-coverage-final-game-final-round-2011-candidates-matches/

PGN:

[Event “Candidates 2011”]
[Site “Kazan, Russia”]
[Date “2011.05.25”]
[Round “3.6”]
[White “GM_Gelfand”]
[Black “GM_Grischuk”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “2733”]
[BlackElo “2747”]
[Opening “King’s Indian, 3.Nf3”]
[ECO “E60”]
[NIC “KI.80”]
[Time “06:37:45”]
[TimeControl “7200+0”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 Nb6 7. Nc3 Nc6 8.
e3 O-O 9. O-O Re8 10. Re1 a5 11. Qe2 Bg4 12. h3 Be6 13. b3 a4 14. Rb1 axb3
15. axb3 Qc8 16. Kh2 Ra5 17. Rd1 Rh5 18. Nh4 Bf6 19. f4 Rd8 20. Qf2 Bxh4 21.
gxh4 Nd5 22. Nxd5 Rhxd5 23. Bb2 Rb5 24. Qe2 Rh5 25. e4 Bxb3 26. Rdc1 Na5 27.
d5 b6 28. Be5 c5 29. dxc6 f6 30. Ba1 Rc5 31. Rxc5 bxc5 32. Qb5 Qc7 33. Rxb3
Nxc6 34. e5 Nd4 35. Qc4+ {White wins} 1-0

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