World Champion Challenger Boris Gelfand obtained his first win in the Candidates Tournament. He defeated Teimour Radjabov with the black pieces. The Israeli now has 3.5 points, two points behind the leaders.
Gelfand answered to Radjabov’s Reti with a solid setup, giving up the bishop pair on the 11th move. His piece play was very precise and allowed him to achieve a strategic advantage. Radjabov tried to compensate for this with active play on both flanks, but by doing so created weaknesses in his own camp.
The Israeli created some very uncomfortable threats using the fact that the white king did not have a very safe position. Radjabov’s desperate attempts to create counterplay only quickened the decisive result; he decided to resign his chances on move 32, being two pawns down in a hopeless position.