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{Hi everybody! Welcome to Chessdom Live Coverage of Wijk Aan Zee’s Corus A.
The yesterday’s free day could be a very important moment in every tournament. As Shipov said for the free day in Shirov-Kamsky’s match in Khanty Mansiysk 2007: “The current task of the finalist is to go through the rest day. To keep their condition and not to relax too much. The temptation is huge.”
Both Boris Glefand and Veselin Topalov are outsiders in the tournament till now. Let’s see who will rise to a higher level.
Enjoy!} 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 {Russian game (Petroff). One of the most common openings at top level. Major weapon in Gelfand’s repertoire}3.Ne5 d6 4.Nf3 Ne4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.O-O Be7 8.Nc3 {White wouldn’t mind a small advantage he is about to get after an exchange on “c3” due to his more active pieces. To equalize, Black would have to find a proper place for his “c8” bishop} Nc3 9.bc3 Bg4 10.Re1 O-O 11.Bf4 {White wants to keep the “e” file, and that happens with Re3, Qe2, Rae1. At the same time Re2 is impossible because of the connection Bg4-Nf3-e2. That is why Topalov choses h2-b8 for his dark squared bishop.} Bd6 12.Bd6 cd6 13.Re3 {In the general case, the Petroff defence includes the move Rb1 in such positions, using the semi open “b” file. However, it is not clear that this is the best plan, since black has Qd7, protecting the “b” pawn and developing. With 13.Re3 Topalov decides directly to take the “e” file.} Qd7 14.h3 Bh5 15.Qd2 {At the time of this game a breaking news just came out. Topalov may play with Kamsky in USA. All the info at, expect more updates later} Rae8 (15…f5 16.Ng5 Rf6 (19…f4$2 20.Ree1$1{+/-}) 17.f4{=}) 16.Nh4 {It’s deffinitely not a move, that Tarrasch would play, but it’s a strong one} Re3 17.Qe3 (17…Qe6 18.Nf5) {with advantage for white} Qe6 18.Nf5 Rd8 (18…Rd8 19.Re1 Qe3 20.Ne3 Ne7 21.c4 dc4 22.Nc4 Kf8 (22…Nc6 23.Nd6{+/-})23.Bh7{+/-}) 19.Qg5$5 Bg6 20.Ne3 Be4 (20…Be4 21.Be4 de4 22.d5 Qe7 (22…Qe5{is week, in view of}23.Nf5{+/-}) 23.Qg4{+/= with a slight advantage}) 21.Re1 h6 22.Qh4 Qg6 23.Be2 Bc2 24.Bh5 Qe4 ({After}24…Qe4 25.f4{with idea Bf3, white still have a slightly better possition.}) 25.Qg3 {Topalov choses a more human move} Bd3 26.f3 Qe7$2$2 ({Very big mistake! After}26…Qe7 27.Ng4{black should resign. The threats of capturing the queen, N:h6-f7 and Nf6 are not reflectable.}) 27.Ng4 Qg5 28.f4 {And Gelfand resigned. Despite the big mistake, this game has surely been interesting for all the fans of 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3. See you tomorrow in the live coverage of Corus on!} 1-0

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