8... Be7 9. Qf3 Qc7 10. Qg3 O-O 11. Bh6 Ne8 12. Rad1 GM Naiditsch: a very popular line in Sozin attack... still in the beginning of the theoretical line, who wants can search games of Rublevsky in this position...he had few good wins with white. Interesting to note, an updated 2700+ live rating list has been launched Chess Evolution.
12... Bd7 13. f4 Nc6 GM Naiditsch: still theory in the Rublevsky games.
14. f5 GM Naiditsch: still theory in the Rublevsky games.
14... Nxd4 IM Gozzoli: 14.f5 looks to be a novelty. White usually plays Nxc6. Black must be very careful because the tactical possibilites are very dangereous in the hand of such a tactician as Mamedyarov...
15. Rxd4 GM Naiditsch: also Boris is taking a thought... yes we can understand the players, for us it is weekend and for them hard working time... GM Naiditsch: Let's think a bit what we can do with black now...white has an easy threat, f6! Can we play Kh8 now? Hmm maybe not because still f6 is comming....the position is very complicated and no! we don't turn the engines on. Then it is getting from complicate into boring :) and we are all playing with the same pieces so what they can see this we can of course as well.
15... Kh8 GM Naiditsch: Boris is choosing the safe Kh8. I just checked, actually Kh8 is a novelty!! 15...Bf6 is a game Morozevich-Kasparov,probably 16.f6 is going to play Mamedyarov. Shahriar is super stong in active position, he is calculating very quick and very precise... if Gelfand is not in his analyses he is going to have a tough game... IM Gozzoli: 16.f6 now is a serious candidate move although after Ff6 17.Rxf6 gxh6 18.Rh6 Rg8 followed by Rg7 black seems ok but after a deep look 18.Qf2!? keeping the preassure on the f7 pawn and around the black king is very dangerous and annoying for black...
16. Be3 GM Naiditsch: oooh, really strange, very untypical for Mamedyarov. Now I think after just an easy 16..Nf6 black should do fine...
16... Nf6 GM Naiditsch: yes as aspected Nf6... not easy to find the right plan for white. Blacks moves are very easy: Rac8, Bc6 and lets see where we can break thought. but what to do for white? Maybe Qf3 with the idea g4? but looking already somehow wrong, too slow...
17. Qh3 Today's games are reaching you thanks to Chess friends games server and Chess Evolution. IM Gozzoli: Mamedyarov's last moves seem very slow... Maybe it's time for Gelfand to break the center with 17...d5, planning to open up the position to use the instability and lack of harmony of white pieces.
17... d5 IM Gozzoli: As expected, Gelfand wants to "punish" the temporarly passivity of white's position by breaking the center. Looks like "Shak" will have to be very precize to keep the balance... Note: Yesterday's mythical opening of the day by GM Danielsen was the Accelerated Dragon, today he offers free GM lecture on the Polar Bear initiative
18. e5 Qxe5 IM Gozzoli: typical in such Sicilian, White wants to keep the center closed in order to launch an attack on the Black king but it's a pawn down... 19.Rh4 will probably follow but after some move like Ra(f)c8, Blacks got some idea with Qxe3 followed by Bc5 exchanging pieces and releasing the pressure on the black castle. And don't forget to notify the temporarly "big pawn" on b3...
19. Rh4 Rfc8 IM Gozzoli: bg5 is creating amazing complications. Seems like "Mamed" is finding his way out to keep the dynamic balance.
20. Kh1 IM Gozzoli: with their last move, Whites want to avoid the tricky ..Qxe3 followed by ..Bc5.. But it looks like black can play the thematic Rxc3 with a very nice position...
20... Rxc3 IM Gozzoli: As expected Gelfand has sacrified the exchange ! Now he got two pawns for it, a strong pawn center, the Bb3 is "dead", and moving the Be3 allows a queen exchange which is not in white's favour because of the strong center which limits the bishops action and closes lines for rooks
21. bxc3 Qxc3 22. Rd4 IM Gozzoli: now black has a clear avantage, he can play 22...a5 23.a4 bxa4 24.Ba4 e5 25.Rd3 Qc7 with a huge avantage
22... a5 23. Rd3 Qc6 24. c3 IM Gozzoli: very strange game from Mamedyarov. First he plays agressive openning, pushing everything on black's castle and suddenly he simply stops his attack without any reason. Boris didn't let his chance and took the advantage clearly by a strong series of move ( ...d5, ...Rxc3, ...a5)
24... a4 25. Bc2 e5 26. Bg5 b4 27. Qh4 bxc3 28. Rh3 Kg8 IM Gozzoli: Mamedyarov is pushing all in ! He will make two checks but then what to do against such a strong pawn center?!
29. Re1 e4 30. g4 Kf8 IM Gozzoli: It looks over for Mamedyarov, the pawn center is rolling and there is no real threat against the black king. And after 30.g4 his own king is probably in a more dangerous situation than the black one!
31. Be3 Qc4 32. g5 Bxf5 33. gxf6 Bxf6 34. Qh5 Bg6 35. Qg4 Qxa2 36. Bb1 IM Gozzoli: Gelfand has now 6 pawns for a rook ! The position is totally hopeless for White, the Bc2 is locked behind the great pawn center, there are no more attacking ideas against the black king and the Blacks bishops are perfectly defending their king and supporting their pawns advance!
36... Qc4 37. Qg2 a3 38. Ba2 Qc6 39. Rg3 Rb8 And Mamedyarov resigned. Stay tuned for a video analysis here and more news, thanks for following with us GM Naiditsch and IM Gozzoli on ChessBomb.com and Chessdom.com! 0-1