6... dxc4 GM Naiditsch: Gelfand is choosing a differnt line from Topalov in his 2 games against Gata... as we remeber, Gata had big problems in his 2 gruenfeld games against Topalov but scored amazingly 1,5 points...lets see how the game will continue today...
7. e3 Be6 8. Nf3 Bg7 9. Be2 c5 10. O-O O-O 11. Rb1 GM Naiditsch: Gata is still thinking, until now he has done it in each of the games with Topalov at this point. Today's games are reaching you thanks to Chess friends games server and Chess Evolution.
11... Bd5 12. Qc2 cxd4 GM Naiditsch: 12...cd... an unusual way of play. more typical moves are such as b6, but in the concrete position white had a threat e4. Now after whites 13.cd I think Kamky could be already in slight danger
13. cxd4 GM Naiditsch: what now for Gata? c4 is hanging, e4 is a threat... the position is looking better for white to me.
13... b6 GM Naiditsch: now we can say for sure, white is better! Maybe just an easy 14.Bc4 could be the next possible move. White should be for sure not afraid of 14...Bf3 15gf.
14. Bxc4 GM Naiditsch: Black has to find a way now to develop his pieces somehow normally... the endgame after 14...Qc7 15.Rfc1 Bc4 16.Qc4 Qc4 17.Rc4 is very bad for black. So what to do, maybe 14...Bb7 would be the best try? with a hope to be on time with Nd7, Rc8, but after 14...Bb7 maybe white could try to play 15.Ne5 Nd7 and now 16.Nf7!? Rf7 17.Qb3 Qf8 18.Rfc1 with at least good compensation or maybe an easy 15.Rfc1 Nd7 16.Qa4 would give white also a clear advantage... Yes, Gata really need to think how to come back into the game, he is a great fighter and very inventive in the defence.... Free Grandmaster lecture opening of the day - the Stonewall, by GM Danielsen
14... Nc6 GM Naiditsch: after a long thought Gata decided to play 14...Nc6, maybe a good choise, as he gets the knight immedialty out from b8 to the square a5.
15. Rfc1 Bxc4 16. Qxc4 Na5 GM Naiditsch: the question is now, what is he planning to at 17.Qc7? maybe 17...Re8? but then just an easy 18.Qd8 Rad8 and 19.Rc7 is putting black under unsolveble problems...
17. Qc7 f6 GM Naiditsch: 17...f6 maybe the only move, but looking very ugly... 18.Bg3 and white should have at least big advantage not say a critical one, not sure that Gata will manage to escape in this game...
18. Qxd8 Rfxd8 19. Rc7 Kf7 GM Naiditsch: Boris is in a much better endgame! Probably now 20.Rbc1 would be a logical move, white should keep both rooks on the board, as black wants to exchange one rook now by playing Rdc8.
20. Rbc1 Ke8 21. Bg3 GM Naiditsch: white managed to avoid exchanging one rook, secured the c file and cut the blacks knight on a5 square. 21...Rd7 would also now not solve the problems 22. Rd7 Kd7 23.Rc7 Kd8 24. Kf1 looking much better for white, but anyway maybe this is the best way to fight for black... Another idea could be here to play 21...a5, followed by b5 and trying to get the knight to c4 squere, but this is looking very slow to me. After 21...a6 white could try to play 22.e4 b5 23.d5 and next Nd4 coming... So what to do for Gata? As a well known chess saying goes: there are no good moves in a bad position.
21... Bh6 GM Naiditsch: Gata is avoiding the direct whites move e4, although 22.R1c2 would solve this problem... maybe even 22.Kf1 would be an option ( for white to bring the white's king to d3 would be ideal)
22. Kf1 Rd7 23. Rxd7 Kxd7 24. Rc7+ Ke8 GM Naiditsch: after a long thought Gata is decided to exchange one rook, but does it gives his position more hopes, not really. White has several very promissing options: 25.d5 followed by Nd4 is looking really nice to me, also 25.Ke2-d3 and then e4,d5, is also looking super good... I guess Boris will think a bit now. White has only one problem in the position: The problem of CHOISE :) as we see, the problem of choise is sometimes not an easy problem to solve... white's position is simply looking too good. Boris doesn't want to give black now any chance for escape...
25. Nd2 b5 26. Ne4 a6 GM Naiditsch: a great plan by Boris with Nd2! Boris is playing really a great game until now. 27.d5 is looking almost winning for white... but wait, lets calculate if white can play now 27.Bd6! it might win immediately the game 27...ed 28.Rh7! Bf8 29.Nf6 Kd8 30.Rd7 Kc8 31.Rf7! seems to win for white! so black will have to play 27...Bf8 28 Bc5 and I guess black position is very close to be lost! For sure Boris sees the move 27.Bd6... can white have even a more easy win? maybe 27.Nc3? or just 27.Nc5? One thing is clear, white position is winning!
27. Nc3 Bf8 28. Nd5 Rd8 29. e4 GM Naiditsch: hmm maybe Gelfand havent choose the most exact winning line... Gata is still in the game... 29.e4 maybe a bit to early... Why not to play first 29.Nb4? black would have probably to come back with rook to a8 and after the same move...
29... f5 30. f3 fxe4 31. fxe4 Rd7 GM Naiditsch: Gata is exchanging one pawn, which is normally always good for the defending site...and now putting the rook for exchange. White is doing still much better, but will it be enought for a win?
32. Ke2 GM Naiditsch: Boris is bringing the king to the center, always the right plan in the endgames!
32... Bg7 33. Bf2 e6 34. Rc8+ Kf7 GM Naiditsch: Gata is fighting like a lion! But his position is still quite bad, but much better than it has been before!
35. Nb6 Rb7 36. d5 exd5 37. exd5 Be5 GM Naiditsch: maybe now 38.Kd3? But then black could try to play 38...Rc7... At 38.Ra8 Nc4 is coming. Can white objectivly still win this position?...
38. Ra8 Nc4 39. Rxa6 Nxb6 40. Bxb6 Bxh2 GM Naiditsch: over the time control.... what can we see: Black almost escaped! Unbelieveble! Only few moves ago white had 30 minutes more on the clock and close to a winning position! Yes, Gata showed again his master defence skills! 41. Kf3 GM Naiditsch: White still has minimal chances. Idea should be to bring the kind to the center, exchange the bishops and search for chances in the rook endgame... I think now d6 seems to be a good square for the black bishop. Maybe also 41...Rd7 would be an option now to try to force a draw, after 41...Rd7 42.Ke4 brings nothing according to 42...Re7 and again Rd7 back,so white try should be 41...Rd7 42.g3 Rd5 and now maybe Ra7 and somehow trying to catch the bishop on h2. From the human point of few 41...Rd7 a very difficult move... Today's games are reaching you thanks to Chess friends games server and Chess Evolution.
41... Rd7 GM Naiditsch: Respect!! Gata is playing like a machine! Showing steel nerves!
42. Ke4 Re7+ 43. Kd3 Rd7 GM Naiditsch: only chace to play for a win is now 44.Kd4... but position is looking equal after 44...Bg1 45.Ke4 ( 45.Ke5 Bh2) 45...Re7 46.Kf4 Bb6 47.Rb6 and Re2 =
44. Kd4 Bg1+ 45. Ke4 Re7+ GM Naidistch: Gata is making last exact moves... again a great defence by Gata!
46. Kf4 Bxb6 47. Rxb6 Re2 48. g4 GM Naiditsch: Boris is trying all his chances till the end! Such a will to win! Many others would be very disappointed by slipping a winning position away, but not Boris!
48... h5 49. Rb7+ Kf8 GM Naiditsch: Last precise move by Gata, now the draw is unavoidable.
50. g5 h4 51. Rh7 b4 GM Naiditsch: precision to the end. 52.Rh4 Ra2 53.Ke5 b3
52. Rxh4 Ke7 GM Naiditsch: surprize!! 52...Ke7? why Gata why? 52...Ra2 was giving black clear and easy draw... Now it seems to be draw as well, but why to give white any chances...
53. Rh6 Rxa2 54. Rxg6 Rd2 55. Re6+ GM Naiditsch: still a draw...the most easy way seems just to play Kf8 followed by 55...Kf8 56.Ke5 Re2 56.Kd4 Re6 57.ed Ke7! draw, or maybe white could try 56.Kd6? Yes, maybe still some small chances for white... the position is draw, but practicly always some chances, especially on the 6th hour of play!
55... Kf7 56. Ke5 b3 57. Rf6+ Kg7 58. Rb6 b2 59. d6 Kg6 60. Ke6 Re2+ 61. Kd5 Rd2+ 62. Kc6 Kxg5 63. d7 Rc2+ 64. Kd6 Rd2+ 65. Ke6 Re2+ 66. Kf7 Rf2+ Draw in both games. Very disappointing for the white players and again a well done for the black ones! Stay tuned for a video analysis here and more news, thanks for following with me GM Naiditsch on ChessBomb.com and Chessdom.com! ½-½
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