1. e4 GM Naiditsch: finally e4, in both games today!

1... c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 GM Naiditsch: Back to Najdorf! Boris favorite opening that he is playng at least the last 20 years on a very top level

6. Be3 e5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. h3 GM Naiditsch: and again Gata is choosing a rare line, just like in the match with Gelfand, with 8.h3 instead of main moves like: 8.f3 or Be2. Not easy to understand why 8.h3 should be better than 8.f3, so Boris is taking a thought. Normal continuation here would be 8...Be6 to castele first 8...O-O would be maybe an unaccuracy, because white could continue with 9.g4 and bg2. Boris is having a deep thought! Actually a bit of a surprize, one might think that after 20 years of playing Najdorf nothing can surprize you, but as we see it can!

8... Be6 9. Qf3 GM Naiditsch: yes, Gelfand is playing the standart 8...Be6 and getting a less standart reply 9.Qf3!!, white is going for castle long. Maybe an inteesting try for black be now 9...a5!? Candidates Matches are brought to you thanks to Chess Evolution and Chess Friends.

9... Nbd7 GM Naiditsch: Boris is choosing the easy and standart Nbd7, but I am not sure if this is the right plan... what Boris wants to play at g4 now? Maybe to stop with h6? But where to castle then...

10. g4 GM Naiditsch: Gata wants the win today!

10... h6 11. O-O-O GM Naiditsch: 11...O-O 12.Rg1 could be interesting! Also white's plan can be just to play after 11...O-O 12.g5!

11... Rc8 GM Naiditsch: 12.Nd5?! I dont think it is the best way to play... more logical was first to check what actually black wants at the play the profilactical 12.Kb1. I have played many Najdorf games myself, and I remember studying exactly Gelfand's games for that.

12. Nd5 GM Naiditsch: 12.Nd5?! I dont think it is the best way to play... more logical was first to check what actually black wants at the play the profilactical 12.Kb1. I have played many Najdorf games myself, and I remember studying exactly Gelfand's games for that.

12... Bxd5 GM Naiditsch: very interesting position with many ideas for both players! White wants to push h4,g5. Black's idea is to play Nc4 or maybe just to play e4 and try to win the d5 pawn...

13. exd5 Nb6 GM Naiditsch: very interesting position with many ideas for both players! White wants to push h4,g5. Black's idea is to play Nc4 or maybe just to play e4 and try to win the d5 pawn... now 14.h4 is looking very interesting, black almost needs to play to play 14...e4 15.Qe2 Nbd5 and 16 Bh3! with a very unpleasent threat g5! The position is very unclear.

14. h4 GM Naiditsch: Yes, Gata is accepting the battle, at least here we will see some real fight. After surviving in almost lost endgame yesterday, Gata is going for the kill today! 14...e4 seems to me like the only move. After 14...Nbd7 15 Nd2! whites seems to be clearly better. Qc7 GM Naiditsch: after a long thought Boris is deciding to play 14...Qc7, a very human choise... in some lines the queen might stand better on c7 then on d8. Now very interesting moment: will white choose the 15.c3 or maybe the 15.Bd3!?

15. c3 Nbxd5 16. Bd2 GM Naiditsch: Boris takes on d5 and of course 16.Bd2! Gata want to push g5 at any costs now... Now at 16...e4 Gata will put his Queen on g2.

16... Nb6 17. g5 Nfd7 GM Naiditsch: Boris decided to go back with his both knigs...in my openion to passive choise... what is he planning to do now at 18.gh? Probably 18...g6 is the only move, but then where to castle? Also to play now 18.Bh3 is looking quite tempting with idea to play next move g6! Now 18.g6 is not good because of the 18...O-O

18. gxh6 gxh6 19. Kb1 GM Naiditsch: so after a long thought Gata decided to take on h6, Gelfand takes back( maybe g6 been an option) and 19.Kb1. Not sure about this move at all, why not to play first 19.bh3!? Of course Kb1 is in generally a very useful move, but maybe it was time to play more concrete. What is also strange to me, that Gata gives now black the oportunity to play 19...Qc6... after that whites move would be almost obliged: 20.Qh3 and queen took the place of the bishop... I think the position after 19...Qc6 20.Qh3 Nc4 is looking nice for black... After 21.Bg2 black could put their queen on b5 with an idea of play a5,a4...

19... Qc6 GM Naiditsch: Boris is not letting out is chance 19...Qc6!

20. Qh3 d5 GM Naiditsch: an 20...d5... also a logical move, but anyway I would prefare my 20...Nc4 a bit more... Now Boris wants to put his queen on e6. Can white maybe try now the push 21.f4!? Or just 21.Rg1? The position is still very very unclear... So what black can play after 21.f4? 21...e4 seems to be not the best option, to give a free field for the night on d4 cant be the right way, but what else to do? 21...f6? also not looking to good, after 22.Qf5 blacks kind would be under mating attack.... 21...Nc4-too late, after 22.fe white are differenetly doing very fine, so probably 21...e4, no choise. Maybe first 21...Qg6 check and after 22.Ka1 to avoid Nd4 with queen attack, but also on g6 the blacks queen is not standing perfect...white will hunt it away in the near future with Rg1... Yes, white's position ,looks definitly more perspective than black's one...

21. Be2 GM Naiditsch: I think this is slow. 21.f4 or Rg1 were more promising. Gata gives time for black to put their peaces on nice squeres and to stabelize the position... Of course white still has some play, but black is doing fine already.

21... Nc4 22. Bc1 Nf6 23. Rhe1 GM Naiditsch: 23...b5 is looking like a nice move now, white seems not to have any direct threats. Also 23...Qe6 is possible...the endgame after 24.Qe6 fe 25.Bc4 Rc4 ( maybe 25...dc 26.Nd2 Rc5 is possible but looking somehow ugly) 26.Re5 Re4 and black are doing at least equal

23... Qe6 24. Qh2 GM Naiditsch: "No endgames today Boris" saying Gata and movign his queen to h2, maybe this is the best practical choice. Boris has 22 minutes for 16 moves in a complicate position, everything can happen.

24... Qf5+ 25. Ka1 Kf8 26. f3 Bd6 27. Qg1 GM Naiditsch: 26.f3 and Qg1 are very strange moves by Gata. The position asks for the action and Gata continues to play silent moves... 26.Bf1 or 26.Bd3 were looking much better.

27... Bb8 GM Naiditsch: not a good reply by Boris, now Gata is getting a sudden chance! After 28.Bc4 and 28.Bd3 gata seems to do very good. [28.Bc4 Rc4 and 29.Na5!! this is the idea, 29...Rc7 and 30.Be3!

28. Bd3 GM Naiditsch: also a good move with idea first to hunt the queen away from the nice field on f5 and next to take on c4

28... Qh5 GM Naiditsch: another blunder by Boris Gelfand! Now 29.Bc4 Rc4 and 30.Qb6 is simply winning for white!! 10 minutes of Black put can cost Gelfand the qualification... but let's wait and see now if Gata is going to play 29.Bc4... the idea 29.Bc4 dc 30.Qb6! Qf5 and 31.Nc5 with mating attack! Gata is taking his time on 29.Bc4. We can imagine how exited he is feeling now! The whole point in so near...

29. Qh1 GM Naiditsch: Today is really not Gata's day. Normally I am sure that Gata would play even in a blitz game 29.Bc4, and now 29.Qh1? The game is getting unpredictable, objectivly speaking position stays very sharp.

29... Ba7 30. Qh3 Re8 GM Naiditsch: maybe now again to play 31.Bc4!? dc 32.Nd2 with next Ne4 comming?

31. Bxc4 dxc4 GM Naiditsch: The king's position remains very dangerous on f8 and the d lines would be under white's control... 32.Na5!? also a possible choise... White seems to be better again.

32. Na5 e4 33. Nxc4 Qxf3 34. Qh2 GM Naiditsch: white wants to play now Rf1... how to defend against it? maybe 34...Ng4?

34... Ng4 GM Naiditsch: Gelfand stays cool in time trouble. 35.Qc7 now is looking like an intersting move. After 35.Qd6 Kg7 black king seems to feel itself quite safe on g7. Maybe white could still try 35.Qd6 Kg7 36.Rf1 Bf2 and now 37.Qd5! with the idea Nd6... Both players getting short on time, ok not many moves to do, only 6, but each move can be the move that would decide the final outcome of the game.

35. Qc7 Bf2 GM Naiditsch: and maybe now 36.Rg1!!? A very difficult move to play, but Gata has nerves of steel, in important moments he can play almost perfect :) Also 36.Nd6 is not looking to bad for white, 36...Be1 37.Re1 Re6 and maybe 38.Rg1 now. Probably the most exciting game of the Candidates so far!

36. Rf1 e3 GM Naiditsch: Gata doesn't find the right line. Gata is playing 36.Rf1 and getting on the border to be lost, but anyhow everything can happen, players has under 4 min each and no increament per move.

37. Bxe3 Nxe3 GM Naiditsch: Gata is taking on e3? was is his point? cant see it... Seems like Gelfand is going to win this game! Crazy!! beeing soo close to be lost...

38. Ne5 Qf5 GM Naiditsch: Wow! Another mistake! Unbelivable!

39. Qc5+ Kg7 40. Qxe3 Rxe5 41. Qxf2 GM Naiditsch: time trouble is over, and Gata played quickly 41. Qf2. Now the position is looking very equal, clerly better try would have been 41.Qd2 and black really needs to be accurate to get a draw.

41... Qxf2 42. Rxf2 GM Naiditsch: I think a draw would be a fair result in this game....both players mised couple of time a clear win...so fighting draw in the end. Still a great game for us to watch!

42... Rhe8 GM Naiditsch: who is better in this endgame? Probably little bit black...not much but a bit... So Gata will need to be again a bit exact to make a draw...logical move to do now seems to give first a check on g1, 43.Rg1 Kf8 and maybe now 44.a4 or Kb1, both moves I think should lead to a draw.

43. Rg1+ Kf8 GM Naiditsch: could it be that Boris offered him a draw and Gata declined now?! A bit strange because 43.Rg1 check looking very natural

44. Kb1 Re2 GM Naiditsch: a bit strange move 44...Re2 by Boris, in his case I would have played just 44...Re1 by exchanging one rook and after trying to get black king to the center.

45. Rf4 R8e4 46. Rgf1 GM Naiditsch: 46...Rf4 47.Rf4 Ke7 48.a4! with idea Rb4, the position is still draw, but as we saw yesterday, Boris is very inventive in finding hidden resources to play for a win.

46... Re1+ 47. Kc2 R4e2+ GM Naiditsch: the idea of black is easy: 48.Kb3 Rf1 49.Rf1 Re4 and pawn on h4 is hanging and whites king is cut. The question is, how to evaluate the position after 50.Rf6 Rh4 51.Rb6? Then it looks like an open fight again! 48. Kb3 Rxf1 49. Rxf1 Kg7 GM Naiditsch: Boris is taking a safer way and probably a better one 49...Kg7... White natural move now would eb 50.Rf4 Kg6 and 51 a4

50. Rf4 Re6 51. a4 Kg6 52. Kc4 f5 53. a5 Kf6 54. Kd3 Re7 And a draw was agreed. 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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1... c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 GM Naiditsch: Back to Najdorf! Boris favorite opening that he is playng at least the last 20 years on a very top level

6. Be3 e5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. h3 GM Naiditsch: and again Gata is choosing a rare line, just like in the match with Gelfand, with 8.h3 instead of main moves like: 8.f3 or Be2. Not easy to understand why 8.h3 should be better than 8.f3, so Boris is taking a thought. Normal continuation here would be 8...Be6 to castele first 8...O-O would be maybe an unaccuracy, because white could continue with 9.g4 and bg2. Boris is having a deep thought! Actually a bit of a surprize, one might think that after 20 years of playing Najdorf nothing can surprize you, but as we see it can!

8... Be6 9. Qf3 GM Naiditsch: yes, Gelfand is playing the standart 8...Be6 and getting a less standart reply 9.Qf3!!, white is going for castle long. Maybe an inteesting try for black be now 9...a5!? Candidates Matches are brought to you thanks to Chess Evolution and Chess Friends.

9... Nbd7 GM Naiditsch: Boris is choosing the easy and standart Nbd7, but I am not sure if this is the right plan... what Boris wants to play at g4 now? Maybe to stop with h6? But where to castle then...

10. g4 GM Naiditsch: Gata wants the win today!

10... h6 11. O-O-O GM Naiditsch: 11...O-O 12.Rg1 could be interesting! Also white's plan can be just to play after 11...O-O 12.g5!

11... Rc8 GM Naiditsch: 12.Nd5?! I dont think it is the best way to play... more logical was first to check what actually black wants at the play the profilactical 12.Kb1. I have played many Najdorf games myself, and I remember studying exactly Gelfand's games for that.

12. Nd5 GM Naiditsch: 12.Nd5?! I dont think it is the best way to play... more logical was first to check what actually black wants at the play the profilactical 12.Kb1. I have played many Najdorf games myself, and I remember studying exactly Gelfand's games for that.

12... Bxd5 GM Naiditsch: very interesting position with many ideas for both players! White wants to push h4,g5. Black's idea is to play Nc4 or maybe just to play e4 and try to win the d5 pawn...

13. exd5 Nb6 GM Naiditsch: very interesting position with many ideas for both players! White wants to push h4,g5. Black's idea is to play Nc4 or maybe just to play e4 and try to win the d5 pawn... now 14.h4 is looking very interesting, black almost needs to play to play 14...e4 15.Qe2 Nbd5 and 16 Bh3! with a very unpleasent threat g5! The position is very unclear.

14. h4 GM Naiditsch: Yes, Gata is accepting the battle, at least here we will see some real fight. After surviving in almost lost endgame yesterday, Gata is going for the kill today! 14...e4 seems to me like the only move. After 14...Nbd7 15 Nd2! whites seems to be clearly better. Qc7 GM Naiditsch: after a long thought Boris is deciding to play 14...Qc7, a very human choise... in some lines the queen might stand better on c7 then on d8. Now very interesting moment: will white choose the 15.c3 or maybe the 15.Bd3!?

15. c3 Nbxd5 16. Bd2 GM Naiditsch: Boris takes on d5 and of course 16.Bd2! Gata want to push g5 at any costs now... Now at 16...e4 Gata will put his Queen on g2.

16... Nb6 17. g5 Nfd7 GM Naiditsch: Boris decided to go back with his both knigs...in my openion to passive choise... what is he planning to do now at 18.gh? Probably 18...g6 is the only move, but then where to castle? Also to play now 18.Bh3 is looking quite tempting with idea to play next move g6! Now 18.g6 is not good because of the 18...O-O

18. gxh6 gxh6 19. Kb1 GM Naiditsch: so after a long thought Gata decided to take on h6, Gelfand takes back( maybe g6 been an option) and 19.Kb1. Not sure about this move at all, why not to play first 19.bh3!? Of course Kb1 is in generally a very useful move, but maybe it was time to play more concrete. What is also strange to me, that Gata gives now black the oportunity to play 19...Qc6... after that whites move would be almost obliged: 20.Qh3 and queen took the place of the bishop... I think the position after 19...Qc6 20.Qh3 Nc4 is looking nice for black... After 21.Bg2 black could put their queen on b5 with an idea of play a5,a4...

19... Qc6 GM Naiditsch: Boris is not letting out is chance 19...Qc6!

20. Qh3 d5 GM Naiditsch: an 20...d5... also a logical move, but anyway I would prefare my 20...Nc4 a bit more... Now Boris wants to put his queen on e6. Can white maybe try now the push 21.f4!? Or just 21.Rg1? The position is still very very unclear... So what black can play after 21.f4? 21...e4 seems to be not the best option, to give a free field for the night on d4 cant be the right way, but what else to do? 21...f6? also not looking to good, after 22.Qf5 blacks kind would be under mating attack.... 21...Nc4-too late, after 22.fe white are differenetly doing very fine, so probably 21...e4, no choise. Maybe first 21...Qg6 check and after 22.Ka1 to avoid Nd4 with queen attack, but also on g6 the blacks queen is not standing perfect...white will hunt it away in the near future with Rg1... Yes, white's position ,looks definitly more perspective than black's one...

21. Be2 GM Naiditsch: I think this is slow. 21.f4 or Rg1 were more promising. Gata gives time for black to put their peaces on nice squeres and to stabelize the position... Of course white still has some play, but black is doing fine already.

21... Nc4 22. Bc1 Nf6 23. Rhe1 GM Naiditsch: 23...b5 is looking like a nice move now, white seems not to have any direct threats. Also 23...Qe6 is possible...the endgame after 24.Qe6 fe 25.Bc4 Rc4 ( maybe 25...dc 26.Nd2 Rc5 is possible but looking somehow ugly) 26.Re5 Re4 and black are doing at least equal

23... Qe6 24. Qh2 GM Naiditsch: "No endgames today Boris" saying Gata and movign his queen to h2, maybe this is the best practical choice. Boris has 22 minutes for 16 moves in a complicate position, everything can happen.

24... Qf5+ 25. Ka1 Kf8 26. f3 Bd6 27. Qg1 GM Naiditsch: 26.f3 and Qg1 are very strange moves by Gata. The position asks for the action and Gata continues to play silent moves... 26.Bf1 or 26.Bd3 were looking much better.

27... Bb8 GM Naiditsch: not a good reply by Boris, now Gata is getting a sudden chance! After 28.Bc4 and 28.Bd3 gata seems to do very good. [28.Bc4 Rc4 and 29.Na5!! this is the idea, 29...Rc7 and 30.Be3!

28. Bd3 GM Naiditsch: also a good move with idea first to hunt the queen away from the nice field on f5 and next to take on c4

28... Qh5 GM Naiditsch: another blunder by Boris Gelfand! Now 29.Bc4 Rc4 and 30.Qb6 is simply winning for white!! 10 minutes of Black put can cost Gelfand the qualification... but let's wait and see now if Gata is going to play 29.Bc4... the idea 29.Bc4 dc 30.Qb6! Qf5 and 31.Nc5 with mating attack! Gata is taking his time on 29.Bc4. We can imagine how exited he is feeling now! The whole point in so near...

29. Qh1 GM Naiditsch: Today is really not Gata's day. Normally I am sure that Gata would play even in a blitz game 29.Bc4, and now 29.Qh1? The game is getting unpredictable, objectivly speaking position stays very sharp.

29... Ba7 30. Qh3 Re8 GM Naiditsch: maybe now again to play 31.Bc4!? dc 32.Nd2 with next Ne4 comming?

31. Bxc4 dxc4 GM Naiditsch: The king's position remains very dangerous on f8 and the d lines would be under white's control... 32.Na5!? also a possible choise... White seems to be better again.

32. Na5 e4 33. Nxc4 Qxf3 34. Qh2 GM Naiditsch: white wants to play now Rf1... how to defend against it? maybe 34...Ng4?

34... Ng4 GM Naiditsch: Gelfand stays cool in time trouble. 35.Qc7 now is looking like an intersting move. After 35.Qd6 Kg7 black king seems to feel itself quite safe on g7. Maybe white could still try 35.Qd6 Kg7 36.Rf1 Bf2 and now 37.Qd5! with the idea Nd6... Both players getting short on time, ok not many moves to do, only 6, but each move can be the move that would decide the final outcome of the game.

35. Qc7 Bf2 GM Naiditsch: and maybe now 36.Rg1!!? A very difficult move to play, but Gata has nerves of steel, in important moments he can play almost perfect :) Also 36.Nd6 is not looking to bad for white, 36...Be1 37.Re1 Re6 and maybe 38.Rg1 now. Probably the most exciting game of the Candidates so far!

36. Rf1 e3 GM Naiditsch: Gata doesn't find the right line. Gata is playing 36.Rf1 and getting on the border to be lost, but anyhow everything can happen, players has under 4 min each and no increament per move.

37. Bxe3 Nxe3 GM Naiditsch: Gata is taking on e3? was is his point? cant see it... Seems like Gelfand is going to win this game! Crazy!! beeing soo close to be lost...

38. Ne5 Qf5 GM Naiditsch: Wow! Another mistake! Unbelivable!

39. Qc5+ Kg7 40. Qxe3 Rxe5 41. Qxf2 GM Naiditsch: time trouble is over, and Gata played quickly 41. Qf2. Now the position is looking very equal, clerly better try would have been 41.Qd2 and black really needs to be accurate to get a draw.

41... Qxf2 42. Rxf2 GM Naiditsch: I think a draw would be a fair result in this game....both players mised couple of time a clear win...so fighting draw in the end. Still a great game for us to watch!

42... Rhe8 GM Naiditsch: who is better in this endgame? Probably little bit black...not much but a bit... So Gata will need to be again a bit exact to make a draw...logical move to do now seems to give first a check on g1, 43.Rg1 Kf8 and maybe now 44.a4 or Kb1, both moves I think should lead to a draw.

43. Rg1+ Kf8 GM Naiditsch: could it be that Boris offered him a draw and Gata declined now?! A bit strange because 43.Rg1 check looking very natural

44. Kb1 Re2 GM Naiditsch: a bit strange move 44...Re2 by Boris, in his case I would have played just 44...Re1 by exchanging one rook and after trying to get black king to the center.

45. Rf4 R8e4 46. Rgf1 GM Naiditsch: 46...Rf4 47.Rf4 Ke7 48.a4! with idea Rb4, the position is still draw, but as we saw yesterday, Boris is very inventive in finding hidden resources to play for a win.

46... Re1+ 47. Kc2 R4e2+ GM Naiditsch: the idea of black is easy: 48.Kb3 Rf1 49.Rf1 Re4 and pawn on h4 is hanging and whites king is cut. The question is, how to evaluate the position after 50.Rf6 Rh4 51.Rb6? Then it looks like an open fight again! 48. Kb3 Rxf1 49. Rxf1 Kg7 GM Naiditsch: Boris is taking a safer way and probably a better one 49...Kg7... White natural move now would eb 50.Rf4 Kg6 and 51 a4

50. Rf4 Re6 51. a4 Kg6 52. Kc4 f5 53. a5 Kf6 54. Kd3 Re7 And a draw was agreed. 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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