Boris Gelfand wins in Bazna Kings round two

Other games drawn, Gelfand, Ivanchuk and Shirov leading

The third Bazna Kings Tournament is taking place on 14-25th June in Bucharest and Bazna. The national representative and former European champion, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, was defeated again in round two, this time by Boris Gelfand. However, it was a delightfully sharp game, in which the fortune of winning could have turned to either side.

The other two games concluded in draws. Shirov-Ivanchuk has been particularly interesting, with all the neat tactics and pieces hanging around. It all went down to a Rook endgame which Ivanchuk played brilliantly to reach a theoretical “king to the short side” draw. Ivanchuk, Shirov and Gelfand are currently sharing the lead with 1.5 points each. Radjabov has one, Kamsky half a point, while Nisipeanu is without points.

Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu sq Boris Gelfand square 1

Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu and Boris Gelfand

Round 2 results:

Boris Gelfand (ISR 2733) – Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (ROM 2675) 1-0

Alexei Shirov (ESP 2745) – Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR 2746) draw

Gata Kamsky (USA 2720) – Teimour Radjabov (AZE 2756) draw

Round 1 report

Analysis bellow are courtesy of GM Mihai Suba and the official tournament website

Boris Gelfand (ISR 2733) – Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (ROM 2675)

1. d4 d6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. e4 Nf6 5. Nc3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5
Ne7 9. b4 Nh5 10. Re1 a5
There is no need to hurry up with this typical move.
The variation: (10… f5 11. Ng5 Nf6 with Radjabov as one of its main
defenders, is missing a definite conclusion yet.) (10… f5 11. a4 Nf6 12. a5
Nxe4 13. Nxe4 fxe4 14. Ng5 e3! (In the game Berbatov-Suba, Albacete 2008, Black
missed this very important intermediate move, and after: 14… Nf5 15. Nxe4
Nd4 16. Bd3 got the worse of it and lost later on.) 15. Bxe3 Nf5 16. Bd2 Bh6
17. Ne6 Bxe6 18. Bxh6 Nxh6 19. dxe6 Nf5 20. c5 Nd4 21. Bc4 Qe7 Black should
hold.) 11. bxa5 f5 12. Nd2 Nf6 13. c5 Rxa5 14. Nb3 Possible a novelty, most
natural seems: (14. cxd6 cxd6 15. Nc4 which was played several times.) 14…
Ra8 15. f3 f4
One of the two available plans (the other being 15…Nh5) which
aims to stroll all king-side pawns to the enemy basis, using what Nimzovich
(very improperly) called “qualitative majority”. Simply said, a more mobile
pawn group. 16. a4 g5 17. Ba3 h5 18. a5 Ng6 19. cxd6 cxd6 20. Na4 g4
Typically to the “closed” variations of the King Indian, Black does an ample
concentration of troops next to White’s king and, many times, such outnumber
provides brilliant wins. Those could be the main excuse for the popularity of
such a clumsy defence. 21. Nb6 it seems that White came in first, but…
Nxe4!! An exceptional move by the Romanian player, turning the game into a
sea of tactics. The direct threats are 22…Nc3 and 22…Qh4. We shall discard
some merits of this possibility due to “exclusion”, as “normal moves” such as
21…Rb8 are strategically unacceptable. Of course we shall also retrieve
those merits back to it, as it has been certainly foreseen several moves ago,
when Black built his plan. 22. fxe4 (22. Qb1 Nh4 23. Qxe4 Bf5 24. Qc4 gxf3 25.
Bxf3 Rxa5 26. Nxa5 Qxb6+ 27. Kh1 e4 28. Bxh5 Bxa1 29. Rxa1 Qxa5 with
initiative.) 22… f3 23. Rf1 (23. Nxa8 f2+ 24. Kh1 g3 25. Qd3 Nf4 26. Qxg3
Nxe2 and Black wins.) (23. gxf3 Qh4 24. Nd2 Nf4 25. Bf1 g3 26. Re2 Rxa5 27.
Nbc4 Bh6 28. Nxa5 Nxe2+ 29. Qxe2 Be3+ 30. Kh1 Bf2 and White shall give up his
queen.) 23… Nf4 24. Bxf3 gxf3 25. Rxf3 Bg4 26. Nxa8 Qxa8? Top chess is
too much calculation driven. The fact that one cannot calculate all
consequences of a heavy loss of material, doesn’t mean that he shouldn’t
sacrifice. The same principle of exclusion mentioned before, pointed to the
contrary. (26… Nxg2! 27. Rxf8+ Bxf8 28. Qc2 Nf4 29. Rf1 Qh4! (29… Qxa8
30. Bc1 Qa7+ 31. Kh1 Qa6 32. Qf2 Bh6 33. Bxf4 exf4 34. Qg2 and White is
better.) 30. Kh1 (30. Rxf4 exf4 31. Bb4 Qh3 32. Nd4 Qe3+ 33. Qf2 Qxe4 34. Nc7
Bg7 35. Ncb5 Bh3 with a workable compensation for the missing piece.) (30.
Nc1 Nh3+ 31. Kh1 (31. Kg2 Nf4+ 32. Kg1 (32. Kh1? Bf3+ and Black wins.))
31… Bf3+ 32. Rxf3 Qe1+ 33. Kg2 Qg1+ 34. Kxh3 Qg4#) (30. Nd4 Nh3+ 31. Kg2 (31.
Kh1 exd4 32. Qg2 Ng5 33. Bc1 Be7) 31… Nf4+ 32. Kh1 Qh3 33. Qf2 Qxa3 34. Ne6
Bh6 with an adequate compensation for exchange in both cases.)) (It is my
personal impression, in all variations above (and other uncovered), that the
only one risking to lose is White. Even for lesser immortals: 26… Nh3+ 27.
Rxh3 Bxd1 28. Rxd1 Qxa8 29. Bxd6 Rf4 30. Bc5 Qa6 31. Re3 Qc4 32. Rc1 (32. d6
Qc2 33. Red3 Rxe4 34. d7 Re1+ 35. Rxe1 Qxd3 36. Nd4 Bf6) 32… Qb5 still
offers a reasonable game) 27. Bxd6 Rf7 28. Qf1 Qd8 29. Bc5 Bf8 30. Rf2 Qh4
Too late, now White has a perfect defence. 31. Kh1 Ne2 32. Rxf7 Ng3+ 33. Kg1
Bxc5+ 34. Nxc5 Ne2+ 35. Qxe2 Bxe2 36. Rf2
The price of the white queen was
just too high. 1-0

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