Boris Gelfand voitti oikeuden haastaa Anandin MM-ottelussa 2012 voittamalla Alexander Grischukin ratkaisevassa pelissä eilen. Useamman tasapelin perätysten pelanneet ottelijat saivat täten ratkottua MM-haastajan nimen.

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[Event ”FIDE Candidates Matches 2011”]
[Site ”Kazan/Tatarstan/Russia”]
[Date ”2011.05.25”]
[Round ”3.6”]
[White ”Gelfand, Boris”]
[Black ”Grischuk, Alexander”]
[Result ”1-0”]
[ECO ”D76”]
[Annotator ”GM Lubomir Kavalek/Huffington Post”]
[PlyCount ”69”]
[EventDate ”2011.??.??”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 Nb6 7. Nc3 Nc6 8. e3
O-O {This dynamic line in the Fianchetto Grunfeld, with the black pieces
combating white’s pawn center, attracted many top grandmasters, including
Garry Kasparov.} 9. O-O Re8 {A high-class waiting move postpones the advance
e7-e5,  taking advantage of white’s inability to develop the queenside
smoothly. It has been in the repertoire of the Czechoslovakian players for
several decades and it could be called the Czech variation of the Grunfeld
defense.} 10. Re1 ({The main point of black’s idea is} 10. b3 e5 11. d5 e4 $1 {
quickly turning the tables.}) (10. d5 Na5 11. Nd4 Bd7 12. e4 c6) 10… a5 {The
former world champion Vassily Smyslov used this plan in similar positions.
Black runs his pawn to a4, moves his rook to a5 and controls the center
vertically as Grischuk is about to do.} 11. Qe2 {Reshuffling his heavy pieces
and planning 12.Re1-d1.} Bg4 {The idea is to provoke h2-h3. The immediate 11…
Be6 has been played more frequently.} (11… Be6 12. b3 a4 13. Ng5 (13. Nxa4
Nxa4 14. bxa4 Rxa4 15. a3 Na5 (15… Bd5 16. Rb1 e5 17. dxe5 Be4 18. Rxb7 Qa8
19. Rb5 Nxe5 20. Nxe5 Bxg2 21. f3 Bxe5 22. Kxg2 Bd6 23. e4 Bxa3 24. Bxa3 Rxa3
25. Rc1 Ra2 26. Rb2 Rxb2 27. Qxb2 Qa5 28. Qc2 Rd8 29. Rd1 Rxd1 30. Qxd1 c5 31.
Qd5 Qc7 32. Qc4 Qd6 33. f4 Qd2+ 34. Kh3 Qd7+ 35. Kg2 Qd2+ 36. Kh3 Qe3 37. e5 h5
38. Kg2 Kg7 39. Kf1 Qf3+ 40. Kg1 Qe3+ 41. Kg2 Qd2+ 42. Kf3 Qb4 43. Qd5 Qc3+ 44.
Kg2 Qc2+ 45. Kf3 Qc3+ 46. Kg2 c4 47. e6 fxe6 48. Qxe6 Qc2+ 49. Kf3 Qb3+ 50. Kf2
Qa2+ 51. Kf1 Qb1+ 52. Kf2 Qb2+ {1/2-1/2 Petrik,T (2536)-Azarov,S (2601)/
Slovakia 2011/CB12_2011}) 16. Rb1 Qd7 17. Nd2 b6 18. Qd1 Bc4 19. Nxc4 Nxc4 20.
Qb3 e6 21. Bf1 Nd6 22. Bb2 b5 23. Rec1 c6 24. Rc2 Rea8 25. Rd1 R8a6 26. Rdc1 h5
27. h4 Kh7 28. Be2 Kg8 29. Bf1 Bf8 30. d5 exd5 31. Qc3 d4 32. exd4 Bg7 33. Qf3
Bxd4 34. Bxd4 Rxd4 35. Rxc6 {1/2-1/2 Kozak,M (2220)-Wieczorek,O (2330)/Novy
Bor 2011/CB07_2011}) 13… Bc8 14. bxa4 e5 15. d5 e4 16. Ngxe4 Ne5 17. Rb1 Bg4
18. f3 Bf5 19. f4 Ned7 20. Rb4 Bxe4 21. Nxe4 Nxd5 22. Rxb7 N7b6 23. Qb5 Rxa4
24. Nd6 cxd6 25. Bxd5 Nxd5 26. Qxa4 Nc3 27. Qb3 d5 28. Bb2 Qa5 29. Rb8 Rf8 30.
Rxf8+ Kxf8 31. Bxc3 {1-0 Pacher,M (2415)-Efroimski,M (2222)/Zagreb 2011/
CB15_2011}) 12. h3 Be6 13. b3 {Denying black the square c4.} (13. Rd1 Bc4 14.
Qc2 a4 (14… Nb4 15. Qb1 a4 (15… Qc8 16. a3 N4d5 17. Nd2 Nxc3 18. bxc3 Bd5
19. e4 Bc6 20. Qd3 Ba4 21. Re1 c5 22. Nf3 cxd4 23. cxd4 Bc2 24. Qb5 Nc4 25. Bf4
Ra6 26. Bf1 Rc6 27. Rac1 Nd6 28. Qxa5 Bxe4 29. Ne5 Rxc1 30. Rxc1 Qf5 31. Rc5
Qe6 32. f3 Bd5 33. Qb4 Nf5 34. Kf2 Bxe5 35. dxe5 Rd8 36. g4 Ng7 37. Rc7 Re8 38.
Bb5 Bc6 39. Bc4 Bd5 40. Bb5 Bc6 41. Be2 g5 42. Bc4 Qg6 43. Bd2 Ne6 44. Rxe7 Rd8
45. Be3 Qc2+ 46. Be2 h6 47. h4 gxh4 48. Rxe6 fxe6 49. Qe7 Re8 50. Qxh4 Rf8 51.
Qxh6 Rxf3+ 52. Ke1 Qc3+ 53. Bd2 Qa1+ 54. Bc1 Qc3+ 55. Bd2 Qa1+ 56. Bc1 Rf7 57.
Qg5+ Kf8 58. Qh6+ Ke7 59. Qe3 Kd7 60. g5 Rf5 61. g6 Rxe5 62. Qd2+ Rd5 63. Qb2
Qxb2 64. Bxb2 Rg5 65. g7 Ke7 66. Bd3 Bd5 67. Kf2 e5 {0-1 Leitao,R (2624)-Wang
Yue (2732)/Khanty Mansiysk 2010/CBM 139}) 16. e4 c5 17. dxc5 Bd3 18. Rxd3 Qxd3
19. cxb6 Qxb1 20. Rxb1 Bxc3 21. a3 Red8 22. Bg5 Bf6 23. Bxf6 exf6 24. axb4 Rd3
25. Rc1 Rb3 26. Rc2 Rxb4 27. e5 Kg7 28. exf6+ Kxf6 29. Nd2 Rxb6 30. Ne4+ Kg7
31. Nc5 Ra7 32. Nxb7 {1/2-1/2 Blagojevic,D (2481)-Zhou Jianchao (2660)/Khanty
Mansiysk 2010/CBM 139}) 15. Ne5 Nxe5 16. dxe5 Qc8 17. f4 f6 18. exf6 exf6 19.
e4 Bf8 20. Be3 Qe6 21. Kh2 Red8 22. Qf2 Bb4 23. Bd4 Qe7 24. e5 f5 25. Bxb6 cxb6
26. Bd5+ Bxd5 27. Nxd5 Qc5 28. Qg2 Kh8 29. a3 Ba5 30. Rac1 Qf8 31. Rc7 Rac8 32.
Rxb7 Qg8 33. Qf3 Rc2+ 34. Kh1 Qe6 35. Re7 Qc8 36. e6 Rc1 37. Qf1 Rxd1 38. Qxd1
Qc4 39. Rd7 Qe4+ 40. Kh2 b5 41. Rxd8+ Bxd8 42. Nc3 {1-0 Sammalvuo,T (2471)
-Karavade,E (2330)/Reykjavik 2011/CB11_2011}) (13. Nd2 Nb4 14. Rd1 Qc8 15. a3
N4d5 16. Kh2 c5 17. Nxd5 Bxd5 18. e4 Bc6 19. dxc5 Nd7 20. Nc4 Bb5 21. a4 Ba6
22. Qc2 Qxc5 23. Rxd7 Rac8 24. Bf1 Bxc4 25. Bxc4 Qxc4 26. Qxc4 Rxc4 27. Rxb7
Rxe4 28. Be3 Bd4 29. Bxd4 Rxd4 30. b3 Rd2 31. Kg2 Rc8 32. Rxe7 Rcc2 33. Rf1 Rd3
34. Rb7 Rb2 35. Rc1 Rdd2 36. Rf1 Rd3 37. Re1 Rdd2 38. Kf3 Rxf2+ 39. Ke4 Rf6 40.
Re3 Rd2 41. Rb5 Ra6 42. Rd5 Re6+ 43. Re5 Ra6 44. Rd3 Rc2 45. Kd4 Rc7 46. Rc5
Rd6+ 47. Rd5 Ra6 48. Rc3 Rb7 49. Rc8+ Kg7 50. Rb5 Rd7+ 51. Kc4 Rd1 52. Rbb8 Re6
53. Rd8 Re4+ 54. Kc5 Rxd8 55. Rxd8 Rb4 {1/2-1/2 Pantsulaia,L (2610)-Harika,D
(2520)/Cappelle la Grande 2011/CB09_2011}) 13… a4 {So far so good, but
Gelfand plays a new idea on his next move.} 14. Rb1 {Gelfand gives away the
square b4, but keeps the tension. He is following  a long-term strategy to put
his central pawns into motion.} axb3 15. axb3 Qc8 ({Hitting the square b4 with
} 15… Nb4 16. Rd1 (16. Bd2 c6) 16… c6 17. e4 h6 {is another way to hold
the center.}) 16. Kh2 (16. Ng5 Bd7) 16… Ra5 17. Rd1 Rh5 18. Nh4 $5 {Gelfand
had to play this move.} ({After} 18. h4 Bg4 {black is ready to strike with
e7-e5.}) 18… Bf6 19. f4 Rd8 ({Sacrificing the exchange} 19… Bxh4 20. gxh4
Rxh4 21. Kg3 Rxh3+ (21… Rh5 22. d5 $18) 22. Bxh3 Bxh3 {doesn’t work; white
simply plays} 23. d5 {with advantage.}) 20. Qf2 Bxh4 $2 ({Strategically
doubtful, but Grischuk has an amazing defensive idea in mind: He wants to
sacrifice the exchange and take over the light squares. But he should have
kept the dark bishop and retreat with his rook to the queenside:} 20… Ra5 21.
Nf3 Nd5 {with a playable game.}) ({Another version of the sacrifice is} 20…
Nd5 21. Nxd5 Rdxd5 (21… Bxd5 22. e4) 22. Bxd5 $6 Bxd5) 21. gxh4 Nd5 22. Nxd5
Rhxd5 23. Bb2 $1 {Gelfand ignores the sacrifice and is ready to squeeze black
by marching the central pawns.} Rb5 24. Qe2 {Chasing the unstable rook.} Rh5 ({
The rook has to stay on the fifth rank. For example, after} 24… Rxb3 25. d5 {
white wins a piece.}) 25. e4 $1 {The pawns are beginning to roll. Black may
soon regret the exchange of his dark bishop.} Bxb3 26. Rdc1 Na5 ({Black wants
to protect his bishop, but his pieces are scattered. It was better to soften
the blow with} 26… e6 27. Bc3 Ba4) 27. d5 b6 (27… Ba2 28. Ra1 Nb3 29. Rxa2
Nxc1 30. Bxc1 {the bishop pair should prevail against the rook.}) 28. Be5 c5 (
28… Rd7 29. Qb5 Ba2 30. Rb2 f6 31. Qxb6 fxe5 32. Qxa5 {wins.}) 29. dxc6 f6
30. Ba1 ({White could have included} 30. c7 $1 {for example} Rd7 31. Qg4 (31.
Rxb3 Nxb3 32. Qc4+ Kg7 33. Qxb3 fxe5 34. Qxb6 exf4 35. Qb8 {also wins.}) 31…
fxe5 32. Qxd7 Qxd7 33. c8=Q+) 30… Rc5 ({Trying to isolate the pawn on c6.
After} 30… b5 31. c7 Rd7 32. e5 Rxc7 33. Qxb5 $1 {the black pieces are loose
and white should win material since after} Rxc1 34. Rxc1 Qxc1 35. Qe8+ Kg7 36.
Qxe7+ Bf7 37. exf6+ {white mates.}) 31. Rxc5 bxc5 32. Qb5 Qc7 ({Grischuk
misses his best chance:} 32… Ba2 33. Rb2 Qc7 34. e5 (34. Rxa2 $2 Qxf4+ 35.
Kg1 Rd1+ 36. Bf1 c4 $19) {although after} 34… Be6 35. Qb6 Rc8 36. Qxc7 Rxc7
37. Rb7 $1 {white should win.}) 33. Rxb3 Nxc6 ({Black is a pice down now, but
after} 33… Nxb3 34. Qxb3+ Kf8 35. e5 {white should win anyway.}) 34. e5 Nd4
35. Qc4+ 1-0

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