GM Boris Gelfand – GM Magnus Carlsen
Round 3, Tal memorial 2009, 7.11.09
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 Carlsen and his coach- G ary Kasparov must have prepared this opening together . Kasparov used it successfully recently in his match against his old rival Karpov. 4. Bg5 Gelfand wisely avoid the g3 fianchetto variation which Karpov choose against Kasparov in their recent match. 4…Ne4 5. Bh4 c5 6. cxd5 Nxc3 7. bxc3 Qxd5 8. e3 Bg7 9.Nf3 cxd4 10. cxd4 Nc6 11. Be2 O-O 12. O-O Bf5 13. Nd2 e5
Rybka opening book suggest two line a) 13…Rac8 and b) 13…Qd7. 13…e5 seems logical, black choose to open line for his g7 bishop and pressure white’s d4 pawn 14.Bf3 Qd6 15. Nc4 Qb4 16. Bxc6 Qxc4 This temporary pawn sacrifice is probably better then giving he double bishop with 16…bxc6 17.Nxe5 Bxe5 18.a3 Bxh2+ 19.Kxh2 Qa5. As many know, Carlsen guru – Kasparov like to keep double bishop 17. Bxb7 Rab8 18. Qf3 exd4 19. Bd5 Qb4 20. e4 Be6 21. Rad1 Qc3 22.Qf4 of course exchanging the queen with 22.Qxc3? will ask for problem after 22…dxc3 - Black will have a dangerous passed c pawn ! 22…Bxd5 23.exd5
Interesting position. Both side have passed pawn on d file. White’s passed seems more dangerous because his bishop is controlling the queening square d8 for time being. 23…Qc5 24.Bf6 Bxf6 25.Qxf6 Qxd5 1/2-1/2 Draw….after 26.Qxd4 Qxd4 27.Rxd4 the equal piece and almost symmetrical pawn formation will surely lead to a draw game.