Gata tried very hard and perhaps too hard too hard to beat Gelfand. But at the end, he could not break through. Instead of accepting a drawish position today, he sacrificed a pawn to try to win but ended up losing. Congratulations to Gelfand and good try by Gata! He still can try again in the next cycle but he needs help with a better opening repertoire if he wants to go all the way.
On the other hand, Boris is an incredibly difficult player to beat. He’s rock solid. The reason why he does not get more recognition is because he does not have the style of someone like Shirov or Topalov. But he is always a big threat in any tournament. It will be very interesting to see how he will fare in Mexico City.
GM Kamsky (2705) – GM Gelfand (2733) [B52]
FIDE candidates Matches Elista, Kalmykia Russia, 11.06.2007
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 g6 7.0–0 Bg7 8.d4 cxd4 9.Nxd4 0–0 10.f3 Rc8 11.b3 d5 12.exd5 Nxd5 13.Nxd5 e6 14.Bh6 exd5 15.Bxg7 Kxg7 16.c5 Na6 17.Nc2 Nxc5 18.Qd4+ f6 19.Ne3 Ne6 20.Qh4 Rc5 21.Rad1 d4 22.Ng4 Rf8 23.Rfe1 Rh5 24.Qg3 Rd5 25.Rd2 Qd6 26.Qh4 h5 27.Nf2 g5 28.Qe4 Re5 29.Qb1 Rxe1+ 30.Qxe1 Rd8 31.g3 Nc5 32.Qe2 a5 33.Qb5 b6 34.a3 Qe6 35.Rb2 d3 36.b4 axb4 37.axb4 Nb3 38.Qa4 Nd4 39.Kg2 Nc2 40.Rxc2 dxc2 41.Qxc2 g4 42.fxg4 hxg4 43.Kg1 Rd4 44.Qc7+ Kg6 45.Qc2+ f5 46.Qc3 Rc4 47.Qd2 Kh7 48.h3 gxh3 49.Nxh3 Qc6 50.Qe3 Rc1+ 51.Kf2 Qc2+ 52.Kf3 Rf1+ 53.Nf2 Rxf2+ 0-1
Final score, Gelfand 3.5 – Kamsky 1.5