Gelfand-Anand g4: 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 a6 6. b3 Bb4 Another a6 Slav. LIVE commentary on www.twitter.com/susanpolgar or www.facebook.com/polgarchess.
7. Bd2 Nbd7 8. Bd3 O-O 9. O-O Bd6 10. Qc2 e5 11. cxd5 cxd5 12. e4 exd4 13. Nxd5
Nxd5 14. exd5 Nf6 15. h3 This is a rare move. Krush played it 7 years ago. Both players are cranking out moves at a very fast pace.
15…Bd7 16. Rd1 Re8 Black has a comfortable position. White’s advantage is minimal and without risk.
I am not sure why Gelfand is thinking quite a bit after 16…Re8. Perhaps he’s pretending to be out of book then uncork novelty? 🙂
Very interesting. After thinking for a long time, Anand played 17. Nxd4 and Anand responded immediately with 17…Rc8.
18. Qb1 h6 We are still in Opening Book so far. Safe game for both sides.
I expect 19. Nf5. Black will capture the Knight with the Bishop. Gelfand will have minimal advantage with the Bishop pair.
It would be interesting to know what’s in Gelfand’s mind now. Did he forget his preparation? Is he trying to fake Anand out? What’s going on? Why is he taking a lot of time?
19. Nf5 Bxf5 20. Bxf5 Rc5 21. Rfe1 White is playing for 2 results with virtually no risk.
21…Rxd5 This is heading toward another relatively quick draw. Very little chance for white to make any impact.
22. Bc3 After 22…Be5 White has very little.
22…Rxe1+ 23. Rxe1 Bc5 =
24. Qc2 Black can simply play 24…Bd4. Again, White has nothing. This game is headed for a draw soon.
24…Bd4 The game is equal. 25. Bxd4 Rxd4 26. Qc8 g6 27. Bg4 h5 28. Qxd8+ Rxd8 = I expect them to shake hands soon.
The only logical move for White is 29. Bf3 b6 The question is why are they playing this out?
30. Rc1 Rd6 31. Kf1 a5 32. Ke2 I guess Gelfand is going for the win. Unlikely to happen but it seems that he’s trying.
32…Nd5 33. g3 Ne7 34. Be4 Kg7 1/2