GM Gelfand (2733) – GM Morozevich (2758) [E17]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.Nc3 Ne4 7.Bd2 f5 8.d5 Bf6 9.Qc2 Qe7 10.Nxe4 fxe4 11.Qxe4 Bxb2 12.Rd1 Bf6 13.0–0 Na6 14.Nd4 Nc5 15.Qe3 exd5 16.cxd5 Qxe3 17.Bxe3 0–0–0 18.Rb1 Rhe8 19.Nb5 Rxe3 20.fxe3 a6 21.Nd4 Re8 22.Nf5 d6 23.Rb4 h5 24.g4 a5 25.Rbf4 Rh8 26.gxh5 Rxh5 27.Rg4 Rh7 (White is better in this position. It is obvious because of the material advantage. However, the question how does White break through to capitalize on it. The Black Knight is on a great square. The White pawn on d5 is weak. But White is the one with chances to win.)

28.Nxg7 Rxg7 29.Bh3 Rxg4+ 30.Bxg4+ Kd8 31.Rxf6 Bxd5 32.a3 (Excellent chances for Gelfand to go to +2 and join Anand at the leaderboard. White should be winning but it is not quite over yet. He has to just be careful with the Black pawns on the Q-side. The simplest way is Rf4 to stop the pawns then march his own h pawn.)

32.. b5 33.h4 b4 34.axb4 axb4 (Still “almost” winning for White but 33.Rf4 would probably be simpler. It looks like Gelfand will join Anand at the top.)

35.Rf4 b3 36.Bf5 Bf7 37.Kf2 Ke7 38.Ke1 Kf6 39.Bd3+ Kg7 40.Kd2 Be6 41.Kc3 (This is way more complicated than it should be. Gelfand is still a lot better but…Moro is spending a lot of time on this move, more than 15 minutes so far.)

41…Bf7 42.Bc4 (If Black trades Bishops, White should be able to win. So Black should probably move the Bishop away to h5.)

42…Bxc4 43.Rxc4 Kg6 (I don’t think Morozevich can hold this. It is just a matter of technique from here.)

44.e4 (Rxc5 is a draw.)

45… Ne6 45.Kxb3 Kh5 46.e5 d5 47.Rb4 Kg6 47.Rb8 +- (It is just about over. 47…Kf5 49.h5 Kxe5 50.h6 Ng5 51.Rg8 +-)

47…Kg6 48.Rb8 Nd4+ 49.Kb2 Nf5 50.Rf8 (Now even more decisive. Black has no way of holding this. Gelfand will join Anand at the top.)

50…Morozevich finally resigned.
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