Gata Kamsky – Boris Gelfand (game 5)

Will it be 1.e4 or 1.d4?

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 (Unfortunately, Gata got nothing out of the opening as White. There’s not even any complication. Black is equal to a little better because of the more active Rook on c8)

20.Qh4 (A desperate attempt to create some play by White. However, if Black defends properly, White may risk losing this game and the match.)

20…Rc5 21.Rad1 d4 22.Ng4 Rf8 23.Rfe1 -/+ Rh5 24.Qg3 Rd5 25.Rd2 Qd6 (I see no chances for White to win this game. I see Gelfand getting at least a draw if not more. However, I have to admire Gata’s fighting spirit. While some took short draws, he is fighting and trying hard.)

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 (White is in big trouble. He is having a hard time stopping the d pawn advancement and his King is extremely weak. I am afraid the match may end with this game.)

35.Rb2 (35…d3 is deadly. This is winning for Black.)

35…d3 36.b4 axb4 37.axb4 Nb3 38.Qa4 Nd4 39.Kg2 Nc2 40.Rxc2 dxc2 41.Qxc2 g442.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? (walking into a mate in an already hopeless position.)

52…Rf1+ 53.Nf2 Rxf2+ 0-1
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