Gelfand B. - Svidler P.
Odessa Rapidplay Final 2009
White has happy to give up a pawn to try to take the initiative,which is of key importance in the speedier version of chess.
10... Qb4 attempts to get the Queen out of the firing line, but in all other respects costs time: 11. Re1 (11. Rc1 Be7 12. e4 d4 13. e5 dxc3 14. exf6 Bxf6 15. Bd6 Qb6 16. bxc3 Ne7 17. c4
Meanwhile 10... Be7 is somewhat quieter and may well be best: 11. a3 d4 12. Nd2 Qc5 13. Na4 Qb5 14. Nc4 e5! 15. Bxc6+ bxc6 16. Nxe5 g5 17. Qxd4 gxf4 18. Nb6 Rb8 19. Nxc8 Rxc8 20. Qxf4 Bd6 21. Qf5 Ke7 22. f4 Qd5 Sapunov,E (2480)-Chuprikov,D (2422)/ Tula 2002 (25)
Cutting off the queen's retreat, but it may not be quite sound.
Svidler misses a trick with 14... Bxb2! 15. Bc5 Qxd1 16. Nd6+ Kd7 17. Rcxd1 b6! 18. Nxf7 (18. Nc4 bxc5 19. Nb6+ Kd6 20. Nxa8 Nd4! 21. e3 Ne2+ 22. Kh1 Bf6 23. Rd2 Nc3) 18... bxc5 19. Nxh8 Ke7 Of course, these complications are considerable, even for world-class players and a decision has to be made sooner rather than later in this type of chess. We cannot blame Svidler for avoiding this variation
It is really tough to unravel Black's position,despite the extra pawns.
He didn't manage to ever get fully coordinated. Gelfand converts the full point confidently enough.
37. hxg5 hxg5 38. Rc5 Ke7 39. Be2 Kd6 40. Rxg5 Bc6 41. Ra5 Nd7 42. Bxa6 Nc5 43. g4 Bd5 44. Be2 b3 45. axb3 Nxb3 46. Ra7 Nd4 47. Bd3 e5 48. Ke3 Ne6 49. Bf5 Nd4 50. Be4 Be6 51. g5 Nf5+ 52. Kf3 Nd4+ 53. Kg3 Nf5+ 54. Kf2
I actually feel that White's pawn sacrifice isn't quite sound, but we've seen that he gets a lot of pressure. A good practical bet would be the best description!1-0