Candidates Round 9

Two decisive games this round, with the big surprise being Gelfand (white) over Aronian. What started out as a typical Queen’s Gambit Declined looks like it transposed into a Stonewall (a staple of club players everywhere). Gelfand then displayed nice rook endgame technique, and ground out the win in 60 moves. In lieu of a diagram, here’s the complete game.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 Nbd7 7. Be2 c6 8. O-O Nh5 9. Be5 f6 10. Bg3 f5 11. Be5 Nhf6 12. h3 Nxe5 13. Nxe5 Nd7 14. f4 Nxe5 15. fxe5 Bg5 16. Qd2 Bd7 17. Rac1 Rc8 18. a3 Kh8 19. b4 Be8 20. Bd3 Rc7 21. Ne2 Bh5 22. Nf4 Bxf4 23. exf4 Rd7 24. Qe3 dxc4 25. Bxc4 Rxd4 26. Bxe6 Bf7 27. Bxf5 Bc4 28. e6 Qd6 29. Rfe1 Re8 30. e7 Bf7 31. Rc5 g6 32. Bg4 h5 33. f5 Kg7 34. fxg6 Bxg6 35. Bxh5 Rd3 36. Qe5+ Qxe5 37. Rcxe5 Bxh5 38. Rxh5 Rxa3 39. Rf5 Rd3 40. Re4 Rd7 41. Rg4+ Kh6 42. Rf6+ Kh7 43. Rf7+ Kh6 44. Rgg7 Rd1+ 45. Kh2 Rf1 46. Rh7+ Kg6 47. Rhg7+ Kh6 48. Rh7+ Kg6 49. Rfg7+ Kf6 50. h4 Ke6 51. Rg4 Kf5 52. Kg3 Re1 53. Rf4+ Ke6 54. h5 Rxe7 55. Rxe7+ Kxe7 56. Kh4 b6 57. h6 Rh1+ 58. Kg5 Ke6 59. Kg6 Ke5 60. Rf5+ 1-0


One thought on “Candidates Round 9

  1. Ernie

    Yes this was a mild upset and a costly defeat for Aronian. Kramnik came out of the opening better vs Carlsen but could not find that knock out punch. Carlsen in good shape to win and challenge Anand later this year. Of course it ain’t over till the fat lady sings. Well we do not have any fat ladies at the club at this point.


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