(1) Gelfand,B (2695) - Polgar,J (2718) [B54]
George Marx Rapid Match Pacs HUN (1), 10.07.2003



1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Be3 a6 7.Qd2 Bd7 8.0-0-0 Rc8
[ 8...Nge7 9.Nxc6 ( 9.Nb3 Nc8 10.f4 Qc7 11.Kb1 b5 1/2-1/2 Fercec,N-Cabrilo,G/Jahorina BIH 2003/The Week in Chess 453 (11)) 9...Nxc6 10.Na4 b5 11.Nb6 Rb8 12.Nxd7 Qxd7 13.Bc5 ( 13.Bf4 e5 14.Bg5 Qe6 15.Kb1 Be7 16.h4 0-0 17.Qd5 Bxg5 18.hxg5 Qxd5 19.Rxd5 Rfd8 20.Be2 Nd4 21.Bg4 b4 22.f4 Rb5 23.Rxb5 axb5 1/2-1/2 Luther,T-Bischoff,K/Halkidiki GRE 2002/The Week in Chess 412 (23)) 13...Rd8 14.Bb6 Rc8 15.Bc5 Rd8 16.Bb6 Rc8 17.Bc5 1/2-1/2 De la Villa Garcia,J-Gofshtein,L/Montpellier 2000/EXT 2001 (17)]

9.f4
[ 9.f3 Qc7 10.Kb1 Nxd4 11.Bxd4 b5 12.Bd3 Ne7 13.Rhe1 Qb7 14.f4 b4 0-1 Tirard,H-Bischoff,K/Clermont-Ferrand FRA 2003/The Week in Chess 444 (47)]

9...b5 10.Nf3 Nf6 11.e5 dxe5 12.fxe5 b4 13.Na4 Nd5 14.Nb6 b3 15.axb3 Ncb4 16.Nxc8
[ 16.Bc4 Nxe3 17.Qxe3 Bc5 18.Qd2 Bxb6 19.Qxb4 a5 ]

16...Qa5 17.Qd4 Bxc8 18.Bc4 Nxe3 19.Qxe3 Bc5 20.Qe4 Bb7 21.Rd8+
A remarkable clearance move. [ 21.Qxb7 Be3+ 22.Kb1 Qa2# ]

21...Kxd8 22.Qxb7 Qa1+ 23.Kd2 Qxh1
[ 23...Qxb2?? 24.Rd1 ]

24.Qb8+ Kd7 25.Qb7+ Kd8 26.Ng5
Gelfand plays for the win and keeps the draw in hand.

26...Be3+
As she always does, Polgar complicates things and gives Gelfand a chance to go wrong. [ 26...Rf8 would also force White to take the draw.]

27.Kxe3 Qc1+ 28.Kf3 Qxg5 29.Qb8+ Kd7 30.Qb7+ Ke8 31.Qb8+
Gelfand could have forced a draw immediately with 31.Bb5+. [ 31.Bb5+ axb5 32.Qxb5+ ]

31...Qd8 32.Qxb4 h5 33.Bxa6 f5 34.Bb5+ Kf7 35.Qd6 Qg5 36.Bc4 Qe7 37.b4 Qxd6 38.exd6 Rd8 39.b5 Rxd6 40.Ke3 Ke7 41.Bd3 g5 42.c4 f4+ 43.Ke2 e5 44.Be4 Rd4 45.Bd5 e4 46.b6 e3 47.b4 Rd2+ 48.Ke1 Kd8 49.b5 g4 50.Be4 Rb2 51.Bd5 h4 52.h3 f3 53.gxf3 g3 54.f4 g2 55.Bxg2 Rxg2 56.c5 Rb2 0-1