(1) Gelfand,B (2737) - Radjabov,T (2735) [E94]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (11), 25.01.2008
A relatively rare move. Black provokes his opponent to lock the centre, but theory considers that the rook will remain misplaced after
, when Black's counterplay is based on ...f5.
A couple of years ago, a very good friend of mine mentioned this plan to me. In the King's Indian, Black frequently suffers from lack of space for his minor pieces. After the bishop's retreat, such a regrouping is enabled: ...Nh5-g7, ...Be7, ...f5, ...Rf8 and ...Nf6. My friend also added that White can spare several tempi (4, if I counted well) by playing the Czech Benoni: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e5 4.Nc3 d6 5.e4 Be7, later to be followed by ...Nd7, ...Ne8 or ...Nh5, ...g6, Ng7, etc. We both included this outfashioned opening into our repertoire and obtained good results with it (each one at his own level, of course). We also decided to call it "The Romanian Benoni", because decades ago it served Victor Ciocāltea and Florin Gheorghiu rather well...
In any case, the "worsened" form of the Czech Benoni will work out well in this game, too.
Well, in the Czech Benoni you do not have to fear this move really.
With both kings exposed, a draw by perpetual is not completely out of question.
[Overlooking a simple detail. He should have driven the enemy king back with 35.Qe7+
, when after, say, 36.Qxd6
Black could have forced a draw in several ways, for instance with 36...Re1+
and so on, but nothing more than that.]
[The difference is that after 37...Re2+
the black king becomes a useful attacking piece, enabling mate in one with 38...Qg4#