(1) Gelfand,Boris - Leko,Peter [A40]
Miskolc Rapid, 25.08.2010

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Be2 Bb7 10.h4 g4 11.Ne5 Rg8 12.Bxg4 Nbd7 13.Nxd7 Qxd7 14.Bf3 c5N
Important novelty. The earlier continuation with 0-0-0 was too dangerous for Black.

[15.d5 exd5 16.e5~~ ; 15.e5 Nd5 16.Ne4~~ ]

15...Qxd1+ 16.Rxd1 a6 17.e5 Bxf3 18.gxf3 Nh5 19.Ne4 Rc8

With this fantastic move White is fighting for the initiative. Otherwise his bishop on g3 is out of play. [20.Nd6+ Bxd6 21.Rxd6 (21.cxd6 Kd7=/+ ) 21...Rxc5 22.Rxa6 Kd7 23.Rg1 Nf4<=> ; 20.b4 cxb3 21.axb3 Bxc5 22.Ke2 Be7 23.Ra1 Rc2+ 24.Ke3 Rc6 25.Rhd1 Ng7<=> ]

[20...Nxf4?? 21.Nf6+ Ke7 22.Rd7# ]

21.Nd6+ Bxd6 22.cxd6 Rc5 23.Bxh6 Rxe5+ 24.Kd2 Kd7 25.Bg5 b4 26.a3

Black loses flexibility of his pawn structure for the activity of his rooks. [26...a5 27.axb4 axb4 28.Ra1-> ; 26...c3+ 27.bxc3 bxa3 28.Rb1 Ra5 29.Rb7+ Kxd6 30.Ra1 e5 31.Rb3+/- ; 26...Rd5+ 27.Kc2 Rxd1 28.Rxd1 a5 29.axb4 axb4 30.Rd4 Rc8 31.f4 Rc6+/- Xh5N,c4,b4P]

27.axb4 Rxb4 28.Kc2 Rb3 29.Be3 f4 30.Bd4 Re2+ 31.Kc1 e5 32.Bc3 Rxf2 33.Rhe1 Ng3 34.Rd2

This is the first step on the road to the hell! [34...Rxf3 35.Rxe5 Re3 36.Rg5 Ne2+ 37.Kc2 Nxc3 38.Rg7+ Kd8 39.Rg8+ Kd7= ]

35.Kxd2 e4! 36.fxe4 Kxd6 37.h5! Nxh5?!
[37...Rb5 38.e5+ Ke6 39.h6 a5 in the press-conference the players thought this was the easiest way for a draw.]

38.Ke2 Rb5 39.Ra1 Rg5 40.Rxa6+ Kd7 41.e5 Ng7 42.Rd6+! Ke7 43.Rc6 Ne6 44.Rxc4 Kf7 45.Rc6 Rg2+ 46.Kf3 Rg1 47.Ke4 Rf1 48.b4 f3 49.Ke3
In the time-trouble Black had real chance to survive the difficulties, but Black miscalculated.

[49...Rc1 50.b5 (50.Kxf3 Nd4+ 51.Bxd4 Rxc6= ) 50...Rb1 51.b6 Rb3! 52.Kf2 Ng5!= ]

50.Ke2 Rh1 51.Kxf2 Rh3 52.b5 Rh1 53.b6 Rb1 54.Ke3+-
The final part of the game doesn't need so much commentary!

54...Ke7 55.Ke4 Rb5 56.Kd3 Nd8 57.Kc4 Rb1 58.Rh6 Kd7 59.Rd6+ Ke8 60.Bb4 Rb2 61.Kb5 Re2 62.Bc3 Ke7 63.Rh6 Kd7 64.Rh7+ Kc8 65.Rh8 Kd7 66.Rh7+ Kc8 67.Rc7+ Kb8 68.Re7 Kc8 69.Bb4 Rb2 70.Rc7+ Kb8 71.Kc4 Rc2+ 72.Kd5 Rb2 73.Be7 Rd2+ 74.Ke4 Ne6 75.Rc6 Re2+ 76.Kd5 Nf4+ 77.Kd4 Kb7 78.Rh6 Rb2 79.Bc5 Ne2+ 80.Kd3 Nf4+ 81.Ke4 Ne2 82.e6 Nc3+ 83.Kd4 Nb5+ 84.Kc4 Ka6 85.e7 Re2 86.b7+
Fine technique by Gelfand! 1-0