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Why didn't play Gelfand the move 17.--Horse Pc6 instead of resigning ?
Why didn't play Gelfand the move 17.--Horse c6 instead of resigning in game number 8 ?
After that move his queen could escape.
Because the queen will survive, but the position is still lost. Both Houdini and Rybka give 17...Nc6 18.dxc6 Qxd6 19.Bd3 Re5 20.Rf1 Qc7 21.Nd5 and black has to give up the exchange.
What moveorder give the machines after the black move 20. Rf8 in stead of Qc7 ?
20...Rf8 21.hxg6 hxg6 22.Bxg6 f6 with ongoing king attack. Rybka now likes 23.Bd3 followed by Nd5, planning Rg1, Qh4, while Houdini prefers 23.h4 for some reason I haven't tried to figure out.
Well, that's my point. I indeed presume black was lost at the moment he resigned. But wasn't this position as now given by the 2 computers after 22.--f6 worth to play on ? OK, there is an ongoing attack; but still worth to play for, because I think white has still some work to do to win this position.
Could it be that Gelfand hadn't seen the move 17.--horse c6 ? Or did he found the position after 22.--f6 not playable too anymore ?
It would be nice to know.
Thank you for your highly estimated skilfull reactions and answers !
If you don't agree my opinion I would like to hear from you.
Freundlichen Gruss aus Holland,
Of course, we can't be sure. Maybe Gelfand was shocked by his own blunder and really missed 17...Nc6. But on this high level I doubt that very much. Even after 17...Nc6 the white attack is not only extremely strong, but it requires just some natural moves to become deadly and black has no counterplay. I believe that Anand can successfully play this kind of position in his sleep.
So I suppose that Gelfand has seen the consequences of 17...Nc6 and decided that it wasn't worth trying.
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