World Cup, Final Match, Game 1: Gelfand's Petroff Parries Ponomariov
Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 9:16AM
Dennis Monokroussos in Gelfand, Ponomariov, World Cup 2009

Boris Gelfand has a repertoire he can use to fight for a win with White and with Black against 1.d4, but some years ago he decided that after 1.e4 he'd give up the Najdorf and play for the draw with the Petroff. It might not be as entertaining, but it's definitely safe, and an effective (anti-) weapon in non-must-win situations. It worked like a charm today, giving Gelfand an easy draw in the first of (up to) four classical games against Ruslan Ponomariov in the World Cup final. You can replay the game, with my comments, here.

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