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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Gata Kamsky
Melody Amber Rapid 5th (1996) (rapid), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 2, Apr-13
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Sep-25-04  Knight13: <10...Nbd7>
10...Qxd4 11 e5 gives White a large advantage:
<One>: 11...Ne4 12 Bxe7 Bb7 13 exd6 Nxd6 allows White the wonderful move 14 Bd5!! destroying the communication between the black pieces. <two>: 11... Qxe5 12 Bxf6 gxf6 13 Qxa8 d5 14 Bxd5! exd5 ( 15 Bc6+! is a handy check) 15 Rfe1 Qd6 16 Nxd5 Be6 17 Rad1 Bxd5 18 Rxd5 and the two pins and White's active major pieces gives him a winning advantage, e.g 18... Qb6 19 Rd3 Kf8 10 Rxe7 Kxe7 21 Qe4+ Kf8 (21... Qe6 22 Qb4+ Ke8 23 Re3 wins the quee) 22 Qb4+ Ke8 23 Re3+ Kd8 24 Qe7+ Kc8 25 Rc3+ Nc6 26 Qxf6, with a decisive material gain. <three>: 11... Nd5 12 Nxd5 exd5 and now 13 Be3 Qxe5 14 Qxd5 Qxd5 15 Bxd5 wins the exchange in simple fashion; instead 13 Bxd5 Bxg5 14 Qxf7+ Qd8 15 Bxa8, is not so clear. <four>: 11... d5 12 exf6 gxf6 (12... Bxf6 13 Rad1 Qc5 14 Bxf6 gxf6 15 Rfe1 gives White a pulverizing attack) 13 Be3 Qe5 14 Nd5! exd5 15 Qxd5 and White gain wins the exchange by trapping the rook in the center. <11... Nc5?>
Understandably wating to cover e6, but 11... Bb7 with the point that 12 Bxe6 fxe6 13 Nxe6 Ne5 14 Qh5 Kf7 15 Be3 Qc6 is unclear.

<14 Qh5?>
White had two better options:
a) 14 Nf5!? exf5 15 Nd5 Qd8 16 exf5 h5 was indicated by John Nunn. But 17 Nxe7 Rxe7 18 Rxe7+ looks good to Burgess: 18... Qxe7 19 Qc6+ Bd7 20 Qa8+ Qd8 21 Re1+ regains the piece; or 18... Kxe7 19 Qe3+ Kf8 20 Qxc5 dxc5 21 Rxd8+ Kg7 22 Rxh8 Kxh8 23 Bxf7 gives White a pawn-up ending. b) 14 Qb4!, threatening simply Qg7, is a very awkward move to meet.

<17... Rxc3> 17... exf5 18 Nd5 follwed by esf5 leaves Black in a terrible mess, so he must eliminate both knights.

Annoations by Graham Burgess and John Nunn.

Nice game to study.

Sep-26-04  Giancarlo: <knight13>
I dont really see why you have to fill this page with annotations, it doesn't really seem all that neccessary in a 24-move draw.
Sep-27-04  acirce: <Giancarlo> Um, why not?! Those were interesting annotations and it's good that he shared them with us.
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  offramp: I like 'em. I too am glad that he [moves both arms directly forward, palms facing down, thumbs touching - then moves both hands in an outward and downward semi-circular direction so that both small fingers meet at waist level - and says:] shaaared that with us!
Sep-27-04  Everett: HAH! offramp, that was awesome...
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