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Krishnan Sasikiran vs Gata Kamsky
Mtel Masters (2007), Sofia BUL, rd 8, May-18
Slav Defense: Chameleon Variation (D15)  ·  0-1


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May-21-07  LIFE Master AJ: THE game of this round ... I cannot believe that no one has commented on this game yet.

Where did Sasikiran go wrong?

May-21-07  newton296: what would have happened if white played 54) g6 not d5 !? Is this where sas goes wrong?
May-21-07  amateur05: Sasikiran had seconds left on his clock when he played 38. Rf4? and then had to give up the exchange on move 41. For example, 41. Qb4 is followed by 41. ...Rb3 42. Qxb3 Nd2+.
May-22-07  Ulhumbrus: A duel begins at move 11, a duel which lasts for a few moves. White's aim is to play f3 while Black's aim is to prevent it. 11 Ne5 frees the f2 pawn for f3. 11...Ne4 discovers an attack on the Ne5 defended by the d4 pawn,while attacking the c5 pawn defended by the d4 pawn. 12 Nd3 removes the Ne5 from attack and defends the c5 pawn but with the N on e4, ...Ng3 is possible in reply to f3. 13 Ne2 covers the point g3 whereupon 13...Bf6 takes a step towards ...Bh4+ in reply to f3. 14 Bd2 prepares to castle on the Q side and so to remove the move ...Bh4+ as a threat but Kamsky now attacks the g2 pawn by 14...Rg8. All the same. this may be insufficient, for instead of 15 g3, White has at least two alternatives. 15 f3 offers Black the g2 pawn. On 15...Nxd2 16 Kxd2 Rxg2 17 Ndf4 followed by Qxf5 may lead to an eventual win. However on 15 f3 Nxd2 Kxd2 e6! defends the f5 pawn and plays to castle on the Q side. However on 15 0-0! there is a threat of a4 and the Black King may be unable to fing safety. 15 0-0-0 may be not as good as on 15...Rxg2 16 Rdg1 Rxg1 17 Rxg1 Qc7! prepares to castle on the Q side. Saskiran may have missed an opportunity to gain the upper hand by 15 0-0 instead of 15 g3.
Dec-18-07  grasser: Anyone see anything wrong with 20.gxh4
creating an instant outside passed pawn?
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