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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Gata Kamsky
Tal Memorial (2007), Moscow, rd 7, Nov-17
Slav Defense: Chameleon Variation. Advance System (D15)  ·  0-1


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Nov-17-07  sallom89: kamsky won :@
Nov-17-07  MorphysMojo: I like 41 . . . Qc1. The white defence is porous. Note how the white Q is completely sealed off from the black K too.
Nov-17-07  znprdx: <Catfriend:> has White really been in the game? - particurily since Black's brilliant ...Nxc5. Once you expose the King you better be certain.
Nov-17-07  m00natic: 41. ...N:d4 is winning, after 42.B:d4 Na5+ and white's Queen is gone
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  Eyal: A nice finish would have been 41...Qc1 42.Qxd5 Qa3+ 43.Kxc4 Qa2+ 44.Bb3 Qe2#

Nov-17-07  randzo: Kramnik is the winner
Nov-17-07  Fatos: What a blunder
Nov-17-07  MorphysMojo: The quiet but deadly 32 . . . Qe7 was shweeeet!
Nov-17-07  tldr3: <Eyal>nice one
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  Marmot PFL: Even if you finish last a game like this can make it seem worthwhile.
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  ahmadov: Wow, Shark lost with a bad blunder :(

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  Eyal: After 40.Ka2 Nc4 the white king gets into a mating net, but 40.Bxd2 Qxd2 41.a7 Qb4+ 42.Ka2 Qa5+ 43.Kb1 Qxa7 (or 41.Qxd5 Nxd4) also seems hopeless for White. So the decisive mistake may have been 39.a6 - instead, after <39.axb6> Nd2+ 40.Bxd2 Qxd2 41.b7 the black queen can't get at the passed pawn as in the previous line (where it's on the 'a' file), and Black would have to give up a piece for the pawn or settle for a perpetual.
Nov-17-07  cotdt: is kamsky still in last place on the scoretable?
Nov-17-07  amateur05: These two guys have never drawn with each other.
Nov-17-07  Karpova: <cotdt: is kamsky still in last place on the scoretable?> No, Kamsky has 3 points now and Alekseev occupies last place with 2.5 points.
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  ahmadov: This must be a sweet revenge for Kamsky for his loss at the ECC recently...
Nov-17-07  rhedrich: Nxd4 followed by Na5, winning the queen either way. Awesome.
Nov-17-07  notyetagm: <Nxd4 followed by Na5, winning the queen either way. Awesome.>

Position after 41 ♔a2-b3:

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Yes, the White c3-bishop is now badly <OVERWORKED>, having to stop <ROYAL FORKS> on both the a5- -and- d4-squares; off course, it cannot <DEFEND> both of these forking squares.

Nov-17-07  cotdt: chessbase just posted an interview with kamsky about this game. very interesting stuff.
Dec-22-07  Treadhead57: Excellent game. Why hasn't this been the Game of the Day already?
Dec-24-07  notyetagm: This is a stupendous game by Kamsky.
May-25-08  ezmerin: I always like grandmasters' game, when cold-blooded player soundly neglects opposing passed pawn and instead goes for mating attack.

Can anyone explain why White tend to play his pawn to c5 in Slav lately? I find it very suspicious.

May-25-08  micartouse: <Can anyone explain why White tend to play his pawn to c5 in Slav lately? I find it very suspicious.>

I think it's a Mamedyarov thing. If you follow his games a while, you'll see he pushes P-QB5 very often either as White or Black in many openings - he must have a fondness for this idea even though it is often criticized for dogmatic reasons.

As for other players doing it in the Slav, well probably the fact that ... a6 has been played helps justify it.

Jun-04-08  ezmerin: I played c5 move in Slav myself few days ago in Internet. Black pawn was still on a7, but both Queens were opposing each other on b3 and b6. I played c5 and invited my opponent to Queen swap on b3. He took the bait. Then I simply played for b5 push two times and in the end, I won. But my opponent played passively. He never figured out he has to fight for e-pawn advance.

So maybe c5 variation deserves more attention from me and other players...

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  Eisenheim: clever ending, impossible for white to keep the queen after black forces the action with either Nxd4+ or Na5+
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