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Magnus Carlsen vs Gata Kamsky
World Blitz Cup (2007), Moscow RUS, rd 4, Nov-21
Modern Defense: Mongredien Defense (B06)  ·  0-1


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  geraldo8187: kamsky tore carlsen apart here.
Nov-22-07  s4life: that's an understatement
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  Gilmoy: Kamsky's Robatsch is a chameleon opening that plays like a rope-a-dope -- risk nothing, advance nothing, let White have the center. White overextends, Black counterpunches somewhere else.

Carlsen's idea seemed to be to treat Black's K-side fianchetto as a Sicilian Dragon, and attack it using the mainline Sicilian long-castling + K-side pawn rush. But since it's not really a Sicilian, the c-d center files remain closed, which neuters White's Q-R "lead" in development. 14.f4 looks inexplicably bad -- like a touch-move blunder.

Black looks "hopelessly" behind in development -- but that could be part of the rope-a-dope to lure White into a hasty attack. Kamsky uses the devious offensive weapon of *not* castling, which lets his h-Rook support the pin theme against White's Q-side castling. Then Black is eager to rip open g-h, and his K is happy on f8. That looks like home prep -- it's almost unfair to uncork those wacky ideas in a blitz tourney.

Nov-22-07  HOTDOG: the d4-e4-f4-g4-h4 pawns are nice
Nov-22-07  black knight c6: <HOTDOG> But they also represent 6 pawn moves, and 5 pawns which don't defend eachother. Doomed without a good weakness in black, which Carlsen discovers isn't there.
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  cotdt: lol Blunderboy manages to do it again.
Dec-07-07  TheGladiatres: Do you have a strange dislike of Carlsen cotdt?
Oct-13-13  Ionspot: Hungry, hungry Hippos
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