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Gata Kamsky vs Vassily Ivanchuk
FIDE Grand Prix (2008), Sochi RUS, rd 2, Aug-01
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Chelyabinsk Variation (B33)  ·  1-0
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Aug-01-08  ddgardin: 40.g4! lol! nice game by kamsky
Aug-01-08  Strongest Force: The moral of the story: never give Kamsky a pawn.
Aug-01-08  Jason Frost: Nice Zug here, Blacks bishop can't move, blacks g pawn can't move, the King can move, but any move allows the white Bishop to get to d5 winning.
Aug-01-08  The Intch: It seems the pawn was heisted by force, with no compensation for black. Bodes well for Kamsky-Topalov.
Aug-01-08  Ezzy: GM Kamsky,Gata(USA) (2723) - GM Ivanchuk,Vassily(UKR) (2781) [B33]

FIDE Grand Prix 2008/09 Sochi/Russia (2), 01.08.2008

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Nd5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c4 b4 12.Nc2 a5 13.Be2 00 14.00 Bg5 15.Qd3 Rb8 16.Rad1 g6 <I don't like this idea with a later 21...h5. I think, leave the g pawn where it is and counter in the center at the right time with ...f5. Black in this game line ends up extremely passive while white has all the play down the d file. > 17.b3 Be6 18.Bf3 <This position has occurred once before - Galkin v Fillipov 1996 Elista> 18...Rb7 <Novelty. Galkin chose the set up 18...Kg7 19...Qd7 20...Qa7. It appears quite difficult to find what is the best plan for black in this position.> 19.Qe2 Ne7 20.Nxe7+ Qxe7 21.Rd3< Whites plan is thematic, double rooks on the d file and try to get his knight to d5.> 21...h5?! <This causes big problems for Ivanchuk >22.Rfd1 Rd8 23.Ne3 Bxe3 24.Qxe3 Rdd7 <Probably to prevent any c5 push by white because black couldn't retake with his d pawn due to the fact that black's rook on d8 is only protected once.> 25.Qh6! <With ideas of 26 Bxh5!>25...Qf8 <How did Ivanchuk get into this mess. He has nothing to do but watch white pile on the pressure. . Now he will lose the d pawn, but it's not a straightforward draw from there. Kamsky has a protected passed c pawn which can cause all sorts of trouble. Any other move by black eg 25...Ra7 then 26 Bxh5 Qh4 27 Rg3 followed by 28 Rf1 29 f4 and white has a big advantage.> 26.Qxf8+ Kxf8 27.Rxd6 Rbc7 28.h4 Ke7 29.Ra6 Rc5 30.Kf1 Rxd1+ 31.Bxd1 Kd7 32.Ra7+ Kc6 33.Ke2 Kb6 34.Re7 Rc7 35.Rxc7 Kxc7 36.g3 Kd6 37.Ke3 f6? <Possibly the best way to hold a fighting drawing chance is to leave the pawns where they are and shuffle your king back and forth untill white decides what to do. Here is an example of a line that allows a pawn race where white has Queen, bishop and 2 pawns against black's Queen and bishop. This would be more fighting than the game move. Just a thought. [37...Kc5 38.f4 Kd6 39.f5 Bd7 40.g4 hxg4 41.Bxg4 Be8 42.h5 gxh5 43.Bxh5 Kc5 44.f6 Kd6 45.Bg4 Kc5 46.Bf5 Kd6 47.Kf3 a4 48.Kg4 axb3 49.axb3 Kc5 50.Kg5 Kd4 51.Kh6 Kc3 52.Kg7 Kxb3 53.Kf8 Bc6 54.Kxf7 Kc3 55.Ke6 b3 56.f7 b2 57.f8Q b1Q 58.Kxe5] >38.f4 Bf7 39.f5 g5 <[39...gxf5 I don't think this works either. 40.exf5 a4 41.bxa4 Bxc4 42.Bxh5 Bxa2 43.a5 Bc4 44.Bf3 Kc5 45.g4 b3 46.g5 b2 47.Be4 Ba2 48.h5 White wins.] >40.g4 hxg4 41.hxg5 fxg5 42.Bxg4 a4 43.f6 a3 44.Bf5 Kc5 45.Kf3 Bh5+ 46.Kg3 Kd6 47.Bc8 10

Not good opening play by Ivanchuk. Kamsky always had the initiative and made Ivanchuk suffer throughout the whole game.

25 Qh6! Was a severe punishment for Ivanchuk for playing loosely on the kingside. Nice play by Kamsky who seems to be letting Topalov know that he his in good form. Well played Gata! A flawless performance.

Aug-01-08  Udit Narayan: kamsky is good at endings
Aug-01-08  dumbgai: This is a very nice win by Kamsky, against Ivanchuk, the highest rated player in the tournament, and who has been almost unbeatable of late. 25. Qh6! wins the d-pawn due to the threat of mate against the black king (the threat is 26. Bxh5 when black can't take the bishop due to Rg3). In the final position black is in zugzwang: any king move allows Be6 when the f-pawn can't be stopped, while any bishop move either allows the f-pawn to advance or the white king to penetrate to g4.
Aug-01-08  notyetagm: <Udit Narayan: kamsky is good at endings>

Kamksy is just -STUPENDOUS- at endings: a healthy extra pawn against Kamsky is almost as good as a loss.

Kamsky is clearly one of the world's great endgame players, right up there with Kramnik.

Aug-01-08  dumbgai: I think Kamsky's endgame skill will make his match with Topalov very interesting, in that Topalov is generally considered to play openings and sharp double-edged middlegames exceptionally well but is prone to weak endgame play. Thus I think it will be a great battle of playing styles, provided that the match does occur.
Aug-01-08  notyetagm: White to play: 25 ?


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<dumbgai: ... 25. Qh6! wins the d-pawn due to the threat of mate against the black king (the threat is 26. Bxh5 when black can't take the bishop due to Rg3).>

Position after 25 ♕e3-h6!


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Aug-02-08
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  arsen387: 40.g4!! this is a GREAT endgame by Kamsky.
Aug-02-08
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  whiteshark: For the danger of a special pawn structure that arise after <39...g5>


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I would like to direct your attention to some more <shining examples <>> in

<Tim Krabbe's open chess diary> under <# 322>. http://www.xs4all.nl/~timkr/chess2/...

Aug-02-08  Hans Jochen Peters: Could please someone explain to me what will happen after 47. ...Bd1?
Aug-02-08  LaFreaK: it wins..47..Bd1
Aug-02-08  LaFreaK: it still win for White..
48.c5
Aug-02-08  Hans Jochen Peters: I apologize for my stupid question. Indeed,c5! is an immediate killer.
Aug-02-08
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  whiteshark: <HaJo> He who asks is a fool for five minutes. But he who does not ask remains a fool. (Chinese proverb)

No need to apologize. :D

Aug-02-08  Some call me Tim: Exactly what is the point of 21...h5? It weakens the K-side pawn structure and does nothing to defend the backward pawn on the open d-file. White's buildup on that file was obvious.
Aug-03-08  nikromos: 44... Bxc4 is tempting since if 45. bxc4 b3 White can't prevent Black from Queeing (Ivanchuk was certainly setting that up with a4..a3), but unfortunately for Black, after 46. c5 White Queens first and wins.
Aug-06-08  like a GM: Is 12Nxb4 Nxb4 13Qa4+ winning the knight back, out of the question?
Aug-06-08  jperr75108: 12. Nxb4 is met by ...Qa5! winning the white knight.
Aug-15-08  Ulhumbrus: 21 Rd3 prepares to attack the King side by developing the Rook to the third rank. This can be called perhaps a classic way of deriving gain from an advantage in space.

Another game where this stratagem is employed is the game Deep Fritz vs Kramnik, 2006

Oct-03-08
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  whiteshark: The above link has been altered. Please try http://www.xs4all.nl/~timkr/chess2/...
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