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Gata Kamsky vs Veselin Topalov
"Kamsky's Consolation Prize" (game of the day Jan-30-2010)
Topalov - Kamsky Candidates Final (2009), Sofia BUL, rd 4, Feb-21
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Flohr System (C92)  ·  1-0


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  Softpaw: <ontocaustic: what's the correct way? it is bulgur or bulgar?>

"Bulgur" and "Bulgar" are both commonly in the expression "Bulgu[a]r wheat".

It seems a bit provocative to call Bulgarians "Bulgars". It would seem that "Bulgar" should be used for the ancient people, langauge etc., and "Bulgarian" for anything currently related to the state of Bulgaria, including its citizens. Using "Bulgar" instead of "Bulgarian", even if technically correct, reminds me of the way in the U.S.A. Republicans like to call the Democratic Party the "Demcrocrat Party"-- a kind of provocative dig.

From Wikipedia: <Democrat Party is a political epithet used in the United States by some people instead of the name (or more precisely, the proper noun) Democratic Party. The term has been used by some conservative commentators and some members of the Republican Party in speeches and press releases.>

From Wikipedia

<Bulgar may refer to:

* Bulgars, an ancient group of peoples from Central Asia

* Bulgar language, the extinct language of the Bulgars

* Bulgarians, a contemporary nation in Eastern Europe

* Bolghar, a capital city of the Volga Bulgaria

* Bulgur, a wheat product common in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine>

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  SuperPatzer77: Black resigns in lieu of 73...Bg5 (only move), 74. d7+! Kf8 (74...Kd8 75. Ne6#), 75. Ne6+ Kg8, 76. Nxg5 (threatening d8=Q#) Rxg5, 77. Re7! (still threatening d8=Q#) Rf5, 78. d8=Q+ Rf8, 79. Qd5+ Kh8 80. Qxe5+ (mating in two moves)

If 73...Bf6, then 74. Ne6! (setting up the mating net and threatening d7#)

Way to go, Kamsky!!!


Feb-21-09  I Like Fish: the...
Feb-21-09  WhiteRook48: 74. Rh8#
Why didn't Topalov resign earlier?
Feb-21-09  I Like Fish: n... ooo.... b...
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  sergeidave: Is this Kamsky's first ever win over Topalov!?
Feb-21-09  Kaspykov: haha i like fish tell the truth

n... ooo... b...

or maybe hes only high

like me.

Feb-21-09  AuN1: kamsky is right back in this thing.
Feb-21-09  vanytchouck: <sergeidave: Is this Kamsky's first ever win over Topalov!?>

Yes it is.

In classical games, the score was 4-0 and 4 = for Topalov !

Feb-21-09  parisattack: Admittedly with some help from his opponent Kamsky has so far done well working against Topalov's weaknesses -defense, closed positions, endgames, exploiting an advantage in space. I still like Topalov - he seems to finish strong; at least that has been his tournament experience.
Feb-21-09  vanytchouck: Topalov vs Kamsky before the match in classical games :

Topalov - Kamsky : 2-0 (2 =).
Kamsky - Topalov: 0-2 (= 2).

Feb-21-09  I Like Fish: kaspykov...
how true...
how true...
Feb-21-09  Augalv: <WhiteRook48: 74. Rh8#
Why didn't Topalov resign earlier?>

Pride ;-)

Feb-21-09  I Like Fish: WhiteRook48: 74. Rh8#...

refutes your...

Feb-21-09  Ladolcevita: A deep inner power from Gata!
Feb-22-09  dejavu: Gata be on Topa my game!
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  acirce: <12.Ng5!?
The first real surprise. Rather than enter any fashionable variations, Kamsky heads for a system that has not been thought to be dangerous for many years.>

The first new move and an eminently logical one. In the original 1979 game in this line Romanishin had used 16.Be3 to beat Beliavsky.>

The start of a very annoying plan. Kamsky knows that Black wants to play ...c6 and later ...d5 so he makes sure that he will have a weakness to attack on g6 if Black manages to execute his plan.>

Without this long term pawn sacrifice, White would struggle to make progress but now Topalov must grab the pawn since allowing 27.Ba3 would lead to similar positions to the game without the material solace." It's a very logical move, said Kamsky. "My queenside pieces weren't playing but after 27.Bd2 I definitely had compensation for the pawn.">

Far more precise than taking back with the queen, although that must inevitably win in the long run. "I would have a chance to find 43.Bxf8!! and 44.Qc1!! but I would never take back with the e-pawn myself," admitted Sutovsky. "The guy sees everything.">

As I noted during the game, if Topalov had not included the rook check and taken on d5 already in move 52, 53.exd5 would not have been possible -- in this case 53..Qf6 with the mate threat almost wins for Black. But here as well, 53.Qxd5+ also has to win, although it may not yet be all over.

Feb-22-09  KamikazeAttack: Unlike Kramnik v Anand, one thing is clear in this match, Kamsky is playing on the same level as Topalov.

The match is widely open.

Feb-22-09  notyetagm: 54 ... ♕d6-f6 Δ 55 ... ♕f6-h4#

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How does Kamsky (White) deal with this mate-in-1 threat?

55 ♕b7-c8!

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Kamksy played 55 ♕b7-c8!, preparing to <INTERPOSE (BLOCK)> with his queen.

55 ... ♕f6-h4+ 56 ♕c8-h3

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Feb-22-09  KamikazeAttack: lol omg
Feb-22-09  notyetagm: Excellent game by Kamsky.
Feb-22-09  melianis: Mate in 22: 73...Ba5 74.d7+ Kf8 75.Ne6+ Kg8 76.Rg7+ Kh8 77.b4 Bb6 78.Rf7 Rg1 79.Rf8+ Kh7 80.Rb8 Rd1+ 81.Kc4 Be3 82.d8=Q Rxd8 83.Rxd8 e4 84.fxe4 h4 85.b5 Bf2 86.e5 Be3 87.Rd7+ Kh6 88.Nf8 Bf4 89.e6 Kh5 90.e7 Kg5 91.e8=Q Kg4 92.Qe2+ Kg5 93.Rg7 Bg3 94.Rxg6+ Kf4 95.Rg4+ Kf5 96.Qe6# 1-0

This one maybe in error.
Are there any faster mates (barring black mistakes)?

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  OneArmedScissor: This is a tremendous game by Kamsky. Well played.
Feb-22-09  Bondsamir: typical blunder by Topalov made Kamsky look like a hero, and he "kamsky" will be back to his normal level and lose again and again. don't be very happy Mr.Kamsky soon you will be the real Kamsky don't know what move to play waiting for your time to run out as another excuse to hide your head in the sand.
Feb-22-09  ontocaustic: what's his 'normal' level, do you forget how he got in a spot to play toppy anyway? if you weren't ignorant you'd see that he has better record against kramnik than toppy, and i'll be surprised if he doesn't win (unless of course the bulgar cheats again) because so far he is playing much better chess than his oponent.
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