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Gata Kamsky vs Varuzhan Akobian
US Championship (2012), St Louis, MO USA, rd 5, May-12
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. l'Hermet Variation Berlin Wall Defense (C67)  ·  1-0
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May-12-12  Jason Frost: Akobian was playing on increments at the end, Kamsky had around 20 minutes left, but was still playing fairly quickly and precisely ... like always.
May-12-12  Everett: 31.Nf6 (it is good to recognize mates at all times) and 47.f5 are really nice shots. It took me a sec to see that <47..Bxf5 48.Ng3!+ Be6 49.Nf5+> is a slick two-mover.

Also special is how restricted Black's R is at the end. It could not avoid walking into discovered checks and skewers.

May-12-12  vinidivici: 30....Ke8

hmmm thats very tactical and interesting move.
If black takes the knight, white takes with pawn and black bishop will have no good place to run. Bd6 fails.
Meanwhile Bd8 and Bf8 gives white a checkmate.

May-12-12  King Death: Even before the tactics that finished this one off Black was in trouble, it was getting hard to find moves that held on to everything, just like today's Nakamura-Kaidanov game.
May-12-12  The17thPawn: Is 28.)...,Bxd6 an option for black instead of the king move?
May-12-12  Jason Frost: Akobian was certainly in trouble, but he potentially could've held it if he stopped the f-pawn advance with 45...f5 or the even stronger 44...f5.

After he allowed it and Kamsky (immediately) threw down 46. Be1! all the tactics just work since 46...Rh6 47. f5 Bxf5 leads to 48. Ng3+! Be6 49. Nf5+ and the rook falls to the fork

May-12-12  Jason Frost: <The17thPawn: Is 28.)...,Bxd6 an option for black instead of the king move?>

Looks like a far better option. Really hard to see a reason behind 28...Kf8, unless Akobian was worried about the g7 pawn. But just playing f6 after taking the knight seems much safer.

May-12-12  The17thPawn: <Jason Frost> - I thought so as well but admittedly it was more my chess instincts screaming, do not let that knight take a position on the sixth rank!!!, then detailed analysis.
May-12-12  Jason Frost: Actually, looking at it again, he was probably more afraid of some zug type line after 29. Rxd6 Ne7, when black really has nothing to do but bring his rook over via an h file maneuver. But that still looks far preferable to the game line in my eyes.
May-12-12
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  RookFile: The Berlin was the wrong choice against Kamsky, it played right into his strengths.
May-12-12  King Death: I agree, Kamsky's a first rate technician even for a top GM and the Berlin Wall gives somebody like that too much leeway. You might as well just chalk up 1-0 unless you're one of the very top players and even then I wouldn't like your odds.
May-12-12  vinidivici: 30....Nf6+
hmmm thats very tactical and interesting move.
If black takes the knight, white takes with pawn and black bishop will have no good place to run. Bd6 fails. Meanwhile Bd8 and Bf8 gives white a checkmate.
May-13-12  vinidivici: sorry : correction

31....Nf6+
hmmm thats very tactical and interesting move.
If black takes the knight, white takes with pawn and black bishop will have no good place to run. Bd6 fails. Meanwhile Bd8 and Bf8 gives white a checkmate.

May-14-12
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  HeMateMe: 31 N-f6, just brutal. Very nice game.

Hasn't Kamsky played this same variation frequently? Maybe V.A. should have avoided this.


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