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Sergey Karjakin vs Gata Kamsky
FIDE Grand Prix Zug (2013), Zug SUI, rd 10, Apr-29
Slav Defense: Chameleon Variation (D15)  ·  0-1


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  HeMateMe: Great game. Gata sacs a positional exchange to get a dynamic endgame, then solves a 15 move tactical melee.
Apr-29-13  njchess: 16. ... c5 is a nice, natural, quiet kind of move. What I like about this game from Kamsky is that through move 25, his game just flows. And, in the process, achieves a winning position. So much so that he doesn't mind exchanging pawn and rook for pawn and knight, since they are White's only active pieces. Really nicely done.
Apr-29-13  capafan: So impressive...especially against such an opponent.
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<41.Qf3!> draws (after 41...gxf4 42.Qxf4+ there's perpetual check); interesting that Karjakin made the decisive mistake right after the time control.

Apr-29-13  Everett: <Eyal> Did Karjaikin feel he may have had winning chances then? Perhaps be saw the perpetual, but decided to go for more.
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  perfidious: <Eyal:....interesting that Karjakin made the decisive mistake right after the time control.>

That fatal first move after the time check, by no means an uncommon occurrence.

Apr-29-13  nblack02: How does black stop the promotion after 57. kxb7?
Apr-29-13  Shams: <nblack02> He doesn't. Black will queen first in the pawn race and on 60.Kc8 Qf5+ take the queens off with a trivial win.
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  perfidious: <nblack02> Kamsky can't, but he queens with check and wins easily.
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  Eyal: <Everett> According to the post-game discussion( it seems that Karjakin was fully aware by that stage that he's fighting for a draw.

Btw, there's a rather funny moment there at about 2:40-2:45 when Anastasiya Karlovich mentions the possibility of 27...Qxd5! which is practically winning for Black, and the players look at each other and burst out laughing when realizing that they both completely missed it.

Apr-29-13  Everett: <Eyal > thanks again.
Apr-29-13  superstoned: Beautiful play Gata! I wish I could play just like this. The queenside pawns achieving the optimum a6-b5-c4 chain, and the patience and pressure on white's center to refrain from jumping the knight into c5 too soon. Thats what I need in my games! Finally of course the long sequence of checks and forcing moves in the last part of the game which shifts away from positional to pure calculation, so great! It's games like this that made me a fan of GM Kamsky.
Apr-29-13  schweigzwang: I think that that move 27...Qxd5 may have been pointed out during the live commentary.
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  HeMateMe: I hate chess spam.
Apr-30-13  dastak2: mind-boggling!
Apr-30-13  Xeroxx: good stuff
Apr-30-13  RookFile: Big league win by Kamsky.
May-01-13  onigorom: 41.Qf7 looks more active than 41.Qf3 and also strives for perpetual. Human. I guess this is why he played it.
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