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Gata Kamsky vs Varuzhan Eduardovich Akobian
US Championship (2017), St Louis, MO USA, rd 2, Mar-30
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System Euwe-Keres Line (C07)  ·  0-1


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  sbevan: Ivanov played 13.c3 against Formanek and went on to win. (World Open 2001)

Not often GM Kamsky gets caught.

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  whiteshark: Black out? Better was 22. Qxd3 Bxh3 23. Qg6 Bf8 24. gxh3 Qxc4 25. bxc4 fxg6 26. Bxd8 Rxd8 =
Mar-30-17  Dave12: 19.Nf6 would've been OK. Be7 Rd2 etc.
Mar-30-17  Dave12: 22.Bxd3 may be interesting. gxf6 Qe4. wonder what am i missing?
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  HeMateMe: pretty slick.
Mar-30-17  RookFile: Kamsky could have just played 12. Qxd4 and I'm sure it would have been drawn shortly. I guess he was playing for the win.
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  PhilFeeley: The power of the desperado!
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Whiteshark,

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Instead of 22.Qxd3 I'd have gone for 22.Qe4 and if the obvious 22...Re8 then 23.Qg6 rather beautifully mates Black using two different Bishop pins.

Position after 23.Qg6.

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The c4 Bishop pins the f-pawn.

23...Bf8 24.Bxf7+ Kh8 25.Qxh6 mate with the f6 Bishop pinning the g-pawn.

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Would Akobian have seen the 23.Qg6 idea.

One can smugly cite Szabo vs Reshevsky, 1953 where both players missed 21.Qxg6+

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But there again I could, if I felt motivated enough, find plenty of OTB examples where the threat was not missed. So I doubt it, but you never know.

Mar-31-17  eyalbd: Poor Gata, he was really suffering after ♕xc4.

It is easy to miss such a shot. You don't expect a queen to hit a piece protected by a pawn.

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  kdogphs: Pretty good Sunday puzzle yes?
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  Domdaniel: This is beautiful. A fine French.
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