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Ivan Manolov vs Gata Kamsky
Val-Thorens (1989), rd 9
Scotch Game: Schmidt Variation (C45)  ·  1-0



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Oct-29-03  Lawrence: Looks even-steven.
Aug-11-05  gondooley: Can someone explain this game result to me?
The final position is quite a common position in the Scotch Four Knights, played hundreds of times at the top level. Is there a story behind Kamsky's loss here? Are there continuing moves lost to posterity(not according to the chesslab database)? Did Kamsky leave the table not to return in time?

Curiosity is killing this cat: Thanks in advance for any responses! G.

Aug-11-05  iron maiden: Probably should just be 1/2-1/2.
Jul-02-06  KingG: Chessbase also has this as a win for White. Anyone know what happened?
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  whiteshark: <CHEATING!!> If you look at the crosstable you get the reason:

place/final score:
Manolov 1./7.0 pts
Kamsky 2-6./6,5 pts

This way one player won the tournament and both players shared the price money. A current method in those days.

May-15-08  Petrosianic: <This way one player won the tournament and both players shared the price [sic] money. A current method in those days.>

The explanation doesn't make a lot of sense. If Kamsky had drawn, he'd have had clear first himself and had to share with no one.

A much more likely explanation is that the game score is incomplete, and that Kamsky managed to lose later on. That kind of thing does happen in databases. For example, this game:

Reshevsky vs Bisguier, 1975

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  whiteshark: Counter statement: <NO <CHEATING!!>>

up to the proof of the contrary. :D

In dubio pro ...

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