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Gata Kamsky vs Paul van der Sterren
Candidates Match (1994), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-17
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid (C95)  ·  0-1



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Aug-19-05  WMD: Van der Sterren's only win from his FIDE Candidates' match with rising star Kamsky (+3 =3 -1), but it's a good one.

The knight sac originated with the game Judit Polgar vs Spassky, 1993.

Aug-19-05  Jim Bartle: Is this a case of Kamsky's typical stubborn defense or playing on far after his position was hopeless?

If I remember correctly, van der Sterren had come in first in the Interzonal, theoretically guaranteeing him a match against a lower-ranked opponent in the first round of the Candidates. Instead he drew Kamsky, who had barely escaped the Interzonal (and then won the Candidates).

Aug-19-05  bane77: I'm not sure where does this sacrifice leads to. But 22.Be4 is the last move I could think of here as the best move. I would play 22.Rec1 and I would be very satisfied with my position as white. Every black attempt with e4 will be refused with Nd4. I would really like to see how would someone beat me in this position.
Aug-19-05  WMD: Well, I'm pretty sure Van der Sterren or Spassky would wipe the floor with you from that position, but generally speaking a draw for Black in the Breyer variation is a minor victory.

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