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Alexander Grischuk vs Gata Kamsky
World Cup (2005), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 4, Dec-06
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0



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Dec-07-05  notyetagm: Powerful exploitation of the <weak e6-square> by Grischuk.
Dec-07-05  sucaba: Kamsky's last trap may have been 33. h7 ♖e1+ 34. ♔h2 ♕xf5 35. h8=♕+? ♔e7 , better 35. ♖xf5 .

25. _ ♕xe6 26. dxe6 ♖e8 27. d5 ♘h6 is passive but playable.

20. _ ♕f5 =.

Dec-07-05  alicefujimori: I wonder if Kamsky could of improved his play in the opening a little because the knight on d8 looked so ugly throughout the game. After 12.Nd5 why not 12...Bf8 when 13.c3 Na5 14.Ba2 c5 and Black's position definitely looks better than in the actual game.
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  chancho: The Kamsker is bleeding rating points!
Dec-07-05  euripides: 18...Bxd5 might be part of the problem. Kamsky exchanges off his two most active pieces and hamstrings his knight, thereby obstructing his major pieces. He must have thought he would have time to unravel, but was caught with 24 h4 when if 25...gxh4 I guess 25 Nxf6 gxf6 26 Qxh6+ Kg8 27 Qg6+ or 27 Re4 causes problems.
Dec-07-05  Akavall: The more I look at this game, the more I like it. I would definitly need to take a deeper look at this. I have to add this game to my top 5 games list.
Dec-07-05  weisyschwarz: Oh, all this kibitzing is 20-20 hindsight, but Kamsky giving his fianchettoed QB away was an oops, for it weakened his K-side. And you have to wonder about 25...Rd8, doubling up on a very closed file. He missed the wide open pawn running up the h-alley. Grischuk blocks the d8-h5 diagonal with 31. Rf6, which pins the knight in a deadly fashion as well.

How about a nice title: "Alley Ooops"

Dec-07-05  euripides: ..or perhaps if 24...gxh4 White can play 25 Qh3 when the king's side is flying open.
Dec-07-05  notyetagm: <Akavall: The more I look at this game, the more I like it. I would definitly need to take a deeper look at this. I have to add this game to my top 5 games list.>

I completely agree. This game belong in the chess books in the section on how to exploit a weak square. Then the h-pawn push and the knight sacrifice bring the game to a magnificent conclusion.

One of the best played games I have seen all year (by Grischuk, of course).

Dec-07-05  Deadly Pawn: Hello everyone

Not sure where to post this but...

Does anyone know of a online resource that would be good for teaching me to play chess Well?


Dec-07-05  weisyschwarz: <Deadly Pawn>, try, or click down here below under "Little Chess Partner".
Dec-08-05  Deadly Pawn: Magic Thanks
Dec-09-05  AdrianP: Some light notes by Malcolm Pein on this game, here:
Jun-02-06  waddayaplay: Grischuk, in Informator 95, gives 26...f5 a questionmark, instead giving:

26...♕xe6 27.dxe6 ♖e8 28.d5 ♘e5 29.♘xe5 fxe5 30.♔h2 ♔e7 31. ♔g3 c6 32.dxc6

Jan-30-07  positionalgenius: A nice game by Grischuk to move on.
Nov-18-07  RandomVisitor: After the suggested improvement <25...Qxe6> 26.dxe6 Nh6 Black seems to have better drawing chances than what was played <25...Rd8>

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(25-ply) Rybka 2.3.2a
1. (0.10): 27.Ne3 gxh4 28.Rc1 Rc8 29.Rc6 a5 30.Ra6 f5 31.Nd5 c6 32.Nf4 g5 33.Nh3 Ke7 34.Nxg5 f4 35.Rxa5 Rg8 36.Nh3 f3 37.Nf4 Kf6 38.g3

2. (0.09): 27.Nxh6 gxh6 28.Rc1 c5 29.dxc5 Rc8 30.Rd1 dxc5 31.Rd7 Ke8 32.Rh7 Rc6 33.Rxh6 Rxe6 34.hxg5 Re1+ 35.Kh2 fxg5 36.Rxa6 Re2 37.b4 cxb4 38.axb4 Rxf2 39.Rb6 Rf5 40.Rb7 Kd8 41.g3

Nov-19-07  RandomVisitor: Above position, now at 29-ply:

1. (0.10): 27.Ne3 gxh4 28.Rc1 Rc8 29.Rc6 a5 30.f4 Ng8 31.Ra6 a4 32.Ra7 Ne7 33.Rb7 c6 34.Rd7 d5 35.Kh2 g6 36.Kh3 c5 37.dxc5 Rxc5 38.Kxh4 Rc6 39.Rd8+ Kg7 40.Kg3

2. (0.00): 27.Nxh6 gxh6 28.Rc1 c5 29.dxc5 Rc8 30.Rd1 dxc5 31.Rd7 Ke8 32.Rh7 Rc6 33.Rxh6 Rxe6 34.hxg5 Re1+ 35.Kh2 fxg5 36.Rxa6 Re2 37.b4 cxb4 38.axb4 Rxf2 39.Rb6 Rf5 40.Rb7 Kd8 41.g3 Rd5 42.Kg2

May-10-11  bartonlaos: Annotated here:
May-10-11  sevenseaman: Seeing this game Grischuk is quite a package for Kramnik to handle.
Sep-06-18  SpiritedReposte: <27. Nf6!>

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