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Gata Kamsky vs Viswanathan Anand
Corus Group A (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-20
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Central Variation. Alekhine System (D20)  ·  1-0



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  LIFE Master AJ: This game is annotated here.
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  keypusher: <Are you dumb, or what??> No, he's not. He said <After all the aggressive posturing by Kamsky and the resultant exchanges by Black in order to blunt an attack, White ends up with a positional win!> So he's not talking about the final position; he's talking about the position around move 32 or so, after all the pieces but the opposite-colored bishops have been traded off. No reason that can't be described as a positional win.
Feb-08-06  tacticsrule: Vishy is still the Best player. The World Has Ever seen ! He just had a bad day thats all.
Feb-08-06  Whitehat1963: <Vishy is still the Best player. The World Has Ever seen ! He just had a bad day ...>

You might want to click here:

Feb-09-06  Whitehat1963: Again, <tacticsrule>, click here:

But if you're still not convinced, <tacticsrule>, you should read more carefully where it says, "Overall record: Garry Kasparov beat Viswanathan Anand 22 to 8, with 35 draws."

And take special note of the fact that Kasparov has won four of the last five decisive results between these two, so you can't use the excuse that Kasparov was getting all his wins between them before Anand had reached his prime. Kasparov has always owned Anand. And Anand can NEVER make the claim that he is, as you say, "the Best player. The World Has Ever seen !"

Feb-09-06  Jim Bartle: Well said, Whitehat. Then again, even if he were WC and defeated everyone, including an unretired Kasparov, for two years running, he's too modest to ever say he was the "best player the world has ever seen."
Feb-09-06  Whitehat1963: Too true <Jim Bartle>, I doubt he would. In fact, there's a tendency for great chessplayers to say that the one guy who beat them all the time, the guy they beat for the title, or someone they were never able to play, is the best player the world has ever seen. So it's all nonsense, flattery or bragging. But I don't think any of those apply to Anand. He seems pretty genuine and down to earth. Perhaps unusual for a great chessplayer.
Feb-09-06  Jafar219: <Whitehat1963> just check User: iamverywellatchess `s collections.It seems to me that he don`t like you.
Feb-09-06  Whitehat1963: Oh well. I may not have any credibility as a chess analyst (which is why I ask questions), but at least I never claimed any superior knowledge.
Feb-09-06  Jim Bartle: You know what your problem is, Whitehat? You're too respectful, courteous, and anxious to learn rather than show off. Get with the program!
Feb-09-06  Whitehat1963: Funny. Hey, <Jim Bartle>, let me know what you think of this new chess variant I invented (actually, adapted is probably a better word for it). Here are the rules: 1. Start with the back rank empty of pieces and the pawns in their normal second-rank position.

2. White goes first as usual.

3. Place the pieces on the back rank one at a time, taking turns as you would during normal play.

4. After all the pieces are on the board, play the first 10 moves keeping the following in mind:

a. no checks or captures
b. no pawn or piece can move more than once
c. pieces cannot advance beyond the third rank (and pawns, of course, cannot advance beyond the fourth rank since they cannot be moved twice, nor can moves be repeated) d. no placing yourself intentionally into check

5. (And here's the kicker) After the first 10 moves, switch pieces, whoever set up the white side of the board plays the black and vice versa. Thus, your goal in the first 10 moves is to create as many weaknesses as possible.

6. Flip a coin to decide who moves first. Yes, black can move first.

What other rules might be necessary. I'll tell you, I've played a couple of games already today, and one thing I will say is so much for opening theory. You get some strange looking games.

Feb-09-06  Whitehat1963: Oh, and one more rule will be necessary: No castling.
Feb-09-06  Jim Bartle: I might be great at that game. I wouldn't have to change my openings at all!
Feb-09-06  Whitehat1963: Ha, ha!
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  patzer2: Heres some analysis with Fritz 8, the Opening Explorer and two other online sources:

<1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4> Anand enters the Queen's Gambit Accepted (D20). <3. e4> Most often played is 3. Nf3 as in Sasikiran vs N Guliyev, 2006 or R Pert vs A Greet, 2006. <3...Nf6> A popular alternative is 4...e5 as in
S Volkov vs Rublevsky, 2005. <4. e5 Nd5 5. Bxc4 Nb6 6. Bd3> Also popular is 6. Bb3 as in Karpov vs Shirov, 2003 or Onischuk vs Bacrot, 2005. <6...Nc6 7. Ne2 Be6> This is seldom played. The usual move is 5...Bg4 as in Mamedyarov vs Bacrot, 2006. <8. Nbc3 Qd7> Also tested here was 8... Bc4!? in Van Wely vs Shirov, 2001 and 8...g6 in Lautier vs Adianto, 1990. <9. Ne4> Kamsky is following Korchnoi vs Suetin, 1967. The attempt 9. Be4!? led to a draw in Van Wely vs A Rustemov, 2004. <9...Bd5> This is the move Fritz 8 recommends, and an attempt to improve over the 9...Nb4 played by Suetin in his loss to Korchnoi. <10. Be3 O-O-O?!> The Corus tournament report at suggests this move was too risky and indicates "10...e6 would have been safer." <11. a3 Qe8> Perhaps Black can hold with Fritz 8's 11... Qg4! 12. O-O Bxe4 13. f3 Bxf3 14. Rxf3 e6 15. Rxf7 Nd5 16. Bf2 Qh5 17. Rf3 Be7 18. Bc4 Rhf8 19. Bxd5 exd5 20. Nf4 Qh6 21. Nd3 Qe6 22. b4 Rxf3 23. Qxf3 Rf8 24. Qg3 g6 . <12. Qc2!> According to, "Kamsky dominated the board from the beginning, and Black was reduced to damage control after just a dozen moves." <12...f5?!> The tournament report indicates Anand probably took too great of a risk in trying to force active play with 12...f5?! ( "12...f6 was more logical-- Kamsky").

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  patzer2: <13. N4c3 Bxg2 14. Rg1 Bf3 15. Bxf5+ e6 16. Bh3 Kb8 17. Rg3 Bxe2> Fritz 8 prefers 17...Bh5 here, but after 18. Nf7 Bf7 I think most Masters would prefer White's more active position. <18. Nxe2 Nd5 19. Nc3 Nxe3?!> "(Kamsky) further criticized Vishy's trade on e3, which opened the f file and strengthened his center," according to the Corus report. Fritz 8 indicates Black can put up more resistance after 19...Nb6 . However Anand had to pick his poison, and I suspect decided leaving White with the two Bishops and a strong pawn center was an even worse plan. <20. fxe3 Qh5 21. Qe2! Qxe2+> Per the Corus tournament report, " After finding the strong and neutralizing 21. Qe2!, (Kamsky) gained a large edge. Anand had to trade Queens, as 21. Qh6 22. Qg4 Re8 23. 0-0-0 is super for White." <22. Kxe2 Re8 23. Rf1!> White begins the assault on the isolated pawn, taking control of the adjacent open file. <23...Nd8 24. Ne4 g6 25. Ng5! Re7> No help for Black is 25...Bg7 26. Rgf3 Kc8 27. Bg2 h6 28. Nf7 Rhg8 29. Nxd8 Rxd8 30. Rf7 a6 31. b4 Rde8 32. Be4 Bf8 33. R7f6 g5 34. Bg6 Rd8 35. Bf7 Rh8 36. Bxe6+ Kb8 37. Rf7 . <26. Rgf3 Bh6 27. Nf7 Nxf7 28. Rxf7 Rhe8 29. R1f6!> The isolated pawn will soon fall, leaving White with a winning endgame advantage. <29...a5 30. Rxe7 Rxe7 31. Rxe6 Rxe6 32. Bxe6 Bg5 33. d5 Ka7 34. Bg8 h6 35. Bf7 Kb6 36. Bxg6 Kc5 37. Bf7 h5 38. Kd3 h4 39. h3 b5 40. Ke4 b4 41. axb4+ axb4 42. b3 Bh6 43. Bh5!> White prepares to reposition his Bishop and strengthen the Queenside pawns before beginning his decisive pawn advance. <43...Bg5 44. Be2 Bh6 45. Bc4 Bg5 46. Kf5! Bxe3 47. d6 1-0> Black resigns in lieu of 47...cxd6 48. e6! with a winning passed pawn.
May-20-06  alexandrovm: this is an incredible game full of tactics, bishops of oposed colored bishops, ok. That's what makes this win even more impressive.
Jun-12-06  prinsallan: Saying that Anand is the best chess player who ever lived is a bit steep isnt it. I mean when players who never even lived to see a computer has shown a hundred years back their understanding of both positional play and tactical superiority; I am talking about Paul Morphy, Jose Raul Capablanca and many others, whom without we wouldn´t have seen the Chess of today.

My hat goes off to the heroes of old who pushed Chess into a new era, the Chess we know today!

Jun-12-06  RookFile: It seems kind of odd to be talking about how great Anand is, when it's Kamsky who won the game.
Jun-13-06  prinsallan: <RookFile>Very well put my friend!
Oct-13-06  Sularus: <Whitehat1963> nice! what will you call this chess variant?

Fischer has his FRC.

I wonder what fitting name this must have...

Aug-21-08  ajile: I like Kamsky's simple logical style. Can't wait for the big showdown with Topolov coming up soon.


Feb-18-09  dovif: whitehead

Maybe anan just had 23 bad days

Feb-18-09  anandrulez: This game is an example of why Gata can be good when there is an inaccuracy in opening ! He however has not sorted out his opening problems still apparently . He is simple logical and strong player
Feb-01-11  DAVI DE RAFE: kamsky has slight psychological upperhand against anand,but not at all good as anand.but kasparov, even karpov in his prime time are better than him.anand is the 3rd best chessplayer the world had seen in the last 25 years.
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