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Gata Kamsky vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
Mtel Masters (2007), Sofia BUL, rd 6, May-15
Pirc Defense: Classical. Schlechter Variation (B08)  ·  1-0



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May-16-07  newton296: thats just solid ! nice game from kamsky
May-16-07  geraldo8187: now all we need is a pun for it to be a game of the day. how about "hack a shak", referring to when nba teams would purposely foul shaquille o neal when he was on the lakers so that he would have to shoot free throws?
May-16-07  Gouki: solid and excellent game by Kamsky over Mamedyarov :D

i mean, so far in this tournament he hasnt racked up a win and now this one over Mamedyarov[first loss in a good while].

i wonder if this is just the preview of more to come?

we would have to see

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  Ezzy: G Kamsky (2705) - S Mamedyarov (2757) [B08]
Mtel Masters Sofia BUL (6), 15.05.2007
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.h3 0–0 6.Be3 c6 7.Qd2 b5 8.Bd3 Nbd7 9.0–0 Qc7 10.Ne2 c5 11.c3 e5 12.Ng3 c4< Possible novelty. 12...a6 has been played before.> 13.Bc2 Re8 14.a4 bxa4 15.Bxa4 <Black has to be careful about 16 dxe5 dxe5 17 Bb5 and 18 Ra4 ganging up on the c4 pawn and so decides to exchange the d4 pawn.> 15...exd4 16.Nxd4 <Threatening the extremely powerful 17 Nb5>16...a6 17.Bh6 Bh8< Black can't play [17...Nxe4 18.Nxe4 Rxe4 19.Bxg7 Kxg7 20.Bc6 Skewering the rooks]> 18.Ndf5< Nice move >18...Re6 19.Rfd1 <How about this for a mate. Kamsky threatens 20 Qxd6 and if Rxd6 21 Ne7 mate!! >19...Nc5 20.Nxd6 Bb7 21.Nxb7 Qxb7 22.f3 Nd3 23.b3 Bg7 <Probably the losing move, creating dark squared weakness around his king which Kamsky eventually exploited with great skill. Fritz thinks it's a better plan to reinforce the knight on d3 by 23...Nd7 24...Nc5 25...Rd6> 24.Bxg7 Kxg7 25.bxc4 <Fritz really wanted piece activity here with 25 Ne2 26 Nd4> 25...Nb2 26.Rdb1 Qa7+ 27.Kh1 Nxc4 28.Qg5 <Nice move which gets the knight back in premium position> 28...Rc8 29.Nf5+ Kh8 30.Nd4 Rb6 31.Rxb6 Qxb6 32.Bb3 Rc5 33.Qh6 Kg8 34.Re1 Rh5 35.Qf4 Rc5 <Was Mamedyarov hoping for a repetition :-) >36.e5 Nh5 37.Qh4 <Threatening the killer 38 e6 when blacks knight on c4 is in severe danger from attack by whites bishop and queen> 37...Nxe5 38.f4 Rxc3 <38...Nc6 39.Bxf7+ Kxf7 40.Nxc6 The knight can't be taken because that leads to mate. Black's position is now not defendable.> 39.fxe5 Rxb3 40.e6 fxe6 41.Nxb3 Qxb3 42.Qd8+ Kg7 43.Qe7+ Kh6 44.Qf8+ <Fantastic game by Kamsky! 1–0>

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  Ezzy: It seems Mamedyarov's 12...c4 novelty wan't good. The c4 pawn was always doomed to fall and his position was extremely uncoordinated. But a great game by Kamsky who was accurate and relentless in his calculating the win.
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  tamar: "Gata Bites Shark"
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  weisyschwarz: It's funny that Mamedyarov chose a Pirc. He has more otb experience with a Ruy Lopez or a Petrov. He got away with it once, but should have leaned on his strength. I don't expect another Pirc from him.
May-16-07  outplayer: Should Mamedyarov play for a draw?
May-16-07  pacelli: Anyone who plays the Pirc in a serious tournament/match will never become world champion!
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  keypusher: It's been done.

Spassky vs Fischer, 1972

May-17-07  kellmano: <Ezzy> Do you do your analysis yourself? It is very good.
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  Ezzy: <kellmano:> Thanks for your kind words. Yes I do the analysis with the help of Fritz, but I don't like giving long variations. I try to understand the position and make an easy readable story to the game. It also makes me understand the game more and hence improve my chess(hopefully!)
May-17-07  geraldo8187: "i've gata pirced shark"
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  Caissanist: I have to wonder whether Kamsky didn't get inside Mamedyarov's head a bit here, and if Shak didn't let his emotions get the better of him. He reportedly got very angry during their first game in this tournament, when Kamsky played horribly and lost a piece with no compensation but refused to resign, and wound up swindling him before losing on time in a drawn position. It so happens that Mamedyarov's been playing the Pirc successfully the past couple of years, but only against significantly weaker players--the best player he had tried it against (in this database, anyway) was Ivan Sokolov. Perhaps he was thinking something like "Kamsky doesn't belong at this level anymore, he's just another Sokolov and he won't be able to handle the Pirc, which is my weapon of choice for winning with black against people who are too weak for me to concede a draw to."
May-17-07  outplayer: Shirov has got some good results playing modern and pirc defenses.
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  notyetagm: <pacelli: Anyone who plays the Pirc in a serious tournament/match will never become world champion!>

Fischer played it against Spassky in his 1972 WC match. Fischer played 6 ... c5! against Spassky's Austrian Attack and drew.

May-18-07  Plato: The Pirc was also played in these games:

Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978

Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978

Although in the latter, Korchnoi suffered a tragic loss (for him and his fans, anyway) in the final round.

May-18-07  geraldo8187: "the perks (or pircs) of sharkslaying"
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  Ezzy: <"the perks (or pircs)> I'm sure I read it somewhere, that Pirc is pronounced 'Peertz'
May-18-07  geraldo8187: its a pun, it doesn't have to be perfect
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  Ezzy: <geraldo8187: its a pun, it doesn't have to be perfect> I know. I wasn't meaning to correct you, I was just adding some information for the benefit of anybody. I was pronouncing it Pirk for about 10 years before I read somewhere it was peertz :-)

Nice pun by the way :-)

Apr-08-17  Dave12: 14..a4 is a great positional move, ties the Night to d7, to block the bishop and take advantage of the g3 pirc-weaknes with Nf5! later on.
Apr-08-17  ChessHigherCat: interesting finish: If 44 Qf8+ Kg5 45. Re5+ Kh4 46. Re4+ Kg5 47. Rg4#. If 44...Ng7 45. Qf4+ g5 46. Qf6#

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