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Gata Kamsky vs Etienne Bacrot
Candidates Match: Bacrot - Kamsky (2007), Elista RUS, rd 1, May-29
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0



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  chancho: Gata looked at his fist, then at Bacrot, and yelled: It's clobbering time!
May-29-07  cotdt: I think Bacrot may be too depressed to play on.
May-29-07  Karpova: This match seemed so hard to predict but now Kamsky's almost the sure winner.
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  Gilmoy: Kamsky made that look ... effortless. Looks like Bacrot stumbled into some analysis with a big stick.

11.d3 declines Marshall Attack. 11.. Qd6 seems a dubious way to protect e5 -- in Ruy Exchange, it's standard for White to poke her away with N-d2-c4. Here, White wants to fill the lovely Ne4 outpost regardless -- and wins a tempo to boot.

14.a4 might be prep -- Kh8 Black is misled by dreams of f5 and his own attack? White boldly shatters his own Q-side pawns for 18.Nc3 poking b5 and 19.Qe2 forking b5 and loose Be7 -- Black pays twice for missing 11.. Bd6. Like magic, White's pawns get fixed. 24.. Bxf3? He needed that B to help blockade the mad Ps. They start moving. They don't stop.

May-29-07  NakoSonorense: I liked how Kamsky advanced his c- and d-pawns. It seems that Bacrot never had a chance in this game.
May-29-07  chaarl: From a quick glance, it seems that the intermediate 21..... Ne2ch instead of the immediate recapture of the queen would have left Kamsky with isolated b and d pawns, rather than the powerful pawn pair that crashed through. Would have perhaps have lost in 50 moves, instead of 36.
May-29-07  Veryrusty: <chaarl: From a quick glance, it seems that the intermediate 21. ... Ne2+> Yes, that's cute. My 'losing move' is 25. ... Rd6. The pawns are pefectly lined up with the white-squared bishop so once Kamsky got in c4, the steamroller happened quickly. 25. ... c5 !? would sac a pawn but prevent the phalanx.
May-29-07  Ezzy: Kamsky (2705) - Bacrot (2709) [C88]
FIDE candidates Matches Elista, Kalmykia Russia, 29.05.2007 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0–0 8.h3 Bb7 9.c3 d5 10.exd5 Nxd5 11.d3 Qd6 12.Nbd2 Rad8 <This position first seen Fischer v Szabo 1958 1/2–1/2 >13.Ne4 Qd7 <Novelty I think. 13...Qg6 is always played.> 14.a4 Kh8 15.axb5 axb5 16.d4 exd4 17.cxd4 f6 18.Nc3 Ncb4 19.Qe2 <Threatening 20 Nxd5 Bxd5 21 Qxe7 Nc2 22 Qxd7 Rxd7 23 Bxd5 Nxe1 24 Nxe1 Rxd5 25 Be3 and white has 2 pieces against a rook.> 19...Bd6 20.Qxb5 Nxc3 <Bacrot opts for simplification, hoping that his 2 bishops are enough for his pawn deficit.> 21.Qxd7 Rxd7 22.bxc3 Nd3 23.Rd1 Nxc1 24.Raxc1 Bxf3 25.gxf3 Bf4 26.Ra1 Rd6 27.c4 Rb6 28.Rd3 g6 29.c5 Rb5 30.Bc4 Rb4 31.Be6 Rd8 32.d5 Kg7 33.d6< Kamsky is threatening the winning 34 Ra7 so Bacrot should play 33...f5 and tuck his king on f6 attacking the bishop.> cxd6?? <A serious miscalculation from Bacrot [33...f5 34.Ra7 Kf6 is the correct play> 34.c6 d5 <Hoping to get behind the pawn with 35...Rc4, but there isn't enough time.> 35.Ra7+ Kh6 36.c7 1–0

Bacrot simplifies the position and miscalculates seriously. Another win for Kamsky.

May-29-07  tarek1: I still don't understand why Bacrot didn't play the obvious 32...Rc4! that would have led to a draw. This move immediately caught my eye when I was looking at the position, but he played 32...Kg7? instead. Fritz gives : 32...Rc4 33. d6 (forced, otherwise Rc1+ and Rb8) ...Rxc5
34.d7 Kg7 and Black builds a fortress on black squares, (the king come to e7 via f8) and due to the opposite color bishops, the position is drawn.

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May-29-07  kingsindian2006: i think the claws have officially came out in this match....
May-29-07  russep: Does Bacrot have any prior match experience?
May-29-07  Illogic: Of course! He used to play a 6-game match in his hometown every year. He's beaten Gelfand.. Sokolov.. he also lost one to Short I believe. You could say he's never played in a match with these kinds of high stakes, I suppose.
May-29-07  argishti: another blow for bacrot :(
Jun-01-07  Chessmensch: Cut Bacrot a break! Everyone's allowed to play poorly sometimes. Look at his bio, rating and record (seriously, do) and it's easy to get green with envy. I believe he's #1 in France in addition to the numerous other accomplishments listed there.
Jun-10-07  Chessmensch: McClain discusses this game in his New York Times chess column on June 10, 2007.

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