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Gata Kamsky vs Pavel Eljanov
Montreal International (2007), Montreal CAN, rd 9, Jul-28
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal. Gligoric System Bronstein Variation (E55)  ·  0-1



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Jul-30-07  kingsindian2006: kamsky was giving away pawns like nothing.. easy win for black
Jul-30-07  I3illieJoe: True...horrible game by Kamsky. I mean one thing is to give away pawns for the initiative in return but Kamsky didn't even once threaten the Black king or it's structure...
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  Domdaniel: Kamsky was in trouble long before he started shedding pawns. The natural-looking 10.Qxb4 seems to be a mistake in this position (10.exd4 is better): White's queen is sidelined, he loses development tempi and has real problems getting his DSB off c1. Meanwhile Black has fast, active moves like b6, Bb7, and Nc5 at his disposal, and threats like ...e5-e4.

Kamsky sacrificed the e-pawn on move 19 in order to activate his bishops. By then this decision was justified, as black was already significantly better and was threatening to increase the pressure. By the time he let the second pawn go on move 24 he was in desperation mode, trying to whip up an attack at any cost.

It's not such a terrible performance by Kamsky -- it's a brilliant win by Elianov, one of those rare games that makes an elite GM look helpless.

Sep-19-16  Robert Samuels: Game 17 in Reinaldo Vera's book on the Nimzo-Indian.

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