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Peter Svidler vs Gata Kamsky
World Chess Cup (2007) (rapid), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 4, Dec-05
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense Fianchetto Variation (C76)  ·  0-1

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Dec-05-07  dazone3: This is an interesting game! Kamsky's opening and early middlegame are highly reminiscent of Alekhine's games on the black side of the Ruy Lopez.

He would often wait out a somewhat passive, yet centralized position, waiting for the right moment to begin counterplay on the kingside. As in this game, black's activity compensates for his weakness elswhere (Q-side), and he can often simplify into a winning ending. I think modern players underestimate this approach, and it is refreshing to see a super-GM like Kamsky giving it a whirl.

Dec-05-07  cotdt: haha svidler lost to an outdated opening. i've also seen svidler lose to a 1.b3 opening
Dec-05-07  grebenarov: An old but golden opening
Dec-06-07  BlackNightmare: kamsky is doing some serious work i mean @#$% he's really back! lets c how long he sgonna keep it that way i love to see him play carlsen youth against...? well i still cant figure it out
Dec-06-07
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  benveniste: Svidler played the opening well, but it seems to slip away from him with the two knight retreats: 26. ♘f3 and 28. ♘d2.

Eventually these moves enabled Kamsky to undermine White's central pawns, which in turn led to the queen forks and eventually the loss.

Dec-07-07  newton296: <cotdt: haha svidler lost to an outdated opening. i've also seen svidler lose to a 1.b3 opening>

I wouldnt blame svidlers loss on the open set up. he seems fine to me until he misses some Q + toward the end and winds up down 2 pawns and a in a lost endgame . congrats to kamsky for getting back into top form.

pretty game . and I would say this game is reminder of how great he was at 1 time .

Dec-07-07  s4life: As usual Kamsky makes up for a poor opening with an excellent middle game. Good luck to him in the semis!
Dec-07-07  actinia: I think Kamsky's openings are highly principled, not necessarily poor.
Dec-08-07  gaatab: i think 22.be3 was wrong, the bishop was good on b6, i think 22.qc2 with a5 was better.
Dec-08-07  s4life: <actinia: I think Kamsky's openings are highly principled, not necessarily poor.>

It's common knowledge that he lacks opening preparation, at least compared with other 2700+ players. I never said his openings weren't principled.. of course they are! he wouldn't be a top player if they weren't.

Dec-17-07  Brown: Openings like Alekhine?

More like Smyslov, who legitimized this opening set-up for black.

Sep-09-08
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  GrahamClayton: I play the Steinitz Deferred mainly to avoid the theoretical discussions of the Marshall Attack and other "main-line" variations. Here the general strategy is more important than playing specific moves in the correct move order. It is great to see a GM like Kamsky play this line. Does anybody play 5....f5 instead of ♗d7?
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