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Ernesto Inarkiev vs Gata Kamsky
Baku Grand Prix (2008), Baku AZE, rd 1, Apr-21
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid (C95)  ·  0-1



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  whiteshark: Inarkiev blundered with 43.Rb6??. Instead <43.Qf1>

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would have kept the balance.

The end would have been 49.Kg1 Re1+ 50.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 51.Qf1 Rxf1#

Apr-21-08  swordfish: I don't have a board in front of me (let alone an engine), but I thought Inarkiev had better than 45. g3. Why not 45. Ra7+, e.g. 45.... 46. Rxe7+ seems to lessen the pressure against White's king, or how about 46. Qb1+ (if 46....,then 47. Rxe7+ wins)? What am I missing?
Apr-21-08  percyblakeney: Kamsky was in bad time trouble and with a very bad position when Inarkiev decided to give up a piece with 35. Bd4+ instead of playing Qd4+ and from then on things just got worse and worse for him with Qf4-h2-g1, and after 43. Rb6 Kamsky didn't need many seconds to play the nice finishing combination.
Apr-21-08  Kangaroo: <<swordfish>: ... Why not 45. Ra7+, e.g. 45.... 46. Rxe7+ seems to lessen the pressure against White's king, or how about 46. Qb1+ (if 46....,then 47. Rxe7+ wins)? What am I missing?>

You are missing a lot!!! One of your suggestions will be met with <46 Rxe7+ Bd7+> and this check will kill White!

The other idea, <46. Qb1+> after <46 ... Bf5+> will lose as well.

Apr-21-08  Augalv:

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Inarkiev Ernesto - Kamsky Gata, Grand Prix Baku, 1st Round.More or less typical position from Breyer's variation, very firm and hard to break the opponent's defensive setup.I will be honest, I don't quite get what is going on int his game :)


Brave, I'm still not sure is it totally sound.26..Bd7 or 26..Qc7 are doing good.

27.axb5 axb5 27.exf5 gxf5 29.Ng3 ( diagram )

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Of course not 29..f4?? it's huge strategical error.Simple 30.Bxc5 with huge advantage for White.

30.Nxh5 f4 31.Nxg7 Kxg7 32.Ba7!

Inarkiev is playing very well, 32.Bd2 is also possible but a bit passive, still Black must prove that his sacrifice make sence.

32..Rb7 33.Bxd3 cxd3 34.Qxd3 e4 ( diagram )

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Does Black have compensation? I think that White can play for advantage here.


Not 35.Qd4+?! Kg8! and White is stuck on Queenside, Qg5 or Qh4 gives Black an attack.

35..Nf6 ( diagram )

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Interesting, giving up piece but for a good cause.36.Bxf6+ Qxf6 37.Qe2 Rbe7 with some f3 to follow can be a bit unpleasant for Inarkiev.

36..exf3 37.Qxf3

Black King is in open, White is still holding his advantage.

37..Kg6 38.Qxf4 Nh5 39.Qh2?

From this point White is going downhill.39.Qf3 or 39.Qd2 is logical follow-up.

39..Rbe7 40.Qg1?

Must have been time pressure, it's hard to understand last two moves of White.40.g4! Nf6 41.Qg3 is quite messy but very dangerous for Black.


Now it's unclear, what to do with Queen on g1?

41.Ra8 Qh4! 42.Rb8 Kh6 ( diagram )

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It's getting warm around White's King, he must be very carefull.


Final mistake.Only move here is 43.Qf1 but Black still can play 43..Bxh3! 44.Rxe8 Bf5+ 45.Kg1 Rxe8 and initiative.

43..Bxh3 44.Rxd6+ Kh7 45.g3 Bg2+!

Nice final touch!

46.Kxg2 Qxg3+ 47.Kf1 Qh3+ 48.Qg2 Ng3+ 0-1

Extracted from blog about Sergey Karjakin.

Apr-21-08  acirce: Totally standard Breyer, pretty much the main line, and still within well-known bounds until Inarkiev's bizarre-looking 22.Kh1 (Mig Greengard suggests that he foresaw 40.Qg1, "ha ha.") 22.Rea1 is normal and leads to a critical position where many moves have been played or suggested.

Not sure what happened later on but yes, nice finish.

Apr-21-08  notyetagm: From

<43.Rb6?? Missing the following combination completely (43.Qf1 was required).>

Position after 43 ♖b8-b6??

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<43...Bxh3! 44.Rxd6+. White cannot take: 44.gxh3 Qxh3+ 45.Qh2 Re1+ 46.Rxe1 Rxe1 mate!>

(VAR) Position after 43 ... ♗c8xh3! 44 g2x♗h3?? ♕h4xh3+ 45 ♕g1-h2 ♖e2-e1+ 46 ♖a1x♖e1+ ♖e8x♖e1#

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Apr-21-08  notyetagm: Final position after 48 ♕g1-g2 ♘h5-g3+ 0-1

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<48.Qg2 Ng3+ 0-1 because of 49.Kg1 Re1+ 50.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 51.Qf1 Rxf1 mate. Well spotted and excellently calculated by Gata Kamsky.>

(VAR) Position after 49 ♔f1-g1 ♖e2-e1+ 50 ♖a1x♖e1 ♖e8x♖e1+ 51 ♕g2-f1 ♖e1x♕f1#

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Apr-22-08  Warheart: This is very tricky game, at first I couldn't believe that Gata's f5 can be sound.35.Bd4+! is is very good move in critical position, many people are saying that 35.Qd4+ is better, computer also goes for that one.But, more I look into position more I think that Inarkiev's move is better.Ernesto played very well, he gave his piece to capture pawns and to expose Black King, nice idea! But with Qh2-Qg1 he spoiled everything.Very good game! Was it time trouble? 40.Qg1? only comes to mind when you are in time trouble.
Apr-22-08  Whitehat1963: Similar to:

A Zhigalko vs N Maiorov, 2006

Why does it take so long to exchange even a pawn in so many Ruy Lopez games?

Apr-23-08  Bobsterman3000: This ended up looking like a king's Indian for black...
Apr-29-08  minasina: Rybka anlysis samples
Nov-07-08  PinnedPiece: Score 65/50 par

Had to keep boring in at the backing down!!!

Takes guts.

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