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Peter Leko vs Gata Kamsky
"Gata Hand It to Him" (game of the day Apr-16-2014)
Tal Memorial (Blitz) (2008) (blitz), Moscow RUS, rd 30, Aug-30
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid (C95)  ·  0-1



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Oct-22-08  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Remarkable win by Kamsky, having black pieces.
Dec-22-08  notyetagm: <Autoreparaturwerkbau: Remarkable win by Kamsky, having black pieces.>

49 ... ?

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49 ... ♖b6-b2!

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Wow, *stupendous* game by Kamsky.

I really like how he targeted the White a2-pawn after the advance of his Black a-pawn to a3.

And how did he target the weak White a2-pawn? By <COORDINATED PLAY>, using his advanced Black a3-pawn to turn the b2-square into an <OUTPOST> for his pieces (49 ... ♖b6-b2!), leading to the destruction of the White a2-pawn.

Dec-22-08  notyetagm: Leko vs Kamsky, 2008

49 ... ?

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49 ... ♖b6-b2!

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A remarkable illustration of <COORDINATED PLAY> by Black (Kamsky), targeting the weak White a2-pawn for destruction.

Kamsky's <COORDINATES> the action of *all* of his Black pieces, including the Black a3-pawn.

Dec-23-08  Gilmoy: <15..Bg7> Both sides glide to a standard Breyer-Zaitsev. <16.d5> Leko chooses a closed position, burying one Bishop on each side, and snuffing Black's center break and all K-side play. It wasn't wasted tempi -- the Breyer did its first job.

<17..c6 20..Nc5 21.Be3 22.Nd2 a5!> Leko plays to neutralize Kamsky's Nc5 outpost, and inflict doubled c-pawns. Kamsky turns weakness to strength: the isolated a-pawn is no longer challenged by a DSB, and scampers toward the hole at a3. Leko can't afford 23.a4? Na6 and 24..Nb4. <24.Qd2 Ra8> Again, it's not a loss of tempo -- Black needed <16..Rc8> to force White to commit on c. Arguably, Kamsky had to "weaken" his own a-pawn to lull Leko into misjudging its mobility.

<30..c4!> Black can't realistically hold this pawn, so it's a slow-mo <clearance sac>. Kamsky's Breyer bishop did its job, but Leko did his too, and left it a mere spectator at g7. Kamsky sees the dazzling <GM outpost tour> to improve his bad B first: <32.Bf8 33.Bc5 34.Bd4> -- a wag would say: <This is why we play 1..e5!>. Once there, he recoups a fraction-of-a-piece profit compared to Leko's bad LSB -- almost surely worth a pawn!

Apr-16-14  paavoh: Great strategy in action here, considering this is at blitz speed. Wish I had this level of clarity and vision in my games....
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  Richard Taylor: Good game by Kamsky! Good planning and tactics and attack considering this is a blitz game.
Apr-16-14  morfishine: <Gilmoy> Very nice post!
Apr-16-14  kevin86: No more good checks...and nothing that can prevent mate.
Apr-16-14  erniecohen: The game looks even after 47 moves, until 48. ♔g2 loses a critical tempo. 48. h4 ♖b6 49. ♖c7! ♖f6 (♖b2? 50. ♘xb2 axb2 51. ♕f3) should lead to a draw.
Apr-16-14 Nice k-side pawn storm by Black at the end there.
Apr-17-14  RookFile: I think white was playing on the wrong side of the board in this game. Kingside attack was the way to go.

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