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Jan Smeets vs Gata Kamsky
Corus Group A (2009), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-20
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jan-20-09
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  Sneaky: Ummm, I just realized the Rdg1 move I keep suggestion is trash since that rook can't do anything off the bank rank (due to Qxh1). Sorry, it's still early for me.

Anyhow, it still looks like Black has opened himself up to an attack. Smeets must be thinking "What on earth is he doing? I had nothing to work with, now I have plenty!"

Jan-20-09  Kola: Sneaky, I think Rdg1 is bad not just because of Qxa1 but because now black has more pressure on d4 and c5 is a threat. Plus bishop can not even leave e3 to g5.
Jan-20-09
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  eternaloptimist: Thanks for the link <blacksburg>! I'll have to check it out.
Jan-20-09
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  ketchuplover: Gata Gata Gata. sigh.
Jan-20-09
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  Mateo: Instead of the sharp 22.g5!?, Smeets plays the safest 22.Qd2 preparing g5 and Kamsky impedes this break with 22...f6.
Jan-20-09  blacksburg: oh goodness. i get the feeling that things are going wrong for kamsky.
Jan-20-09
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  pbernh: Bxh6 is very tempting
Jan-20-09  dakgootje: Yeah, I'm just fresh in the game so still full of insane ideas, but why does Bxh6 not work?
Jan-20-09
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  Mateo: <blacksburg: oh goodness. i get the feeling that things are going wrong for kamsky.> No, he is fine.
Jan-20-09  Kola: bh6 fxe5
Jan-20-09
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  sisyphus: Radjabov - Karjakin 1/2-1/2. I figured this game was a better live broadcast choice.
Jan-20-09
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  jessicafischerqueen: iF Bxh6 and gxh6 then it's a guarnteed Perpetual for White, but probably has to take the draw then
Jan-20-09  blacksburg: less than 2 hours until George W. Bush gets fired!

!

!!

Jan-20-09  blacksburg: 23.Bh6 fxe5 24.Bxg7+ looks like fun :)
Jan-20-09  blacksburg: oh noes! what happend?!?
Jan-20-09  dakgootje: <bh6 fxe5> well yeah, was thinking about that too for gxh6 looks rather dangerous even though maybe there is nothing more in it than a draw... but still... after ...fxe5 I'd rather have whites position!
Jan-20-09
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  Stonehenge: Draw agreed :)
Jan-20-09
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  sisyphus: Oh well. It was fun while it lasted.
Jan-20-09  Absentee: Why would Smeets accept a draw? He's got a winning position.
Jan-20-09  Kola: i think black has the advantage after bxh6 fxe5. what are d ideas for white here? his position will be overstretched. it does not matter n e way. these guys took d easy way out already.
Jan-20-09  Salaskan: Looks like white has a lot of attacking chances. Why on earth did Smeets accept such an early draw in such an unbalanced position?
Jan-20-09  blacksburg: smeets wanted to watch the inauguration!
Jan-20-09  Salaskan: Fritz analyses the following as clearly better for white: 23.Bxh6 fxe5 (23...gxh6?? 24.Qxh6+ Kg8 25. Qg6+ Kh8 26. h6 Rg8 27. Qf7 Qd7 28.exf6 ) 24.Be3 Qe4 25. h6 g6 (the simplifying 24.dxe5 Qxe5 25. Qe3 Qxe3 26. Bxe3 is also good for white, with a better pawn structure and king position).

After Rhg1 followed by g5 or exf6 followed by doubling rooks on the f file, White is significantly better as well.

Perhaps Smeets was just afraid of Kamsky's pressure on his center? Or he was just satisfied with a draw for some reason?

Jan-20-09  karnak64: This doesn't strike me as the same Gata Kamsky who so soundly spanked the boy wonder last year. What's up?
Jan-20-09  I Like Fish: forgettable...
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