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Gata Kamsky vs Peter Svidler
4th FIDE Grand Prix (2009), Nakchik RUS, rd 4, Apr-18
Spanish Game: Closed. Bogoljubow Variation (C91)  ·  1-0

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Apr-18-09  Shajmaty: I don't like 19...♕c7 very much.
Apr-18-09  superstoned: very glad to see kamsky win this.
Apr-18-09  brobdingnag: Why did Svidler play 64. ...Ne4 instead of continuing to shuffle his king? How would white make progress?
Apr-18-09  ajile: <brobdingnag>
Yes the Knight on g3 keeps the White king from advancing to the center,
Apr-18-09  Fish55: <brobdingnag>
If 64...Kg6, 65. Ra6+ followed by Re6 allows the White king to advance via c2-d3.
Apr-18-09  Hesam7: <Peter played very creatively after the opening. His ‘knight mill’ 24…Nd8!, relocating the knight from с6 to с5, deserves the highest praise. Black lost a pawn, but created strong pressure on e4. Later, however, he incorrectly traded the light-squared bishop. Instead of 27…Bxf5?! Black could continue playing on equal terms by 27…Qb7 or 27…Ncxe4. The text-move gave Black some freedom in the center, but allowed dangerous advance of White’s b-pawns. Soon Peter had to give up an exchange. A very interesting spot occurred on the 38th move. Trading the queens on b4 led to a difficult ending. Black could get more saving chances if he dared to sacrifice a knight by 38…Nxf2! I do not say it guaranteed a draw, but the struggle would be a lot tenser. The game could continue 39.Kxf2 e4 40.Qc7! Qxb4, and here, in order to play for a win, White is obliged to find the refined 41.Rb1!, brining the rook to b7 or b8. However I seriously doubt that grandmasters would play all the computer moves exactly – in human chess everything is possible. After Black missed this chance, Kamsky methodically converted his endgame advantage. Svidler built up a solid position with the pawns on e3, g5 and h4, which looked like a fortress, but Kamsky’s mating threats dispersed this illusion. However, in the post mortem it turned out that Gata missed the neat 65...Nf2!, which could indeed construct an unbreakable fortress, but Peter was too tired to resist.> -- GM Shipov
Apr-20-09
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  Eyal: 72.Bh5! wins because the threat of Rd7 is decisive - at best, Black has to give up a pawn, e.g. 72...Bg3 73.Rd7 e2 (the knight cannot move because of mate on f7) 74.Bxe2 Nf5.

74.Bg4+(!) is necessary before White proceeds to take the knight - an immediate 74.Rxd6?? allows Black to draw with 74...Bxd6 75.Kxd6 Kf4 76.Bf3 Kg3 77.Ke5 g4! 78.Bxg4 (78.hxg4? h3! and Black wins) 78...Kxg2 79.Kf4 e2 80.Bxe2 Kxh3.

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