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Gata Kamsky vs Levon Aronian
4th FIDE Grand Prix (2009), Nalchik RUS, rd 12, Apr-28
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-28-09  Ybrevo: A very unusual and unbalanced KIA. I don´t remember to have seen the Nf3 to continue wandering to d2 (in move 6!). Maybe Kamsky should have played on for a little longer? Interesting and inspired game nevertheless.
Apr-28-09  Marmot PFL: It was unbalanced positionally, yet the chances for each side always seemed roughly balanced. Not sure how white would make progress here as Rd5 then either Rb5 or Rh5 seems to give black enough counter play. White's best winning chance I thought was on move 29 with Nd7+ and Nxf6 but of course this is complicated after Re2+. White's king would have to seek refuge on h4, still the burden would be on black to do something about it.
Apr-29-09  whatthefat: I spent a while looking at the position after 18.Bf4 last night, and found it surprisingly hard to find an advantageous plan for Black. Getting the king out of the centre is a serious difficulty, since 18...Kf8 Δ...Kg7 looks very vulnerable to attack from White's queen and two bishops, with the tripled pawns serving as a barrier for Black's pieces to come to the kingside for defense.

I wonder, what do the engines think of the position after 17.Qf2 ? Do they think that White has full compensation for the exchange?

Apr-29-09  arsen387: great defensive N maneouvre by Levon. recently beating him became a very very hard task, he holds inferior positions outstandingly well.

Shipov's commentary from his round12 review
<A classic example of the equally strong sword and shield. Kamsky attacked brilliantly, but Aronian defended with incredible accuracy. I think Black’s opening was far from perfect. For instance, the knight maneuver to b6 is unconvincing. White quickly completed his development and created a strong attack in the center by 12.f5! Levon accepted the challenge, taking everything his opponent dared to sacrifice – a pawn first, then an exchange. Basically, after 14…Bxf5 and until the end of the game Levon was constantly parrying various threats, making many only moves in process. White’s exchange sacrifice 16.Rxf5! is excellent! Kamsky could create very annoying pressure by the tricky 18.d4!, restricting Black’s knight and passing the right to move to the opponent. In my extensive analysis I didn’t find how to equalize for Black. White could get excellent winning chances. Levon’s smart knight maneuver allowed him to exchange White’s powerful bishop. Later Levon made a very timely piece sacrifice (21…0-0-0!) and managed to survive without much trouble. In the subsequent game Black’s rook and pawns successfully held against two minor pieces.>

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  paavoh: A very original treatment of the opening by Kamsky, and an equally creative response by Aronian! A refreshing change from the run-of-the-mill 20+ moves of current theory.
Apr-29-09  kkshethin: Kamsky could have won the game by playing 29. Nd7+ instead of 29. Qc2 (Deep shredder gives high evaluation). Any body to comment?
Apr-29-09  whatthefat: <kkshethin>

So what is White's continuation after 29.Nd7+ Kc7 ? I would have thought the threat of 30...Re2+ is strong.

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