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Alexey Shirov vs Gata Kamsky
Bazna Tournament (2009), Bazna ROM, rd 6, Jun-20
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Short Variation (B12)  ·  1-0



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Jun-20-09  visayanbraindoctor: Shirov's set-up against Kamsky's Caro-Kann looked interesting. He developed his Bishop to b2 (10. Bb2) and Knight to c2 (11. Na3 and 12. Nc2).

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The way Kamsky handled it seemed wrong; he exchanged his light square Bishop for the Knight on c2 (12... Bxc2) and attacked White's central pawn chain with 14...f6 as this left gaping holes in the light squares around his King.

By the 17th move (17. dxe5),

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it was obvious that once Shirov got his Bishop and Queen on the b1-h7 diagonal, Kamsky would immediately be in trouble because the only reasonable way he could block this diagonal was by planting a Knight on f5, which however could be dislodged by g4, which is what exactly happened (26. g4).

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Kamsky placed a Knight on b3 (23...b3) probably hoping Shirov would exchange his light colored bishop with it, but Shirov of course just ignored the Knight and continued with his plan. By move 28 (28. Qd3) Shirov had the position he had been maneuvering to get.

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Kamsky seems to have gotten himself into a strategically lost position right out of the opening.

Jun-20-09  Pawnage: Awesome analysis, thank you very much!
Jun-20-09  Ulhumbrus: 12...Bxc2 concedes the bishop pair and 18...Bxd4 concedes the second bishop for Shirov's remaining Knight.
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  Jimfromprovidence: 25...h5 really seems to bottle up white's queen.

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I wish black had tried it.

Jun-21-09  talisman: thanks <doctor> i enjoyed your analyses. Really enjoyed this game.Caro-Kann always brings back memories of 60-61. alexei didn't hurry anything.
Jun-21-09  kurtrichards: Caro-Kann Defense? Surely it is not one of Gata's opening repertoires as Black.
Jun-21-09  talisman: well he used it 3 times at Corus this year. 5 times in 2009 alone.
Jun-22-09  kurtrichards: And what is the score? Gata is comfortable playing 1. ... c5 or 1. ... e5 against 1.e4. Come on, Gata. Show us some win. It has been a long time. :)
Jul-18-09  totololo: Yes , Shirov outplayed Gata on the general strategic understanding of the position and its evolution.

However, Gata scored a nice win with the black in US championship 2009.

Apr-08-15  Poisonpawns: Gata made one big mistake in playing 25..Qe7? instead of h5.This prevents the Knight getting attacked and the fast deterioration of his position.

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