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Gata Kamsky vs Pavel Eljanov
FIDE Jermuk Grand Prix (2009), Jermuk ARM, rd 12, Aug-22
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-26-09  whiteshark: "Kasmky added another game to his long heritage of fighting hard in seemingly even positions, finding something where many would be content to split the point.

Another Closed Spanish was seen in this game where both flanks had their moment in the spotlight as the center was locked up. It was difficult for either side to make improvements in the position as each maneuvered back and forth probing each other’s defenses.

The waiting game proved too much for Eljanov, who at some point couldn’t resist and unfortunately for him, broke the seemingly endless monotony with <53...f5>, which led to a flurry of exchanges. One casualty of the exchanges on f5 was the important white squared bishop, as black lost the chief defender of his b5 pawn; this was the beginning of the end and after a few more errors black resigned."

fide rd bull.

May-03-10  James Bowman: I can normally follow a game and the general ideas of the players involved. In this one I haven't a clue for well over half the game what meaning most moves had.

This also indicates I could likely learn a lot by carefully examination of this game. I used that same aproach with the more tactical open games and began to see what the greats had in mind and nothing else helped my game as much.

The patience displayed by Kamsky is noteworthy.

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