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Gata Kamsky vs Rogelio Antonio Jr
World Cup (2009), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 1, Nov-21
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Short Variation (B12)  ·  1-0

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Nov-21-09  vanytchouck: After 35.b5
35... f6 ???????????????????????
36.Qe3 ??????????????????????????????

surely an error of retranscription.

Nov-21-09  zanshin: This game score is obviously wrong. The position after 33.b5:


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Nov-21-09  ragdecsap: what is this 35...f6???????? definitely a blunder?
Nov-21-09  granyid: what an error 35....f6???.probably Qb7 then f6....anyhow unlucky defense..
Nov-21-09  Iskubadayb: It is a typo, obviously. But look at the knight passively defending the hopeless a6 pawn and the Rook on a8 is even more sorry looking! I expected more from Joey. The long travel w/o enough time to acclimatize may have something to do with it. TY again ZAN!
Nov-21-09  LaFreak III: 33.Qe3 f6
34.b5 Qb7
Nov-21-09  Don Cossacks: Kamsky outclasses his opponent here.Bravissimo!
Nov-21-09  GalileoPiccolino: Caro-Cann is a dull, passive, lackluster theme for Black to make a real approach of contesting White's overall plan of the game.

I highly doubt even GK will NOT recommend this thematic approach to MC as a viable tool to a successful campaign.

Nov-22-09
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  HeMateMe: is gata the highest ranked player in this event?
Nov-22-09  kurtrichards: Boris Gelfand is the #1 seed.
Nov-22-09  righthere: joey played well considering his opponent is the defending champion
Nov-22-09  righthere: and kamsky isn't a bravo, he is expected to have delivered a win, otherwise, he doesn't deserve his seeding.
Nov-22-09
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  tpstar: <Caro-Kann is a dull, passive, lackluster theme for Black>

I don't play the Caro-Kann as Black but it is definitely one of Black's more solid choices, unbalancing the Pawn structure (and thus the game) while still maintaining a compact formation. Here's an excerpt from an article I wrote with a student for our state magazine:

"The Caro-Kann Defense (1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5) was named after Horatio Caro from England and Marcus Kann from Austria who published analysis on this opening idea in 1866. The Caro-Kann has served as a concrete defensive system against 1. e4 and has been played by World Champions including Jose Capablanca, Vasily Smyslov and Anatoli Karpov. It is a safe and solid set-up for Black which may lead to better endgame chances due to superior Pawn structure."

"The Caro-Kann Defense is very similar to the French Defense because Black establishes a center Pawn at d5, but there are important differences. First, the Caro-Kann often leads to an open or semi-open center, while the French Defense aims for a closed center. Second, since Black supports the d5 Pawn with the c6 Pawn, either Pawn trade (exd5 by White or … dxe4 by Black) will unbalance the Pawn majorities on both sides, resulting in more dynamic play compared to the French Defense. Third, the French Defense has the inherent problem of developing Black’s QB which is locked in after … e6; in the Caro-Kann, Black typically develops the QB first (to f5 or g4) and then plays … e6, avoiding this situation altogether."

Black seemed to be holding the balance until 20 ... Rfe8 where 20 ... f6 seems more thematic. Then Black's Queenside Pawn play backfired.

Nov-23-09  WhenHarryMetSally: At least Gata didn't get beaten....in chess, in chess I mean.
Nov-23-09
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  tpstar: <Gata didn't get beaten> That idea has been used more than once = Kamsky vs Kasparov, 1989

It's great that Kamsky overcame his past and still enjoys playing.

Nov-25-09  Bagz: what's wrong with bxc6?
Nov-25-09  Bagz: what's wrong with 36.bxc6?
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