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Zhou Weiqi vs Gata Kamsky
World Cup (2009), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 2, Nov-24
Slav Defense: Chameleon Variation (D15)  ·  0-1

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Nov-24-09  Shams: Kamsky has boulders letting that a-pawn run. He whips up kingside activity seemingly out of nowhere. Impressive game. Why 32.gxh4<?>
Nov-24-09  karnak64: Yeah, I agree that 32. gxh4 did in White. Black's tactics thereafter -- mate threats, discovered checks and all that are a veritable clinic.
Nov-24-09  Shams: was white even threatening anything with hxg3?
Nov-24-09  Jim Bartle: "Kamsky has boulders letting that a-pawn run."

Right. Especially by foreseeing that 37...gxf3 threatened mate in one.

Nov-24-09
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  Eyal: <Why 32.gxh4?> <Yeah, I agree that 32. gxh4 did in White.>

It looks ugly, but it does make sense - White probably didn't want to get strangled by h3 and Nf3. The serious mistake actually came a move later, with 33.Nc8? allowing the black rook to leave the a-file and join the attack on White's king by 33...Rf4! - the (tactical) point being that with the knight on that square, the a-pawn queens in several key lines <without check>, thus wasting a precious tempo; as in the game after 38.a8=Q Rh1#, or in case of 35.Kg1 Rxe2 36.a8=Q and now Black has the time for 36...Nf3+ and White must give back the queen on f3.

Nov-24-09  Whack8888: Very good game by Kamsky
Nov-25-09  SetNoEscapeOn: <Jim Bartle: "Kamsky has boulders letting that a-pawn run." Right. Especially by foreseeing that 37...gxf3 threatened mate in one.>

It reminded me of the first game of his match with Shirov in the last world cup final:

Kamsky vs Shirov, 2007

Another impressive display of accuracy to close out the game.

Nov-25-09  ycbaywtb: neat finish
Nov-26-09  talisman: now that was exciting.

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