Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Gata Kamsky vs Ding Liren
"Ask Not for Whom the Bell Dings" (game of the day May-28-2018)
Aeroflot Open (2011), Moscow RUS, rd 6, Feb-13
French Defense: Steinitz Variation (C11)  ·  0-1



Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 19 times; par: 47 [what's this?]

Get this game explained with Decode Chess
explore this opening
find similar games 3 more Kamsky/Ding Liren games
sac: 21...Nxc4 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: To access more information about the players (more games, favorite openings, statistics, sometimes a biography and photograph), click their highlighted names at the top of this page.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: After 40...Bxd4+ 41.Kh2 Bxf3 42.Rxe1...
I'm guessing the two passers decide the game.
Jul-19-11  notyetagm:
Jul-19-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: Ding Liren's Best Games

Kamsky vs Ding Liren, 2011 Ding catches Kamsky in a horrible sequence of pins

Aug-25-11  wordfunph: splendid moves..


Feb-02-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: PINS! PINS! PINS! PINS! PINS! PINS! PINS! PINS!
Dec-25-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: PINS! PINS! PINS! PINS! PINS! PINS! PINS! PINS!

A pinning masterpiece by Ding Liren.

Dec-25-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: DING LIREN'S BEST GAMES
Dec-25-12  notyetagm: Kamsky vs Ding Liren, 2011

<(5) Position 5 - Kamsky-Ding
Aeroflot Open A Moscow RUS (6), 13.02.2011


38...Re1+! 39.Rf1 [39.Nxe1 Qh1# ]

39...Qxf3!! Both the knight and the rook on f1 are pinned and cannot capture the queen and Qg2 mate is threatened so...

40.Qxf3 Bxd4+ Kamsky resigned here, and was on 3.0/6, but bounced back with three straight wins.

41.Kg2 Bxf3+ 42.Rxf3 b3 0-1>

Apr-06-14  Rookiepawn: Acupuncture, ouch.
Jul-22-16  Toribio3: The power of two bishops was demonstrated by Ding Liren.
Sep-12-17  Dave12: One of the best one-sided games I have ever seen. The guy is a walking tactical genius.
May-28-18  landshark: Instead of 37.Be5 which loses, what about Be3? Best I can see then is ... Qe4 38. Qxe4 Bxe4 where White is teetering but at least not knocked out yet. Is there a more convincing move for Black?
May-28-18  JPi: Not doubt a brillant game but what about 27.Qg2 ? To stop threats on diagonal a8-h1 is a priority. Isn't it? If now 27...Bc5 28.BxB QxB+ 29.Qf2 Qc6 then 30.Qe3 for 31.Re2 and 32.Be4
May-28-18  morfishine: Another lame "Ding" game title? I thought Ding Liren was off limits for such garbage

And such a powerful and wonderful game does not deserve to be defecated on with such nonsensical gibberish

May-28-18  landshark: <JPI> Maybe 27... b3 28. Raf2 Qxa4. The pin on f3 is still there and Black is ready to roll with his passed pawns.
May-28-18  Saniyat24: what a game, total domination by Ding Liren, those two bishops are perfectly placed, dangerous and giving perfect cover...!
May-28-18  JPi: Thanks for your suggestion <landshark> In your line maybe 29.Ne2 for 30.Ne4 or Be4 By the way one discreet point of Qg2 is Qh3. The unbalance forces are 2 connected and passed pawns on Queen side for Black and one piece up for White with 2R+N vs N on King side. Going to this side seems natural to me.
May-28-18  pdxjjb: Engine likes 11. Qb3 for white followed by an exchange of Queens. Given what happened later...
May-28-18  cormier:

click for larger view

Analysis by Houdini 4: d 20 dpa

1. -+ (-2.57): 29...Bf6 30.h3 b3 31.Kh2 Nxf3+ 32.Rxf3 c3 33.Nxc3 Bxc3 34.Qc1 Bf6 35.R3f2 Qxc1 36.Bxc1 Ba6 37.Re1 Bd4 38.Rf3 b2 39.Be3 Bc3 40.Rg1 Re8 41.Bf2 Bf6 42.Rf4 Bb7 43.Rb4 Bc6 44.Rd1 Re2 45.Kg1 Rc8 46.Bxa7 Rg2+ 47.Kf1 Rxg3

2. -+ (-1.63): 29...Re8 30.h3 Bf6 31.Nf4 Nxf3+ 32.Rxf3 b3 33.Kh2 Rad8 34.R3f2 c3 35.Qc1 c2 36.Bxc2 bxc2 37.Rxc2 Qxa4 38.Rcf2 Rc8 39.Qb1 Ba6 40.Re1 Bc3 41.Ra2 Qc6 42.Bd2 Bd4 43.Rc1 Bc4 44.Rac2 Qe4 45.Bc3 Be3 46.Re1 Bf7 47.Qd1 a5

May-28-18  JPi: <In your line maybe 29.Ne2 for 30.Ne4 or Be4> I meant ~30.Nc3 for 31.Ne4 or Be4
May-28-18  cormier:

click for larger view

Analysis by Houdini 4

28.Bxg6 Qxg6 29.Re2 c3 30.Nb3 Bd5 31.Nbd4 Bc4 32.e6 Bxe2 33.Qxe2 Qe4 34.Re1 Rf8 35.Bf4 Qxe2 36.Rxe2 Rac8 37.Nb3 c2 38.Nfd4 Rxf4 39.gxf4 c1Q+ 40.Nxc1 Rxc1+ 41.Kg2 Kf8 42.Kf3 Rc4 43.Nf5 g6 44.Ne3 Rd4 45.Nc2 Rd5 46.Ne3 Ra5 47.Rc2 Rxa4 48.Nd5 Ra3+ 49.Ke4 = / + (-0.69) Depth: 21

May-28-18  cormier: Houdini 4
27.Qg2 b3 28.Rb2 Qxa4 29.Nxb3 cxb3 30.Rxb3 Bd5 31.Rb2 Ne6 32.Rd2 Qc6 33.Rxd5 Rxd5 34.Ba2 Rad8 35.Bxd5 Qxd5 36.Bxa7 Qc4 37.Qf2 Rf8 38.Be3 Qe4 39.h3 Bb4 40.Kg2 Bc3 41.Qa2 Re8 42.Bf4 h6 43.Rc1 Bd4 = (0.22) Depth: 22
May-29-18  JPi: <cormier> really thanks but I can't understand. It's as if an alien comes down from his flying saucer explaining to me, in his language... what I will suppose the meaning of all life. Too much ideas in few words.
Oct-27-18  ex0duz: Awesome attacking game by Ding. I remember kamsky also had his own game where his dual bishops pinned kramnik to death.. one of my favourite games showing bishop domination.

This game shows bishop/queen battery with a checkmate dominance skewer(mate if skewered piece ever moves lol), along with piece sac to get two advanced connected passers.

With the strength of the tactics for black in play due to the domination skewer, he didn't even need to fully commit to queening and instead used them as a distraction and forward outpost in whites territory and instead still went for a king attack and only because Kamsky blundered due to the domination skewer attack did Ding trade down into won endgame.. if someone offers you a piece or exchange, how can you refuse even if it turns a rarish awesome attack with awesome motifs into a common boring queen vs rook endgame. ;p

Great game from future world challenger/champion. I'm calling it here guys, everyone can quote me later lol

Jun-28-21  Gaito: A really impressive game by Ding Liren, and he was only 19 years old at the time. A true jewel of chess creativity at its best! The theme of the pin was masterfully exemplified at the end. Gata Kamsky must have had nightmares that night after losing such a fantastic game. Ding Liren is a true genius of chess. A pity that he has no ambitions, he despises money and he despises glory too. He doesn't want to be a world champion and he doesn't even want to be rich and famous either. He seems to be happy with his bicycle and eating instant noodles soup. But he loves chess and that is is his happiness.
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Pinned from opening to endgame. Spectacular play
from ex0duz's memorable games by ex0duz
by Miguel Medina
by notyetagm
French, Caro, Pirc, Alekhine, et al.
by mmzkr
by notyetagm
Game 1105
from # Chess Informant Best Games. 1101-1150 by Qindarka
Favorite Games of 2011
by shalgo
French Defense: Steinitz Variation
from favorite games by deniz baykala
Ding Liren fransız savunması
by chinaski
The Freedom Defense
by BwanaVa
French Great Games Compiled by ALL
by fredthebear
koinonia's favorite games
by koinonia
GM Ding "Bruce" Liren's Best Games
by pulsar
Ding catches Kamsky in a horrible sequence of pins
from iking's favorite games 2 by iking
Ding has potential.
from Best Games of 2010~2011 by hellopolgar
Queen sacrifices- 2
by obrit
Chess strategy
by obrit
Game collection: exw
by parmetd
A lesson in the Steinitz var.
from Having fun with the French by yiotta

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC