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Gata Kamsky vs Varuzhan Eduardovich Akobian
US Championship (Group A) (2011), St Louis, MO USA, rd 2, Apr-16
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  1-0



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  jahhaj: <tamar> 31...b2 32.Bxb2 Rxb2 33.Qxg5 followed by h4-h5 looks pretty strong to me.
Apr-17-11  lost in space: 25. Nxc6 was much stronger than 25. Nxb3 (my thirst thought). After 25...cxb3 the black b-pawn is dangerous in combination with Na4 and Rc6
Apr-17-11  Gogia: GOTD for tomorrow?
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  luzhin: After 31...b2! 32.Bxb2 Rxb2 33.Qxg5(?) Rb1+ 34.Kf2 Nc3! Kamsky would have to force perpetual check with Qh4+ and Qf6+ or he would actually be worse. In the game continuation the point of 33.Bc1! would be seen after 33...Rh8 34.Qf6+ Kh7 35.Bh6!! which forces mate.
Apr-17-11  notyetagm: <Gogia: GOTD for tomorrow?>

ICC Round 2 GOTD:

Apr-17-11  Xeroxx: This game is desert island material.
Apr-17-11  Jim Bartle: Any other analysis posted somewhere (where's Shipov when you need him)? What were black's errors in allowing the attack on the queen and the posting of the knight on d6?

Patzer-level analysis: 13. Qe1 seems farsighted, opening d2 for the bishop and the discovered attack on the black queen. I'm surprised Kamsky had time to do this without Akobian dealing with it, but maybe there was no way.

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  JointheArmy: 27. Ng5+!! was brilliant.
Apr-18-11  ADDADZ: think you
Apr-19-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: SQUARE CAN BE A TACTICAL TARGET
Apr-19-11  SetNoEscapeOn: Varuzhan has become a strong GM now but it's hard for him to compete with the top guys.
Apr-23-11  AuN1: <superstoned: 34...b2 35.Qh4+ Kg7 36.Qh6# Go Gata!

Can't wait to see him get his revenge on Topa.>

sorry, not happening. vesko is going to beat kamsky like he stole something.

Apr-23-11  NMWillStewart: This was a GREAT game, I covered it on our youtube channel with a good 13 minute analysis. It was featured on Susan Polgars blog :-)

To see all the videos we covered check out our blog post that we'll continually update with new US Chess Championship videos (we have 8 so far)

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  Richard Taylor: Great game by Kamsky. Reminds me of that brilliant & awesome combo he played vs. Kramnik once...!
Apr-27-11  TugasKamagong: <Richard Taylor> i guess you meant this game?

Kramnik vs Kamsky, 1994

Apr-27-11  Nilsson: Jahhaj 33.Qg5 Rb1+ 34.Kf2 Nc3 and black is ok. =
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  Richard Taylor: <TugasKamagong: <Richard Taylor> i guess you meant this game?

Kramnik vs Kamsky, 1994 >

Yes, that was the game. I set it as kind of exercise but only worked out some of it. Then I took it to my club and pretended I had seen it all! Actually a few people were "coaxed" through it. Surprisingly one young player saw a lot of the ideas, after I prompted him.

Then I admitted I had only seen part of it all! But it was good analysis practice.

Great combo.

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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

Apr-29-11  Nilsson: Kingscrusher: Thank´s a lot for Youtube tip.
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  wordfunph: <Kamsky said, "I spoke with Emil (Sutovsky) and told him I wanted to sacrifice some stuff today." To which his second replied, "Don't do that!" Kamsky did, and he won both the game and the best game prize.>

- from Chess Life Magazine 2011/07

Nov-07-11  Nemesistic: Some parts of this game are beyond my comprehension! Akobian gets in deep deep trouble early on,and never recovers
Jan-04-12  Ulhumbrus: An alternative to Nxb7 is 20 Bxc6 bxc6 21 Nh4 attacking the black King along the f file. On 21...g6 21 Qe3 attacks the black squares
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  Penguincw: Interesting. Two sets of doubled pawns on the kingside.
Jan-08-12  ScottWeatherill: Great game. Still, 31. ...g4 does nothing for black. b2 looks better eliminating the DSB.
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