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Gata Kamsky vs Veselin Topalov
World Championship Candidates (2011), Kazan RUS, rd 1, May-07
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2

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May-07-11
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  Peligroso Patzer: To recapitulate comments already posted at page 23 of World Championship Candidates (2011), If Kamsky had tried <35. Rxf5!?> [again possible at <37. Rxf5!?>] the variation continuing <Rxc4 36.Rxg5 Rxa4 37.Rb5 Ra1+ 38.Ke2 Ra2+ 39.Kf3> would have been dangerous for Black.

However, as noted by <parmetd> in the thread linked above, GM Sergey Shipov analyzed the following saving line for Black: <35.Rxf5 Kxf5 36.Nd6+ Ke6 37.Nxc8 b5 38.Ke2 bxa4 39.Kd3 a3 40.Kc2 Bf6 41.Kb3 Bd4 42.Kxa3 Kd7 43.Ka4 Kxc8 44.Kxa5 Bxf2> with a draw.

May-07-11
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  HeMateMe: I got the feeling, as this game unfolded, that Kamsky could draw it with his eyes closed, then, suddenly, he had winning chances.

So....Topalov will have his chance, tomorrow, to win whith white, and tie the match.

May-07-11  Pygeum Lycopene: Toppy is getting the kitchen sink ready...
May-07-11
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  HeMateMe: Yes, this will be the featured game tomorrow. If Topa has anything new in reserve with white, we'll see it tomorrow.
May-07-11  Ulhumbrus: The move 16..h4?! may let Black's advantage slip because it allows White to fork Black's KB and h4 pawn by 20 Nf3, tying Black's King's Bishop to the defence of the h4 pawn. Instead of this, after 16...Nf6 17 Nxf6+ gxf6 18 Bxe6 fxe6 19 Nf3 the move 19...Bh6 is possible, with some advantage for Black.
May-07-11  Hesam7: <Ulhumbrus: The move 16..h4?! may let Black's advantage slip because it allows White to fork Black's KB and h4 pawn by 20 Nf3, tying Black's King's Bishop to the defence of the h4 pawn. Instead of this, after 16...Nf6 17 Nxf6+ gxf6 18 Bxe6 fxe6 19 Nf3 the move 19...Bh6 is possible, with some advantage for Black.>

But at the end of your line White is not forced to play Nf3. After: 16. ... Nf6 17. Nxf6+ gxf6 18. Bxe6 fxe6 19. c4:


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I think this is better for White than the position in the game after 21. c4.

May-08-11  Ulhumbrus: <Hesam7: <Ulhumbrus: The move 16..h4?! may let Black's advantage slip because it allows White to fork Black's KB and h4 pawn by 20 Nf3, tying Black's King's Bishop to the defence of the h4 pawn. Instead of this, after 16...Nf6 17 Nxf6+ gxf6 18 Bxe6 fxe6 19 Nf3 the move 19...Bh6 is possible, with some advantage for Black.> But at the end of your line White is not forced to play Nf3. After: 16. ... Nf6 17. Nxf6+ gxf6 18. Bxe6 fxe6 19. c4:

I think this is better for White than the position in the game after 21. c4. > Then Black may be able to play for the pawn advances ..f5 and ...d5. At any rate White is not given an opportunity to equalize as in the game.

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