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Gata Kamsky vs Diego Rafael Di Berardino
World Cup (2011), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 1, Aug-28
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Delayed Keres Attack (B81)  ·  1-0



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Aug-28-11  russep: And black didn't play on because??
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  AylerKupp: The fact that he's 2 pawns down without any compensation against a player rated 260 ELO above him might have had something to do with it. Or maybe he lost on time.

Or maybe you were being sarcastic (just like I was) and I just missed it. :-)

Aug-28-11  Gryz: Because:
1) Black is 2 pawns down with zero compensation.
2) Kamsky is one of the best players in the world in the late-midgame/early-endgame. 3) Black had no time left (only the increments per move), and White still had a bunch of time.

The situation was hopeless. There was no surprise when Black resigned.

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  tamar: His trainer walked by his table with a noose around his neck, which was code for Houdini thought it resignable.
Aug-28-11  notyetagm: <tamar: His trainer walked by his table with a noose around his neck, which was code for Houdini thought it resignable.>


Aug-29-11  fetonzio: i used to play with Diego in Rio! of course he is outmatched in the world cup, but also pretty awesome to see him play Kamsky! Good luck with your career, kid.
Aug-29-11  policarpo: Game2:Kamsky was slow to recognize that the game was lost.
Aug-29-11  DrMAL: Kamsky starts out Najdorf with (presently main line) English Attack 6.Be6 and, after Scheveningen (6...e6) turns it into a sharper delayed Keres (aka Hungarian aka Perenyi attack) with 7.g4 where 7...e5 is a good (I think, better) alternative to 7...h6 and 8.Bg2 instead of 8.f4 here is often chosen. 9.Qf3 is unusual with promising results.

10...e5 was played instead in Topalov vs A Kolev, 1995 I think this was better than 10...Qc7?! here, where maybe 11.g5 or 11.Rg1 was a better way to take advantage of black's lag in development. 16...Qc7 (instead of 16...O-O or 16...b4 followed by 17...O-O) seemed to waste a tempo giving white strong initiative.

With 23.Rxd7! threatened 22...b4?! was now weak, 22...Re7 would better protect the critical g7 square (23.Rxd7 Rxd7 24.Nxf6+ Rxf6 25.Bxf6 Rf7 ). After 29.b3 solidifying it was just a matter of time before Kamsky took advantage of his winning position, but moves like 29...Rc8?! helped (30.f5!).

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