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Anish Giri vs Gata Kamsky
Tata Steel Group A (2012), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-20
Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A04)  ·  1-0



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  Penguincw: Kamsky having a rough tournament (along with Gashimov and Navara).
Jan-20-12  notyetagm: OMG!!!!

Giri *won* this game!?!?!?!?!?!?


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  cro777: In the Symmetrical English, Kamsky opted for the sideline (9...Rc8 instead of 9...0-0 which is the more common move).

1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nf6 3. g3 Nc6 4. Bg2 d6 5. Nc3 g6 6. d4 cxd4 7. Nxd4 Bd7 8. O-O Bg7 9. Nc2 <Rc8> 10. Bd2 h5 11. h3 Be6 12. Ne3 Qd7 13. Kh2 Nd4 14. Ncd5 Bxd5 15. cxd5 Qb5 16. Re1

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Kamsky has emerged fine from the opening but here he started to play very risky.

<16...Qxb2?!> grabbing a pawn (better was 16...h4 ) and after 17.Qa4+! he blundered <17... b5?> missing 18.Qa5! (threatening to trap black queen).

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After 18.Qa5 the position was winning for Giri.

Instead of <17...b5> Kamsky should have played <17...Kf8> or <17...Qb5> with possible continuations:

17...Kf8 18.Rac1 Rc5 19.Rxc5 dxc5 20.Nc4 Qc2 21.Qxc2 Nxc2 22.Rb1 b6 23.a4 h4 or

17...Qb5 18.Qxb5+ Nxb5 19.Rab1 a6 20.a4 Nd4 21.Rxb7 Nd7 22.Reb1 f5.

The game proceeded (Kamsky had to sacrifice in order to save his queen):

18. Qa5 Ng4+ 19. hxg4 hxg4+ 20.Kg1 Nxe2+ 21. Kf1 Nc3 22. Bxc3 Qxc3 23. Qxb5+ Kf8

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Here, after <24.Nxg4> Kamsky could have hardly save the game. Instead, Giri made a mistake by playing <24.Rad1> and after <24...f5!> his winning chances became much lesser. Practically, he had to win the game twice over. After another weak move by Kamsky <68...e6?> Giri had again a decisive advantage.

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  cro777: Giri was far from happy with his victory.

"Isnít there an exit somewhere at the back. Iím afraid to face my coach after this sad performance", he asked reporters after the game.

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