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Andreas Aerni vs Gata Kamsky
Gibraltar Masters (2013), La Caleta GIB, rd 1, Jan-22
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. Smith-Morra Declined (B22)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-22-13  fisayo123: 18.Bf6!? Im not really sure about this one.
Jan-23-13  Shams: Why is this listed as Round 1.2, instead of Round 1?

Like Poor Richard says, there's never shame in forcing a draw with White when you're playing up 500+ points. As for Kamsky though, allowing this looks a bit sloppy. There are too many strong players this year, he can't give away half-points to FMs and hope to contend.

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  Phony Benoni: <Shams> Looks like "1.2" designates a board number, which is useful information for a Swiss System tournament. Ivanchuk vs H Zygouris, 2013 is "1.1", and Ivanchuk appears to be the only person higher-rated than Kamsky.
Jan-23-13  diagonal: Reflecting on what they *could* have said after that draw upset:

Andreas Aerni <<Sometimes the best outcome is a draw, with both sides having made concessions and hoping for more the next time>>

Gata Kamsky <<It's no fun to win all the time..>>

Jan-23-13  mrbasso: <As for Kamsky though, allowing this looks a bit sloppy. There are too many strong players this year, he can't give away half-points to FMs and hope to contend.>

The c3 Sicilian is a tough nut to crack, even for 2700 players.

Jan-24-13  Jamboree: I like how, in the final position, black still has seven pawns -- all isolated or doubled! Hard to imagine how someone could render all his pawns unconnected to each other in under 21 moves. And yet, here it is.
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  Phony Benoni: <Jamboree> Perhaps you will appreciate this position from J Sherwin vs Berliner, 1962 after <23.bxc3>:

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11 pawns between the two players, all doubled or isolated.

Jan-24-13  jovack: some interesting tactics by white.

good result for him to get against a GM

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