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Gata Kamsky vs Fabiano Caruana
FIDE Grand Prix Zug (2013), Zug SUI, rd 9, Apr-28
Spanish Game: Closed. Martinez Variation (C78)  ·  0-1



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Apr-28-13  Marmot PFL: Caruana and Naka gained ground on Topalov
Apr-28-13  Shimanzi: Only one past pawn, could kamsky convert?
Apr-28-13  avidfan: Good exercise for a beginner. Why does Black win after 40...d5?
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  offramp: The white king in stasis.
Apr-28-13  Ulhumbrus: 27...Kg7!! sets a subtle trap into which Kamsky falls by first accepting the b5 pawn by 28 Rxb5 - but also conceding Black the a file after 28..Ra8!- and then offering an exchange of knighta by 29 Nd5 Nxd5 30 exd5. The point of Black's occupation of the a file is not obvious even after 30..Qa7. It reveals itself after the further moves 32...Ra8 and 33...Qa1 beginning a king hunt which wins the game
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  Eyal: 33.Qe3 loses by force; 33.Qd1 was apparently necessary to prevent the penetration of the black queen, but White's position still looks passive and unpleasant after 33...Qc5 & Qxd5.
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  whiteshark: Down goes Kamsky.
Apr-28-13  Ezzy: Kamsky - Caruana

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.00 Be7 6.d3 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.a4 Bd7 9.Be3< Volokitin and Sutovsky have tried this rare move recently. 8 c3 is the main line, also 9 Nc3 and 9 Bd2 are popular choices (Carlsen's played both these moves.) > 9...00 10.axb5< Novelty. 10 h3 has 6 games in the database.> 10...axb5 11.Nc3 Nb4 12.Qe2 c6 13.h3 Rxa1 14.Rxa1 h6 15.Qd2 <With idea's of 16 Nxb5 Nxc2 17 Qxc2 cxb5. 15...c5 16.Qe2 Bit of queen shuffle going on.> 16...Qb6 17.Nh2 Be6 18.Ng4 Nxg4 19.hxg4 Bxb3 20.cxb3< In 2 moves Kamsky has allowed his opponent to give him two sets of double pawns.> 20...Qb7 21.g3 Qd7 22.Qf3 Bg5 23.Bxg5 hxg5< Double pawns must be the new fashion.> 24.Qf5 Qe7 25.Kg2< [25.Nxb5 Nc6 26.Kg2 Rb8 27.Ra6 g6 28.Qf3 Qd7 29.Nc3 Nb4 30.Ra1 Kg7 makes no progress.] >25...g6 26.Qf3 Rb8 27.Ra5 Kg7 28.Rxb5 Ra8 29.Nd5< [29.d4 exd4 30.e5 Hitting the rook on a8 may be better.] >29...Nxd5 30.exd5 Qa7 <Threatening 31...Qa6 winning the rook. >31.b4< Only move. [31.Qe4?? Qa1 with the devasting threat 32...Rh8 winning.]> 31...cxb4 32.Rxb4 Rh8< Threatening 33...Qa1> 33.Qe3?< [33.Qd1 Qc5 34.Rc4 Qxd5+ 35.f3 Whites a pawn down but still in the game.] >33...Qa1< Threatening 34...Qh1 Mate.> 34.Kf3 Qd1+ 35.Qe2< [35.Ke4 Qxg4+ AWinning.]> 35...Qh1+ 36.Ke3 Qxd5< Threat is 37...Qc5+ winning the rook. >37.Qc2 Rh1 38.Qb3 Qg2< Threatening 39...Re1+ and mate in 3.> 39.Qc3 Rf1 40.Qd2 d5< Threatening 41...d4+ 42 Ke2 Qxf2 Mate. If 41 d4 Qe4 Mate.> 01

Kamsky allowed Caruana to infiltrate with his major pieces down the 'a' and 'h' files, and his king was in grave danger.

And Fabio moves into clear second place!

Apr-28-13  cormier: <<<<

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1. (-18.10): 41.Qe2 d4+ 42.Rxd4 exd4+ 43.Kxd4 Rxf2 44.Qe5+ Kh7 45.b4 Rc2 46.Qe7 Qf2+ 47.Kd5 Rc3 48.Qe4 Qa2+ 49.Ke5 Qe6+ 50.Kd4 Qf6+ 51.Ke3 Rc1 52.Qc4 Rxc4 53.dxc4 Qc3+ 54.Ke4 Qxb4 55.Kd5 Qb3 56.Kc5 Qxg3 57.Kc6 Qf3+ 58.Kc7 Qf4+ 59.Kc6 Qxc4+ 60.Kd7 Qxg4+ 61.Kc6 Qe4+ 62.Kd6 Qc4 63.Kd7 Qg4+ 64.Kc6> 2. (-18.51): 41.b3 d4+ 42.Rxd4 exd4+ 43.Kxd4 Rxf2 44.Qxg5 Qxg3 45.Qc5 Re2 46.b4 Qf4+ 47.Kc3 Qf6+ 48.Kc4 Rc2+ 49.Kb5 Rxc5+ 50.bxc5 Qb2+ 51.Kc6 Qd2 52.d4 Qxd4 53.g5 Qe5 54.Kb6 Qe3 55.Kb5 Qxg5 56.Kc4 Qf4+ 57.Kc3 Qe4 58.Kd2 Qd5+ 59.Ke3 Qe5+ 60.Kf3 Qxc5 61.Kg2> 3. (-22.37): 41.Re4 d4+ 42.Rxd4 exd4+ 43.Kxd4 Rxf2 44.Qc3 Rc2 45.Qb4 Qxg3 46.Qe7 Rxb2 47.Kc3 Rg2 48.Kc4 Rc2+ 49.Kd4 Rb2 50.Kc3>

Apr-28-13  tivrfoa: <avidfan: Good exercise for a beginner. Why does Black win after 40...d5?> I think the problem is 41. ... d4
Apr-28-13  JPi: Strange enought 13...RxR ended by a control of this file by Black! May be 15.d4 was more in the spirit of the position. 15...Qb8 16.Qd2 exd 17.Bxd4 c5 18.BxN BxB 19.e5 Be7 20.exd Bf6 (20...Bxd6? 21.Rd1 c4 22.Ba2) 21.Nd5 NxN 22.BxN Bxb2 23.Ra8 looks good for White 23...Qxd6? 24.Bxf7+! KxB 25.QxQ RxR 26.Qd5+ Or 23...Qb6 24.Bxf7+! KxB 25.Qd5+ Be6 27.RxR+. Hoping my mind is still clear and I didn't miss some tricky move.
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  Eyal: <May be 15.d4 was more in the spirit of the position. 15...Qb8 16.Qd2 exd 17.Bxd4 c5 18.BxN BxB 19.e5 Be7 20.exd Bf6 (20...Bxd6? 21.Rd1 c4 22.Ba2) 21.Nd5 NxN 22.BxN Bxb2 23.Ra8 looks good for White>

21.Ne4! is clearly winning here - but both 16...exd4 & 17...c5 are mistakes; in the press conrference (, Caruana himself mentioned 16...c5 in this line as roughly equal.

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  Eyal: This is a great example of how critical the element of king-safety can be in heavy pieces endgames. The move 34...Qd1+! was important before giving the next check on h1, in order to bring the white queen to e2 and so block this square for the king and force it to go to a worse square, e3. After 36...Qxd5 White can't play, for example, 37.Qf3 because of 37...Qc5+ winning the rook; or 37.Kd2 because the rook will also be lost after 37...Qa5 38.Qe4 Rb8 39.Kc3 f5 40.Qc4 d5 41.Qb3 Qc5+.
Apr-29-13  JPi: Thanks <Eyal> to notice Caruana's comment. Indeed he agreed that 15.d4 was natural. And yes 16...c5! is better. Blindefolding I thought that on 16...c5 17.dxc dxc 18.Nxe5!??? was possible forgeting 18...QxN 19.Bf4 Qd4. But on the line gave by Caruana 18.Nd5 N4xN 19.BxN Black should hold but with for example Qc3 White seems to have the pleasant side.

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