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Gata Kamsky vs Alexander Grischuk
FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 3, May-24
Indian Game: London System (A48)  ·  1/2-1/2

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May-24-13  Beholder: <chancho: Looks like Grischuk's going down.>

That's what Kamsky thought when he started blitzing his moves. But this never works against Grischuk, even when he has only seconds left on his clock.

May-24-13
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  chancho: <beholder> Kamsky has to be kicking himself big time.
May-24-13  Eyal: A huge miss for Kamsky - he had at least two forced wins: <24.e6!> with the idea 24...Nxe6 25.Nxg6! fxg6 26.Qxg6; and later <27.Nxf7!!> e.g. 27...Kxf7 28.Nxg6 Rxg6 29.Rf3+ Ke8 30.Rxg6 Qb7 31.Rxf8+ Bxf8 32.Qxb7 Nxb7 33.Ra6 and the ending is hopeless for Black.

Instead, 27.f4 aims for f5, but it's a bit slow - Black has the resource 27...Nc6(!!), with the threat of Nb4; this can't be played immediately after 28.Nxg6 (28...Nb4?? 29.Nxe7+ & 30.Qh7#), but it makes possible 29...Qa2+! (30.Kxa2 Nb4+ followed by Rxg6). After 33...Rxf6, White can still try and play for a win with 34.Qh7+ Kf8 35.Qe4(!), so that 35...Nd4 is met by 36.Qa8+ with mate, but it's already much more complicated and Black is going to get serious counterplay against the white king.

May-24-13  Eyal: After 9.Be2, the game L Gostisa vs Khalifman, 1991 continued 9...b6 10.O-O Nh5 11.Bh2 Bh6 12.Qc2 Bf4 exchanging bishops. With the immediate 9...Nh5 Grischuk was apparently aiming for the same maneuver, but the problem is that after 10.Bh2, 10...Bh6 doesn't work because of 11.g4! Nf4 (relatively best is 11...Bxd2+, but strategically Black doesn't want to exchange this bishop for the knight, of course) 12.g5! Nxe2 13.gxh6 winning a piece, since Black's knight is trapped - the difference being that without White castling, Nxe2 isn't played with a check. So after 10...b6 11.e5! (instead of 11.0-0, which would allow Black to transpose into Gostisa vs Khalifman), Grischuk already got into a rather lousy position.
May-24-13  haydn20: What about 20. Nh7 Kxh7 21. Qxa8 Ne6 22. Qd5 winning the Ex with no compensation? In fact the whole plan with ...Bh8 and ...Ng7 seems just too slow in the KID, where Black bneeds to get rolling on the Qside.
May-24-13  haydn20: Or 22. Rd7!? Or 23. Rd7.
May-24-13  Eyal: <What about 20. Nh7 Kxh7 21. Qxa8 Ne6 22. Qd5 winning the Ex with no compensation?> Yeah, that was also good (even better on move 21) - the point being that with the king on h7 and not supporting the rook on f8, Black can't trap the white queen with Nb7. But White's pressure on Black's king's position is so strong after 21.Rhg1 as played by Kamsky, that the computer actually doesn't evaluate Nh7 as better.

<In fact the whole plan with ...Bh8 and ...Ng7 seems just too slow in the KID, where Black needs to get rolling on the Qside.> As I mentioned, it wasn't so much a "plan" as scrambling, after realizing that the Bh6-f4 plan to exchange bishops is tactically flawed.

May-24-13
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  HeMateMe: Nice tactical slugfest. More traps here than visiting the Adams family for a day!
May-24-13  Eyal: Btw, to what I said earlier about 10...Bh6 (with the idea Bf4) not working, I should add that after 11.e5!, 11...Bh6 still doesn't seem to be good; this time not because of 12.g4? Nf4 13.g5 Nxe2 14.gxh6 Ba6! but rather 12.Qa4! (as in the game), preventing a black piece from landing on f4 while gaining time by attacking Nc6.
May-24-13  haydn20: <Eyal><<In fact the whole plan with ...Bh8 and ...Ng7 seems just too slow in the KID, where Black needs to get rolling on the Qside.> As I mentioned, it wasn't so much a "plan" as scrambling, after realizing that the Bh6-f4 plan to exchange bishops is tactically flawed.> I've been meaning to thank you for your various analyses & clarifications. They've been helpful--& yes 9...Nh5 was the stinker.
May-25-13  Tiggler: <haydn20: <Eyal><<In fact the whole plan with ...Bh8 and ...Ng7 seems just too slow in the KID, where Black needs to get rolling on the Qside.> As I mentioned, it wasn't so much a "plan" as scrambling, after realizing that the Bh6-f4 plan to exchange bishops is tactically flawed.> I've been meaning to thank you for your various analyses & clarifications. They've been helpful--& yes 9...Nh5 was the stinker>

I concur with your appreciation of <Eyal>'s always perceptive analysis. About 9... Nh5: Grischuk acknowleged as much, saying "I played like a beginner.." (not very flattering to Kamsky, since they drew). Is it not amazing that a player of Grischuk's ability and stature can play like this at move 9 in the KID?

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