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Gata Kamsky vs Peter Svidler
FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 6, May-28
English Opening: King's English. Two Knights' Variation Reversed Dragon (A22)  ·  1-0



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May-28-13  Marmot PFL: Maybe one of Kamsky's best games. We would not have this fine game if Gata had become a surgeon or corporate lawyer.
May-28-13  sami sherriff: Genuis !!!!! Kamsky is one of the Great legend's of chess!!!!!!!!!!!
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  Eyal: Kamsky analyzing the game:
May-28-13  superstoned: Reversed dragon! Beautiful control of the center! and the wings! Kamsky!! the crowd goes wild.

Thanks for the link Eyal!

May-28-13  fisayo123: Does anyone know the novelty here? Kamsky's Be3 and Rc1 idea seems interesting in this variation.
May-29-13  KlingonBorgTatar: I agree with all of you. What a picturesque game! By move 25, both white rook pawns are already advanced to the 4th rank coming from alternating play on the flanks. The queen and bishop are doubled ala Reti along the long diagonal gazing centerwise. Then there is the characteristic attempt to trade queens which acceptance or refusal will strengthen White's position. More piquant is that Kamsky played White vs a Dragon Formation in his other win and here as White essayed a reversed fire breather to win. Go Kamsky !!
May-29-13  KlingonBorgTatar: Btw thanks <eyal> for the link. I enjoyed it.
May-29-13  Just Another Master: Kamsky has much greater games, they were a long time ago.......
May-29-13  RookFile: This is beautiful chess by both players.
May-29-13  kendradog: Great game, very deep.
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  Eyal: <Does anyone know the novelty here? Kamsky's Be3 and Rc1 idea seems interesting in this variation.>

Apparently it was 13...Rb8 - usually it's played a move earlier, instead of Kh8 (not sure what was Svidler's subtle idea, if there was one at all). The Be3-Rc1 formation isn't new here - in top level games it can be seen, for example, in Ivanchuk vs Kramnik, 2009.

May-29-13  superstoned: I think, <Eyal>, that Svidler planned to close the position with ...Nb6-d5 but needed his king off the a2-g8 diagonal. Svidler avoids variations like this one given by Kamsky in the video: 12...Nd5 13.Qb3 Nxe3 14.Qxb7 Nxg2 15.Qxc6 when Black must lose material due to the threatened capture on e6 with check.

More questionable than 12...Kh8 is 11...Bf6 allowing White's dark-squared rabbi access to c5.

May-29-13  KlingonBorgTatar: <Just Another Master>, I will be most appreciative if you can list some of them here. Thanks in advance!! :-)
May-29-13  superstoned: <superstoned> is prone to gaping and embarrassing holes in his analysis. The line I gave above features a gorgeous lemon, 13...Nxe3?? which GM Kamsky did Not give in his analysis during the press conference, and which allows white's queen to take on e6 with check immediately.

The much better 13...Nf4 returns us to sobriety. (I was starting to look at the ...Ne3xf1xd2, after 14.Qxb7? in my sorry line of play above, when I realized I must have been high this morning!)

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  Eyal: <The much better 13...Nf4 returns us to sobriety.>

Not really, because 12...Nd5 13.Qb3 Nf4?? is also losing on the spot to 14.Qxb7, as Kamsky actually does note in his comments. At any rate, if the purpose of 12...Kh8 was to allow Nd5 on the next move it turned out to be pointless, because Black didn't play it eventually.

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  Eyal: Looking at that video (and other post-mortems by Kamsky as well), it's interesting how often he thinks in a positional, rather than tactical, way. For example, after 34...Qg8, he says Black is planning an exchange sac on d5 and that he cannot allow him "to take the pride of his position", and so 35.Ne3, with the idea of relocating it to c4. Instead, exchanging it for the bishop would win a piece immediately: 35.Nxf6 gxf6+ 36.Kh1 to be followed by Rh2 and Nh4 is trapped (possibly after a preparatory Rg1 or Bc1, in case Black tries moves like 36...Qg3 or Qg5, respectively).

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