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Gata Kamsky vs Hikaru Nakamura
FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 8, May-30
French Defense: Tarrasch. Morozevich Variation (C03)  ·  1-0



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May-30-13  RookFile: Well, I'm no French expert, but 3....Be7 is already an indication that we're not playing the main lines today. Korchnoi used to play 3..... c5, and of course there is the tried and true 3....Nf6.
May-30-13  dahtah: Kamsky produces brilliant games more often than any other top grandmasters.
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  chancho: It is good to see Gata doing so well in this tournament.
May-30-13  twinlark: There's still a lot of woof in the old dog.
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  profK: Why is this French Variant called the Morosevich variation ???? It was pioneered for years by the Australian International Correspondence Chess Master John Vincent Kellner across various World CC Championships. Moro wasn't born when John first used this 3...Be7 line in the 1950s against the Tarrasch and Standard French 3.Nc3......I think Chess history earns the NAMING rights.
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  HeMateMe: Kamsky is...38? Korchnoi was older, playing for the world championship, as was Gelfand.

Does anyone know how many of these grand prix tournaments there are, and how many do you have to place first or second in, to get invited to the next Candidates?

May-30-13  Eyal: <Does anyone know how many of these grand prix tournaments there are, and how many do you have to place first or second in, to get invited to the next Candidates?>

There are 6 tournaments overall (this is the 4th), each of the 18 players who are part of the series is supposed to participate in 4 (4x18 = 6x12), the 3 best results count. It's not necessarily about first or second place (though that helps, of course) - there's a certain number of Grand Prix points awarded according to the final standings in each tournament. I've posted the current standings in the series (after the Zug GP) here: FIDE Grand Prix Zug (2013).

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  al wazir: What's wrong with 38...Bxh6 ?
May-30-13  dahtah: <Eyal>So Kamsky's Tashkent performance doesn't count?He just need an excellent showing again on his next GP to have a chance on the Candidates?
May-30-13  Eyal: <dahtah> Yeah, each player has one "throwaway" tournament, so to speak - if he gets three better results, the Tashkent result doesn't count.
May-30-13  dahtah: Tnx<Eyall>
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  Check It Out: <al wazir: What's wrong with 38...Bxh6 ?>

After 38...Bxa6 white has 39.Rb8, when another black piece will come off the board. I guess more pieces on the board is better for Naka's survival chances.

May-30-13  MrQuinn: Nakamura can certainly be an entertaining player, but my goodness, he appears to have no common sense. He's not in good form, he's trying to qualify for the Candidates, he needs to stanch the bleeding, he's facing a Kamsky in top form,and he pulls this stunt with this kind of opening play. This just stinks up the house. He is not a good opening player, but he outdid himself with this mess.
May-30-13  KlingonBorgTatar: Right on <Mr Quinn>. The Kellner-Morozhevich variation should not be played against a Kamsky. I feel happy for Kamsky though, and hope he wins this tourney.
May-30-13  LucB: <The Kellner-Morozhevich variation should not be played against a Kamsky>

Collusion? ... :)

May-31-13  KlingonBorgTatar: <LucB>, : D That's a good one !! But seriously, Naka was simply burned out coming from sprinting to a second place finish at Norway. Just look at his marathon losses during the first two rounds of this tourney. If I may conjecture, he was probably trying to essay a super solid defense like a rope-a-dope. Unfortunately, the Be7 takes away a maneuvering square from both black Kts inducing one to develop on h6 resulting in a shattered kingside. The g7 square is also weakened which Kamsky exploited as shown in the notes above.
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  al wazir: <Check It Out: I guess more pieces on the board is better for Naka's survival chances.> Of course. Thanks.
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  HeMateMe: thanks <eyal>, most informative. I thought Kamsky must be doing better, but I'm reminded of that tournament earlier this year where he lost 4 games and came last or near last. He'll have to play very well in the next two, to have a chance at the Candidates.
May-31-13  sami sherriff: Gata Kamsky said on his Time line in Facebook : " Kindly, don't post stuff similar to the chess club's news update. I think it's absolutely disrespectful to both me and Hikaru as we simply play chess to the best of our ability and there's no need to use strong language like who's the boss and etc. Chess is about respect, understanding and dialogue between different cultures and languages. Peace " that's a great , respect and class!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  HeMateMe: That's interesting. Are chess fans putting in a bunch of flame crap on facebook, for Kamsky and Nak? I've never logged onto his facebook site. I don't want Facebook linked to my computer.
Jun-01-13  dahtah: Naka tweeted in support of Kamsky for the US Championship.He was playing in Norway then.

These two may be rivals but they are friends.

Jun-01-13  LucB: <KlingonBorgTatar> I think you are correct on Naka; I just liked the idea of Americans colluding (for once!)...

'all in my head! :D

HK is playing in the Tal memorial in 11 days; well you gotta get your play in while you're young, yes?

Jun-02-13  QueentakesKing: This game is included in my home made book called <Chess drama and conspiracy>. One of the interesting games I included was the Carlsen-McShane game, where Magsen badly needed a point to win the tourney. And McShane gladly gave that point in a silver platter. The penultimate and final rounds are usually where the drama occurs and it involves leaders in the points standing against the cellar-dwellers and are coincidentally friends.
Jun-03-13  KlingonBorgTatar: <LucB> would you mean HK is Naka? Then I guess so. Strike while the Iron is hot. Btw, I was rooting for Kamsky all the way and he lost to Fab. The monsoon rains are just setting here in Manila yet I already feel rained over. Tough luck for Kamsky.
Aug-05-13  whiteshark: GM Yasser Seirawan presents a lecture on this game:
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