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Gata Kamsky vs Alexander Morozevich
FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 10, Jun-02
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Closed Defense (C96)  ·  1-0



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  Bobby Spassky: What a crush!
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  wordfunph: birthday gift by Moro.
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  perfidious: Don't remember ever seeing Black concede the centre at move 11, and this smash is hardly an advert for the line, if one were Black.
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  HeMateMe: sharp stuff.
Jun-02-13  Eyal: Kamsky actually missed an earlier nice forced win with 18.Nd5! Bxd5 19.exd5 and the threat of Rxe7 is deadly - the best Black can do is 19...Rxc2 20.Rxe7 Qxe7 (20...Rxe7 21.Bxf6 gxf6 22.Qxf6 and the only way to prevent an immediate mate is 22...Qf8) 21.Nxe7+ Rxe7 22.Bxf6 gxf6 23.Qxf6. It still remains very difficult for Black, though, and after 20...Bd8 he's losing again - the only chance to hold was apparently 20...Ne5 with the idea 21.Rg3 Nh5 22.Nxe7+ Rxe7 23.Bxe7 Nxg3 24.Bxd6 Nc4.
Jun-02-13  tacite: Looks like Moro is getting himself out of professional chess. Blunders and bad moves in his games in the past years are getting too much frequent for a 2700+ players playing against is pairs.

Moro is not playing anymore like Moro. It's more like a Mister Hyde-Moro.

Jun-02-13  ounos: Hmm. After Nxb2, I wondered whether white could play 18. Nd5. Then I wondered why black isn't hurrying 20. ...Ne5. Then I went to chessbomb to check the lines, and it turns out that all these are junctions where players blundered, 18. Nd5 is crushing, and 20. ...Ne5 is necessary
Jun-02-13  Eyal: <18.Nd5! Bxd5 19.exd5 and the threat of Rxe7 is deadly [...] 19...Rxc2 20.Rxe7 Rxe7 21.Bxf6 gxf6 22.Qxf6>

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The prettiest point here is actually that Black can't win the white queen by 22...Re1+ 23.Rxe1 Qxf6 because he's getting mated on the back rank; according to the press conference that's what Kamsky missed (

Jun-02-13  dumbgai: Moro doing his best Radja impersonation these last several rounds.
Jun-02-13  RookFile: Another case of a black bishop on b7 in a double e pawn opening that looks pretty but actually does nothing. Meanwhile white calmly drops a knight into f5 (nice that no bishop can take it off) and detonates a bomb against g7.
Jun-02-13  Tiggler: <Eyal: Kamsky actually missed an earlier nice forced win with 18.Nd5!>

When shown this move in the press conference after the game, Gata smiled sheepishly and agreed that it was crushing. But then he said words to the effect that, shrug, anything wins by then. And it was true: his pieces were placed to work harmoniously and all aimed at black's king's side. The way Gata modestly put it, it was as if his game played itself.

He did something similar to Moro at Zug, when the latter seemed in much better form.

Jun-02-13  Eyal: <When shown this move in the press conference after the game, Gata smiled sheepishly and agreed that it was crushing. But then he said words to the effect that, shrug, anything wins by then. And it was true>

True considering Moro's terrible state/form, as it turned out, but not objectively - as I mentioned, 20...Ne5 seems to be holding for Black after 21.Rg3 Nh5! (according to the press conference Kamsky missed this - he was talking only of 21...Ng6) 22.Nxe7+ Rxe7 23.Bxe7 Nxg3 24.Bxd6 Nc4; White probably retains some advantage with the bishop pair after 25.Bc5 Qxd4 26.Bxd4 Nh5, and a great technician like Kamsky might have been able to do something with it, but there's no clear win there.

Jun-02-13  Tiggler: <Eyal> A great technician, maybe, but not a great tactician, if one is talking about concrete variations. Very instructive were his comments on the last move, 25. f4 . He just said that once he saw the R on e5 was the only thing holding black's defence together, f4 had to be played to remove it. No variations necessary and, since Moro resigned, none had to be played.

I think Kamsky is much more than a technician: he has an artist's view of the game. If he continues in this form, he could be a player that Carlsen might have to fear.

Jun-02-13  Eyal: Yeah, I mentioned on the Kamsky vs Svidler, 2013 page a similar impression about one of Kamsky's comments after that game. Concrete and "messy" tactics isn't his strongest suit (in the game vs. Grischuk here, for example, missing a couple of forced but tricky tactical wins cost him half a point), but he's such an excellent positional player that when he's at his best it often doesn't matter so much.
Jun-02-13  dahtah: <tiggler:he could be a player that Carlsen might have to fear>

it's good you mentioned this,because I said something like Kamsky is the one Anand feared beside Carlsen. After Kamsky's comeback to chess he has a positive score against Anand 2 to 0 wins and a draw,and a 2 to 1 wins and 6 draws over Carlsen.He has a positive score against <Karjakin,> 3. To 2, even scores against <Kramnik ,Grischuk and Nakamura>

Only Aronian,Topalov and Caruana seems so difficult for Kamsky to beat,but I think given his excellent form,he will also beat these guys.

Jun-03-13  paavoh: <If he continues in this form, he could be a player that Carlsen might have to fear> It seems to me that some people are skinning the bear before it (Anand) has been shot....
Jun-05-13  morfishine: A good example of what happens when Black plays Bb7 and White plays an immediate Nf5
Jun-06-13  Ulhumbrus: As 14...Bb7 invites 15 Nf5 this suggests 14...Bd7 or 14...Be6

20 Rd3!! prepares Nxg7 by getting ready for the manoeuvre Rd3-g3 in the event of ...Kxg7

Jun-10-13  notyetagm: Kamsky vs Morozevich, 2013


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