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Gata Kamsky vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
"Shakh and Matt" (game of the day Aug-21-2013)
World Cup (2013), Tromso NOR, rd 4, Aug-20
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B47)  ·  1-0



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Aug-21-13  mrbasso: <Mamedyarov never sat at the table properly and was way ahead in time. Perhaps he was trying to press his opponent psychologically but it didn't work.>

This is typical for Shak. He tries to intimidate his opponents but it usually only works against lower rated opponents.

Aug-21-13  vasja: Methinks that there was a more direct way:

16 e5 de 17 fe QXe5 18 Bb6

and white wins exchange.

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  kevin86: checkmate is not present...but will come soon.
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  kingscrusher: I reviewed the game last night as part of my weekly chessbase radio show :

Cheers K

Aug-21-13  marcwordsmith: Thank you <Troller> and <Shams>. Yes, moving the pieces would probably be a good idea. Gotta get my board set up first--so much effort! ;-) Why do that when I have you guys? JUST KIDDING!
Aug-21-13  marcwordsmith: oh jeez, I did not even SEE 31. Qxd5+. DUH! Perhaps moving the pieces wouldn't have even helped me.
Aug-21-13  Ed Frank: Tal resurrected. Kamsky's attack here is pure beauty.
Aug-22-13  Tim Delaney: 30. Qd5 is less spectacular, but more direct. 30. ... Bxh4; 31. Qe4 and now black must play Rg8, losing both the Rook and the bishop. If he tries 30. ... Qb7 then 31. Rxh5 and he gets mated quickly.
Aug-22-13  pericles of athens: <kingscrusher> thanks for the video link, helped me out a lot!
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  sbevan: <luzhin: This is a devastating example of the rule that when Black plays ...d5 in the open Sicilian it either equalises completely or is a blunder. In this case, Black should have played 16...e5 with the idea of blunting White's key attacking piece, the Bd3.>

Thank you.

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  Natalia Pogonina: Annotations by GM Naiditsch:
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  FSR: Video-annotated by IM Kiewra here: Kiewra observes that Kamsky's last 17 moves were all threats!
Nov-20-15  nilanjanasm: This is a great game
May-05-16  Rabbi T: 30...Rh5 is a brilliant move.
Oct-07-22  Brenin: I couldn't see a good forcing move, but OTB I guess I'd consolidate the P on f7 with 24 e6 and then try to get my Q to give check on the a1 - h8 diagonal. Looking at the game continuation, it seems that this was the right plan, but I had no idea whether it was going to work.
Oct-07-22  mel gibson: 24. e6 was obvious to be examined but
I couldn't see how it would win.
I gave up.

Stockfish 15 says:

24. e6

(24. e6 (e5-e6 ♖d8-f8
♕h3-e3 ♗e7-c5 ♕e3-e1 ♗c5-e7 c2-c4 b5xc4 ♕e1-c3+ ♔g7-h6 ♕c3-d2 ♔h6-g7 ♗d3xc4 ♗d5xc4 ♕d2-c3+ ♔g7-h6 ♖f4xc4 ♕c7-d6 ♖f1-e1 ♖f8-d8 ♖c4-c6 ♕d6-d5 b2-b4 ♖b8-b5 ♕c3-c1+ ♔h6-g7 ♖c6-c7 ♖b5-b7 ♕c1-b2+ ♔g7-h6 ♖c7xe7 ♖b7xe7 ♕b2-f6 ♖e7xe6 f7-f8♕+ ♖d8xf8 ♕f6xf8+ ♔h6-g5 ♖e1-c1 ♖e6-c6 ♕f8-e7+ ♔g5-h6 ♖c1-b1 ♕d5-d3 ♕e7-e1 ♖c6-c2 a3-a4 ♕d3-d5 ♕e1-f1 ♕d5-e4 ♕f1-f3 ♕e4xf3 g2xf3 ♖c2-c6 b4-b5 a6xb5 a4xb5 ♖c6-b6 ♔h1-g2 ♔h6-g5 ♔g2-g3 ♔g5-f5 h2-h4 ♔f5-e5 ♔g3-g4 h7-h6 f3-f4+ ♔e5-d6 ♖b1-d1+ ♔d6-e6 ♖d1-e1+ ♔e6-f6 ♖e1-b1 ♔f6-e6 ♖b1-b4 ♔e6-d6 h4-h5 g6xh5+ ♔g4xh5 ♔d6-e7 ♔h5-g4 ♔e7-f6 ♖b4-b1 ♔f6-g6 ♔g4-f3 ♔g6-f5 ♖b1-b4) +2.09/57 692)

score for White +2.09 depth 57.

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  al wazir: My plan was 25. Bxg6 hxg6 26. Rg4 Rh8 27. Rxg6+ Kxg6 28. Qg4+ Kh7 29. Rf5.

But black doesn't have to play 26...Rh8. After 26...Qxe5, the attack is dead. White is two pieces down with nothing but a couple of ♙s to show for it.

Oct-07-22  nalinw: Unlike <Brenin> I completely missed the final nail in the coffin - threats along the Black long diagonal .... even after seeing the follow-up is complex.

Black has to give the piece back (at least) to survive.

Oct-07-22  jrredfield: It was a pretty good week for me, but didn't get this one. I did look at 24 e6 briefly, but went with Bxg6??. Black grabs the bishop and there's no good plan for White after that. Should have looked a bit deeper.
Oct-07-22  sfm: OK, this is up there where it's hard to fly with ordinary wings. Wonderful attack.
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  chrisowen: I hooked junkyard love it's quality e6 feline man it's aims gotcha v accomodate match v ignoble it's boat again I bubble it's vehement by e6 aka ;)
Oct-07-22  King.Arthur.Brazil: The King (me!) was in doubt about the order of two moves:24/25... e6 or ♕e3. Then, following game line, 26. ♕e1 seems natural, since the ♕ protects the ♙ while it threats ♕c3+ and ♖h4+ or ♕h4, and according to black ♕ moves, ♕e5+. Also 26. ♖h4 seems simple, because it threats also 27. ♕e3, for 28. ♕d4+ or 28. ♕h6+, with deadly attack.

Now, 28...♗xh4 29. ♕d4+ ♔h6 30. ♕xh4+ ♔g7 31. ♕f6+ ♔h6 32. ♖f4 ♕xf4 33. ♕xf4+ ♔g7 34. ♕e5+ ♔h6 35. ♕xd5 with unstoppable e7-e8.

So, the decisive move is a sequence: 29. ♕d5+ to place the ♕ for the theater, which I truly didn't see... and 30. ♖xh5+ for check-mate combination,

The King played 29. ♖xh5 directly, threating 30. ♕h6+, with the line: 29... gxh5 30. ♕d4+ ♔h6 31. ♖f6+ ♗xf6 32. ♕xf6# or 29... ♔g5 31. ♖f6+ ♔g5 32. ♖g6#, even 29...♔g7 32. ♖g6+ ♔h7 33. ♕g7#. Will I be a GM one day? lgs (Nooooo...)

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  agb2002: White has a bishop for three pawns.

Black threatens Qxe5 and block the f-pawn.

White can open the a1-h8 diagonal and block the action of Black's light square bishop on f7 with 24.e6:

A) 24... Rf8 25.Qe3 looks good for White. For example, 25... Qc5 26.Qe5+ Kh6 (threatens Bxg2+) 27.Be4 Rbd8 27... Bxe4 28.Rh4+ Bxe7 29.Qxc5 wins decisive material) 28.R4f3.

B) 24... Bf8 25. Rh4 h5 26.Rxh5 gxh5 27.Qxh5 wins (27... Bd6 28.Qg5+ Kf8 [28... Kh8 29.Qh6#] 29.e7+ B(Q)xe7 30.Qh6#).

C) 24... Bxe6 25.Qxe6 recovers material while keeping the attack.

Oct-07-22  Cheapo by the Dozen: It was obvious that the game move e6 forced the game move ... Rf8 to prevent the clearance of f7. But I didn't see how to proceed from there, due in large part to the difficulty of getting a rook to the h-file against the defense from Black's bishops.

So after briefly checking the alternate move order of f8(Q)+ with the intention of an e6 followup, which doesn't seem to work at all, I gave up.

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  al wazir: 19. f6 (instead of 19. fxe6) Ne4 (19...g6 20. Qh6 Bf8 21. Qxd2) 20. fxe7 Qxe7 21. Nxe4 dxe4 22. Bxe4 Bxe4 23. Rxe4 seems to leave black in a cramped position and give white good attacking opportunities.
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