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Gata Kamsky vs Vassily Ivanchuk
Tradewise Gibraltar (2014), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 9, Feb-05
Indian Game: General (A45)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-05-14  superstoned: Doh! Totally hoping for more in this match-up.
Feb-05-14  Rhialto: <Kamsky said that he'd completely forgotten about the existence of ..3Qb6, while Ivanchuk mentioned that he wasn't sure this was ever played before (as it turns out it was played once or twice).>

Hm, makes sense. Kamsky prepares 2.Bf4 and "forgets" that Black can play one of the most common resources (for both colors) in all the QP openings where the opponent has moved his QB. On the very next move, no less!

Or maybe we might take the liberty of doubting this fairy tale, since the result was suspiciously close to what always happens when two "chess professionals" meet while leading an open tournament.

This tradition really bugs me, not so much as a spectator but because of its short-sighted stupidity. Kamsky and Ivanchuk are professionals, yes, but what kind of professionals? They are not financiers or laborers or lawyers, they are in fact professional entertainers. Why do opens give them appearance fees? Well for the big ones there are sponsors who want spectators to see their ads, but also, they want amateurs like us to pay entry fees for that same open. We want to play the strong players and to see them play. That is a professional entertainer...which doesn't mean you have to play like Sutovsky, but this is really going to the other extreme, and in the long run it is just bad business practice.

Feb-05-14  Tartalacreme: 1. d4 Nf6 2. Bf4 c5 3. e3 Qb6 4. Nc3 Qxb2 5. Nb5 Nd5 6. a3 a6 7. Rb1 Qa2 8. Qc1 axb5 9. Ra1 Qxa1 10. Qxa1 seems to be the way to continue the fight. This results in a messy unclear position.
Feb-06-14  Rhialto: Well the point is that 4...Qxb2 is not just an obvious idea but it's on the fourth move! Moreover when you prepare a line you give special attention to the most critical continuations, never mind how many games are in the database. ...Qb6-xb2 is clearly one such critical line.

I admit it's barely possible Kamsky's preparation could have been that bad, but after following enough of these tournaments you start expecting this kind of quick draw in exactly this tournament situation - and I mean exactly, including the fact that a quick draw basically took Kamsky out of the running. It still happens all the time. And why not? Kamsky goes easy on Ivanchuk here, Ivanchuk won't press too hard when the roles are reversed later.

Feb-13-14  Karposian: I am absolutely convinced that Kamsky knew what he was getting into. He is an expert on the London System. He has played it on numerous occations. It is absolutely incomprehensible that he could forget this line, as <Rhialto> points out, it is one of the most critical lines in the whole London complex.. Granted, Kamsky rarely plays the accelerated London i.e. 2.Bf4 (he usually plays 2.Nf3 then 3.Bf4) but, he was OK with a draw, it's obvious.
Feb-14-14  mrbasso: Agreed.If you want to play for win with White after 2...c5 you probably have to play 3.dxc5 like Rapport did R Rapport vs A Giri, 2014
Feb-20-16  RookFile: Well, there's always 2. Nf3. ...Qb6 isn't going to happen if the bishop is still sitting on c1.
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