Saturday, June 09, 2007

Gelfand beat Kamsky with black!

Boris Gelfand beat Gata Kamsky with black when Gata choose his pet openings in his youth the london system set-up. Gelfand seems prepared because he play the opening with great confident and accuracy. Gata looks like he doesn't have a clear plan and Gelfand maintain his initiative. (It is easy to critize a grandmaster...especially when you are equip with chess programme like Fritz :) )

Kamsky - Gelfand [D02]Candidate Elista (08.06.2007)

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Bf4 c5 4.e3 Nc6 5.Bb5 [This looks unusual but maybe Gata want to avoid theory and "just play chess". Normal is 5.dxc5 e6 6.c3 Bxc5 7.Nbd2 0-0 8.Bd3 Qe7 9.Nb3 Bb6 10.Ne5 Nxe5 0.15/14 ] 5...cxd4 6.exd4 Qa5+ 7.Nc3 Bg4 8.0-0 e6 9.h3 Bxf3 10.Qxf3 Rc8 11.Rfd1 Be7 12.Bf1 It looks like Kamsky have no concrete plan to develop his game. It looks like as he were playing black. 12...0-0 13.Ne2 b5 14.c3 b4 15.Qd3 Qb6 16.cxb4 Nxb4 17.Qb3 Ne4 18.a3 Nc6 19.Qxb6 axb6 20.b4 g5 21.Be3 Nd6 22.Nc1 f5 Black have the initiative. 23.Nb3 Nc4 24.b5 Nd8 25.a4 Kamsky try to use his pawn majority in queenside but 25...Nb7 were easily safeguard by black knight and pawn on b6 26.Bc1 f4 27.Be2 Bb4 28.Ra2 Nbd6 Black piece occupy and control many strategic square such as c4, e4, a5 29.Bd3 Ra8 30.Kf1? A mistake in a difficult position that cause Kamsky a pawn. But there seems no way to prevent Gelfand total domination . A better alternative is 30.Bd2 Bxd2 31.Nxd2 Nxb5 32.Nxc4 dxc4 33.Bxc4 Nc3 34.Bxe6+ Kg7 35.Rdd2 Nxa2 36.Rxa2 Kf6 White will have some counterplay due to his passed pawn on d-file -but i think it is not enough] 30...Nxb5 After this move Gelfand a very experienced Grandmaster just convert it to a winning game. 31.Rc2 Nbd6 32.Bd2 Rxa4 33.Bxb4 Rxb4 34.Nc1 Nf5 35.Bxf5 Rxf5 36.Nd3 Rb3 37.Ra2 Rf7 38.Ke2 Nd6 39.Rda1 Nb5 40.Kd2 Nxd4 41.Rc1 Rb5 42.Rc8+ Rf8 43.Rc7 Ra5 44.Rb2 Rf7 45.Rc8+ Kg7 46.Ne5 Rb7 47.h4 A desperate attempt by Kamsky to confuse matter but 47...gxh4 "Gelfand play as how Gelfand should play" 48.Rb4 Ra2+ 49.Kd3 Nf5 50.Rxf4 Rba7 51.Rc3 R7a3 52.Rxa3 Rxa3+ 53.Ke2 b5 54.Rg4+ Kf6 55.Nd3 Ra8 56.Kd2 e5 Kamsky could resign at this point but try another few more move 57.Rb4 e4 58.Nc5 Rg8 0-1

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