Thursday, December 13, 2007

World Cup 2007 Final Game 1 : Shirov -Kamsky !/2-!/2

Shirov(middle) and Kamsky(right)- this photo were taken 2 years ago!

[Date "2007.12.13"]
[White "*GM_Shirov"]
[Black "*GM_Kamsky"]
World Cup 2007 Final, Game 1
[WhiteElo "2739"]
[BlackElo "2714"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 Kamsky choose not to play 7...d5 the heavilly discuss Marshall Attack 7...d68. c3 O-O 9. h3 Nb8 Kamsky choose the Ruy Lopez Closed : Breyer Variation , This move look weird at first because it seems like a loss of tempo but the knight is heading to d7 to enforce e5 . It also didn't block the thematic break c5 and allow Bb7 to increase presurre at white e4 pawn. 10. d4 Nbd7 11. Nbd2 Bb7 12. Bc2 Re8 13. Nf1 Bf8 14. Ng3 g6 15. b3 a5 16.
a4 b4 17. cxb4 axb4 18. Bb2 Bh6 19. dxe5 dxe5 20. Bd3 Nc5 21. Bb5 Qxd1 22.
Raxd1 c6 23. Bc4 Nfd7 24. Re2 Bf4 25. Rc2 Re7 26. Ne2 Bh6 27. Ng3 Bf4 28. Bc1
Ba6 29. Bxf4 exf4 30. Ne2 Bxc4 31. Rxc4 Nxb3 32. Rxb4 Nbc5 33. Nc3 Ree8 34. Rd6
Rd6 Re6 35.Rbd4 Rxd6 36.Rxd6 The position looks draw especially if white a pawn and black c pawn being capture. Ra6 37.e5 Rb6 38.Rd1 Rb3 39.Ne2 Ra3 40.Ned4 Rxa4 41.Nxc6 Nf8 42.Ne7+ 1/2-1/2

A rather unexciting start for the final

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