Sunday, February 13, 2011

Le Quang Liem demolish Kamsky!

Vietnam top player –  Le Quang Liem (photo right) made a great upset in round 4, Aeroflat Open 2011 after beating  ex-FIDE World Champion – Gata Kamsky (photo left) in 27 move!

Gata is the recent US Champion. He is a  super strong GM who have beat World Champion like Kasparov, Karpov, Anand and Topalov. Gata won the 2007 World Cup champion and qualified to play in the Candidate Quartefinal against Veselin Topalov on April 2011. The candidate is a tournament to determine the challenger for the World Chess Championship 2012.

Surprisingly, top chess site like  and  failed o annotated his victory against Kamsky so i decide to ask my ‘good friend’ – Mr. Fritz to help me to annotated  the beauty of the game. Take note the beauty of a piece sacrifice on move 16th.

GM Le, Quang Liem (2664) - GM Gata Kamsky (2730)
Round 4, 11.2.2011  Aeroflot 2011

Analysed by Centaur (Hairulov + Fritz)

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Qb3 e6 5. Nc3 Nbd7  6. Bf4 a5  7. cxd5 exd5 8. e3 Nb6 9. Bd3 Bg4 9... a4 10. Qc2  Bd6 offering to trade white's bishop who is controlling the h2-b8 diagonal seems like a good alternative.

10. Ne5 Bh5 11. O-O a4 12. Qc2 Bg6 13. e4 White decide to open the game probably
because black's is behind in development and black king is still in the center.

13... dxe4 14. Nxe4

14...Nxe4 The d4 pawn is poison for e.g. 14... Qxd4?? 15. Nxc6!!  bxc6 (15... Rc8 16. Rfe1 Rxc6 17. Nxf6+ Kd8 18. Re8#checkmate ) 16. Qxc6+ Nfd7 (16... Qd7 17. Nxf6+ gxf6 18. Rfe1+) 17. Rae1 Be7 18. Nd6+ Kd8 19. Rxe7 Kxe7 20. Re1+ Kd8 (20... Kf8 21. Qxa8+ Nxa8 22. Re8#) 21. Nb7#

15. Bxe4 15. Rae1  Maintaining the pressure is probably much stronger.

15... Be7? 15... Bxe4 16. Qxe4 Qd5 and black is still ok. Probably Kamsky missed or underestimate white next move...

16. Bxc6+! bxc6 17. Qxc6+ Nd7 18. Nxg6! 18. Nxd7? and white will missed the win  because black has the saving in between move - 18...Rc8 19. Nf6+ Kf8 and white is force to repeat moves 20. Nd7+ Ke8 21. Nf6+ Kf8

18... hxg6 19. Rfe1 White maintain the pressure. Black is ahead in material but his his pieces lack of coordination not to mentioned his worst king safety.

19... O-O 20. Bc7 Nb8 20... Qe8 will not exchange the outcome because White will quickly regain the piece and up in material after 21. Bd6 Ne5 22. Qxe8 Rfxe8 23. dxe5

21. Bxd8 Nxc6 22. Bxe7 Nxe7 23. Rxe7 

White is clearly winning. He is two pawn up plus a strong passed pawn on d file and pawn majority on the
queenside (two against one). Rfd8 24. Rd1 a3 25. b3 Rac8 26. Kf1 Rd5 26... Rc2 27. Re2

27. Rd2 And Kamsky resign. 1-0

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