USCF Home Chess Life Online 2007 December Gata Escapes With a Draw
|Gata Escapes With a Draw|
|By Jennifer Shahade|
|December 6, 2007|
In round 5.1 of the World Cup, Kamsky faced an uphill battle to a draw when he prepared for the wrong color against Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine. Having misread the pairing charts, Gata was preparing for White and found out that he would really play Black just minutes before the game. Ponomariov got a sizable advantage from the opening and middlegame, but after Gata's queen landed on c5, his problems evaporated. In light of this, White should have tried 29. Rxb6 instead of a4.
Meanwhile, Magnus Carlsen and Alexei Shirov both won their first games against Cheparinov and Javonenko, making entry into the final four for both of them likely.
If Kamsky wins this match, he will face-off against the winner of Carlsen-Cheparinov in the semi-finals. Click here for the chessvibes pairing tree. Good luck to Gata!