Home Page Chess Life Online 2009 February Kamsky Draws in Round Six
|Kamsky Draws in Round Six|
|By GM Ian Rogers|
|February 24, 2009|
"Kamsky Evens Score with Fantastic Win!" and Monday, "Kamsky Loses in Round Five."
After a round five loss, Gata Kamsky scored a draw in round six of the
World Chess Challenge (Sofia, Feb.16-28). The match resumes on
Thursday, when the pressure will be on Kamsky in this short, 8-game
match. GM Ian Rogers annotates game six below. Also see his two live, in-depth reports on the decisive games Saturday, |
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 c5 6.Be3 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Ne7 8.Nd2 Nbc6 9.N2f3 Bg4
Kamsky himself had played 9...a6 against Svidler and achieved a fairly comfortable draw.
10.0–0 Bxf3 11.Nxf3 g6
The first new move; previously Black had moved his e7 knight to g6 or f5. The new weakening on the dark squares will only be important if White can open up the position, a task Kamsky now undertakes.
12.c4! Bg7 13.cxd5 Nxd5 14.Bc5 Bf8 15.Qc1?
Another tactical oversight by Kamsky, which allows Black instant equality. After [15.Rc1! Black still has some problems to solve after 15...Bxc5 16.Rxc5 0–0 17.Qd2 Kg7 18.h4 h6 19.Rfc1 , although whether White can increase the pressure is uncertain.]
15...Rc8! 16.Bxf8 Nd4!
17.Qd1 Nxe2+ 18.Qxe2 Kxf8 19.Rac1 Kg7 20.h4 Qb6 21.g3 h6 22.a3 Rc5 23.Rc2 Rhc8 24.Rfc1 a5 25.Qd2 Rxc2 26.Rxc2 Rc5 27.Qc1 Rxc2 28.Qxc2 Ne7
White's e-pawn is only a marginal disadvantage but since Kamsky had fallen well behind on the clock, Topalov keeps probing.
29.Qc3 Nc6 30.b3
Here Kamsky, perfectly reasonably, offered a draw but after Topalov's refusal, he began to drift.
An unnecessary weakening. After 31.Kg2 White would have little to fear.
31...Qd1+ 32.Kg2 Qe2
32...Qd5 followed by ...Nb4-d3 was also promising, albeit in a position still expected to end in a draw, but Topalov's move sets Kamsky, with less than 2 minutes remaining per move, with more immediate challenges.
33...Qb2 intending ...Nb4-d5 was more promising.
"Now it is perfectly equal," said Kamsky.
Kamsky's knight has found a stable square and Black has no longer any time to build up as his a pawn is hanging.
35...Nc2 36.Qd2! Qb1
36...Ne1+ 37.Kf1! Qxb3 achieves nothing after 38.Qf4 , in analogy to the game.
37.Qf4! Ne1+ 38.Kh2 Qxb3 39.Qf6+ Kg8 40.Qd8+ Kh7 41.Qf6 Kg8
Repeating moves because 41...Qf3 42.Qxf3 Nxf3+ 43.Kh3! Nd4 44.Nxa5 b5 is also trivially drawn.
42.Qd8+ Kh7 43.Qf6 Kg8 ½–½
Root on a Kamsky comeback Thursday 2/26/09 at 8 AM EST. You can watch on the Internet Chess Club,the official website, or chessdom, where there will be live GM coverage.