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Kamsky Rebounds in Moscow Print E-mail
August 19, 2008
Photo Mark Gluhovksy
Despite drawing two Blacks in a row in the first two rounds of the Tal Memorial (Moscow, August 18-29), Gata Kamsky wasted no time in rebounding from his first round loss against Vassily Ivanchuk , scoring a Slav victory over Alexei Shirov today. After achieving a big initiative after 29...f4, Gata played a series of accurate moves up to gxf2+, forcing a winning endgame.


It was the only decisive game of the round. Gata now stands in the middle of the pack, just behind leaders Kramnik, Morozevich and Ivanchuk. He faces Boris Gelfand with White tomorrow.

Tal Memorial
 Standings after Round 2

 1-3 -GM Vladimir Kramnik  RUS 2788, GM Alexander Morozevich  RUS 2788 and GM Vassily Ivanchuk  UKR 2781-

4-8- GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov AZE 2742, GM Gata Kamsky  USA 2723, GM Peter Leko HUN 2741, GM Ruslan Ponomariov UKR 2718 and GM Boris Gelfand ISR 2720-1
9-GM Evgeny Alekseev RUS 2708-0.5
10- GM Alexei Shirov ESP 2741-0