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Gata Escapes With a Draw Print E-mail
By Jennifer Shahade   
December 6, 2007
Gata Kamsky plays Ruslan Ponomariov for a coveted spot in the Final Four. Photo Misha Savinov

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!