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Gata Kamsky vs Veselin Topalov
Dos Hermanas (1996), Dos Hermanas ESP, rd 6, May-27
Benoni Defense: Fianchetto Variation (A62)  ·  0-1



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Aug-29-04  Whitehat1963: White's 45th and 46th prove to be the decisive downfall.
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  samvega: I don’t agree w/ your assesment of 45.b4, if you were implying it was a mistake:

i) the N can't move, as it defends g3, so black can just pile up on e4. How does white defend?

ii) 45.b4 sets a couple traps:
A. 45..Rxe4?? (hoping for 46.Bxe4? Qxg3+ 47.Kg1 Qe1+ 48.Kg2 Qxe4+ etc) 46.Ra8+ Kh7 47.Bxe4+

B. 45..Rxb4 46.Qd3 Rb3?? 47.Ra8+ Kh7 48.Nf6#; otherwise 46 .. Bf5 47.Ra8+ Kh7 48.Qd3 and as far as i can see white has succeeded in defending the N and g3.

so IMO 45.b4 was a good attempt to muddy the waters in a lost position. Was there an alternative?

Aug-29-04  clocked: <samvega> as you pointed out, Rxe4 is not an immediate threat. Therefore, white can just play Qb5 and maintain the advantage (Bf5 no longer works as white has Qe8+ winning)
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  samvega: gotcha. funny i missed that, as i had considered (in trying to understand Kamsky's move) the variation 45.b4 Rxb4 46.Qd3 Bf5 47.Qd8+ Kh7 48.Qe7, which is a similar idea (but doesn't work b/c it's a tempo behind).
Jan-14-06  sheaf: this has to be a blindfolded game ?? any takers
Jan-14-06  morpstau: Why not 45...rxn than 46... and qxg3+, winning?
Jan-14-06  euripides: <morp> 45...Rxe4 46 Ra8+ Kh7 47 Bxe4+ looks good for White. If 47...f5 then 48 Ra7.
Jan-14-06  morpstau: Yes your right i missed the check(46.ra8 thanks for the input euripides)
May-21-06  Confuse: topalov so far has a 4-0 score against kamsky... so similar to kasparovs score vs kamsky, i think this is a good sign of things to come =)
Dec-19-06  James Bowman: I noticed a trend in Kamsky's games that he likes to control forward space with Pieces Like Karpov did with pawns sort of, and this we can see in many of his games with Anand. Topalov prevents that and in effect nuetralizes Kamsky's own nuetralizing effect, very interesting difference of styles here. I am just a patzer and have looked at only a small sample of games so take this with a grain of salt.

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