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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Gata Kamsky
Corus Group A (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-19
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Polugaevsky Variation (B42)  ·  1-0



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Jan-19-06  THE pawn: Kamsky must feel awfully bad now, 4 loses...

It seems he wasn't prepared for such a high level of competition, it's really another level, compared to the 2005 world cup.

It doesn't help, obviously, when you play against someone as strong as Ivanchuk.

Jan-19-06  Petrosian63: Why was he invited? Ponomariov should have.
Jan-19-06  Unicornio: Kamsky sucks.
Jan-19-06  aw1988: No, Kamsky doesn't suck. He's just out of form. Please don't bad-mouth the players who don't deserve it.
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  benveniste: Kamsky made a very minor mistake on move 20, which let Ivanchuk obtain both the better pawn structure and a well placed bishop.

Credit on this win goes to Chucky's play, which was quiet but deadly accurate.

Jan-19-06  Spohn: I think Kamsky showed that he belongs here with his win against Gelfand, who is currently in 4th place half a point behind Topalov and Ivanchuk. Coming out of retirement is not an easy process and Kamsky knew he was in for some hard losses while he tries to get his form back. He still has alot of chess talent that we are seeing now and then and i believe that if he keeps going like this he'll be back to where he was in about half a year and then he'll be a contender as some of you remember when he was rated 3rd in the world.
Jan-19-06  aw1988: Even if Kamsky gets his form back, I can't see him taking on the top players now.
Jan-20-06  THE pawn: Well, he's always been a keen and strong player, when playing at full strength. So he might not be as good as Anand or Topalov, but a prodigy never cease to be a prodigy, and he will surprise, I believe, a couple of us by defeating the top players in the upcoming tournaments. Just give him the time.
Jan-20-06  whithaw: To all the people who have commented negetively on Kamsky's recent performances and return to chess:

It takes incredible strength to leave a game where you are among the top in the world and then pursue another endeavor (law.) He has perhaps sacrificed what could have been his best chess playing years because there is little to offer a professional chess player.

He may be rusty, but he is a world class player, who has defeated both karpov and kasparov in his younger days.

If anything, his recent failures show how important and necessary that it is to stay on top of modern theory. Even the brilliant young player that he was, to remain on top, you must play constantly.

If anything, I consider his life a tremendous success, a brilliant prodigy who was also capable of breaking through the confines of the chess world in order to accomplish something that brings greater meaning to his life.

Would you rather that he became something like Fischer?

Just my opinion

Jan-20-06  CeeFoR: "It takes incredible strength to leave a game where you are among the top in the world and then pursue another endeavor (law.)"

It says medicine in his profile

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  Mateo: An interesting endgame, "captivating in its simplicity" (on the Corus Website) and great technical play for Ivanchuk. Kamsky defended quiet well until he played 34... Rd7?.

After 34... Rd7 35. Rc8 Ke7 36. h4, Black has to face the mortal threat 37. g5. 36... g5 actually played loses. But even after 36... d5, White wins a pawn: 37. g5 hg 38. hg Ne4 39. f4 and White wins the d pawn.

So all this shows that 34... Rd7? was bad. He should have played 34... d5 or maybe stronger 34... g5. If 34... g5 35. Rcc4 (35. f4 Re8) Rdb8 36. Rc7 d5. White has only a small advantage here in my opinion.

Jan-20-06  THE pawn: <CeeFoR> His profile has not been updated it seems. At first he tried medicine, but for some reason, law seemed more appealing to him and then switch his studies to law.
Sep-06-07  weepingwarrior: Also, Let us not forget, He played for the world championship at one time!
Aug-27-08  StarJock: Well, it's now Aug.2008 and there's no doubt now that Kamsky has recovered his form!

He won the 2007 World Cup and is one match away from playing for the World Championship in 2009! He's ranked 17th worldwide in the FIDE July 2008 list, with a rating of 2723. Ivanchuk has been busy also and is now ranked 4th in the world with a 2781 rating.

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