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Gata Kamsky vs Michael Adams
Baku Grand Prix (2008), Baku AZE, rd 6, Apr-27
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Flohr System (C92)  ·  1-0



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  Jimfromprovidence: I feel reasonably confident that 50...h5 would have held for black.

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One potential continuation from this position is 51 Nf4 Bxf4 52 gxf4 Rd3 53 Rc1 Kc6 54 Kf1 Rh3.

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This one outcome looks pretty good for black.

However, the possibility that the position after 50... h5 can be won by white is certainly arguable.

I could not determine if either 52...h5 or 54...h5 would have led to a drawn outcome.

Apr-27-08  Discerning King: 54. c5 Excellent...
56. Rc4 Marvelous, cant play Kb3 to capture Rook or Pawn Promotes!
Apr-27-08  Marmot PFL: <Jimfromprovidence:> I think 50...Rd3 is also playable. 50...Rd6 loses tempo as the rook has to go to d3 anyway (else white plays Ra2-a5+, or maybe Re2-e3-g3).
Apr-27-08  cotdt: kamsky played amazing in this game. he is definately in good form right now.
Apr-27-08  ajile: kamsky just likes to play solid openings to get him to the middle and endgames. Then he simply outplays his opponents.
Apr-28-08  Ezzy: GM Kamsky,Gata(USA) (2726) - GM Adams,Michal(ENG) (2729) [C92] (6), 27.04.2008

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0–0 8.c3 d6 9.h3 Bb7 10.d4 Re8 11.Nbd2 Bf8 12.d5 Nb8 13.Nf1 Nbd7 14.N3h2 Nc5 15.Bc2 c6 16.b4 Ncd7 17.dxc6 Bxc6 18.Bg5 h6 19.Bxf6 Nxf6 20.Ng4 Nxg4 21.Qxg4 Rc8 22.Bb3 Bd7 23.Qf3 Be6 24.Red1 Qg5 25.Rd3 Qf4 26.Qe2 Bxb3 27.axb3 d5 28.exd5 <They have been following Leko v Adams 1/2 - 1/2 Corus 2008. Leko played 21 Rxd5. which is inferior according to the computers.> 28...e4 29.Re3 Qe5 <29...Qd6 may be the way to go in the future.> 30.Rxa6 f5 <Both players must have reams of computer analysis on this position. I have only just read the bulletin and Kamsky said that his home work in this line went to 34 Qxf7+ when he decided it was a better ending for white>. 31.Ng3 Qxd5 32.Qh5 <An interesting way to stop the threat of 32...f4> 32...Re5 <Keeping the 33...f4 threat alive.> 33.Qg6 <Again an interesting way to counter the 33...f4 threat. If 33...f4 34 Nxe4 threatening 35 Nf6+> 33...Qf7 34.Qxf7+ Kxf7 35.Ra7+ Be7 36.Ne2 <Threatens to seperate black's f5 pawn from the defense of its e4 pawn by 37 g4.> 36...Ke8 <Getting out of the pin so if 37 g4 f4 38 Nxf4 Bg5!> 37.Rb7 Rd5 <With idea's of 38...Rd1+ 39 Kh2 Bh4> 38.Nd4 Bg5 39.Rxb5 Rxb5 40.Nxb5 Rb8 41.Nc7+ Kd7 42.Na6 Ra8 43.Nc5+ Kc6 44.Re2 Ra1+ 45.Kh2 Kb5 46.Rc2 Bf6 47.g3 Rd1 48.Kg2 Be5 49.h4 g6< Important not to allow 50 h6 when black's g7 pawn will be backward.> 50.Ne6 Rd6 51.Nf4 Bxf4 52.gxf4 Rd3 53.c4+ Kxb4 54.c5 Kxb3 55.Rc1 Kb2 56.Rc4 Rd7?? <After such accurate play Adams falters. It was vital to play ...h5 so Kamsky could not play 58 h5 and then invade the position with his king. [56...Kb3 57.c6 Rd8 58.Rc1 h5 and Adam’s should hold the draw.> 57.c6 Rc7 58.h5 Kb3 59.Rc1 gxh5 60.Kh3 1–0 1–0

Kamsky is playing well so far in this tournament. He’s been enterprising, solid and well prepared. Playing solid when he needs and enterprising and risky when he sniffs a chance. I’m looking forward to the Kamsky - Topalov match, it will be ultra exciting. Shame my fellow countryman Adams didn’t hold the draw, but Kamsky put him under all sorts of pressure. Great preperation by Kamsky. He’s looking good!

Apr-28-08  notyetagm: Outstanding play by Kamsky.

He is -monstrous- when ge gets a decent position out of the opening. Then he simply outplays his 2700-rated opponents.

Apr-28-08  notyetagm: Position after 56 ♖c1-c4!

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<Discerning King: ... 56. Rc4 Marvelous, cant play Kb3 to capture Rook or Pawn Promotes!>

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Apr-28-08  notyetagm: Position after 56 ♖c1-c4!

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<Discerning King: ... 56. Rc4 Marvelous, cant play Kb3 to capture Rook or Pawn Promotes!>

The old <PASSED PAWN VERSUS ROOK TRICK> strikes again!

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See my Game Collection: Passed pawn versus rook trick for more examples.

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  tamar: <[56...Kb3 57.c6 Rd8 58.Rc1 h5 and Adam’s should hold the draw.>

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59 f3 should win. With Black's King cut off, White can activate his King through the center. I missed this completely during the game, but Kamsky had this threat as well as h5, so Black is just lost.

The problem for Adams is that he has no counterplay at all, if 59...exf3 60 Kxf3 with Ke3 and Kd4 to follow, or 59...e3 60 Kf1 with Ke2 Kxe3 to follow.

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  Jimfromprovidence: You guys are missing the boat. 50...h5 holds for black.

Whether h5 holds for black after that point is difficult to determine.

Don't overpraise Kamsky.

Apr-28-08  samikd: <notyetagm> as usual, your game collection is extremely instructive and useful, at least for me. Thanks again !
Apr-28-08  notyetagm: <samikd: <notyetagm> as usual, your game collection is extremely instructive and useful, at least for me. Thanks again !>

You are welcome.

Apr-28-08  samikd: this lovely rook endgame reminds me of a fantastic Kamsky endgame that I followed with my own eyes, at Philadelphia in 2006. It was amazing to watching the machine-like kamsky

V Milov vs Kamsky, 2006

Apr-28-08  Ezzy: <tamar: 59 f3 should win.> Yeah I agree. Adams is technically lost in the endgame. A bit more resistance with a black h5 wouldn't of done any harm, but yes there is no way Adams can hold the draw with correct play.
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  tamar: <Ezzy> Heroic defence from Adams from about move 47 against 3 connected unopposed passed pawns.

I'd like to see some analysis on whether 50...h5 mentioned by <Jimfromprovidence> might hold.

Has there been any comment by Adams or Kamsky about the endgame?

Apr-28-08  whiteshark: Random observation of time usage:

24.Red1; 01:47 - 01:39
30.Rax6; 01:31 - 01:05
36...Ke8; 01:14 - 00:16
45...Kb5; 01:23 - 00:52

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  Jimfromprovidence: According to the link provided by <minasina> 50... Rd3, below, was the saving move for black.

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The continuation estimates an edge of +.41 for white, as opposed to +3.75 for the text 50...Rd6??

Congrats to <Marmot PFL>.

I wonder what 50...h5 would have yielded?

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  Jimfromprovidence: <minasina> pulled his post. Here's the link to the Rybka analysis of this match.

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