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Gata Kamsky vs Vladislav Tkachiev
Tal Memorial (Blitz) (2008) (blitz), Moscow RUS, rd 6, Aug-29
Pirc Defense: Classical. Schlechter Variation (B08)  ·  1-0



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Sep-01-08  notyetagm:

<(4) Let's take a look at a couple of games. First, the good, an elegant bit of technique from the end of Kamsky-Tkachiev (round 6).

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To make further progress, White will put his king on c6 and then look for a way to penetrate with his rook, to drive Black's king to the back rank. Kamsky therefore plays the obvious 49.Kb5,

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and now rather than wait around for the inevitable Black plays 49...f6,

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hoping to swap off the kingside pawns. There may be several ways for White to win, but the one he chose struck me as especially nice: 50.Kc4!.

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<This switchback takes advantage of the changed situation; Black's rook is trapped and as he's powerless against 51.Rd5, trading the rooks, Tkachiev resigned.> This ability to respond to changing circumstances by stopping on a dime to undo a move that was part of a previous plan is one I've regularly noticed with top players, and it's worth cultivating in one's own play.>

Very alert play by Kamsky, using the <SELF-BLOCKING> 49 ... f7-f6 to <TRAP> the Black f5-rook, forcing a trade that results in a trivial win in a king and pawn ending.

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