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Le Quang Liem vs Gata Kamsky
Aeroflot Open (2011), Moscow RUS, rd 4, Feb-11
Slav Defense: Modern Line (D11)  ·  1-0

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Feb-11-11
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  HeMateMe: bushwacked, huh? I guess black didn't see 20. B-c7, a real cruncher.
Feb-11-11  galdur: Nice shot.
Feb-11-11  JonathanJ: how about 19. ... Kf8?
Feb-11-11  watwinc: 19 ...Kf8 20Rxe7 If 20...Qxe7 21Qxa8+ or 21Bd6 at once. If 20...Kxe7 21Bd6+ Ke8 22Re1+ looks deadly
Feb-11-11  YouRang: Le Quang Liem's <13.e4!> looks like a strong move, perhaps surprised Kamsky?


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It lead to some exchanges: <13...dxe4 14.Nxe4 Nxe4 15.Bxe4> [diagram]


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Here, black's best continuation would be to eliminate the bishop with 15...Bxe4 16.Qxe4 Qd5!.

Exchanging queens is bad for white, so after (say, 17.Qe2), the 17...Be7 can safely be followed by castling ...O-O.

But black allowed white's bishop to remain at e4, going with the immediate 15...Be7, missing white's bishop sac shot <16.Bxc6+!>. Then <16...bxc6 17.Qxc6+> [diagram].


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Black must play <17...Nd7> (17...Kf8? 18.Qxb6 Qxb6 19.Nd7+ followed by Nxb6) <18.Nxg6> clearing the e-file with tempo <18...hxg6 19.Rfe1> pinning the bishop [diagram]


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<19...O-O> unpins the bishop, but now the bishop is guarding only by black's queen, so we attack the defender: <20.Bc7! Nb8> (20...Qe8 re-pins black's bishop, and is met by 21.Bd6)


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<21.Bxd8> (21.Qxa8 Qxc7 22.Qxa4 is also good, but white evidently opted for the simplifying line that removes the queens) <21...Nxc6 22.Bxe7 Nxe7 23.Rxe7> and white recovers his piece, two pawns up.

Impressive game by Le Quang Liem.

Feb-11-11  ajile: Seems like Black waited too long to 0-0. Not a good game for the Kamster.
Feb-11-11  twinlark: <YouRang>

Thanks for a lucid analysis of a lucid game. Hope Lê can maintain his form this year.

Feb-12-11  pulsar: Le secured his lead with this win over Kamsky, who missed the elegant Bxc6 combo that decided the outcome. Thanks for the analysis, <YouRang>!
Feb-12-11  Kazzak: Good game, but for a taste of what Le can do, check out the game from the previous day. He's got it plotted to the end from the Knight-move that blocks the Queen, and that's good chess.

L Lenic vs Le Quang Liem, 2011

Feb-12-11  notyetagm: Chess Today 3748

16.Bxc6+! bxc6 17.Qxc6+ (D)

Le Quang's nice combination gives
him a decisive advantage in all lines.

17...Nd7

A beautiful combination by Le Quang Liem featuring the tactical themes <RELOADER> and <KNIGHT FORK>.

If 17...Kf8 then 18.Qxb6 Qxb6
19.Nd7+.

Feb-12-11  patzer2: White's demolition with 16. Bxc6+! catches Black off guard with a winning sham sacrifice.

Here's a breakout:

<15...Be7?> this solid looking move loses.

Instead, Black seems to hold after 15... Bxe4 when play might continue 16. Qxe4 Qd5 17. Qe2 Qe6 18. Rfe1 Bb4 19. Bd2 Bxd2 20. Qxd2 O-O 21. Qb4 Nd7 22. Nd3 Qd5 23. a3 b6 =.

<16. Bxc6+!! bxc6 17. Qxc6+ Nd7> Black is busted and probably realizes it by now.

If 17...Kf8, then 18. Qxb6 Qxb6 19. Nd7+ is a winning Knight Fork.

<18. Nxg6 hxg6 19. Rfe1 O-O>

If 19... Rc8, then White wins after 20. Rxe7+! when play might continue 20...Kxe7 (20...Kf8 21. Rxd7! ) 21. Qd6+ Ke8 22. Re1+ Ne5 23. Rxe5+ Qe7 24. Qxe7#.

<20. Bc7 Nb8>

If 20... Qe8, then simply 21. Bd6 wins the pinned piece with decisive effect.

The rest, as they say, is a display of good technique.

<21. Bxd8 Nxc6 22. Bxe7 Nxe7 23. Rxe7 Rfd8 24. Rd1 a3 25. b3 Rac8 26. Kf1 Rd5 27. Rd2 1-0>

Feb-12-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: DDD: DESTRUCTION, DEFLECTION, DECOY

Le Quang Liem vs Kamsky, 2011 18 Qc6xNb6! destroys, 18 ... Qd8xQb6 deflects, decoys

Feb-12-11  Caissanist: Is there any consensus on what the term "sham sacrifice" means? I find the term somewhat confusing.
Feb-12-11  notyetagm: <Caissanist: Is there any consensus on what the term "sham sacrifice" means? I find the term somewhat confusing.>

I don't like the term and never use it.

I think it means a sacrifice that is part of a concrete tactical operation, which can accurately evaluated, as opposed to a "real" sacrifice which gives only unclear compensation.

Hence 16 ♗e4xc6+! is not a "real" sacrifice because White is winning in the position by force.

Compare this bishop sacrifice to the crazy ♘e5xf7!??? sacrifice in the Petroff, a "real" sacrifice as White has now forced path to advantage in the resulting position.

Feb-12-11  James Bowman: <notyetagm> Before reading your comment DDD I was about to give a very similiar assesment myself, bravo nice observation. This kid is dangerous the 2700 club is getting scary much original chess in 2010-11 a needed breath of fresh air it was getting stale.
Feb-12-11  lazyknight: <Kazzak: Good game, but for a taste of what Le can do, check out the game from the previous day. He's got it plotted to the end from the Knight-move that blocks the Queen, and that's good chess.

L Lenic vs Le Quang Liem, 2011>

If Le really planned 42...Nh1 from move 29...Nf6, that's deep! this guy is dangerous!

Feb-15-11
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  Richard Taylor: Nice combo if 17..Kf8 18. Qxb6 picks up 2 pawns and probably a win...
Feb-21-11  notyetagm: Le Quang Liem vs Kamsky, 2011

16 ?


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16 ♗e4xc6+!!


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16 ... b7x♗c6 17 ♕c2xc6+ <reload: c6>


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Feb-21-11  notyetagm: Le Quang Liem vs Kamsky, 2011


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(VARIATION)
17 ... ♔e8-f8


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<patzer2: ... If 17...Kf8, then 18. Qxb6 Qxb6 19. Nd7+ is a winning Knight Fork.>

18 ♕c6x♘b6! <destruction: d7>


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18 ... ♕d8x♕b6 <deflection: d7, decoy: b6>


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19 ♘e5-d7+ <fork: b6,f8>


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Feb-21-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: KNIGHT FORKS!
Nov-13-11
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  GrahamClayton: Kamsky seemed to lose time with 11...a4 plus his moves with the c8-bishop. Le Quang took the opportunity to exploit his lead in development by opening up the centre with 13.e4.
Sep-21-13  pericles of athens: Awesome game! go LQL!

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