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Gata Kamsky vs Hikaru Nakamura
United States Championship (2012), St. Louis, MO USA, rd 10, May-18
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  0-1



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May-18-12  BlackSheep: So wheres Robson vs Shulman thats live right now too .
May-18-12  Eisenheim: great finish here.
May-18-12  Jambow: Nice win with the black pieces against a very well playing Kamsky. This is one of the deeper and more perplexing games from Nakamura in a while I will have to play over it in depth to understand it better. Lot better than the WC match imho.
May-18-12  izimbra: Kamsky shouldn't have wasted so much time early on...but Naka deserves some real props here.

After <41...Ra7> neither Kamsky nor the comps understood the a-pawn promotion was inevitable - or at least unstoppable without loss of material.

May-18-12  ajile: I was surprised Kamsky opened with 1.e4 actually. Why not just play something ultra solid and more strategic?

Like 1.d4.

May-18-12  mrbasso: How would you know what Kamsky understood? There is no way out at this point. 36.f3 was a mistake. I don't see how black can win after 36.Nc5.
May-18-12  stunningmove: GOTD with title Nak 'em out
May-18-12  AVRO38: Is there a petition I can sign to have Nakamura automatically seeded into the next World Championship match?
May-18-12  LIFE Master AJ: WOW!!!! I am impressed. Kamsky destroyed Seirawan ... but (today) Nakamura wins ... WITH THE BLACK PIECES!!!??!?

What can I say, but GO NAKAMURA!!!!!

I am reminded of a line from Star Wars, when Darth Vader says: "Impressive, most impressive!"

May-18-12  izimbra: <mrbasso>, <37.Nc5 Rd2+ 38.Kh3 gxh5> is in the drawing range, while <37.Rc1> was a mistake and <38.Rc7> is an ill-conceived misadventure for white. <38.h6> was apparently white's last barely drawing white's "plan" to sacrifice b4 was no good.

So you correct I can't dispute that Kamsky, perhaps, saw the light between moves 38 and 40.

May-18-12  RookFile: Still some more chess to be played. Should be exciting!
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  FSR: Meet Me in St. Louis.
May-19-12  rilkefan: You've Come a Long Way in St. Louis.
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  scormus: Great fighting chess by both players. When I was following it I thought Gata missed awin, 43 d6 Bxf7 44 dxf7 Ra8 45 Nd6 a5 46 c8=Q Rxc8 47 Nxc8 a4. But although WN can stop the a-pawn from Qing B still wins the K+p ending.

Gata was in time trouble from 30 to 40

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  whiteshark: Bad decisions make good stories.
May-19-12  stunningmove: GOTD potential. Maybe right title is
Nak out blow?
May-19-12  PeterFletcher: 43.d6 Bb6 44.Re7 a5 Black wins.
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  diceman: <boz: This is turning into one of the greatest US championships of all time.>

You mean one Fischer was in?
His first as a boy or the 11-0 are good starting points.

May-19-12  zakkzheng: Why couldn't kamsky play d7 Rxb7 d8Q Bxd8 and Rxb7?
May-19-12  TheStormofWar: I was reading through the Kibitz of this game. On one level, I understand why some folks like GM Pogonina and others see the beauty of the WCC vs. the US Championships. The WCC has some very precise play and there is beauty in that. That said, folks who like games by players like Capablanca, Morphy, Lasker, Reti, etc. have a certain romanticism about chess. Honestly, I prefer the latter. This game was great because it was a fight. Fantastic win by Naka.
May-19-12  PinnedPiece: GOTD Titles:

"Gata Hik-up"

"Hi Calling, Sky Falling!"

"The Naka'd A p"

May-21-12  serenpidity.ejd: I will give Kamsky a score of perfect 10 for AGGRESSION.
May-23-12  messachess: This was a great fighting game.
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  kingscrusher: My video annotation of this game:

Oct-19-12  marljivi: Did you mean 45.d7? Well,black doesn't replay with 45...Rb7??,but 45...Kf6! (45...a4? is less clear:46.Nd6Bd8 47.Rf7Kg8 48.Rf5Rd7,etc.;48...a3 49.Re5Rd7!,although it's probably winning too.) 46.d8QBd8 47.Rd7Be7 48.Rc7a4 . It seems to me that Kamsky had lost strategical battle already in/after the opening,despite the fact that in comparision with the system 6.Be3e5 7.Nf3Be7 8.Bc40-0 9.0-0Be6 10.Bb3 white is here somehow 1 tempo ahead,since he played a4 instead of Be3,and he will play later Bg5 in both cases,so Be3 is a vaiste of tempo.However,perhaps is better for white to play this system with minus 1 tempo,eg.with Be3 instead of a4,since a4 seriousely weakens square b4,and Nakamura takes advantage of this fact.After black's 20th move-looking ahead the way the game proceeded-it looks like white is in some sort of zugzwang and has to play 21.Kg2 which will be met by 34...Ne1-with check...Was there anything better than 21.Kg2? Was play between the moves 21-34 from both sides accurate?
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