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Gata Kamsky vs Evgeny Romanov
"T For Two" (game of the day Jan-05-2020)
European Club Cup (2012), Eilat ISR, rd 1, Oct-11
Zukertort Opening: Queen Pawn Defense (A06)  ·  1-0



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Oct-12-12  nolanryan: genius!
Oct-12-12  vinidivici: Pure beauty...

Kamsky sacrificed all his rooks to two minor pieces (bishop and knight) for the sake's of the pawn structure at the centre. And it paid off!

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  OhioChessFan: Wow. Just wow. Even if Black missed something, it's still beautiful.
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  OhioChessFan: Maybe 37...Bxd6 38. Rxd6 a5 39. Rxh6 axb4 40. Bd4 Rec8 could hold?

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I get the sense Black was in time trouble during the 30's moves.

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  OhioChessFan: Fritz found 31...b5 instead of b6, to keep the Knight off c4.
Oct-14-12  vinidivici: GOTD please!
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  HeMateMe: A double rook exchange sac--this was fun to play through.
Oct-14-12  maelith: Brilliant game by Kamsky
Oct-16-12  DrAttitude: Love the King Indian Attack! Great Game!
Oct-17-12  ajile: Not a KIA. KIA has e4 and d3 not d4.
Jul-17-19  BxChess: T for two
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  whiteshark: All roads lead to Rome...

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White to move

1) +8.22 (30 ply) 42.c7 Rc8 43.Be5 Raa8 44.d7 h5 45.dxc8=R+ Rxc8 46.Nf6 g4 47.Nd7+ Kg8 48.Nb6 Rxc7 49.Bxc7 h4 50.Nd5 Kg7 51.Be5+ Kh6 52.Ke4 g3 53.hxg3 hxg3 54.Bxg3 Kg7 55.Be5+ Kf8 56.Kd3 Kg8 57.Bg3 Kh7 58.Nc7 Kh6 59.Nxa6 Kg5 60.Kc4 Kg4 61.b5 f6

2) +8.17 (30 ply) 42.Kc4 Rd8 43.Kd5 g4 44.Bd4 Raa8 45.c7 Rdc8 46.Be5 h5 47.d7 Rxc7 48.Bd6+ Kg7 49.Bxc7 h4 50.d8=Q Rxd8+ 51.Bxd8 h3 52.Bf6+ Kh7 53.Nf2 g3 54.hxg3 h2 55.Kc4 Kg8 56.Bc3 Kh7 57.Be5 Kh6 58.Bf6

3) +7.89 (30 ply) 42.Bd4 Raa8 43.c7 Re8 44.Nf6 Red8 45.cxd8=Q+ Rxd8 46.Ne4 Ra8 47.Bf6 a5 48.d7 axb4 49.d8=Q+ Rxd8+ 50.Bxd8 b3 51.Kc3 Ke8 52.Bf6 Kf8 53.Kxb3 g4 54.Kc4 Kg8 55.Bd8 Kg7 56.Kd3 g3 57.Bf6+ Kf8 58.hxg3 Kg8 59.g4 Kf8 60.Kc2 Kg8

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

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  perfidious: Fall of the Romanov dynasty.
Jan-05-20  spingo: Kamsky is such a famous legend.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: After 11.axb3, Black passed on the opportunity to try either 11...e5!?; 12.dxe5,Ng4 or 12.Nxe5,Nxe5; 13.dxe5,Nd7. White must have something in mind; anyone figure out what he might have tried?
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  Jambow: <spingo: Kamsky is such a famous legend.> As opposed to those unsung legends... ;0]

Great game by Kamsky he was indeed a creative player that produced some gems like this Petrosianesque one.

Jan-05-20  Jimmy720: <spingo> I lost a lot of respect for Kamsky when I saw that.
Jan-05-20  areknames: <An Englishman> 11...e5 looks dangerous for Black. He has already wasted some time by getting his bishop to f5 in two moves and playing h6 so even with the queens off the board he should probably try to keep the position closed. 12.dxe5 Ng4 13.b4 Ngxe5 14.Nd4! and if 14...Bh7 White can play 15.f4 Ng4 16.e4 cracking the centre open and exploiting his lead in development, Black's position looks very difficult to defend. Basic principles at work.
Jan-05-20  MrCarciofo: Kamsky's my chess hero. I think that one of the hints of his style is that he doesn't try to annihilate the opponent, but he lets the game be always kind of balanced,and so his better games are always highly dramatic. Thank you Gata.
Jan-05-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: Nice game, but I'm not really seeing the "T" here.
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  MissScarlett: <not really seeing the "T" here>

I assume T stands for <Turm>, the German for Rook.

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  al wazir: Surely white could have promoted one of those central passers, or else forced black to give up both ♖s to stop them.

How about 43. c7 Rc8 44. Be5 Ke8 45. Nf6+ 1-0 ?

Or 43. Nf6 Rd8 44. Be5 Kg7 45. e8+ Kg8 46. Nc7 Rac8 47. d7 1-0 ?

Would have saved ten moves or so.

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