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Eric Sos Andreu vs Gata Kamsky
"Sending Out an SOS" (game of the day Jan-30-2014)
Gibraltar Masters (2014), La Caleta GIB, rd 1, Jan-28
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. General (E91)  ·  0-1



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Jan-28-14  notyetagm: E Sos Andreu vs Kamsky, 2014

What a shot by Kamsky, 23 ... ♘d3-f2!! .

Jan-28-14  parmetd: What a gorgeous tactical kill 23... Nf2!! The mined piece and at the same time interference!
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  Check It Out: Kamsky's killer knights!
Jan-28-14  offramp: Kamsky also had another very original idea: 18. ... Bg7-f6-g5.
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  perfidious: Playing for the exchange of dark-squared bishops is hardly an original motif, and its strategic consequences are evident.
Jan-29-14  hedgeh0g: A fabulous dark-squared attack by Kamsky!
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  HeMateMe: Nice to see Gata back in action.
Jan-29-14  notyetagm: E Sos Andreu vs Kamsky, 2014

<Check It Out: <<<Kamsky's killer knights!>>>>

Always appealing alliteration!


So far 23 ... ♘d3-f2!! by Kamsky is my first candidate for <2014 TACTICAL BLOW OF THE YEAR>.

Jan-30-14  offramp: It's my Lock of the Week! <places huge boot on table; thumbs-up.>
Jan-30-14  offramp: The Co-sponsors gibletcom awarded this game a special prize of 2cwt of turkey gizzards.
Jan-30-14  morfishine: What a great shot!

I'm curious, how did Mr. Andreu (rated ~2300) get in this tournament? I thought Tradewise was for the super elite


Jan-30-14  SimonWebbsTiger: @<morfishine>

It is an international open.

Jan-30-14  Ferro: Cordero
Jan-30-14  offramp: If you pay the entrance fee you can play. The motto of this tournament is:

"We won't quibble it as long as you've got the giblets."

Jan-30-14  Ferro: It's a lamb
Jan-30-14  morfishine: <SimonWebbsTiger> Thanks for the update, I mistakenly thought this was a small field invitational...I must be confusing it with another tournament
Jan-30-14  sandtime: If this was a 'puzzle of the day' what day would it slot into?
Jan-30-14  hartkoka: Friday or Saturday puzzle!
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  kevin86: White forks the rooks...and black goes after the king. Black wins!
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  FSR: Houdini 3 says that White had various ways to keep equality. For starters, on move 19, he could have deviated with 19.Rd1 Bg5 20.Bf2 Bh4 21.Be3 (this would have been my preference, trying to keep the dark-squared bishop) Ng3 22.Bb5 Rf8 23.Bh6 Bg5 24.Bxf8 Be3+ 25.Kh2 Bf4 26.Bxd6 Qxd6 27.Kg1 Be3+ 28.Kh2 Bf4 29.Kg1=.

Instead of 21.Bc4?!, White should have played the immediate 21.Nxd6 Nb3 (21... Nf4? 22.Bb5 large advantage W) 22.Nxc8 Nd4 23.Nd6 Nxc2 24.Rxc2 Nf4 25.Bf1 Re7 26.Kh2 f5 27.Rac1=. After 21.Bc4?!, instead of 21...Nf4, Black should have played 21...Red8! small advantage B.

Instead of 23.Rd1?? Nf2!! , White should have played either 23.h4 Qg3 24.Nxc8 Rxc8 25.Bxd3 Rxc2 26.Rxc2 Nxd3 27.d6 Nf4 28.d7 Ne6 29.Rc8+ Kg7 30.d8=Q Nxd8 31.Rxd8 Qxh4 32.Rd7 b6 33.Rc1=, or 23.Kh2 Nxc1 24.Rxc1 Rc7 25.b3 Rd8 26.Nb5=.

Chess is so easy for the silicon-brained.

Jan-30-14  RookFile: An excellent game by Kamsky and a model example of how to play the King's Indian Defense.
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  Domdaniel: A model example of play against an opponent you outrate by 400 Elo points.

Good fun, though.

Jan-31-14  ajile: Brutal.
Feb-02-14  Moszkowski012273: True the last couple moves are nice, just not the rest of it.

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