Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tactics at the Top

Gata Kamsky, top seed in the tournament and awaiting May's candidates matches, scored a win with the black pieces against Venezuela's GM Eduardo Iturrizaga in the 1st round of the Aeroflot Open in Moscow. Gata chose a Grunfeld Setup against an English Opening. The game started to slip with Eduardo's 45. Ra7+ and then 50. Rxe5 left Black's passed pawn unguarded. Kamsky struck with 50... Rxe3, removing the remaining defender of the queening square and going on to win in 64 moves. The USA last scored wins in this tournament with Gregory Kaidanov and Alexander Shabalov in 2002.

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