Grand Prix Tashkent: "Equal Endgames Can Be Fun to Play!" Kamsky Says After Missing a Chance to Win

Время публикации: 30.11.2012 00:12 | Последнее обновление: 30.11.2012 00:27

The encounter of Round 7 of the Grand Prix Tashkent between Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Gata Kamsky went completely in American's preferable style: Slav with g6, complicated middlegame, where Black started gradually outplaying White; eventually, Mamedyarov was forced to move into a tense, however, not hopeless rook endgame. 


White has all chances to draw if playing accurately, but it's not that easy to do. Shakhriyar made a mistake, he played 58.Rg6?? Rf3+ 59.Kh2 instead of correct 58.Rc5!. Here Black could win with 59...f4! In case of 60.Rf6 and sticking the rook to f-line (other continuations also lose and that can be easily checked), Black would just snap up the queenside pawns: 60...Kf1 61.Rf7 Rf2+ 62.Kh1 (there's no 62.Kh3 because of 62...Kg1! with checkmate) 62...f3 63.Rf8 Ke1 64.Rf7 Rf1+ 65.Kh2 Kf2 66.Re7 Ra1 and so on. 

Kamsky followed the wrong plan: 59...Ke3?, and White again has a defensible position. 

"Yep. The rook endgame was really cool. Except that we both made mistakes, - Kamsky wrote on his Facebook page. - [...] Amazing really, but hard to see on the 6th hour of the game. Anyway, just wanted to tell the young folks, even equal endgames can be fun to play!"

[Event "FIDE GP Tashkent"] [Site "Tashkent UZB"] [Date "2012.11.29"] [Round "7.4"] [White "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"] [Black "Kamsky, Gata"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D94"] [Opening "Gruenfeld"] [Variation "Smyslov defence"] [EventDate "2012.11.22"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 g6 5. Nf3 Bg7 6. Bd3 O-O 7. O-O Bg4 8. h3 Bxf3 9. Qxf3 e6 10. b3 Re8 11. Bb2 Nbd7 12. Qe2 a6 13. Rac1 Rc8 14. Rfd1 Qc7 15. f4 dxc4 16. Bxc4 b5 17. Bd3 Qa7 18. Ne4 Nxe4 19. Bxe4 c5 20. dxc5 Nxc5 21. Bf3 Bxb2 22. Qxb2 Ne4 23. Rd4 Ng3 24. Kf2 Nf5 25. Rxc8 Rxc8 26. Rd3 Qe7 27. Qd2 h5 28. g3 e5 29. Rd7 Qf6 30. Be4 exf4 31. exf4 Kg7 32. Kg2 Qe6 33. Bxf5 Qxf5 34. Rd3 Qe4+ 35. Kh2 b4 36. h4 a5 37. Qb2+ Kg8 38. Rd2 Rc3 39. Rg2 Kg7 40. Qd2 Rd3 41. Qb2+ Kh7 42. Qf6 Qd5 43. Qg5 Kg7 44. Re2 Rd1 45. Qxd5 Rxd5 46. Kh3 Kf6 47. Rc2 Kf5 48. Rc4 Rd1 49. Rc5+ Ke4 50. Rxa5 Kf3 51. Kh2 Rd2+ 52. Kh3 f5 53. Ra6 Rg2 54. Rxg6 Kf2 55. Rc6 Rxg3+ 56. Kh2 Rg4 57. Kh3 Rxf4 58. Rg6 Rf3+ 59. Kh2 Ke3 60. Rg5 Kf4 61. Rxh5 Rf2+ 62. Kh3 Rxa2 63. Rg5 Rc2 64. Rg7 Rc3+ 65. Kg2 Rxb3 66. h5 Rb2+ 67. Kh3 Rb3+ 68. Kg2 Rb2+ 69. Kh3 Rb3+ 70. Kg2 1/2-1/2 

After this game Kamsky shares the bottom of the table with Gelfand, while Mamedyarov continues chasing the leaders. 
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