"Gata, You Can't Make Any More Draws" Said Kamsky and Won the US Championship For the 4th Time

Время публикации: 14.05.2013 03:29 | Последнее обновление: 14.05.2013 03:36

The playoff of the US Championship was held in Saint Louis today. Gata Kamsky and Alejandro Romirez tied for first with 6.5 points each. According to the regulations two rapid tiebreak games were played. As both were drawn the players determined the winner of the title in Armageddon. Ramirez bid 19:45 to Kamsky's 20 to get black pieces and draw odds. Kamsky got full 45 minutes but also had to win. 

Kamsky reached the goal brilliantly: he didn't force the events in the opening but gradually made his opponent to make mistakes. The fight was finished by a simple but elegant blow:

KAMSKY - RAMIREZ

51.Rxe5! Kxe5 52.c7 1-0


Screenshot: several minutes before Ramirez resigned. facebook.com/izak.gaudet/posts/539232766118956

After the game Kamsky answered on several questions in live streaming: 

"Before the game I didn't feel like I deserved to win, because the way my games went - I had five draws, I missed two or three wins and two draws in the rapid were a bit disappointing for sure; in this game I had to go and win and I just told myself "You know, Gata you can't make any more draws, you gotta win"

Here's what Gata responded on a question what does it mean for him to win the title for the fourth time already "To be honest the first time that I won here [overall the second title won in Saint Louis. The first win was achieved back in 1991 - CN] that was like very special to me. And right now the third and the fourth titles.. It makes me happy of course, but it also makes me sad, you know, because in a way I was hoping that somebody else would become a champion, someone from the younger players, but I wasn't going without fight and hopefully the next year there will be the new champion. That's because I have only couple of years left to play chess and I just want to see young grandmasters to enter the elite. So far only Hikaru did that and I think it's time for someone else also to do that."  

 [Event "USA Championship 2013 tiebreak"] [Site "Saint Louis"] [Date "2013.05.13"] [Round "3"] [White "Kamsky, Gata"] [Black "Ramirez, Alejandro"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E60"] [WhiteElo "2741"] [BlackElo "2551"] [Annotator "Robot 4"] [PlyCount "103"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] [EventCountry "USA"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 c5 3. g3 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. Bg2 Bg7 6. O-O O-O 7. c4 Qc7 8. Na3 d6 9. Ndb5 Qd8 10. Bg5 Nc6 11. Qd2 a6 12. Nc3 Bf5 13. e4 Be6 14. Nd5 Nd7 15. Rac1 Rc8 16. b3 Re8 17. h3 Nde5 18. Kh1 Rb8 19. Nc2 Qd7 20. Nb6 Qd8 21. Be3 Nd7 22. Nd5 Nc5 23. f4 b5 24. cxb5 axb5 25. f5 Bxd5 26. exd5 Ne5 27. Nb4 Qa5 28. Bxc5 dxc5 29. Rxc5 Rbc8 30. Rxc8 Rxc8 31. fxg6 hxg6 32. Qf4 Qc7 33. a4 bxa4 34. bxa4 f5 35. Nc6 Nxc6 36. Qxc7 Rxc7 37. dxc6 e5 38. Bd5+ Kf8 39. g4 Ke7 40. gxf5 gxf5 41. Rxf5 Kd6 42. Bf3 Ra7 43. Rg5 e4 44. Bxe4 Be5 45. Rg6+ Kc5 46. Bf3 Kb6 47. Rg5 Ra5 48. h4 Kc7 49. h5 Kd6 50. h6 Rxa4 51. Rxe5 Kxe5 52. c7 1-0


  


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