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I looked for this game on another server ... but never found it. 

  IM Jay Bonin (2342) - GM Gata Kamsky (2717)  
  123rd NY Masters (Open)   
   New York, NYUSA  (Round #2)  / 26,10,2004.   

  [A.J. Goldsby I]  

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<< The top seed in the upcoming US championship is the former FIDE championship finalist Gata Kamsky, 
      who emerged from retirement to play at a few of the Tuesday night Rapid tournaments at the Marshall 
      Chess Club earlier this year, and will now face his first real test ... after a five year break which he spent 
      studying law.   

      Kamsky has been far from convincing so far in his comeback and came to grief in the following game, 
      after eschewing the critical lines with 8...Nc6. Recent analysis confirms that 8...Bd7; does not yield sufficient 
      counterplay against the white centre. >>   
       - IM Malcolm Pein  ("Chess Express," # 83; Nov. 16, 2004.)   


The ratings are accurate ... and are those of FIDE - and were assigned to this game when I downloaded it. 

The game begins as a Grunfeld  Defense, The Exchange Variation. 

 1.d4 Nf6;  2.c4 g6;  3.Nc3 d5;  4.cxd5 Nxd5;  5.e4 Nxc3;  6.bxc3 Bg7;  7.Nf3!?     
An interesting move ... that was condemned by opening theory for a very long time. 
(How can such a logical move be wrong?)  

     [ The main lines begin with the <older> move of:  7.Bc4!?     
        See MCO-14, ECO or NCO. ]  


White proceeds with a sharp line, that is also currently fairly popular at the master level.   
 7...c5;  8.Bb5+!? Bd7;    
MCO calls this the weakest reply.  (8...Nc6; is the best move here.)   

[ See MCO-14, page # 624; column # 12, and all notes. ]   


Good enough for a small edge.   

     [ According to one opening book, it was better for White to play: 
       9.Be2!? cxd410.cxd4 Bc611.Qd3 0-012.0-0 e6!? 
       13.Bg5,  "+/="  (Maybe - "")   {Diagram?}    
       with a fairly solid edge for White in this position.   

      GM Valery Salov (2670) - GM Peter Leko (2630); 
      ICT / Masters (Invitational?) / Belgrade, Serbia/Montnegro;  1996.   
      {Drawn in 49 moves.}  

      [ See MCO-14, page # 624; column # 12, note # (u.), part # (B.). ].  ]   


 9...Qxd7;  10.0-0 0-0;  11.Rb1 cxd4!?;    
This does not quite appear to get the job done.   

     [ The following alternative, while not that fancy, may have been a bit more reliable:   

        (>/=)  11...Nc612.dxc5!? Qxd113.Rxd1 Rfd814.Rxd8+ Rxd8 
        15.Bd2 Rd716.Kf1 e617.Ke2,  "+/="   {Diagram?}   
         White maintains a slight plus.   

         GM Miguel Illescas_Cordoba - GM Veselin Topalov (1/2-1/2, 61 moves.)   
         ICT / Masters {Premier?}  / Dos Hermanos, ESP; 1994   
         {A very long and difficult game, that was eventually drawn.}  ]     


 12.cxd4 Rc8;  13.Bb2!? Na6;  14.Re1,    
Simple, solid development  ...  but other tries were to be at least considered in this position.   

     [ Maybe better was:  14.Qb3!?, "+/="  {D?}   with a solid edge for White. ]    


 14...Rc4!?;  ('?!')   15.d5 Bxb2;  16.Rxb2 Qc7!?;  17.e5! Nc5!?;    
This looks premature, perhaps indicated was the simple ...Rd8.   

 18.d6! Qd7?!;  (Maybe - '?')     
Definitely the wrong move, both ...Qc6; and ...exd6; looked to be a lot better here.   

     [ >/= 18...Qc6; 19.dxe7 Re8; etc. ]   


 19.e6!! Qxd6!?;   
I guess Kamsky considered this to be forced, the pawn recapture walks into a Knight fork.  


     [ Or  19...fxe6; 20.Ne5 Qa4 21.Nxc4 Qxc422.dxe7, "+/-" ]   


 20.exf7+ Kg7;  {See the diagram ... just below here.}    
This is probably forced here.   



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Black's position is hardly an enviable one ... Kamsky has played this line weakly. 
(But hats off to Bonin, who has played very good chess here!)  


     [ Not  </= 20...Kxf7?; 21.Ne5+ Kg722.Rd2!,  ("+/-")  {Diag?}   and Black is lost. ]   


White to move ... what would you play if you were on offense here?   
Nice ... but White actually had a better move here.   

     [ An improvement was:  >/= 21.Qxd6! exd622.Nd2!, "+/-"  {Diag?}   
       and the first player is winning easily, as Black has no good defense   
       to the threat of Re8. ]   


Now the box says that ...Qc7; was forced in this position, but ... 
 21...Qf6!?;  22.Rd8 Rxd8;  23.Qxd8 Qxf7[];   
This was easily forced here.  

     [ Even worse would have been:   
       </=  23...Rf4?24.Ne5 Ne625.Qg8+ Kh626.g3 Qg5!?{D?}   
        Is this forced for Black here?   

             ( But not:  </= 26...Rxf2??; 27.Ng4+,  {Diagram?}      
                with a Knight fork of the King and Queen. ("+/-") )       

       27.h4! Rxh4!?{Diagram?}   
       Black prefers not to drop a whole Rook ... the box says  
       that ...Qf5; was forced here.   

       28.f8Q+ Nxf829.Qxf8+ Kh5 30.Qf3+ Rg431.Kg2!,  ("+/-")  {D?}    
       and Black will find it impossible to avoid an eventual mate. ]   


Winning the Queen ... as Black cannot move this piece and allow White to play RxP/e7+.    

     [ The move of:  >/=  24.Rxe7,  "+/-"  {Diagram?}   
        also wins for White.  (If 24...Rc1+, then White simply plays Ne1.) ]   


 24...Ne6;  25.Nxf7,   {See the diagram - - - just below here.}    
Leading to a relatively simple win for White from this position.   



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The rest of the game does not really require further commentary.   

     [ But definitely not:  </= 25.Nxe6+?? Qxe6!26.Rxe6??{D?}  
       and now  26...Rc1+ leads to a mate in two more moves. ]   


Bonin wins ... this was a game played at a fast time limit.   
(I am sure with plenty of time, that White finds the best moves.)   
Kamsky should resign after White's thirty-third move, but struggles on for 
a few more plays - perhaps out of simple inertia.   
 25...Nxd8;  26.Nxd8 b5;  27.g3!? Kf8;  28.Ne6+ Ke8;  29.Re5 a6;  30.Nc5 Rc2;    
 31.Nxa6 Rxa2;  32.Nc7+ Kd7;  33.Nxb5 Ra5;  34.Kg2 e6;  35.f4 Ra2+; 36.Kh3,   
 36...Rd2;  37.Nc3, "+/-"   & Black  {finally}  resigns.   


A poor game by Kamsky - who does not seem to have (yet) regained his former strength. (Congrats to my old friend, Jay Bonin  ...  it is not every day that you whomp a 2700+ player.)   



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