Monday, December 28, 2009


Kamsky is off to a good start at the 52nd edition of Reggio Emilia with a win in round one.

*Fabiano Caruana - Although he grew up in the states he is actually representing Italy so the American flag by his name is actually not the correct flag to be attached to his name - my chessbase was using older "player data" when I made this table. Once upon a time I got a draw against young Caruna in a World Open Side event - long ago - when he was a little kid rated almost 2000 USCF!

Interestingly enough all three decisive games were won by the player with the Black pieces - always a good sign for each of these players! Now if they can just "cash in" their games with the White pieces... Down below you will find the results from round one.

[Event "52nd It"][Site "Reggio Emilia ITA"][Date "2009.12.28"][Round "1"]
[White "Vocaturo, D."][Black "Kamsky, G."][Result "0-1"][ECO "B42"]
[White Elo "2500"][Black Elo "2695"][Ply Count "100"][Event Date "2009.12.28"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Bd3 Ne7 {Paulsen variation of the Sicilian Defense - a more positional or strategical treatment as opposed to some other highly aggressive and tactical variation - like let us say the Najdorf Sicilian.} 6. O-O Ng6 7. Kh1 Bc5 8. Nb3 Ba7 9. f4 Nc6 10. Qe2 O-O 11. Be3 d6 12. N1d2 Re8 13. a4 Qc7 14. c3 Bd7 15. Bxa7 Nxa7 16. g3 Rad8 17. h4

Exchanging off the dark Squared Bishop seems a little off to me and White's 17. h4 seems quite a bit too loosening. Risky for sure against a solid player like Kamsky - who in this position has the safer King.

17. ...Nf8 18. Kh2 Nc8 19. a5 Re7 20. Nf3 e5 21. f5 d5 22. Nfd2 dxe4 23. Nxe4 f6 24. g4 Bc6 25. g5

The V-man has gone all in against Kamsky - so I give him full credit for his aggressive intentions. However playing over this game leaves one with the impression that Kamsky saw many moves further ahead of his adversary. Kamsky's endgame is phenomenal too so you really do need to be able to see what will happen very far off in the "distance" against Gata. Even after his long lay off this is one aspect of his game that has not gotten weak. The only chink in Gata's armor is his opening repertoire right now and the more he plays the tighter this facet of his game will become.

25. ...Nd7 26. Rad1 Kh8 27. Rd2 Ree8 28. Rfd1 Ne7 29. Qg4 Nd5 30. Rg1 Rf8 31. Rg3 Nf4 32. Bc2 Bxe4 33. Bxe4 fxg5 34. hxg5 Nc5 35. Rxd8 Rxd8 36. Nxc5 Qxc5 37. Qf3 Qxa5 38. Rg1 Qb6 39. b4 Rd2+ 40. Kh1 Qd8 41. Bb1 Ne2 42. f6 Nxg1 43. fxg7+ Kxg7 44. Qf5 Nf3 45. Qxh7+ Kf8 46. Qh8+ Ke7 47. Qf6+ Kd7 48. Qxf3 Kc7 49. Be4 Qxg5 50. Bxb7 Qh4+ 0-1

Clearly a game all about "depth of calculation" - Kamsky just saw much further into the possibilities than did his opponent. Of course this is only round one and the rest of the tournament yet remains. The two players I would like to see battle it out for first in this event are Kamsky and Caruana. I would prefer Kamsky over Caruana - not that I have anything against Fabiano. It is just that I have been following Kamsky for quite a while now and would like to see him get back into the World Championship mix and a good result in this fine Italian tournament would be a good step forward, in that direction, for him.


Here lines like 51. Kg1 Qe1 + 52. Qf1 Qxf1 + 53. Kxf1 Kxb7 just leaves Kamsky up a whole Rook with a totally won endgame. In such an overwhelming position checkmate does not loom far off so Mr. Vocaturo threw in the towel.

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I don't know about you but I am most certainly looking forward to round two! Go Kamsky and Caruana!!

- Coach Sean Tobin.

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