Gata Kamsky spent 7-8 minutes for the first move before opting for the Dutch defence. He took up this opening because he “wanted to play something interesting”. After 12…Nc5 “I thought I was slightly worse but at least I am not losing so it is okay”. 13…Nfe4 had white contemplating about the future course of the game. Kamsky believes that White had to exchange all Knights and play with the heavy pieces. 17.a4 assured Black that White was playing for a draw. 19.g4 was a concession because Black succeeded in pushing f5-f4. Kamsky expected 19.Nc3 here. After 21…f4 Black is slightly better but he has to be careful. Kamsky was critical of 27.exf4 and pointed 27.Qxd6 as a better try, then 27…Rd7 28.Qe5 Bxf3 29.Qxg7+ Kxg7 30.Bxf3 Nxb3 and Knight has d2 or c5. After 27…exf4 White is probably lost. Kasimdzhanov resigned four moves later. Kamsky concluded the press conference with – “I think I got lucky in this tournament so far, I never got that many points. Maybe because of the country and friendly people.” Read a full report on the round at Chess Blog.

Kasimdzhanov, Rustam (2699) – Kamsky, Gata (2741)

Result: 0-1
Site: Thessaloniki
Date: 2013.05.29
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