Gata Kamsky - Veselin Topalov
Chess Challengers 2009
Kamsky's team seems to have done great job for this match when he has Black pieces. Anyway, game 2 doesn't convince that thay were at the same level for his White color. Today Gata has the opportunity to try to prove this wrong. In all 3 games opponents fought fiercely for the initiative from the very beginning and entered highly complex positions with abundance of tactical possibilities, showing no hesitation. If this continues, today we'll enjoy another great chess battle. Stay tuned at 14.00 CET.
19.Nh2 Prevents Qg4
21... c6 This move is integral part of Black strategy - in fact the only way to free their position. As Kamsky was provoiking that move it is interesting to see what has he in mind.
23... Kh7 (23... d5 24.hxg6 fxg6 25.exd5 Nbxd5 26.Nxd5 Nxd5 27.Be4 would lead to long term advantage for White, so Topalov keeps making solid moves and covering the eventual weaknesses in his position.)
24.Qf3 Planing Rd1 and Nd5 to open the light squared Bishop against Kh7. In some line Ngf5 could be a tactical motive - in fact that's the reason why Kg8-h7 was played.
24... Bc8 Clock readings: 0.50 0.51 - Kamsky is careful not to repeat his mistake from game 2.
42... Bf7( 42...Bc4 is objectively stronger but leads to an ending a pawn down. Topalov chooses to gamble instead: Now Kamsky has to calculate the complications and if he finds 42... Bf7 43.Bxf8 Rxd2 44.Qc1 Rxf8 45.Rxf6 Rfd8 46.Ngf1 R2d6 47.Nf5 he is going to win, but if not Black has his chances.)
43.Bb4 Excellent positional move after 30 minutes of calculation. The drawback is that it misses the forced win.
50.Qe2 50.Rb7 was a good alternative planning Qc2-c8-e8
72... Ke8 73.Rh7 Black resigned. Kamsky took his revenge for game 2. He did not allow for a single moment the game to become complicated and irrational, which would benefit the Bulgarian. Instead, he was preventing his opponent's counterplay and after Topalov began playing somewhat risky moves took advantage of the fact. The result is 2-2 and everything is still undecided. For the moment Gata can be satisfied with his team as it seems that for the first half of the match his preparatory work was better. So much is to be decided for the last 4 games. A breathtaking finish awaits us. During the rest day tomorrow you may follow the live comments from Linares. 1-0