Kamsky – Adams, Corus 2006

White:
Gata Kamsky (2686)
Black:
Michael Adams (2707)
Opening
Queen’s Indian
Tournament
Corus 2006, Wijk aan Zee, Round 9
Date
24/01/2006
ECO Code
E17
Result
0-1

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Bb7 5. Bg2 Be7 6. Nc3 O-O 7. Qc2 c5 8. d5 exd5 9. Nh4
Opening the long diagonal as well as potentially landing the knight on f5 – which will make Black very uncomfortable.
9… b5
The flood of Black pawns into the centre infuses some life into the position. Black has good play as a result.
10. b3?
A passive response that allows Black to seize the initiative.10. cxb5 Qb6!? 11. Nf5 Re8 12. a4? Allows Black to seize the centre with good play. Better alternatives are:

  • 12. Nxe7+ Rxe7 13. Bg5 d4 14. Bxf6 Bxg2 15. Bxe7 Bxh1 16. Ne4 Qa5+ 17. Kf1 Qxb5 18. Ng5 g6 19. Qxc5 Qb7 20. f3 h6 [eval 1.17/13]
  • 12. Bg5 d4 13. Nxe7+ Rxe7 14. Bxf6 Bxg2 15. Bxe7 Bxh1 16. Ne4 Qa5+ 17. Kf1 Qxb5 18. Ng5 g6 19. Qxc5 Qb7 20. f3 h6 [eval 1.17/13]

12… d4 13. a5 White’s initiative is only temporary. 13… Qc7 14. Ne4 Nxe4 15. Bxe4 Bf8 16. Bf4 Qc8 17. Bxb7 (17. f3 Bxe4 18. fxe4 Qb7 19. Nd6 Bxd6 20. Bxd6 Qxb5 21. O-O Na6 22. e5 Qb7 23. Qc4 Re6 24. Rae1 Rae8 25. e3 dxe3 26. Rxe3 +/-) 17… Qxb7 -+ Avrukh – Stefansson, Lost Boys op 1998, 0-1 (41)

10… Nc6 -/+
Threatening to land at d4, which will throw the White pieces into disarray.
11. Nxb5 d4
Black’s pawn centre combined with his better piece placement looks ominous. Although Shredder thinks there are stronger alternatives:

  • 11… dxc4 12. bxc4 Nb4 13. Qb3 Bxg2 14. Nxg2 d5 15. O-O a6 16. Nc3 d4 [eval -1.04/12]
  • 11… a6 12. Nc3 dxc4 13. bxc4 Nb4 14. Qf5 g6 [eval -0.94/13]
12. O-O Nb4
12… a6 and the White knight is embarrassed into a retreat.
13. Qb1?!
Hands the advantage to Black. 13. Qf5 White may as well activate the queen immediately.
13… Bxg2 14. Nxg2 d5 15. Qf5 dxc4 16. bxc4 a6 17. Na3 Re8 18. Re1 Qa5 -+ 19. Qf3 Bd6 20. e4
Bringing the white rook into play at the cost of a protected passed d-pawn.
20… Rad8 21. Bb2 Re5 22. Re2 Rde8 23. Rae1
Black is clearly on top.
23… R5e6 24. Bc1 d3
Opening the a1-f6 diagonal for the black squared bishop, as well as hitting a defender of the e4-pawn.
25. Re3 Be5
25… Nxa2?! 26. Rxd3 Nxe4 27. Qd1 -+
26. Nf4 Bxf4 27. gxf4 Nxa2 28. e5
28. f5 Rb6 29. e5 -+
28… Ng4!
Position after 28...Ng4! The knight is untouchable.
29. f5
29. Qxg4 Rg6
29… Nxe3
29… Nxe5 30. Rxe5 Qxe1+ 31. Rxe1 Rxe1+ 32. Kg2 Nxc1 33. Nb1 Ne2 34. Qc6 Rg1+ 35. Kh3 Nf4+ 36. Kh4 g5+ 37. fxg6 Nxg6+ 38. Kh3 Nf4+ 39. Kh4 Re2 [eval -6.04/13]
30. Rxe3 Rb6
30… Rxe5? is not possible 31. Rxe5 The threat of Qa8+ keeps the remaining black rook on the back rank 31… Rd8 32. Bg5 =
31. f6 Nxc1 32. e6
Black is a full rook up.
0-1
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