Saturday, October 08, 2005

GM Gata Kamsky about Morozevich-Leko game

IM Irina Krush was giving audio commentary during the live broadcast of 9th round of the World Championship on WorldChessNetwork. GM Gata Kamsky was kind enough to give his opinion about the game Morozevich-Leko (after 41.Ke2)

Alexander Morozevich 2707 - Peter Leko 2763
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Nd5 Be7 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. c4 b4 12. Nc2 Rb8 13. b3 Bg5 14. g3 O-O 15. h4 Bh6 16. Bh3 Be6 17. Kf1 a5 18. Kg2 Rb7 19. Bf5 Kh8 20. Qd3 Nb8 21. Rad1 Na6 22. Qf3 g6 23. Bh3 f5 24. h5 fxe4 25. Qxe4 Nc5 26. Qe2 Bxd5+ 27. Rxd5 Rbf7 28. Rf1 gxh5 29. Qxh5 Qf6 30. Bg4 Ne4 31. f3 Qg7 32. Rdd1 Nf6 33. Qh3 Nxg4 34. Qxg4 Qf6 35. Qe4 Bf4 36. Kf2 Qh6 37. gxf4 Rxf4 38. Rh1 Qg7 39. Qd5 e4 40. Rdg1 Rxf3+ 41. Ke2......

Gata Kamsky (USA): basically i don't really like Leko's whole Nc5-e4-f6 idea
Gata Kamsky (USA): the knight on c5 was perfect, controlling key squares
Gata Kamsky (USA): white bishop on g4 was doing nothing
Gata Kamsky (USA): and black has pressure on f2
Gata Kamsky (USA): so when black moved the knight to e4-f6
Gata Kamsky (USA): this transformation was in white's favor

Gata Kamsky (USA): one of key moments was the exchange on g4
Gata Kamsky (USA): here black is stuck with inferior pawn structure
Gata Kamsky (USA): and the only thing going for him is heavy rooks and weakened white king
Gata Kamsky (USA): i can't say that black is lost
Gata Kamsky (USA): because
Gata Kamsky (USA): if we look at whole picture
Gata Kamsky (USA): white's knight on c2 is out of game
Gata Kamsky (USA): and the moment white played Ne3
Gata Kamsky (USA): black will exchange his bishop
Gata Kamsky (USA): so Leko correctly took aim at white's king

IM Irina Krush: so you think 35...Bf4 was right?
IM Irina Krush: it felt right..
Gata Kamsky (USA): right
Gata Kamsky (USA): there are several moves available to black
Gata Kamsky (USA): 35...Bf4 was one
Gata Kamsky (USA): the other was to play something like 35...Rg7
IM Irina Krush: and Rg7 Ne3, then what?
Gata Kamsky (USA): Bf4 was natural move. the problem was of course what to do after 36.Kf2
IM Irina Krush: did Kf2 look obvious to you?
IM Irina Krush: i thought it was quite a clever move
Gata Kamsky (USA): yes Kf2 removing king to safe side was also natural move
Gata Kamsky (USA): and now of course as Irina pointed out was key positions
Gata Kamsky (USA): 36...Qh6
Gata Kamsky (USA): ok the game is still in progress
IM Vlado Jakovljevic: black is lost, however
Gata Kamsky (USA): i'll just point that my opinion those were 2 key moments in the game
Gata Kamsky (USA): Qe5 is the only move that offers black some practical chances
Gata Kamsky (USA): ok the end position i think is clearly lost for black
IM Irina Krush: okay thanks Gata for your insights
Gata Kamsky (USA): ok thanks Irina :)

...and this is how the game ended:
41....Rf2+ 42. Kd1 Qe5 43. Rh5 Rf1+ 44. Rxf1 Rxf1+ 45. Ke2 Qf4 46. Qd4+ Kg8 47. Rg5+ Qxg5 48. Kxf1 Qc1+ 49. Ne1 Qf4+ 50. Kg1 Qg5+ 51. Ng2 Qc1+ 52. Kh2 Qh6+ 53. Kg3 Qg5+ 54. Kf2 1-0

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