Does Gata Kamsky Read The AW?

Imagine my surprise upon seeing the Gata Kamsky playing Qe2 versus the French defense in the eight round of the Barcelona Open. First he plays the Leningrad Dutch and then the Chigorin against the French. It is enough to make one wonder if the Gator has been reading the Armchair Warrior…

Gata Kamsky (2685)

vs Salvador G. Del Rio De Angelis (2488)

Barcelona Open 2019 round 08

1 e4 e6 2 Qe2 c5 3 Nf3 (SF plays 3 g3) 3…Nc6 4 g3 (The most often played move but Komodo would play 4 d3. What SF would play is not shown at the CBDB) 4…d6 (SF prefers 4…g6) 5 Bg2 (Although Komodo plays this SF & Houdini choose 5 c3) 5…Nf6 (The most often played move, but SF would play 5…g6; Komodo plays 5…e5) 6 O-O (The most often played move to date but SF would play 6 c3) 6…Be7 (Earlier versions of SF chose this move but SF 10 @ depth 34 plays 6…e5, expecting 7 c3 Be7) 7 c3 (The most often move chosen but SF 10 would play the little played 7 e5) 7…O-O (Although SF 9 shows this move, SF 10 would play the seldom played 7…Qb6, expecting 8 Na3 0-0) 8 Rd1 (The SF move, but Houdini would play the most often played move, 8 d4) 8…b6 (A plethora of moves have been tried in this position. SF 10 would play 8…e5; SF 090519 prefers 8…d5) 9 d4 cxd4 (Komodo plays this move but SF 010719 likes 9…d5, which is not shown at the CBDB) 10 Nxd4 (For 10 cxd4 see Kobalia vs Grachev below) 10…Nxd4 11 cxd4 a5 (For 11…Bb7 see Erdos vs Jianu below) 12. Nc3 Ba6 13. Qe1 Rc8 14. Bg5 Nd7 15. Be3 Qc7 16. a4 Rfe8 17. Rac1 Qb8 18. h3 Bf8 19. Kh2 Nf6 20. f3 Nd7 21. Qf2 Bc4 22. Bf1 Qb7 23. Bxc4 Rxc4 24. d5 Rec8 25. dxe6 fxe6 26. Rd4 Rxd4 27. Bxd4 Nc5 28. Rd1 Qc6 29. Qc2 Nd7 30. Qd3 Qc4 31. Kg2 Qb3 32. Rd2 Rc4 33. f4 Nc5 34. Bxc5 bxc5 35. Rf2 Rxa4 36. f5

Black has played well up to this point and has an extra pawn to show for his effort. What move would you play?

36…Rd4 37. Qf3 e5 38. f6 Qf7 39. Nd5

39…gxf6? (With this move black lets go of the rope…) 40. Nxf6+ Kh8 41. Qg4 Bh6 42. Qc8+ Qf8 43. Qd7 Qg7 44. Qe6 1-0

Mikhail Kobalia (2608) vs Boris Grachev (2621)

73rd Moscow Blitz


B40 Sicilian defense

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 Nf6 5.Qe2 d6 6.O-O Be7 7.c3 O-O 8.Rd1 b6 9.d4 cxd4 10.cxd4 d5 11.e5 Nd7 12.Nc3 a5 13.a4 Ba6 14.Nb5 Rc8 15.Bd2 Nb4 16.Bc3 Nb8 17.Bf1 N8c6 18.Qd2 Qd7 19.h4 Na7 20.Nxa7 Qxa7 21.Ng5 Bxf1 22.Rxf1 Qa6 23.f4 Qd3 24.Qxd3 Nxd3 25.Rfd1 Nb4 26.Nf3 h5 27.Kf2 g6 28.Ke2 Rc4 29.Nd2 Rc6 30.Nf1 Rfc8 31.Ne3 Kf8 32.Kd2 Ke8 33.Rdc1 Kd7 34.Rd1 R8c7 35.Rdc1 Kc8 36.Nc2 Kb7 37.Bxb4 axb4 38.Ne3 b3 39.Rxc6 Rxc6 40.a5 bxa5 41.Kd3 Kb6 42.Nd1 Bb4 43.Ne3 Kb5 44.Ke2 a4 45.Kd3 Ra6 46.Nd1 Ra7 47.Rc1 Be1 48.Nc3+ Bxc3 49.

Viktor Erdos (2650) vs Vlad Cristian Jianu (2550)

TCh-ROU 2013

B40 Sicilian defense

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. g3 Nc6 4. Bg2 Nf6 5. Qe2 d6 6. O-O Be7 7. c3 b6 8. Rd1 O-O 9. d4 cxd4 10. Nxd4 Nxd4 11. cxd4 Bb7 12. Nc3 Qc7 13. Bf4 Rad8 14. Rac1 Qb8 15. g4 Rfe8 16. g5 Nd7 17. h4 Bf8 18. Bg3 a6 19. d5 exd5 20. Nxd5 Rc8 21. Qd2 b5 22. b3 Rxc1 23. Rxc1 Rc8 24. Rd1 Ne5 25. Kh1 Bxd5 26. exd5 Re8 27. Re1 g6 28. Be4 Qc8 29. Kg2 h6 30. f3 hxg5 31. hxg5 Qd8 32. Bf4 Nd7 33. Bb1 Rxe1 34. Qxe1 Bg7 35. Qd2 Qe7 36. Be3 1/2-1/2

So this is how it ends
And no, it’s not fair
They say life goes on
But I’m not sure where
Move forward, forget
Just doesn’t feel right
If I’m still losing sleep
Every night

But I’ll make myself believe
That I’m not a coward
When it’s all I’ll ever be

But here I am
Burning at both ends
Playing the victim
When I know I’ll never win
I’ll never win
And I can’t get out
Of my own head
So tell me

How to make myself believe
That I’m not a coward
When it’s all I’ll ever be
Tonight I’m laying myself down
While I’m still bleeding out

This ends now