SANDS: Kamsky rules World, winning blitz playoff

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Thus: 19…exf5 20. Nxf5 Nxh5!? (Ne8 may be stronger, as 21. Bxg7 is answered by 21…Ne4!) 21. Rxh5 Qg6 22. Bxg7!?, when accepting White’s offer may have been the stronger course: 22…Qxh5! 23. Bxf8+ Bg5 24. Re1 Re8! 25. Be7 (Rxe8?? Qd1 mate) Qg6, and White’s position is falling apart.

Instead, on the game’s 22…Bg5, White’s aggression is rewarded in a neat finale: 23. Qxg5! Qxg5 (hxg5 24. Rh8 mate) 24. Rxg5 hxg5 25. Bf6! (Rh1 f6 26. Bxf8 Rxf8 is a much slower path to victory) Kh7 26. Ne7!, and the Black king is well and truly cornered. Black can do nothing to stop 27. Rh1 mate and Barsamian resigned.

Kamsky-Korley, World Open, July 2011

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nd2 e6 5. Nb3 Nd7 6. Nf3 Ne7
7. Bd2 Nc8 8. Bd3 Bxd3 9. cxd3 Qb6 10. O-O a5 11. a4 Bb4
12. Bc3 Nb8 13. Re1 Ne7 14. Nh4 Na6 15. Rb1 g5 16. Nf3 h6
17. Re2 Ng6 18. Ne1 Qc7 19. Nc2 b6 20. Bxb4 Nxb4 21. Nxb4 axb4
22. Ra1 O-O 23. Rc2 f6 24. Rac1 fxe5 25. Rxc6 Qf7 26. Qd2 Rxa4
27. Rxb6 Nf4 28. Nc5 Ra2 29. dxe5 Nxg2 30. Nxe6 Nh4 31. Qe3
Re8 32. Nd4 Qh5 33. Rxb4 Qg4+ 34. Qg3 Nf3+ 35. Nxf3 Qxb4
36. Nxg5 Kh8 37. Rc6 1-0.

Ziatdinov-Barsamian, Voronezh Master Open, June 2011

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. Nf3 Nd7 7. h4 h6 8. h5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 e6 11. Bd2 Ngf6 12. 0-0-0 Be7 13. c4 0-0 14. Kb1 c5 15. Bc3 cxd4 16. Nxd4 Nc5 17. Qe3 Qb6 18. Ngf5 Bd8 19. Qg3 exf5 20. Nxf5 Nxh5 21. Rxh5 Qg6 22. Bxg7 Bg5 23. Qxg5 Qxg5 24. Rxg5 hxg5 25. Bf6 Kh7 26. Ne7 0-1.

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David R. Sands

David R. Sands

Raised in Northern Virginia, David R. Sands received an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He worked as a reporter for several Washington-area business publications before joining The Washington Times.

At The Times, Mr. Sands has covered numerous beats, including international trade, banking, politics ...

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