Posts Tagged ‘Gata Kamsky’

Topalov Defeats Kamsky

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Alas, just three games (and two big blunders) later, the game in my last post remains Kamsky’s sole win over Topalov. The latter, having won the match with a score of 4.5-2.5, now moves on to face Anand for the title of World Chess Champion. As for Kamsky, they were speculating in the live commentary today on the ICC that he may once again leave the Royal Game. I hope not, but time will tell.

Kamsky’s First Win Over Topalov

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Just like Fischer, who’s first win against Spassky did not come until their World Championship contest in 1972, Kamsky also “waited” to draw first blood against Topalov until today, in their all-important qualification match to determine Anand’s challenger.

The score is now level at 2-2 in this ultra-short 8-game match. It’s now already at the half-way mark!

Rumor has it 16.Bc2 is the novelty.

Kramnik 1.5 – Anand 3.5

Monday, October 20th, 2008

A double dose of depressing today. :(

Another blunder by Kramnik with the White pieces finds him down two points in our abbreviated modern version of the classical World Chess Championship. (I have to admit though, the sequence culminating in 34…Ne3! was well calculated and pretty stuff.)

The second bit of bad news was Kamsky’s demolition by Aronian in the European Club.

Ah, heck, let’s make it a triple shot! The Red Sox lost game 7 last night.

Kramnik 1 – Anand 2

Friday, October 17th, 2008

It pains me to report Anand has drawn first blood in the World Chess Championship. Worse yet, it appeared easy. If Kramnik has a weak spot, it’s defense in wild positions, and that’s exactly what Anand brought to the board with a new opening idea, giving two pawns for the attack.

Kramnik’s been down a game even as late as the final, must-win, game against Leko, so despite the ridiculously short nature of WCC’s these days, there’s still plenty of time left.

On a positive note, our man Kamsky won a nice game in the first round of the European Club Cup.

Serious chess. Serious fun!