Gawain Jones | October 01, 2011 7:47

Game of the Month: October 2011

  WHO: Kamsky, Gata (2756) Vs. Svidler, Peter (2740) © FIDE World Cup Khanty Mansiysk 2011 Website This knockout tournament was played in Khanty-Mansiysk in Siberia. Gata Kamsky is currently the highest rated player in the USA but originally came from Novokuznetsk in the USSR and so arguably had some home advantage. He was a very strong chess prodigy with an overbearing and irascible father who often issued violent threats to other players. Gata gave up chess in the last 1990s and went back to academia, graduating with a law degree.. He returned to chess in 2004 and has returned to the elite. He is currently ranked 10th in the world. Peter Svidler is a Russian Grandmaster from St. Petersburg. He’s one of the most relaxed of the World’s top GMs. His theoretical knowledge perhaps lags behind that of his colleagues but he’s a noted specialist in the Grunfeld. He has a weakness for a lot of things English – especially cricket! Peter’s current rating puts him at number 16 in the world but after such a successful World Cup he is currently running at 9th in the world

WHERE: World Cup 2011, Khanty Mansisk

WHY: This month I’ve chosen to annotate a game between Gata Kamsky and Peter Svidler from the World Cup. Not only did I find the game interesting (check out the double rook sacrifice by Svidler!) but it was also important in terms of the tournament as Peter Svidler went on to win the competition.

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Gawain Jones is an English chess player and grandmaster.


Vlairmir's picture

A pgn would be nice.

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Leandro's picture

Amazing game!! Nice explanation.

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