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Kamsky is 2010 US Champion!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/25/10, 1:16 PM.

Gata_Kamsky2.jpgBy FM Mike Klein 

With only seconds remaining on his clock, GM Gata Kamsky simplified the endgame against GM Yury Shulman to clinch a draw and with it the title of 2010 U.S. Champion. He last won the title in his teenage years in 1991. 

Kamsky won with a draw because of the unique tiebreak format, which saw the players bid on a starting time for today’s rapid game. His secret bid of 25 minutes was lower than Shulman’s bid, so Kamsky got 25 minutes to his opponent’s 60, but with Black and draw odds. 

I wanted Black because I’m more solid with Black, Kamsky explained. 

After the game, Kamsky said he thought his bid was too low. He said if he had it to do over again, he would bid something around 30 minutes. Shulman built up a promising position and was better for most of the game according to Kamsky.

Referring to Shulman’s excellent shot 34. Rc5, Kamky said,  I completely blundered on c5 but I already didn’t like my position. He said he also missed Shulman’s 23. f3, instead preferring to push his pawn to b5 before playing Ne4.

Shulman critiqued several moves, including 53. Be8, which doesn’t actually do anything since after 53.Kxg5 the pawn on f7 is immune. Instead, continuing his king’s advance would have at least kept up the pressure. By this point, both players were down to just seconds and playing on increment.

Gata had nine lives in this game, Shulman said.

After the game, the two came down to the commentary room. A relieved Kamsky approached the stage and let out a cheer. Normally reserved,  he raised his arms in a V for victory.

 

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  • 5 years ago

    ModernCalvin

    Hermitage171

    You are forgetting that Shulman had TWO chances to beat Kamsky with the White pieces, the first with standard time controls and the second in the sudden-death format.

    The top four seeds tied in the regular tournament, which earned them the right to play in a play-off elimination, from which Kamsky and Shulman emerged as finalists. Then Shulman had the White pieces and drew against Kamsky. And then they repeated with the rapids sudden-death, and drew again.

    If you wanted a long, grind it out affair, why don't you request that the regular tournament have extended rounds? Or why don't you request for the quads to have multiple matches? Yes Nakamura lost with the White pieces, but if given a chance, he might have beat Shulman with the Black pieces. So do we have 12-round matches for each Nakamura vs. Shulman and Kamsky vs. Onischuk, and then another 12-round match for the two finalists? Who is going to sponsor that? I'm very satisfied with the tie-break system.

    Kamsky won the title fair and square by finishing in a 4-way tie for 1st in the regular tournament, beating his opponent in the semi-finals, drawing with his opponent in the finals with the Black pieces, and then winning the rapids sudden-death with draw odds.

  • 5 years ago

    zankfrappa


         Shahade and Ashley didn't like Shulman's 14. Bg3(Bh2 instead to keep the
    bishop sheltered from knight attacks).  They also felt 21. Nb6 was the move that
    lost the game(21. Nb2 with white in control and black in time trouble).  The
    third move they questioned was 39. Rh1(seemed unorthodox although I don't
    remember their explanation).
         Are there any other moves by either player that stand out as good or bad?

    Of course one has to remember the last 45 moves were played in 10 seconds or
    so, and I must agree that while it was exciting to watch the U.S. Championship
    is too prestigious to be decided this way.

  • 5 years ago

    jlueke

    I like Chess960 as a tie break Laughing

    Shulman did bid 39:55

  • 5 years ago

    Hermitage171

    This format is idiotic! What a travesty. You set up a situation where the players have different time controls, and black gets to win with a draw? That's absurd. Would it be so difficult just to play pairs of games (one with each player as each color) and then declare a winner when one of the players is ahead at the end of one of the pairs? If you really want to push them toward a decisive outcome, you could continually reduce the time control from one pair to the next. I can't believe that you can win the US Championship just by drawing. What a meaningless result. Lazy and boring.

  • 5 years ago

    IM dpruess

    pretty sure qixel is right about shulman's bid of 39:55.

  • 5 years ago

    qixel

    Shulman did NOT bid 60 minutes, as some have been claiming here.   He bid 39 minutes, 55 seconds.  But since this bid lost, he received the full 60 minutes (game maximum).  [Source: http://www.chessninja.com/dailydirt/2010/05/kamsky-wins-us-title-for-brooklyn.htm]

    In addition to the above source, commentator Maurice Ashley said during the game that Shulman bid 39:55.

  • 5 years ago

    united_of_manchester

    thanks

  • 5 years ago

    qixel

    @vaipalolo

    Shulman bid 39 minutes, 55 seconds; but since he lost the bid, he received the full 60 minutes on his clock. 

  • 5 years ago

    vaipalolo

    and what did shulman bid?

  • 5 years ago

    StevieRayVaughan

    The way they have altered the U.S. Championship is a bit silly.  The way they ran it in old times is best!

  • 5 years ago

    hicetnunc

    Very exciting tie-break format. The better fighter won.

  • 5 years ago

    dean_sam

    chess=draw

  • 5 years ago

    selfevident1

    I'd like to see an analysis board of this game with the move times included. Is such a thing even possible? It would be neat to know how long the players thought about their moves since time was such a huge aspect of this game.

  • 5 years ago

    selfevident1

    Congratulations, Mr. Kamsky! Well done.

  • 5 years ago

    ramanjudge

     eternaloptimist

     

    Why did u use such an aggressive and degrading language???? Why??? Isn't it American?

    P.S. - My apologies if it hurts  

  • 5 years ago

    qixel

    It's unlikely that any tie-breaker format is going to satisfy everyone.  I thought bidding for black with draw odds was an interesting way to help level first-move advantage.

    In any case, it was quite an achievement for Kamsky to draw the game considering he started with only 25 minutes on the clock compared to Shulman's 60.

  • 5 years ago

    anandhakumaran

    good game.............in olden days..

  • 5 years ago

    leunamciden

    Gata deserved to be the champ,congrats!

  • 5 years ago

    Archaic71

    Looks like one of the best crops of US chess players in a long time.  There is a pretty good chance we could end up with 2 players in an upcoming candidate cycle.

  • 5 years ago

    jlueke

    I'd like to see Chess960 used as a tie break

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