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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

    WorldBestChessLegend

    Well done Kamsky!! I expected Nakamura to win again, but it was different thiss time. Kamsky played solid all the way through the championships. A much deserved win for Kamsky!

     But what about Nakamura, I wonder how his mental physcology is right now, he is probably kicking himself after the Rh2?? blunder. Even then, Shulman again played well, and both of them earned their place in the finals. Although I disagree with the draw system. It should be fair if this game was drawn, they should go into a 5 minute blitz game or something.

    Anyways, well done Kamsky, now the question is can he defend the title.....

  • 5 years ago

    ModernCalvin

    Shulman had 2 chances with White to beat Kamsky.

  • 5 years ago

    ModernCalvin

    Well they already had a full tournament + quad tournament finals already . . .

  • 5 years ago

    ModernCalvin

    soothsayer8

    I guess that's why you have to bid aggressively. You have to make the bid low enough that if the other guy outbids you, he will have some serious clock-management concerns to outweigh the draw odds, which looks huge in GM chess. A bid of 45 minutes guarantees you a great advantage with minimal risk if it succeeds, but you're opening the door wide open for the other guy, so it would be your own fault for such a crappy bid, hehe.

  • 5 years ago

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    I am a bit sceptical about rapid tie-breaks in general, but this is just profanity...

    Congrats to Kamsky! Smile

  • 5 years ago

    ModernCalvin

    UnbornGM

    I'm thinking the tie-breaker to decide the tournament was a rapid game with a G/60/0 time control. But in order to guarantee there will be a winner, both players got to silently bid for a starting time. The person who submitted the lower time won the privilege of playing as Black with draw odds (win or draw = win) and the other player got the full 60 minutes with White and maximum advantage and incentive to go all out and play for the must-win game situation he or she is in!

  • 5 years ago

    soothsayer8

    Hmm, so Black + less time + draw odds vs. White + more time?

    It's a format that seems like it would make some sense, but what about if someone bids 40 minutes and another person bids, say, 45? black would have an unfair advantage there, I think.

    Nonetheless, I think Kamsky deserved to win out of those two and I am happy to call him the U.S Champion =)

  • 5 years ago

    davidhopkins

    Congratulations to Gata Kamsky!

  • 5 years ago

    Ricardo33

    congratulations to gata , but this is not a serious way for tie break, indeed

  • 5 years ago

    Webhead

    I agree that the playoff format was goofy.  That being said, it's not like FIDE is a model for how chess should be done.  Too many alien life form ideas...  Smile

    Regardless, I'm happy for Kamsky.  He's a cool dude and I've always liked his chess.  He should have been world champion long ago.

  • 5 years ago

    DecentGuy999

    54.kc5??

  • 5 years ago

    strani

    truly an exciting finish. what a great tournament! 

  • 5 years ago

    razorblade12

    i thought this tie-break format was an excellent idea, give the man a gold star for coming up with it :P

  • 5 years ago

    zankfrappa

    We had a lot of members posting comments during the World Championships
    but ony a few posted comments during the playoff today. 

  • 5 years ago

    knightdropFTW

    I thought this was a fun way to do things. Most chess players are too serious.

  • 5 years ago

    Rabota

    What a weird system.

  • 5 years ago

    sclukey

    I knew Kamsky was going to take it this year. Way to go!!

  • 5 years ago

    Crazychessplaya

    25 minutes versus 60? A draw is a win? A single game? Surely there must be a better way to determine the winner. I'd rather see a mini-match of 6 or more games played, even if the games are rapid.

  • 5 years ago

    Erik2

    Congrats!

  • 5 years ago

    KingOfChess999

    Good game!  :)

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