Kamsky Bounces Back In Moscow

Kamsky Bounces Back In Moscow

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Gata Kamsky (pictured) recovered from his drubbing at the hands of Vassily Ivanchuk in the opening round to overcome Alexei Shirov in round 2.

With the Grunfeld back in the repair shop, Kamsky opted for the Slav with 4...a6.  An ill-advised Knight sortie by Shirov resulted in his losing the chance to castle, and after a complex struggle Kamsky won first one pawn, then another and soon it was all over.  Poor Shirov will need all his famous skills to recover from a poor 0/2 start in this very strong tournament.

None of the other games produced a decisive result in a much quieter round in Moscow.

The results in round 2:

Kramnik, Vladimir - Leko, Peter ½-½ 28 E15 Queens Indian
Gelfand, Boris - Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½ 36 A30 English Symmetrical
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Morozevich, Alexander ½-½ 31 D85 Gruenfeld Defence
Alekseev, Evgeny - Ponomariov, Ruslan ½-½ 20 D38 QGD Ragozin
Shirov, Alexei - Kamsky, Gata 0-1 45 D15 Slav Defence


The standings after round 2:

1 Ivanchuk, Vassily   UKR   2781   
2 Morozevich, Alexander  RUS  2788  
3 Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS  2788  
4 Gelfand, Boris  ISR  2720 1
5 Leko, Peter  HUN  2741 1
6 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE  2742 1
7 Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR  2718 1
8 Kamsky, Gata  USA  2723 1
9 Alekseev, Evgeny  RUS  2708 ½ 
10 Shirov, Alexei  ESP  2741 0

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