Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Kamsky v Topalov - Game 1

Game 1 between Gata Kamsky and Veselin Topalov has ended in a draw. The opening was a Grunfeld, which Kamsky plays (along with the Slav), while Topalov has plenty of experience playing against it. Topalov spiced things up by sacrificing a pawn, and trying for a mate on h7. Kamsky defended well and the game ended in a draw by repetition.
Like Game 1 of the Anand v Kramnik match, this is worth playing over, as the ideas for both players are fairly straightforward.
The next game begins at tonight at midnight AEST (ie Canberra time), and I'm tipping a win for Kamsky with the White pieces!

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