Veteran Gata Kamsky successfully defended his title at this year’s US Championship in St. Louis by defeating Varuzhan Akobian in the rapid playoff. This is Kamsky’s fifth US title, which he won for the first time in 1991.
In the Women’s event, Irina Krush retained her title after some tense moments against Tatev Abrahamyan in the rapid play-off. This is Krush’s sixth title.
Kamsky prefers uncharted waters and original positions to extensive opening preparation. In today’s game against Sergey Erenburg from Round 4, Kamsky came up with the rarelyplayed 2. Bg5, leading to the strategic opening battle and a small edge for white.
Even though black has fortified his position solidly, the rapid march of the b-pawn isolated and weakened the c-pawn, making it a natural target for an attack.
Under pressure, black committed an error with 32... Qe7 and was forced to resign two moves later. Gata Kamsky v Sergey Erenburg in US in 2014: d4 d5 2.Bg5 h6 3.Bh4 c6 4.Nf3 Qb6 5.b3 Bf5 6.e3 e6 7.Bd3 Bxd3 8.Qxd3 Ne7!? 9.c4 Nf5 10.Bg3 Nd7 11.Nbd2 Nxg3 12.hxg3 g6?! 13.e4 dxe4 14.Nxe4 O-O-O 15.O-O e5 16.c5! Qc7 17.Qc3 f5 18.Nd6+ Bxd6 19.cxd6 Qxd6 20.dxe5 Qe7 21.b4 Kb8 22.a4 Rhe8 23.Rfe1 Nf8 24.b5 c5 25.b6! a6 26.Rad1 Ne6 27.a5 g5 28.Rd6 h5 29.Red1 f4 30.Qc4 Kc8 31.gxf4 gxf4 32.R1d5 Qf7? 33.Rxc5+ Kb8 34.Rc7 1-0
The Queen’s Birthday weekend tournament starts today at noon at the Chess Centre, 10 Ranelagh Street, Adelaide. The last round is tomorrow at 5.30pm. This is a six-round, Swiss draw event with a first prize of $200.
Problem No. 1616 from the game Trifunovic v Aaron in Holland in 1962. White to play and win.
Solution to problem No. 1615: 1.Rh8 Kg6 2. Rxh6! Kxh6 ( 2…gxh6 3. Qg8 Kf6 4. Qf8) 3. Qh8 Kg6 4. Qh5 Kf6 5. g5 1-0