GM Gata Kamsky Vs GM-Elect Sam Shankland – 2011 US Chess Championship — Semi-Finals Matchgame

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Kamsky opens with e4, and Shankland responds with the Najdorf. White plays a somewhat offbeat variation, involving 6. h3 with the idea of avoiding deep theoretical preparation. Kamsky achieves the advantage of the two bishops at the cost of doubled c-pawns, however Shankland is never able to achieve sufficient counterplay. A very nice positional victory by Kamsky, demonstrating his class as a 2700 player by converting a subtle positional advantage into a solid win. This win propelled him into the US Championship Finals, which he went on to win (1.5/2) against GM Yuri Shulman. A great 2011 US Championship, well-played by Super-GM Gata Kamsky!

Group A

1 GM Kamsky, Gata 2733 x ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 5.0
2 GM Shulman, Yuri 2622 ½ x ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 4.5
3 GM Robson, Ray 2522 ½ ½ x 1 ½ ½ 1 0 4.0
4 GM Ivanov, Alexander 2540 ½ 0 0 x 1 ½ ½ 1 3.5
5 GM Akobian, Varuzhan 2611 0 ½ ½ 0 x ½ 1 ½ 3.0
6 GM Ehlvest, Jaan 2586 0 0 ½ ½ ½ x 1 ½ 3.0
7 GM Stripunsky, Alexander 2578 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 x 1 2.5
8 IM Naroditsky, Daniel 2438 0 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 0 x 2.5

Group B

1 GM Hess, Robert L 2565 x 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 5.5
2 GM Onischuk, Alexander 2678 0 x ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 4.0
3 IM Shankland, Samuel L 2512 ½ ½ x ½ 0 1 1 ½ 4.0
4 GM Seirawan, Yasser 2636 ½ ½ ½ x ½ ½ 0 1 3.5
5 GM Shabalov, Alexander 2590 0 ½ 1 ½ x 0 0 1 3.0
6 GM Kaidanov, Gregory S 2569 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 x 1 0 3.0
7 GM Christiansen, Larry M 2586 0 0 0 1 1 0 x ½ 2.5
8 GM Finegold, Benjamin 2500 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 1 ½ x 2.5

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