GM Gata Kamsky Vs GM Yuri Shulman – Finals 2011 US Chess Championship Finals — Game 1 of 2

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Check out a great analysis by Thaddeus Samson:
http://blog.chess.com/thaddeussamson/kamsky-vs-shulman-2011-us-champ-analysis
Kamsky opens with the Queen’s Gambit as white, and Shulman elects to go into a variation that is somewhat drawish but tends to give white a small, lasting positional advantage. It seems that Shulman’s match strategy was to draw the first game as black, and win the second game with the white pieces. However, Kamsky is an exceptional positional player and literally makes a living off of small, positional advantages. He was able to turn the screws and make it look easy to defeat a very strong GM. Kamsky’s style is unique in that he can make solid grandmasters look planless and without strategy. A fine positional victory in classic Kamsky fashion. Following this win, Kamsky was able to draw the second game of the Finals to seal the Championship. Congratulations to GM Gata Kamsky on a great tournament win!

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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