Kamsky chooses Black and draw odd

Y. Shulman (2613) – G. Kamsky (2702) [D11]
Draw odd time bidding US Championship playoff (11), 25.05.2010

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be2 0–0 7.0–0 Qb6 8.b3 Bg4 9.Ba3 Re8 10.Rc1 e6 11.h3 Bxf3 12.Bxf3 Nbd7 13.Bd6 Bf8 14.Bg3 a5 15.Qc2 Qa7 16.Rfd1 Nb6 17.Be2 Nc8 18.c5 b6 19.Na4 Ne4 20.Be5 b5 21.Nb6 Nxb6 22.cxb6 Qxb6 23.f3 Nd6 24.Qxc6 Reb8 25.Qxb6 Rxb6 26.Kf2 Ne8 27.Rc2 Ba3 28.e4 Kf8 29.g4 h6 30.h4 Rd8 31.Bf4 Kg7 32. Be3

32…Nd6 33. exd5 exd5 34. Rc5 Ne8 35. Rxb5 Rxb5 36. Bxb5 +/-

36…Nc7 37. Bd3 Ne6 38. f4 Be7 39. Rh1 Bf6+=

40. h5 gxh5 41. Rxh5 Bxd4 42. Bxd4+ Nxd4 43. Ke3 Nc6 44. Bb5 Nb4 45. Kd4 Rb8 46. a4 Rc8 47. Re5 Kf6 48. Rf5+ Kg6 49. Re5 Kf6 50. g5+ hxg5 51. fxg5+ Kg6 52. Re7 Ra8 53. Be8 Kxg5 54. Kc5 f5 55. Rg7+ Kf6 56. Rg6+ Ke7 57. Bb5 f4 58. Rg4 f3 59. Kb6 f2 60. Rf4 Rf8 61. Rxf8 Kxf8 62. Kxa5 Nc6+ 63. Kb6 Nd4 64. Bf1 Nxb3 65. Kb5 Ke7 66. Kb4 Nd2 1/2-1/2

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By having the draw odd, Kamsky wins the 2010 U.S. Championship by drawing this game. Congratulations to Gata and Yury for a great battle!

Congratulations to the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis for a well run event!

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