CHESS / Off to a good start

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WITH one win and one draw, the two English grandmasters made a good start to their PCA/Intel World Championship quarter-finals in New York. After being on the defensive for much of the game, Michael Adams outplayed Sergei Tiviakov in the ending to score a good win with Black. Nigel Short drew with White against Boris Gulko. In the other games, Romanishin drew with Anand and Kamsky beat Kramnik in the best game of the day.

The queen sacrifice 20. dxc6 is known to theory. After 23. Nc3] White has only a bishop for his queen, but the b-pawn is a monster. 28. Bc1] is a magnificent idea, re-routing the bishop decisively.

White: Kamsky

Black: Kramnik

1 d4 d5 22 Be3 e5

2 c4 c6 23 Nc3 bxc3

3 Nc3 Nf6 24 bxc3 Bc5

4 Nf3 e6 25 cxd4 Bxd4

5 Bg5 dxc4 26 Rfb1 Qc5

6 e4 b5 27 Ra6 Rb8

7 e5 h6 28 Bc1 c3

8 Bh4 g5 29 Ba3 Qc4

9 Nxg5 hxg5 30 Bd6+ Kd7

10 Bxg5 Nbd7 31 Bc6+ Ke6

11 exf6 Bb7 32 Bb5 Bxf2

12 g3 c5 33 Kxf2 Qd4

13 d5 Qb6 34 Kf1 Qe4

14 Bg2 0-0-0 35 Re1 Qh1+

15 0-0 b4 36 Kf2 Qxh2

16 Na4 Qb5 37 Kf3 Rxb7

17 a3 Ne5 38 Bxe5 Rb6

18 axb4 cxb4 39 Bc4+ Kd7

19 Qd4 Nc6 40 Rxa7 Kc8

20 dxc6 Rxd4 41 Rc7+ 1-0

21 cxb7+ Kc7

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