Kamsky Draws Game 3 in World Cup Final Print
Sunday, 16 December 2007 00:00
The final match of the World Cup approaches its end. Alexei Shirov had White in the third game, but didn't succeed leveling the score, and now needs to win as Black on demand to proceed to the tie-break. Gata Kamsky is content with a draw. . All results can be found on the official website at http://cup2007.fide.com/results.asp. Visit official web site and watch Games live. Download Pairings Tree. December 15



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The final match of the World Cup approaches its end. Alexei Shirov had White in the third game, but didn't succeed leveling the score, and now needs to win as Black on demand to proceed to the tie-break. Gata Kamsky is content with a draw. All results can be found on the official website at http://cup2007.fide.com/results.asp. Visit official web site and watch Games live. Download Pairings Tree.

Winning a game on demand with Black pieces is a highly difficult task, considering the level of development of opening theory. At this World Cup, only Ponomariov managed to accomplish such task in the Round Two. Shirov didn't go for broke, as one could expect, but selected a poisonous variation, in which Black has neither significant problems nor clear-cut equality. Kamsky felt uncomfortable about such course of events, and, trying to clarify the situation, made a couple of inaccuracies, yielding the center of the board to his opponent.

Black's position became objectively inferior, and maybe even losing. However, here Kamsky's natural calmness along with Shirov's impatience started to tell. In mutual time trouble Gata spiced up the position by abandoning his queenside and activating all the pieces. Prior to the time control, Alexei lost the grip of the position, and after the 41 st move the players agreed to a draw.

Kamsky looked obviously satisfied at the press-conference and gladly answered the journalists' questions. Shirov, although being clearly upset by the result, did not lose optimism. The Spaniard still has his chances.

The fourth game starts tomorrow at 3 pm.
 
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