Kamsky, Shirov Draw First Game of World Cup Final Print
Friday, 14 December 2007 00:00
The first game of the final match between Alexei Shirov and Gata Kamsky ended in a draw. Yesterday there was a rest day, so the players could recuperate after the three-week chess marathon. The struggle on board was quite tense. Shirov and Kamsky know each other well, having met each other in junior events back in the USSR , and the format leaves no room for warming up. . 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 13

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The first game of the final match between Alexei Shirov and Gata Kamsky ended in a draw. Yesterday there was a rest day, so the players could recuperate after the three-week chess marathon.



The struggle on board was quite tense. Shirov and Kamsky know each other well, having met each other in junior events back in the USSR , and the format leaves no room for warming up.

The Spanish grandmaster, playing White, immediately started exerting pressure. Kamsky came up with a strong novelty, improving over his earlier World Cup game with Svidler, however, Shirov reacted accurately and consistently, and managed to seize the initiative. Yet, Black's position was quite solid, and the American managed to draw the game with careful play.

At the press-conference after the game, Shirov looked disappointed, mentioning that the opponent made a strong improvement. Kamsky , on the contrary , was satisfied with the result . Now Gata enjoys a small psychological edge, as he has two games with White left.

 
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