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|Aug-07-08|| ||manchild: I think it's all draws. In the remaining games, Svidler-Navara is theoretical draw while Karjakin can't break through black's position for the last 10-15 moves.|
|Aug-07-08|| ||visayanbraindoctor: Al-Modiahki has set up some kind of a fortress on the Kingside. He is also putting pressure on the White e4 pawn with three pieces. If White's Queen were not thus tied down, Karjakin could think of possibly attacking the Black a6 pawn.|
|Aug-07-08|| ||Mateo: Very nice set-up from Navara. After 48...Ke8 49.Rxb3! and draw. If 48...Rc4+ 49.Kg3 h4+ 50.Kf3 Rc3+ 51.Kg4, still draw.|
|Aug-07-08|| ||dumbgai: Heh, Navara just pulled a nice stalemate trap on Gelfand.|
|Aug-07-08|| ||Thrajin: <dumbgai: Heh, Navara just pulled a nice stalemate trap on Gelfand.>|
That's absolutely amazing, considering Navara was playing Svidler at the time! :-)
|Aug-07-08|| ||Assassinater: Does Karjakin have enough tricks with the d-pawn after 50... Qe1+ and 51... Qxc1?|
|Aug-07-08|| ||dumbgai: <Thrajin> Ah, I was just testing to see if you were paying attention! ;-)|
Actually I just remembered wrong without bothering to check. Thanks for the correction.
|Aug-07-08|| ||visayanbraindoctor: Karjakin decided to go for it, sacrificing his weak e4 pawn. Now comes a Queen ending with lots of checks.|
|Aug-07-08|| ||Mateo: Karjakin is taking some risks to win. But he should hold the draw.|
|Aug-07-08|| ||Mateo: Does Al-Modiakhi have 5 mn to reach the 60th move or the end of the game?|
|Aug-07-08|| ||plang: <Karjakin is taking some risks to win.>|
Isn't he worse here? Why would he be playing for a win?
|Aug-07-08|| ||siamesedream: Is it the rest time left or will be added?|
|Aug-07-08|| ||Mateo: <plang: <Karjakin is taking some risks to win.>
Isn't he worse here? Why would he be playing for a win?> Because he had an easy draw before that. I see Al-Modiakhi gets 15 minutes. Until the end of the game?|
|Aug-07-08|| ||siamesedream: Hi, guys. I wanna ask you about chess and smoking cigarretes. Are there any top chess players who smoke? And is it allowed to smoke during the game?|
|Aug-07-08|| ||plang: I'm sure you are not allowed to smoke at the board but I am sure that there are places the players can go to smoke.|
Wasn't Kramnik a smoker at one time. I remember at US Opens seeing Wojtkewietz
frequently leave the room for cigarette breaks.
|Aug-07-08|| ||Appaz: Alexander Grishuk is a smoker. What about Morozevich?|
|Aug-07-08|| ||Etienne: I really don't think Morozevich smoke, the man doesn't drink either.|
|Aug-07-08|| ||Appaz: I thought Karjakin was heading for a safe spot on a8 with his king, so 79.Qd6 was unexpected for me.|
|Aug-07-08|| ||jtd200: Looks like Karjakin will pull off a 1-0, after all...|
|Aug-07-08|| ||jtd200: Yep, Karjakin wins.|
|Aug-07-08|| ||Assassinater: Was the Queen ending won for White from the very beginning, or did Mohamad make a mistake somewhere?|
|Aug-07-08|| ||vanytchouck: < Assassinater: Was the Queen ending won for White from the very beginning, or did Mohamad make a mistake somewhere? >|
I think that the a5 pawn (then "close" to queening), the passed c2 pawn, the black king in the king side added with the mobility of a queen were big pluses for Karjakin.
The plan was simple.
Protecting the a5 pawn, support the advance of the c pawn while bringing the white king to the a8-b8-a7-b7 corner.
Is it winning? I don't know.
But it seems very difficult from preventing the white king from the a8-b8-a7-b7 corner as staying on b5 can be met by Qb6 forcing the queen to leave.
|Aug-07-08|| ||vanytchouck: Maybe black should try (on the checks) to move the king closer to the queen side.|
I'll check this with Fritz 10...
|Aug-07-08|| ||waustad: Al-Modiahki had one second on his clock when he resigned.|
|Aug-07-08|| ||acirce: Nice to see Karjakin win that.|
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