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Sergey Karjakin vs Alexey Shirov
Superstars Hotel Bali (2002) (rapid), Benidorm ESP, rd 1, Nov-29
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  1-0


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  Sneaky: Yo Alexy, how does it feel to get whupped by a kid who needs to sit on a telephone book so he can see the board? ehehehehe

If this kid ain't world championship material I don't know who is.

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  Sneaky: Speaking of phone books, Karjakin must have a memory like one. The opening theory here runs about 20 moves deep!

I've been wondering if these wunderkinds are as well versed on theory as their older opponents, who have had many more years to study that stuff. I think the answer is: of course they are, you have to be "booked to the gills" to play chess at this level.

Dec-02-02  drukenknight: a very exciting opening, what is the name of this variation? in the old days wasnt it Boleslavsky? Na3 how can this be okay?
Dec-02-02  judokausa1: Actually kids have an easier time memorizing moves than older players. Experience comes to play in positions that are not book. It also seems that the kid is very up on sicilian lines. (take a look at his games) My general feeling is that he will take his lumps from shirov sooner rather than later. Still a nice game though I wonder if time trouble had anything to do with the ending.
Dec-03-02  Vilkacis: I think it is close to the Boleslavsky Variation, but it is the Bourdonnais Variation because of 4...e5 rather than 4...Nf6.
Dec-03-02  drukenknight: Its very nice, did anyone see that Topalov Kramnik game (anothe sicilian) they went over last week?

Does anyone know how this game is supposed to finish? Does he give check w/ Q and then Rf7? I dunno.

I thought he was going to push 22...f4

what about 29...Bxc6?

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  Sneaky: The threat is 39.Qf8+
Dec-03-02  drukenknight: okay, definitely over. Perhaps black would have been better to get his B on the long diagonal (Bc3) near the end of the game?
Dec-06-02  DonLeander: i see this kid's potential of becoming a future world chess champion. what do you think?
Dec-07-02  Vilkacis: Let Kramnik give Shirov a match for the chess crown first.
Dec-07-02  Kenneth Sterling: I still prefer a match-tournament with Kramnik, Karpov, Kasparov and two or three others along the lines of 1948. Shirov and this Hungarian could round out the field.
Dec-07-02  Kulla Tierchen: A real world championship would be most welcome.
Dec-07-02  Kulla Tierchen: What was the time control?
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  Sneaky: 15 minutes plus 10 seconds per move

<Karjakin, 12, lost in the last round to San Segundo when he was fighting for the first prize, after four wins and six draws in ten rounds. It looked like the tension was too big for the prodigy child. However, his performance here has been very impressive.> The Week in Chess

Dec-14-02  morphynoman2: Very impresive, but 26... Bc3?? is an enormous blunder.
Feb-19-03  Sarimanok: Karjakin played an impressive game. He is definitely an empath.
Feb-19-03  isobaric: Does anyone know how old the kid is anyway?
Nov-19-05  amuralid: The game that announced to the world the arrival of Sergey Karjakin !!!

I think this will be remembered as an important game in chess history if Karjakin continues his chess development.

Nov-19-05  amuralid: IM Malcom Pein wrote after this game:

"Karjakin is extremely strong, and not just for 12 years of age"

Nov-28-05  I3illieJoe: holy....cow !
Dec-03-09  znsprdx: <Sneaky: If this kid ain't world championship material I don't know who is.> Well by now we all know about Carlsen -

however Sergey has the chance to breakthrough having made it once again to the quarter finals of the World Cup this year

Oct-22-10  Bdellovibrio: <It's a shame more guys like Shirov or Karjakin aren't in the World Championship 2012 Candidates Tournament. You'd think that Karjakin would be the "over 2700 FIDE nominee" contender, but I guess not.>

Karjakin's foray into the top 10 only started late in the Olympiad, remember. Everyone knew it was coming at some point, but back when candidates were being selected, K just wasn't there yet.

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