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Sergey Karjakin vs Alexandra Kosteniuk
Corus Tournament: Group B (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 11, Jan-28
Bishop's Opening: Vienna Hybrid (C28)  ·  1-0


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  patzer2: Karjakin overwhelms Kosteniuk in every phase of this Vienna Opening game. Lest anyone think this revival of the old Vienna opening is a one time fluke for young Sergey, take a look at Karjakin vs Bologan, 2004.

GMs take notice. You'd better be prepared for a fight in the Vienna when you meet Karjakin's 1. e4 with 1...e5.

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  patzer2: I think Kosteniuk might have done better to follow Leko's play in Morozevich vs Leko, 2001 with 5...Na5, which should yield a solid position against the Vienna.
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  patzer2: Karjakin's 26. Nxh7! initiates a demolition derby (demolition of pawn structure combination) on Kosteniuk's weakened Kingside. Deflections, pins, and discovered check threats soon force Black's resignation.
Nov-17-05  mormonchess: I enjoy reading your kibitzing, patzer2. This game definitely showcases Karjakin's talent.
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  Twocolors: Normal play in this variation goes 10..f6 11.Nxd5 Qxd5 12.Ng3 with some pressure. Having played this opening herself with the white pieces, Kosteniuk decided to exchange her b4 bishop, rather then her d5 bishop. In principle that should give black enough counterplay. Karjakin's 11.bxc3! gives him energetic play in the centre, a semi-open b-line that black has to defend against and a strong point for his knight at e4. 16..b6 is very slow and leaves white a free hand as how to continue his K-side attack. Perhaps she wanted to prevent c5, but this obviously failed. The entire game, including the nice finish (26..Nxf5 fails to 27. Rxf5!), creates quite an impression.
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  ToTheDeath: Very sharp and at the same time patient and methodical attack. Shows great maturity for such a young player.
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