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Sergey Karjakin vs Wang Hao
2nd Sanjin Hotel Cup (2005), Tiayuan CHN, rd 10, Jul-19
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  0-1


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Jul-22-05  Montreal1666: Karjakin didn't do very well in this tournament. Maybe he couldn't adapt to the environment.

Independent of that, I do not understand the philosophy of playing e5 in combination with Nc3 against the French. c3 looks much more logical with e5, since black always plays c5.

Jul-22-05  aw1988: Indeed.
Jul-22-05  aw1988: Well there is Nc3 Nce2 Bd3 and c3, I dunno about this position, but it's a possible plan in the French.
Sep-02-05  whatthefat: A really fine win by Hao, showcasing both his tactical abilities, and his strong positional play. The rook sitting on c4 for 9 moves is gorgeous, as it completely evaporates any kingside initiative white may have held.
Oct-12-05  LIFE Master AJ: An amazing game, I played over it without a computer. Until the very end, I wasn't sure of what was really happening.
Oct-12-05  Brown: <Montreal1666> The first four moves are one of the most popular ways to play the French. It's heavily trodden theory. Of course, may not be to your taste, however.
Oct-13-05  hayton3: <LIFE Master AJ> Actually, the blockading knight on e6 gives black a susbstantial and lasting postional plus. And once he exchanges his light-squared bishop it's slow positional death for white. Any counter on the kingside is adequately covered by the rooks and black does not have the cramped back row that usually make the kingside pawn push dangerous.
Oct-13-05  Averageguy: 24.dxc5 might be interesting. White should end up with two pieces for a rook after 24...d4+ but black will have the c file and a dangerous passed d pawn, plus several good squares for his knight. Any comments?
Oct-13-05  LIFE Master AJ: The first 7-10 moves are all book, unless I am mistaken.
Oct-13-05  Averageguy: <LMAJ> Up to 9...Qb6 it's all been played before in Kasparov vs Radjabov, 2003
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  yiotta: More and more, I feel the influence of the computer in the way young players approach the game; an unyielding pragmatism, a willingness to move the same piece as often as it takes, just a different flavor to the game that I find hard to understand at times.
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