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Sergey Karjakin vs Viswanathan Anand
Corus (2007), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-24
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  0-1


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Jan-24-07  Udit Narayan: Fantastic!!! The youngster still has a lot to let's see if Vishy can bounce back to the top of the table from two losses...
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  al wazir: Why not 44...bxc3 ?

If 45. Rc4, then 45...Ke3 46. Kc2 Qh2+, with mate to follow. If 45...Rd3+, then 46. Kg4, winning the h-♙.

Jan-24-07  nimzo knight: Interesting and instructive game. The position was kind of zugswanging in middle. The way things were tied up only a massive blunder from Anand could have saved the game for white.
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  madlydeeply: As long as the Queens are on the board, Anand has winning chances. Exchange the queens...draw out!
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  e4Newman: <Why not 44...bxc3 ?> i didn't watch the game, perhaps time trouble
the text move is OK

45.Rc4 Qf5+ 46.Ka1 Qc2 looks painful

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  al wazir: <e4Newman>: How does the ♕ get to f5 from h2?
Jan-24-07  Nibiru: Maybe 58...Nc2 to capture the pawn on a3 and then give the rook for the h-pawn.
Jan-24-07  crazy monk: No one play the Najdorf better than Anand, both sides. Now Anand need to improve on 1.d4 to get to the top.
Jan-24-07  sharfudeen: i think vishy come back in goood form after u suffered by kramnik and topolov., anyhow vishy may be come within three rank at in this rournament end.
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  Reisswolf: <crazy monk: No one play the Najdorf better than Anand, both sides. Now Anand need to improve on 1.d4 to get to the top.>

I beg to differ. A certain Mr. G. Kasparov comes to mind.

Jan-25-07  somitra: Vishy missed 48...Ke4 in this game, and many who were kibitzing online started claiming that he doesn't deserve victory now. However, the white Knight is too tied to the king, and once Anand gets his King into play by exchanging the rook pawn (35 ... h5), the end was in sight. Karjakin fought tenaciously for a draw. Finally 62 Rd5 was a blunder. The rook has to remain on 2nd rank to save the 'a' pawn. Karjakin was probably expecting the exchange of Knight with the promoting pawn, but Vishy surprised him with taking the 'a' pawn! Now the knight is too far away to stop the other pawn queening. And the resignation follows.
Jan-25-07  sheaf: <somitra> <and many who were kibitzing online started claiming that he doesn't deserve >it wasnt many it was just me. vishy kept his pawns hanging. he missed an absoutely forced win.. if anand had blundered another pawn then white would have started to play for a win although i think it will not be difficult for black to hold. because of the advanced a pawn black won easily even after missing strong moves.. I think there was no need to blitz when you have more than an hour left on the clock while your opponent has at least 45 minutes left.
Jan-25-07  anandr: <e4Newman> All i can tell is that Vishy was in NO time trouble at all. In fact, he started out with having 2 hrs for the 1st 40 moves, and by the time Karjakin resigned, he had more time than he started with. Now figure that out!!!
Jan-25-07  somitra: <sheaf> Yes, there was absolutely no need for Vishy to blitz his opponent the way he did yesterday. He might have wanted to play in his old style when he was called the "lightening kid", considering the fact that he has no way to catch Topalov in this tournament now. We probably can't understand how much or how well Vishy was calculating even in such a short time. History shows that he could defeat Kasparov and Karpov in Linares tourneys in early 90s even at this speed. However, there is no denying the fact that he is not playing at his best. It is hard to miss a move like that for him in end game otherwise. Maybe age is slowly catching up with him. He has turned 37 recently.
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  percyblakeney: Chessbase doesn't give 62. Rd5 any question mark and just says that Karjakin was outplayed in the endgame, but I do wonder if there really was any way for Anand to win this if Karjakin just had played Rd1 instead.
Jan-25-07  somitra: Here is the report from the official corus site about this game :

<Anand is returning to his old self. Against Karjakin he lured his opponent into a wild line of the Najdorf, where white sacks his queen for a rook, a bishop and a pawn. It was the very line that Vishy and his then second Nielsen prepared for the San Luis world championship (Nielsen himself suggested 23…Nb5!). Everything had been prepared till roughly move 30, but white’s 30.R1d5? (see diagram 2) was a bad plan, allowing the fatal penetration of the black queen. In a technically winning position white played another howler with 43.Rd4? and after 43…Qe5! the game should have ended within a few moves. Anand: “ I now showed the worst technique ever” - for example 46…Ke3! would have been a shortcut to victory, as would have been 48…Ke4!. Next Vishy blundered his b4 pawn - Vishy: “thank god I didn’t hang one more pawn, or I wouldn’t have won”, but he buckled down and managed to still bring the point home.>

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  percyblakeney: My impression during the game was that white was going to do nothing except moving the rook between d2 and d1, and that black sooner or later had to "sacrifice" the h-pawn for the knight. Then follows an endgame with queen and one blocked pawn against rook and three pawns. This can maybe be won in some complicated way, but Karjakin did draw against Radjabov with rook and one pawn against queen and one (passed) pawn, so it doesn't look that easy...
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  pankajdaga: <somitra> i thik he realizes that he cannot catch up with the leader and just wanted to have some fun :)
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  percyblakeney: Well, looking at it with chess engines it does seem as if Anand ends up in a winning position sooner or later whatever Karjakin is doing, so the Rd5 thing only seems to have shortened his suffering.
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  AdrianP: Karjakin certainly seems to be getting his lessons from Anand in the Najdorf the hard way!

The queen sacrifice is an interesting line. Karjakin was on the other side of it in Leko vs Karjakin, 2006

then Morozevich won a very nice game against Volokitin

Leko vs Karjakin, 2006

Now it looks like the onus is back on White, although if Anand is prepared to take the Black position, it's a serious indication that the line is objectively OK for Black.

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  e4Newman: thanks-very insightful comments
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  AdrianP: Second link should be Morozevich vs A Volokitin, 2006

Dec-16-07  soberknight: White's fortress didn't hold up.
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  LoveThatJoker: This game serves as a good didactic companion to Karjakin vs Anand, 2006 (played a year prior to this one).


Dec-17-14  Conrad93: Anand makes this specific line of the Najdorf seem losing.

What is the best reply to 12. g5 b4?

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