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Sergey Karjakin vs Loek van Wely
Aerosvit (2007)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0
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Jun-25-07  kingsindian2006: interesting tactic to return both bishops to back rank by move 13.. great game and tourney for the youngster
Jun-26-07  somitra: Actually 29 Qe6+ would have won back the other bishop in an easy manner, with few pawns to net in next moves too. But Karja decided to finish the game faster with a ruthless attack at the end.
Jun-26-07
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  Karpova: Great attacking game by Karjakin!

He sacrifices the bishop to shatter the black king's side and could always make a draw - then sacrifices the rook to open the a2-g8-line against the king and finish him off.

In the end, black will lose his extra rook and white will be up by 3 pawns with no compensation for King Loek.

Jun-26-07  dovif: somita

Qe6 would be replied by BxQ

Jun-26-07  percyblakeney: Very nice sacrificial finish by Karjakin, engines confirm (after a while) that black is lost after taking the bishop on move 26. GM Golubev on the game:

<In the Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Be3 e5 the leader of the tournament instead of 7.Nb3 (as he usually plays), opted for a solid line 7.Nf3. On the 13th move White deviated from the game Anand-Topalov, Morelia-Linares 2007 and played 13.Bc1. As it seems, Van Wely managed to equalise. However, Loek's 20...Na5 was inaccurate (according to opponents, better was 20...Ne7). After 24.Qh5! Black was in trouble, 24...Rf8 allowed White to finish a game with a brilliant combination. "I was lucky today!", commented Karjakin after the game.>

http://www.ukrchess.org.ua/aerosvit...

Jun-26-07  xanadu: One important trick of the 7.Nf3 variation is that the Black´s Queen Bishop has no good positions available. In fact, the white bishop of van Welly didn´t move in all game and his whites squares were weak and used for the Queen of Karkajin. Excellent game for learning both, strategy and tactic!
Jun-26-07
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  keypusher: 31. Rxe5 and 33. d6 are just gorgeous moves. Bravo!
Jun-27-07
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  Chessmensch: Malcolm Pein features this game in his Telegraph chess column on June 28, 2007. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/mai...
Mar-10-08
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  notyetagm: From http://www.chesscafe.com/informant/... are Karjakin's Informant annotations to this great game.

<10.Sergey Karjakin 2686 – Van Wely 2674 Foros 2007 — 100/168 [B90]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cd4 4.Nd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nf3 Be7 8.Bc4 0-0 9.0-0 Nc6 10.Re1 b5 11.Bf1 Rb8 12.Bg5 Ng4 13.Bc1!? [13.Bd2 see 99/(169)] 13...Qb6 14.Qd2 Nf6 15.h3?! [15.Nd5! Nd5 16.ed5 Na5 17.Qb4 Qc7 (17...Re8 18.a4 and White is superior; 17...Bd8 18.a4 Qc7 19.ab5 ab5 20.Nd2 and White is slightly better) 18.a4 and White is slightly better] 15...Re8! [a novelty; equal; 15...Be6] 16.Qd1 [16.Nd5 Nd5 17.ed5 Nd4 18.Nd4 ed4 equal] 16...h6 [16...Nd4 17.Be3 Nf3 18.Qf3 Qc7 19.Bd3 equal] 17.b3 Bf8 18.a4 b4 19.Nd5 Nd5 20.ed5 Na5 [20...Ne7 21.a5 Qb7 22.Bc4 Bd7 23.Be3 Bb5 24.Bb6 unclear] 21.Be3 Qc7?! [21...Qb7! (weak point Nf3, d5) 22.g4!? with counterplay] 22.Nd2! [ and White is slightly better, with the idea Nc4, Rc1, c3] 22...f5 [22...g6 23.Nc4 Bg7 (23...Kh7 24.Rc1 and White is slightly better) 24.Rc1 and White is slightly better] 23.Nc4 Be7? [23...g6 24.Rc1 and White is slightly better] 24.Qh5 Rf8 [24...Bd7 25.Bh6 gh6 26.Qg6 Kf8 27.Be2 and White is superior] 25.Na5 Qa5 26.Bh6! gh6 27.Qg6 Kh8 28.Qh6 Kg8 29.Qg6 Kh8 30.Re3!! [30.Re5 Qd8 unclear] 30...f4 31.Re5 de5 32.Qh6 Kg8 33.d6! (and White is winning) Rf7 [33...Kf7 34.Qh7; 33...Bb7 34.de7 Rfe8 35.Bc4 Bd5 36.Qg6 Kh8 37.Qh5] 34.Bc4 [34.Qg6 Kf8 35.Bc4] 34...Bf5 [34...Qd8 35.de7 Qe7 36.Qg6 Kh8 37.Bf7 Qf8 38.Re1] 35.de7 [35.Qh5] 1-0 [Sergey Karjakin]>

Mar-10-08
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  notyetagm: <keypusher: 31. Rxe5 and 33. d6 are just gorgeous moves. Bravo!>

Wow, that is some combination by Karjakin.

Mar-10-08
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  notyetagm: White to play: 30 ?


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Here Karjakin (White) played the brilliant 30 Re1-e3!!, in order to provoke 30 ... f5-f4.

Position after 30 Re1-e3!! f5-f4


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Now Karjakin crashes in with 31 Re3xe5!.

Position after 31 Re3xe5!


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Karjakin played the suble Re1-e3!! in order to provoke 30 ... f4-f5 so that the 5th rank from e5 to h5 would be open when he played 31 Re3xe5!, so that Black would be forced to take the rook with 31 ... d6xRe5, allowing Karjakin to open the a2-g8 diagonal with 33 d5-d6!.

If Karjakin had played 30 Re1xe5?! immediately, then Black could survive with 30 ... Qa5-c7!, according to IM Pein at the link given above.

This example perfectly illustrates Karjakin's immense chess strength, that he would clearly see the subtleties between 30 Re1-e3!!, 31 Re3xe5! and 30 Re1xe5?!

Mar-10-08
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  notyetagm: <Karpova: Great attacking game by Karjakin!

He sacrifices the bishop to shatter the black king's side and could always make a draw - then sacrifices the rook to open the a2-g8-line against the king and finish him off.

In the end, black will lose his extra rook and white will be up by 3 pawns with no compensation for King Loek.>

Good summary of a brilliant attacking game, clearly one of the best kingside attack of 2007.

Feb-16-09
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  notyetagm: What a *great* combination by Karjakin this game features!
Feb-16-09
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  Jim Bartle: Don't know when I've seen both bishops and the queen developed and then returned to their original squares.
Feb-16-09
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  notyetagm: <Jim Bartle: Don't know when I've seen both bishops and the queen developed and then returned to their original squares.>

Yes, this is a very *original* game by Karjakin.

Feb-16-09
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  notyetagm: <Chessmensch: Malcolm Pein features this game in his Telegraph chess column on June 28, 2007. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/mai...;

Lots of exclamation points for Karjakin in IM Pein's annotations:

26 Be3xh6!!
30 Re1-e3!!
31 Re3xe5!
33 d5-d6!

Jan-08-13  vinidivici: <31. Rxe5 and 33. d6 are just gorgeous moves. Bravo!.>

Actually, there is a short way to fix your frame of mind to do the bishop sacrifice 26.Bxh6 and rooks sacrifice 31.Rxe5. It is easy to think that the worst would happened is a draw with the perpetual checks by queen at g6 and h6. Probably if someone looked that the sacrifice would bring the good even just for the tiniest chance, he would take it and you could calculate deeper after make the move. If the sacrifices turns out to be bad, you could always interpose yourself in the drawish line. This maybe not the perfect mind frame to reach the tactical mastery, but it really helps.

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