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Peter Leko vs Sergey Karjakin
Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2008), Nice FRA, rd 9, Mar-25
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation Traditional Line (B92)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Mar-25-08  Augalv:

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This is position from Leko Peter - Karjakin Sergey, 9th Round Blindfold.It's a Nardorf variation, Leko's choice was classical 6.Be2 trying to force opponent into some pure technical positions.Such as here.White has slight pull, not much but still it is small advantage.a5 and d6 are under attack, only weakness in White camp is b3 and that is covered by Nb5.Here Karjakin played

29..Qb6 30.Rxd6?!
This just goes into draw.Perhaps 30.Ra1!? is better.

30..Qxe3 31.fxe3 Rxd6 32.Nxd6 Nd7

Simple chess.This is just equal, Knight on c5 will hold everything, b3 nd e4 will be under attack.

33.Bd3 Nc5 34.Bc2 Kg8 35.Kf1 Rd8 36.Rd1 Kf8 37.Ke1 Ke7 38.Nb5 Rxd1+ 39.Kxd1 Bd7 40.Nc3 Bc6 41.Kd2 Kd6 42.g3 f6 43.h4 Be8 44.Nd5 Bg6 45.Nc3 Be8 46.Kc1 Nb7 47.Nd1 Kc5 48.Nf2 Kb4 49.Kb2 draw ( diagram )

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Next should be 49..Nc5 50.Nd3+ Nxd3+ 51.Bxd3 a4 52.bxa4 Bxa4 53.Be2.Just draw.

Extracted from blog about Sergey Karjakin

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