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Evgeny Alekseev vs Sergey Karjakin
4th FIDE Grand Prix (2009), Nalchik RUS, rd 9, Apr-24
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Adams Attack (B90)  ·  1-0


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Apr-24-09  returnoftheking: I wonder why Karjakin plays such an opening. Even if it is objectively drawn around move 18; black has no chances to win and will probably have to defend for a long time. 34..a5 seems to be a strange move weakening his own pawns and helping white to more room for his pieces.
Apr-24-09  returnoftheking: 35. a4! looks like a good option. White can sac a pawn (temporary)to create a passed pawn (or 2) Quick engine check shows it correct but after a4 bxa4 b5 a3 no b6? because there is a nice tactical refutation (bishop sac on b6 followed by Rb8). Be3 gives white advantage though. Text move 35. Rb1 is also good but black may be able to hold with Nd5. Karjakin's axb4 lost a pawn without compensation (imo) Looking forward to commentary of warheart and karjakin blog.
Apr-24-09  Warheart: <returnoftheking> <Looking forward to commentary of warheart and karjakin blog.> Thanks King! I really doubt that Black can draw easily, around move #18 it's a clear edge for White.I agree with you that Karjakin needs to chance this line, he played similar stuff with Kamsky in previous year and again faced some pressure. Hmmm...maybe it's better for Black to keep his pawn on b7 but then how to continue?
Apr-24-09  returnoftheking: I don't know anything about this opening line. So I am probably going to say silly stuff now. Since his black bishop is not doing much later in the game he maybe can exchange it on c3 (12..Bxc3)and use the c line (c4 or 5) after that to safely park his knight or bishop? f.e. 12..Bxc3 13 bxc3 Nc6 14.Bf4/e3 e5 and so on.
I imagine there may be some problems with black squares thus it's possible he should not play this line at all and deviate way earlier (no d5 or e5 or something).

Maybe Dokhoian can help him with this. A little line from Kasparov secrets would probably help^^ I also think it would be great if he would play other stuff besides the sicilian, and it seems he was experimenting with 1...e5 lately.

At any rate i agree h3 should not force him to go in an endgame that is a draw at best especially if he had this kind of problem already a year ago.

Apr-24-09  returnoftheking: Kamsky vs Karjakin, 2008 is the other game with h3. Thanks for pointing it out warheart. Interestingly black keeps the light squared bishop there and even refuses a draw by repetition in the middle game.
Apr-24-09  Warheart: <Since his black bishop is not doing much later in the game he maybe can exchange it on c3 (12..Bxc3)>

Possible but than again it's leaving White will the Bishop pair and Black is pressed on b7 after Rb1.Black will have hard time developing.

Apr-24-09  Augalv: Commentary at
Apr-24-09  returnoftheking: Oops..

<black may be able to hold with Nd5.>

<35..Nd5 36.Bxd5 Rxd5 37.c4! bxc4 38.b5 will win a piece.> (for white)

Next time I'll wait with my "analysis"..:p

Apr-24-09  returnoftheking: what after 38. b5 Rd8 (ugly I know) or even e4? Is that winning for white?
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  whiteshark: Toga is suggesting <9...h5> as best move, which is a TN in this db.

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Apr-24-09  messachess: I looks like the game hinged on the power of white's having both Bishops.
Apr-25-09  Atking: Your move is interesting <whiteshark> but White has still not decided to castle on the king side so maybe 10.NxNd5 exNd5 11.g5 then Bg2 or Nf4. <returnoftheking> looks right 11...BxNc3 (This move order is better because of 13...Ne2+ (On 12.QxQd8?)) 12.NxBc3 NxNc3 13.bxNc3 Qc7. xc3 but also c4 Bd7~Bc6 (Ba4) as in some winaver defence or Nd7~Nf6 (Nb6) Nd5 looks very ok for Black. I imagine that psychologically, it was difficult to a Sicilian player like Karjakin, to give up the B at move 11. It's more a french defence player's move than a sicilian s'one.
Apr-25-09  Atking: Indeed after 14.Na4! white looks better.
Apr-25-09  notyetagm: MONOKROUSSOS ANNOTATES:

23.b3 Tactics serving strategy - Black cannot take the pawn.

Apr-25-09  notyetagm:

23.b3 Tactics serving strategy - Black cannot take the pawn.

23...Nc6 [23...Rxc3? 24.Bd2 Rd3 (24...Rc5 25.b4 ) 25.Bg5+ f6 26.Bxf6+ gxf6 27.Rxd3 ]

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  kurtrichards: White's pair of bishop is so powerful that Black's game becomes passive. White's a pawn is a dangerous one.
Apr-25-09  notyetagm: <kurtrichards: White's pair of bishop is so powerful that Black's game becomes passive. White's a pawn is a dangerous one.>

45 ♗f2-b6

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Apr-25-09  WhiteRook48: why do you have to post those diagrams <notyetagm>?
Apr-25-09  Ulhumbrus: Interesting alternatives to 9...Bb4 are 9..Bc5, 9...Qh4 or 9...h5 eg 9...Bc5 10 Bg2 Qh4 or 9...Qh4 10 Bg2 Bc5 or 9...h5 10 Bg2 hg 11 hg Rxh1+ 12 Bxh1 Qh4 13 Bg2 Bc5
Apr-26-09  kingsindian2006: this evgeny kid is putting up a very impressive resume the past few years... being among the top with big names in it... i think after this tourney people will start talking about him like sergey and magnus as the next big thing..
Apr-26-09  notyetagm: <WhiteRook48: why do you have to post those diagrams <notyetagm>?>

Censor me or bite me.

Apr-26-09  notyetagm:

Evgeny skillfully restricted the opponent (23.b3!)

Apr-26-09  ironxcl: I guess 29...Nxh3 was already a desperation from Karjakin. He badly needed to steer this game from ordinary course, maybe by making some mess on the Kingside. Otherwise, he would be just reduced to passivity, watching Alekseev's passed pawn to come soon.

It all turned out badly. Just look on Black Knight in the end. Those Bishops purely overwhelmed it.

Apr-26-09  notyetagm: The <BISHOP PAIR> is just *killing* people at the 4th FIDE Grand Prix (2009).

E Alekseev vs Karjakin, 2009

45 ♗f2-b6

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Aronian vs Eljanov, 2009

39 ♗c4-e2+

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  jessicafischerqueen: <WhiteRook48
Member since Nov-26-08 Last seen Jun-02-09
favorite player: Karpov. Enough said.
I'm a reckless player and am just crazy about posting that I'm careless that some of my posts don't make sense >

< WhiteRook48: why do you have to post those diagrams <notyetagm>? >

Good example of your all too honest description of yourself in your profile. And it's no surprise to find that your carelessness extends to grammar, making you sound like an even more sloppy poster. You forgot to put the "so" in your <am <<<so>>> crazy about posting that>.

<notyetagm's> humble clarity is much preferable to your insulting carelessness.

<notyetagm>'s many FEN diagrams make it 2000 times easier to understand his analysis- So much more preferable than the type of analysis that simply lists strings of lines in notation.

<notyetagm: Censor me or bite me>

I second this suggestion.

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