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David Navara vs Sergey Karjakin
Tata Steel Group A (2012), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-17
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. l'Hermet Variation Berlin Wall Defense (C67)  ·  0-1


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Jan-17-12  dumbgai: Score another one for the Berlin Wall! Nice endgame play by Karjakin, especially spotting the final tactical shot that allows him to promote with check (eventually forcing a trade of queens).
Jan-17-12  Ulhumbrus: An alternative to 21 Nf3 is the pawn advance 21 c4-c5 when 21...bxc5 or 21...Bxc5 leads to the shattering of Black's queen side pawn structure. White may follow the pawn advance 21 c4-c5 with the pawn advance e5-e6 which opens the diagonal h2-b8 for White's bishop on f4 followed by Bxc7 which removes the c7 pawn which defends the square d6 and so makes the knight check Nd6+ possible
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  Penguincw: 3...Nf6 and it seems like it's going to be drawn. That didn't happen.

Jan-17-12  SuperPatzer77: 60...a1=Q+! - See diagram below:

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White resigns in lieu of 61. Kxa1 f1=Q+, 62. Kb2 Qe2+, 63. Kc1 Qe3+!, 64. Kc2 Qd3+, 65. Kb2 Qb3+, 66. Kc1 Qc3+ (forcing the queen trade and Black's winning easily with two connected pawns)

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No way White can avoid the queen trade after 60...a1=Q+!.


Jan-17-12  Veryrusty: Regarding <Superpatzer77>, not that it matters, but after <65. Kb2>, 65. ... Qd4+ does it one move quicker.
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  wordfunph: "Very, very nice to win two in a row and I will have a good mood for the rest day."

- GM Sergey Karjakin

Jan-25-12  Whitehat1963: The ending recalls Searching for Bobby Fischer.
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