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|Jan-20-12|| ||Penguincw: Karjakin, two losses, two wins, two losses, will he win his next two games? |
Tomorrow, this game will decide. Will Topalov draw all his games, or Karjakin never draw a game?
On Sunday, if he beat Topalov (or loss) he can keep his no-draw streak going with white against Nakamura.
|Jan-20-12|| ||fisayo123: 62.Rc4! What a finish.|
|Jan-20-12|| ||Bonifratz: Beautiful finish. 61.? might make for a good Wednesday or Thursday puzzle some time in the future.|
|Jan-20-12|| ||ozmikey: Ha! Very cute little tactic at the end.|
|Jan-20-12|| ||parmetd: One of the most beautiful finishes.|
|Jan-21-12|| ||checkmateyourmove: he made that look easy how he walked up his pawns with only his rook out there. sweet|
|Jan-21-12|| ||Ezzy: Radjabov,Teimour (2781) - Karjakin,Sergey (2763) [E15]
74th Tata Steel Chess Tournament Wijk aan Zee/The Netherlands (6), 20.01.2012|
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.Nbd2 d5 6.Bg2 Be7 7.0–0 0–0 8.b3 c5 9.dxc5 bxc5 10.Ne5 Bb7 11.Bb2 Nbd7 12.e3< This is new OTB> 12...Nxe5 13.Bxe5 Nd7 <A couple of e-mail games went 13...Qb6 >14.Bb2 Bf6 15.Qc2 Qb6 16.cxd5 exd5 17.Rac1< White has idea's of 18 Bxf6 Qxf6 19 Bh3 Rfd8 20 Bxd7 Rxd7 21 Qxc5 winning a pawn.> 17...Rac8 18.Rfd1< With the idea 19 Ne4 >18...Rfd8 19.Bxf6 Nxf6 20.Qf5 <The computer plan is 20.Bh3 Rc6 21.e4 d4 22.e5 Nd5 23.Nc4 Qc7 24.Nd6 Nb4 25.Qd2 Rcxd6 26.exd6 Qc6 27.f3 Qxd6 28.a3 White has a small material advantage, and black has control of the center.> 20...g6 21.Qf4 Kg7 22.h4 a5 23.e4 dxe4 24.Nc4 Qe6< Karjakin now eyes 25...Rd4> 25.Rxd8 Rxd8 26.Qc7 <Here's a nice line (for fun) to show some hidden resources in the position [ 26.Nxa5 Bd5 27.Rxc5 Bxb3 28.axb3?? Rd1+ 29.Kh2 Ng4+ 30.Kh3 Nxf2+ 31.Kh2 e3 Threatening 32...Rh1+ 33 Bxh1 Qh3+ 34 Kg1 Qxh1 Mate > 26...Qd5< Probably too ambitious from Karjakin. White seems to keep a nagging edge from here on. [26...Qd7 Seems less risky.>27.Ne3 Qd2 28.Rc2 Rd7 29.Qxc5 Qe1+ 30.Kh2 h5 31.Qe5< With idea's of 32 g4-g5 >31...Qb4< 31...Rd2 Maybe a way to relieve the pressure/ 32.Qxa5 Rd1 33.Qxe1 Rxe1 34.b4 Rb1 35.a3 Ba6 36.Bh3 Ra1 37.Rb2 Rxa3 38.b5 Bb7 And black is ok.> 32.Rc5 < 32.Bh3! Rd8 33.Rc7 Bd5 34.Bd7 <Threatens 35 Nxd5> 34...Qb6 35.Kg1 Kh7 36.Bh3 <Again threatening 31 Nxd5 32 Rxf7+ and carnage> 36...Kg8 37.Qe7 Rf8 White has a strong initiative.> 32...Qd2 33.Rc2 Qb4 34.Qg5 <Threatening 35 Nf5+ Winning [34.Bh3!] >34...Nh7 35.Qf4 Qd4 36.Bh3 Re7 37.Rc7 Qf6 <With the obvious threat 38...Qxf4 39 gxf4 Rxc7> 38.Rc5 Qb6 39.Rc2 Qa6 40.Rd2 <Threatening 41 Nf5+ gxh5 42 Rd6 Winning >40...Qf6 41.Qb8 Nf8 42.Qd8 Ne6 <I wouldn't give up the 'a' pawn so easily.Stubborn is the word:-) [42...Re5 43.Qxf6+ Kxf6 44.Rd6+ Ne6 45.Rb6 Bc8 46.Bg2 a4 47.Nc4 Rd5 48.Bxe4 Rd4 49.Bf3 axb3 50.axb3 White still has the menacing passed pawn.> 43.Bxe6 Rxe6 44.Qxa5 Ba6 45.Nd5 Qe5 46.Qc7 Bd3 47.Qxe5+ Rxe5 48.Nf4 Ba6 49.Nd5 Bd3 50.Nb4 Bf1 51.Nc2 Rb5 52.Ne3 Bd3 53.Rb2 Kf6 54.a4 Ra5 55.Ra2 Ke5 56.b4 Ra7 57.Ra3 Kd4 58.b5 Kc5 59.Rc3+ Kd4?<This loses to a nice trick> < 59...Kb4<And black has good drawing chances.> 60.b6 Rb7 61.Rc7 Ba6 62.Nd5+ Kxa4 63.g4 hxg4 64.Kg3 Rb8 65.Kf4 f5 66.Rg7 e3 67.fxe3 Bc4 68.Ne7 Rb7 69.Nxf5 Rxb6 70.Nd4 Kb4 71.Kxg4 Kc3 72.Kf4 Kd3 73.Ra7 Rf6+ 74.Kg5 Rb6 75.Ra4 white has an extra pawn but black should hold.> 60.b6 Rxa4 61.b7 Rb4 62.Rc4+!< Sublime.> 1–0
Persistant nagging pressure from Radjabov wins him a pawn. Karjakin defended stubbornly until he missed a cool trick at the end.
Nice game by Radjabov.
|Jan-21-12|| ||benveniste: I see a Tuesday puzzle in our future.|
|Jan-21-12|| ||cjgone: Very nice ending move.|
|Jan-22-12|| ||LawrenceBernstein: Karjakin must have jumped out of his chair after Rc4+.|
|Jan-23-12|| ||4tmac: 60. b6!|
|Jan-25-12|| ||xthred: Made me dizzy watching the pieces swirl around the board.|
|Mar-02-12|| ||Penguincw: < cjgone: Very nice ending move. >|
If 62...Rxc4 63.Nxc4 Bxc4 64.b8=Q and it's an easy win.
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If 62...Bc4 63.Nc2+ Kc3 64.Nxb4 Kxb4 65.b8=Q+ and we have different move order, and this an easy win.
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Otherwise, black loses the rook and white queens.
Always a win.
Endgame Explorer: QPPP vs BPPPP
|Mar-05-12|| ||Abu Dina: Beautiful finish....|
|Mar-09-12|| ||lost in space: very little time this morning. My first thought was: Advance the pawns further on the queenside. A rook is hanging. Who cares.|
I guess the starting point is 60. b6. Would have played it in a blitz game. No time for further details
|Mar-09-12|| ||Madman99X: Does anybody know if black made his 60th move under time pressure? Surely 60... Rb7 is better, or perhaps Rd7, although I think twin passed pawns will probably carry the day no matter what.|
|Mar-09-12|| ||Gregor Samsa Mendel: Darn. I saw 60 Ra3 Bxb5 61 axb5 Rxa3 62 Nc2+ and 63 Nxa3, but the game continuation is nicer.|
|Mar-09-12|| ||lost in space: Haven't seen 62. Rc4+!
62. Rc4+ Bxc4 63. Nc2 Kc3 64. Nxb4 and the b7 pawn with queen.
|Mar-09-12|| ||andrewjsacks: Beautiful and study-like conclusion.|
|Mar-09-12|| ||dzechiel: White to move (60?). White is up a pawn. "Difficult."|
Lots going on here. White has several tries. I think I like...
best. Black might think that he can play
because the a-pawn is pinned. But it really isn't:
61 axb5 Rxa3 62 Nc2+ Kc5 63 Nxa3
and white has a winning position.
So, what else can black do on move 60? The white b-pawn will get moving and if black tries to block it with his rook, then the a-pawn gets underway. Probably best is
Now the threat of 61...Bxb5 is back on. Hmm..., this isn't working out. I'm beginning to doubt my initial move. I wish I had more time.
I'm throwing in the towel. Time to check.
Wow! That's a wonderful combination. I wish I had seen it!
|Mar-09-12|| ||al wazir: I almost found this one. I was *this* close. But what happens after 60...Rb7 ?|
|Mar-09-12|| ||Gregor Samsa Mendel: <aw>--Just glancing, after 60...Rb7 61 Rb3, my guess is that black would have held out for longer than in the actual game, but would still have lost in the long run.|
|Mar-09-12|| ||sevenseaman: White has a P extra.
First thoughts: I guess P promotion and a N fork on the
Black R is going to be involved at some stage.
hmm... 60. Pb6 or I have this short-hop plan for that.
<60. Ra3 Bxb4> (hoping or Black can avoid falling for the trap?) <61. axb4 Rxa3 62. Nc2+ Kc5 63. Nxa3>
and Black K cannot come for the N on a/c of promotion threat.
Its different. I do not know if my line will stand. All that later.
|Mar-09-12|| ||joupajou: Saw 60.b6, but put my bets on the wrong horse (60. ..Rb7).|
This is one of the reasons I love chess, Radjabov's finish is not only beautiful - it's a masterpiece.
|Mar-09-12|| ||LIFE Master AJ: Almost insanely difficult, deliciously cute. (Diabolical?)|
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