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Sergey Karjakin vs Yifan Hou
Tata Steel (2013)  ·  French Defense: Steinitz Variation (C11)  ·  1-0
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Jan-12-13  Ulhumbrus: Considering that the move 29 Nb4+ wins a rook on a2 and that the move 28...Ndxe5 does not try to prevent it this suggests that after the move 26 Nxc5 White has a winning attack, an attack delayed temporarily by the moves 27 g3 and 28 h3 to answer Black's threats.
Jan-12-13  Blunderdome: After 29...Ke7 30. Nxa2 Nd4 the engine already believes white should return an exchange with 31. Rxd4 Nf3+ 32. Kg2 Nxd4. Three pawns for a knight and drawing chances.
Jan-12-13  goodevans: <Blunderdome: After 29...Ke7 30. Nxa2 Nd4 the engine already believes white should return an exchange with 31. Rxd4 Nf3+ 32. Kg2 Nxd4. Three pawns for a knight and drawing chances.>

I've been looking at <30...Nd4> for half an hour now. Apparently this move is much less effective with the K on e8 than on e7 but I really can't work out why.

Jan-12-13  Ulhumbrus: <goodevans: <Blunderdome: After 29...Ke7 30. Nxa2 Nd4 the engine already believes white should return an exchange with 31. Rxd4 Nf3+ 32. Kg2 Nxd4. Three pawns for a knight and drawing chances.> I've been looking at <30...Nd4> for half an hour now. Apparently this move is much less effective with the K on e8 than on e7 but I really can't work out why.> How about this one: On e7 the king is subject to potential checks which he is not subject to on e8 eg 31 Rd1 followed by Rd7 comes with check if the king is on e7 instead of on e8. Or Nb4 followed by Nc6+ comes with check if the black king is on e7 instead of on e8.
Jan-12-13
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  whiteshark: Daniel K has video-annotated this game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...
Jan-12-13  goodevans: <Ulhumbrus> Except that ...Nd4 is supposed to be <*less*> effective with the K on e8.
Jan-12-13  Nerwal: I have to admit I don't understand white's decision to go for complications with 17. Qxc6 Nxc6 18. Nxb5 Rb8, when black's position after 15. Qe4 looked so bad. Ok, the black king is stuck in the center and black's queenside pawns are shattered, but her rook is quite active and black can probably find improvements here and there in the tactical melee (for instance at move 23, 23... Ra4 to stop Ne4 comes into consideration). What was wrong with a more quiet treatment like 17. Rad1 Qxe4 18. Nxe4 Rc8 19. a3 Nc6 20. Rfe1 ? This looks unpleasant to play for black and completely risk free for white.
Jan-12-13  Jason Frost: <goodevans> 29...Ke8 allow too many back rank threats (and of far less importance, costs the king an extra tempo to get into the game). Going down a few computer lines 29...Ke8 30.Nxa2 Nd4 31.Rxd4 Nf3+ 32.Kg2 Nxd4 33.Nb3! (+1.79 Fritz 11 ;))


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After 33...Ne6 black might still be able to make some fortress, but it seems tough to hold since the a pawn will fall quickly.

With 29...Ke7 black would get here after 32...Nxd4 (+0.79)


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Still likely lost despite the computer eval, but clearly a better position for black than before.

Jan-12-13
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  wordfunph: disappointing start by Miss Hou, she was simply plastered by Sergey.

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Jan-13-13
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  kellmano: Chech out Karjakin on the daily update. At around three minutes, he laughs in a very odd manner.
Jan-21-13  e4knightf3: 11...dxc4 seems a poor move to me and far inferior to cxd4. Why did YiFan choose to take with the d pawn?
Jul-13-13  EvilTwin: only Karjakin has the balls to play 1. e4 ! at top level.
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