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Sergey Karjakin vs Wang Hao
Norway Chess (2013), Sandnes NOR, rd 3, May-10
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Classical Variation (B65)  ·  1-0


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  intuitivesac: Is 39. Re5 winning?
May-10-13  haydn20: I meant "e6 target" OC.
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  Eyal: 36.Bd3, besides cutting off the black king, seemed aimed to continue Be4 and exchange Black's strong bishop on f3; something like 36...Rd7 37.Be4 Bxe4 38.Rxe4 Kg6 39.Rd4 Rc7 40.Bd6 Rd7 41.c5 followed by Kc4 looks crushing anyway.
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  mike1: Anand won
May-10-13  Marmot PFL: If Re5 then h5 is doomed. Black might have got his knight into play before f5 but maybe there wasn't time. Or he could have tried h4 himself followed by Rh8.
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  OhioChessFan: Black wishes he wasn't already down a Pawn, or an exchange sac would be in order.
May-10-13  haydn20: 39. h4! is crushing: 40. Re5 will now mop up the board.
May-10-13  chessdgc2: h4? After ....gxh3ep, what good plan is there for White? I don't see h4 spoiling anything, but what good does it do?
May-10-13  hms123: <chessdgc2> If Black takes e.p., then Rf1 wins the bishop.
May-10-13  PinnedPiece: Blacks bishop is dead if he takes en passant.
May-10-13  DcGentle: Black resigned.
May-10-13  chessdgc2: Sorry, I missed that the K is on the f-file so Black can't take with ...gxh3ep due to Rf1 so White can secure his pawn structure with the text move
May-10-13  Caissanist: Wow, that was quick. Karjakin obviously understood the position better than the tournament's engine, which showed an eval of only +0.45 after move 34.
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May-10-13  PinnedPiece: This 39th move will make a nice Wednesday puzzle some day.
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  tamar: Karjakin has a perfect score. Something for Magnus to consider on his rest day.
May-10-13  haydn20: <chessdgc2: h4? After ....gxh3ep, what good plan is there for White? I don't see h4 spoiling anything, but what good does it do? > 39... gxh3 40. Rf1 wins the Bishop.
May-10-13  Ulhumbrus: If Black plays 39...gxh3 his bishop is pinned and lost after 40 Rf1 but if he doesn't his h5 pawn is a target for the attack Re5
May-10-13  PinnedPiece: <tamar: Karjakin has a perfect score. Something for Magnus to consider on his rest day.>

A rest day might not be the best thing for Karjakin right now. He might cool.

May-10-13  chessdgc2: haydn20: Yes I saw that right after I made the comment, but thanks :)
May-10-13  haydn20: Radjabov may have a theoretical win with QR+4P vs QN+5P but I'm not sure I could win it.
May-10-13  PinnedPiece: Hao did have N to e7 - f5, but nothing protecting the Q-side after that...
May-10-13  chessdgc2: After White's h4, I can't help thinking White is going to use that e5-square for his R big time
May-10-13  chessdgc2: Honestly, what can Black do besides watch? Someone should tell Wang to get a beer and join us...
May-10-13  lost in space: Karjakin in great form. Good to see this. Will be interesting to see his game vs. Big Mag
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