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Sergey Karjakin vs Dmitry Jakovenko
FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2014), Tashkent UZB, rd 3, Oct-23
Zukertort Opening: Symmetrical Variation (A04)  ·  1-0


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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-23-14  paavoh: An opening collapse for Black. White got into a reversed Grunfeld.
Oct-23-14  Pulo y Gata: It seems like Karjakin has finally transitioned from 1.e4 to 1. Nf3 (and relevant lines). White simply played a gruenfeld up a move.

Should be interesting to observe Karjakin's progress from here. His works in the opening has been noticeable in some of his latest games.

Oct-23-14  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 14...f5 14...Bh3 connects the rooks. Perhaps Karjakin succeeded in tempting Black into overrating his side of the position
Oct-23-14  1d410: Karjakin seems to have transitioned from his style at Norway 2013 and 2014 to start boring his opponents to tears, and it is also working!
Oct-23-14  capafischer1: 16 ... Be6 was the blunder that led to the loss of a pawn
Oct-24-14  jphamlore: Karjakin can still have decent chances of defeating a Sicilian as White and at least he won't be in much danger of losing. It's just that many of Karjakin's opponents will have some sort of Ruy Lopez like Jakovenko has.

Had Karjakin opened 1. e4 he knew full well that he and Jakovenko would probably push some pieces around for a few dozen moves before reaching another deadlock in the endgame. This is an opponent against who he had to try something different.

This game with Karjakin's ruthless exploitation of the weaknesses in his opponent's pawn structure is a positional masterpiece. This is the type of game that I suppose had made Anatoly Karpov declare years ago that along with Carlsen, Karjakin was the other rising star would would one day be a serious contender for a world championship.

If Karjakin's Queen's Indian as Black can hold up as a drawing weapon, I think he has equal chances to Caruana to be playing for the world championship in 2016.

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