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Sergey Karjakin vs Denis Khismatullin
Russian Superfinals (2015), Chita RUS, rd 1, Aug-09
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Catalan Defense Accepted (A13)  ·  1-0


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Aug-09-15  1850Patzer: The ending of this game is particularly nice.
Aug-09-15  blitzstream: I annotated the game @
Aug-09-15  morfishine: Great game by Karjakin. He had all the answers
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  HeMateMe: He was 'dismantlin Khismatullin.
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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: Thought that Black had equalized with 17...c5, but White found a means to keep up the pressure. Don't know if ...c5 was the mistake or if it came later. Sometimes played the Catalan in my career and frequently ended up in games wherein I would curse myself for allowing Black to level the game and then wonder how on earth I finally won. Equalizing in the Catalan might be easy, but *staying* equal is rather a different matter.
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  thegoodanarchist: Sergey Karjakin is on a roll right now. Hot hot hot.

He beat the Chinese single-handedly a couple weeks ago in the China-Russia Challenge Match (2015) in Heixiazi and starts round 1 off here as the only winner.

Enjoy your hot streak, Sergey!

Aug-09-15  OneArmedScissor: Very impressive endgame
Aug-10-15  sakredkow: Karjakin was on the other side of a Q vs R+N endgame not long ago. Karjakin vs Nakamura, 2013. He also won that.
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  cro777: This game is characteristic of Karjakin's approach in recent tournaments - reaching equal positions and trying to decide the game by pure technique.

Khismatullin missed two opportunities of going into a safe rook endgame. The first opportunity was with 24...Rxe4, instead of 24...Bh4, and the second one arose in the position after 32.Rb6

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Here, instead of 32...g6, Khismatullin should have trade minor pieces.

In Rook+Bishop versus Rook+Knight endgames each side has certain advantages. The R+B tandem can often better attack weaknesses and support passed pawns, while the R+N tandem can create tactics where eather the rook or the bishop can become the subject of attack.

Karjakin was encouraged by Khismatullin's decision not to trade minor pieces: "Not because I had any advantage, but because my opponent only had a minute or so on the clock and I had a knight against his bishop, which could suddenly jump somewhere unexpected. In a practical game, it was easier to play the ending as White..."

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  cro777: The things started to go wrong in the endgame

Position after 46.Nf4

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Khismatullin made a mistake 46...Ke8? The correct move was 48...b3 ("passed pawns must be pussed!")

Peter Doggers suggests this line:

46...b3 47.Rh7 Rb1+ 48.Ke2 Kf8 49.Ne6+ Kf7 50.Rxg7+ Kxe6

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Aug-10-15  Ulhumbrus: After 23 Ne4 we have the question of which side ought to stand better, and why.

If a number of considerations favour either the knight or the bishop one question is which ones apply here.

According to Lasker close quarter fighting favours the knight while long range fighting favours the bishop. The presence of the b pawns helps the bishop.

Perhaps Black should play ...f5 as soon as possible so as to eject the N from that square.

Perhaps the bishop is not placed well later on h4 either.

Another thing is that other things are not equal: White threatens Rd7. A rook on the seventh rank is an asset that is worth more than any difference between minor pieces and this suggests that 23...Rc7 is necessary

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  thegoodanarchist: Khis' met his fate.
Sep-01-15  Mostolesdude: Delightful ending, worth studying
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