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Sergey Karjakin vs Pentala Harikrishna
Gashimov Memorial (2017), Shamkir AZE, rd 1, Apr-21
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  ChessHigherCat: What's wrong with 18. Qxc8 19. Rxc8 Rxc8 20. Kh7 (Nc8 looks kind of risky with the threat of Rd8 followed by Bd7) dxe4 21. Qxb2 Rd1?
Apr-21-17  crwynn: It is difficult to reply to analysis that does not name squares or enumerate moves correctly. But 18.Qxc8 Rxc8 19.Rxc8+ Nf8, which i assume you mean, is not risky in the least; White has no threats and is lost. Your (presumably intended) suggestion 20.Rd8?? loses instantly to 20...g5. But 20.Ra8 g5 21.Bg3 Qxb2 is nearly as disastrous. But since the threat of "Bd7" (e7) is nonexistent anyway then 20.Rc1 is probably best. But leaves Black slighly up on material with a big initiative; White should not survive long.
Apr-21-17  crwynn: I should say, 20.Rcc1.
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  ChessHigherCat: I thought there must be something wrong with it or it wouldn't have been offered and refused by two GMs. I suppose I should thank you but "it's difficult to reply to some one who's incredibly supercilious." Not everybody can devote their lives to mastering chess notation, it doesn't mean I don't have the right to ask questions and the meaning was totally obvious.
Apr-22-17  blackdranzer: <crwynn> and 20...dxe3
Apr-22-17  crwynn: is acceptable.

As for the "right" to ask questions, no one denied that. Whether you're likely to get an answer - or one you find palatable - will depend on whether you bother to phrase the question coherently. And no, the meaning was not totally obvious. It could be guessed with some accuracy, which is good enough for texting your buddy, not for asking questions on the internet on a technical subject.

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