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Sergey Karjakin vs Veselin Topalov
Gashimov Memorial (2017), Shamkir AZE, rd 5, Apr-25
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Botvinnik-Carls Defense (B12)  ·  1-0


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  An Englishman: Good Morning: And that is how you attack an uncastled King with unmoved Rooks. Wondering where Black could have improved. Perhaps 10...Nh4. Perhaps 11...dxc4; 12.Bxc4,Qxd1; 13.Rxd1,Bd7. Perhaps 13...Qd5. Hard to tell.
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  keypusher: After 22 moves:

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White's 23rd move is morphyesque, though Stockfish crassly prefers 23.Qf4. Either move is crushing.

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  Marmot PFL: <<An Englishman - where Black could have improved>

Several places but 17...Qxe5 is just asking for trouble, which soon arrived.

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  perfidious: <keypusher....White's 23rd move is morphyesque, though Stockfish crassly prefers 23.Qf4. Either move is crushing.>

Dang materialistic bunch of silicon crud, that there Stockfish.

Apr-25-17  mistreaver: There were several very interesting moments in this fantastic game.

For instance, at move 17, the preparatory 17 a4 was worth considering. After 17... a6 18 Ng5 Qxe5 loses immediately:

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19 Nd5! (taking advantage of the undefended bishop on b6) Qxb2 20 Nxb6 Rb8 21 Nc4

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Nd6 is coming with crushing threats.

I made the full analysis on my chess blog:

Every feedback is greatly appreciated.

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  Marmot PFL: Also interesting is 10 Bb2 as many players wouldn't like to allow 10...Nf4 trading the strong bishop. Sergey realizes that black's loss of time making this exchange could be costly and just goes about business.
Apr-25-17  FairyPromotion: Why is 23. Nxe6 listed as an exchange sac? Both rooks remain in the game till the end.
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  messachess: <Marmot PFL...17...Qxe5...>Right. That's a Karjakin ploy and not disguised at all. As good as Topa is, he must have thought he calculated something clever.
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  Jambow: <White's 23rd move is morphyesque, though Stockfish crassly prefers 23.Qf4. Either move is crushing.>

Indeed let pieces go open up the position and attack before the dust settles. As I looked on the sequence Morphy comes to my mind as well.

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  HeMateMe: beautiful attack
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  Ulhumbrus: On 23 Nxe6! Black cannot take White's queen by 23...Nxh4?? as 24 Nc7+ is a discovered double check and mate
May-06-17  Iwer Sonsch: Sure, Black forgot to castle. But the main blunders of this game were made between move 19 and 27, blunders of a kind that you wouldn't exspect from 2700+ players in a classical game (analysis by Stockfish 7).

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<19.Qh4?> More than 2 pawns worse than 19.Nxf7! Kxf7 20.bxc6 bxc6, where White would have maintained a 0.81 advantage (depth 27).

<19...Bxb5?> Black had a great opportunity with 19...Qxg5 20.Qxg5 hxg5 21.bxc6 bxc6 (-1.72 @depth 24).

<20.Rfe1?!> 20.Nf3! Qf5 21.Nxb5 Qxb5 22.Bxg7 would have equalized (0.00 @depth 24).

<20...Qf5?> After 20...Qxg5! 21.Qxg5 hxg5 22.Nxb5, White would have had nothing (-1.89 @depth 25).

<21.Nxb5?!> 21.Nge4! would have again maintained an advantage, and also challenged Black to find the right continuation (21...0-0! 22.Qxe7 Bc6; 0.64 @depth 25).

<21...Qxb5?!> Topalov misses a great opportunity to castle: 21...0-0! 22.Nxe6 fxe6 is better for Black (-0.43 @depth 30).

<22.Bxg7 Nf5?> After 22...Qxg5 23.Qa4+ Nc6 24.Bxh8, Topalov could have fought on (1.32 @depth 26).

<23.Nxe6?> 23.Rxe6+ Ne7 24.Rxe7+ Kxe7 25.Qe4+ Qe5 26.Qxe5# would have ended it quickly. Instead, Karjakin keeps playing on - and the biggest blunders are yet to come.

<23...fxe6 24.Rxe6+> 24.Qh5+! Ke7 25.Qg6 Bxf2+! 26.Kxf2 Qb6+ 27.Bd4! (2.91 @depth 26) would have won more clearly than the game line (2.12 @depth 30).

<24...Kf7 25.Qf6+ Kg8 26.Bxh8 Bxf2+!?> Losing Topalov decides to sacrifice his bishop for nothing, offering White an advantage of 5.24 (depth 27) rather than 1.53 (depth 27) after 26...Bd4.

<27.Kh1??> White had two choices. One wins a piece without any counterattack, whereas the other allows 27...Nxg3! 28.hxg3 Qh5+ 29.Qh4 Qxd1+ 30.Kh2 Qg1+ 31.Kh3 Qh1+ 32.Kg4 Qxh4+ 33.gxh4 Kxh8, when suddenly Black is winning (-2.08 @depth 26):

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<27...Qa4??> Black completely misses 27...Nxg3, allowing either mate in nine (starting with 28.Rd8+), or at least an easy victory for Karjakin.

<28.Red6 Rf8 29.Qg6+ Kxh8 30.Rd7 1-0> If you ever wanted to play like a grandmaster - Congratulations, you have probably already made it there.

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  Zhbugnoimt: <Iwer> you fool. In your start position, the black pawn should be on h5. Nevermind that you are a complete abnoxious idiot to think these guy would play as badly as you would...
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  ChessHigherCat: <Iwer Sonsch>

<19.Qh4? More than 2 pawns worse than 19.Nxf7! Kxf7 20.bxc6 bxc6, where White would have maintained a 0.81 advantage (depth 27).>

Did Stockfish really say this?:
19. Nxf7 Kxf7 20.bxc6... <hxg4!> (the white Queen is still en prise if he plays Nxf7 instead of Qh4)

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  Zhbugnoimt: Iwer did all his analysis with black's pawn on h6 instead of h5. Troll or idiot, not sure which
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