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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Sergey Karjakin
Sinquefield Cup (2017), Saint Louis, MO USA, rd 7, Aug-09
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. l'Hermet Variation Berlin Wall Defense (C67)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  technical draw: This has got to be the game of the year.
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  ChessHigherCat: fxe6 fxe6 Nd5 g6 a2 g7 Ne7, right?
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  Marmot PFL: 35...Qa5 or Qg1
Aug-09-17  Sally Simpson: That is cute.

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Black queens on a1 and with the King on g7 a discovered check is on but White has Be5 before promoting.....(White can under to a Knight for a laugh.)

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  cormier: 0.13 35. ... Qe1 36. Bf6 c5 37. f8=Q Nb5 38. Qxc5 Nd6 39. g6 Qe4 40. Kh7 b6 41. Qf2 Qg4 42. Qd2 Qf3 43. Bg5 Qh5+ 44. Bh6
Aug-09-17  devere: And he did. Superb defense by Sergey Karjakin under intense pressure.
Aug-09-17  Sally Simpson: It happened (be5). I saw that bit coming....not seen much else but I did catch that. Now MVL take Knight with check. It loses but to me you always be a hero.
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  cormier: 41. Kf6 c5 42. Bf4+ Kd7 43. Ke5 Ke7 44. Bg5+ Kd7
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  ChessHigherCat: Hey they made it to the magical 40th move! Black can't lose this, can he?
Aug-09-17  devere: And SK makes his 40th move with 15 seconds to spare. Just another day at work.
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  cormier: 0.43 41. ... c5 42. Bf4+ Kd7 43. Ke5 Ke7 44. Be3 b6 45. c3 Kd7 46. Bf4 Ke7 47. Bg5+ Kd7 48. Bh4 c4 49. Kd4 c5+ 50. Ke5 Kc7 51. Kxe6 Kc6 52. Bg3 b5 53. Be1 Kb7 54. Kd5 Kb6 55. Bf2

0.51 41. ... Kd5 42. Bf4 c5 43. Bxc7 b5 44. Bg3 b4 45. Be1 Kd6 46. Kg5 Kd5 47. Kf4 Kd4 48. Bd2 Kd5 49. Kg3 Ke4 50. Kf2 Kd5 51. Ke2 Kd6 52. Kf3 Kd5 53. Be3 e5 54. Bd2 Kd4 55. Be3+ Kd5 56. Bd2

0.51 41. ... b5 42. Bf4+ Kd5 43. Bxc7 c5 44. Bg3 b4 45. Be1 Kd6 46. Kg5 Kd5 47. Kf4 Kd4 48. Bd2 Kd5 49. Kg3 Ke4 50. Kf2 Kd5 51. Ke2 Kd6 52. Kf3 Kd5 53. Be3 e5 54. Bd2 Kd4 55. Be3+ Kd5 56. Bd2

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  Marmot PFL: Yes another Berlin ending
Aug-09-17  BOSTER: Great game.
Aug-09-17  Ulhumbrus: Kasparov is commenting. Here is a link:
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  cormier: 0.85 43. Bd8 e4 44. Bxc7 Kd4 45. Bb6+ Kc3 46. Kxe4 Kxc2 47. Kd4 Kb3 48. Kc5 Ka4 49. Bc7 b5 50. Bf4 Ka3 51. Bd2 Kb3 52. Be1 Ka3 53. Ba5 Ka4 54. Bb4 Kb3 55. Bd2 Ka4 56. Bc1 Kb3 57. Kxc6 b4 58. Kb5 Kc2

0.45 43. Bf6 c5 44. Bxe5 c6 45. Bc3 b5 46. Be1 b4

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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Had to step away for a few minutes and then all *this* happened. Quite a remarkable game, esp. insofar as the complications still haven't subsided.
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  offramp: Obviously a draw now. Hair raising for all kibitzers except the bald ones. I hope they grow back their hair.
Aug-09-17  Absentee: In other news, Anand pulverized Nepomniachtchi.
Aug-09-17  BOSTER: Now this is draw.
Aug-09-17  devere: MVL will probably regret wasting that home prep on perhaps the best defensive player in the world. Could anyone else but Karjakin have figured it out over the board? Possibly not.
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  offramp: SF8 gives the final position as 0.0000000001.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Congratulations and thanks to both players.
Aug-09-17  JimNorCal: <Absentee> "In other news, Anand pulverized Nepo"

GM So no longer alone at the bottom of the chart.

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  cro777: Le Cordon Bleu culinary school - Going straight into a deep Berlin endgame.

Jonathan Manley‏ (the 'Kingpin' satirical chess magazine editor): "Looks like some cordon bleu home cooking from MVL."

Maxime prepared the line 20 minutes before the game: "I expected Sergey to be prepared but not to remember everything. It seemed like a tricky enough try. At some point he has to find only moves. It took almost all of his time to find these moves."

Karjakin: "I knew everything till 38...Ne4, but had to spend about 2 hours to remember."

Caruana: "I think every player in the tournament has analyzed this line and concluded that it is a draw. But it's very complicated and very difficult so over the board anything can happen."

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  cro777: Modern chess The most difficult task is to recall the home prepared analysis correctly!

Karjakin's line in the Berlin endgame.

Karjakin: "I knew everything till 38...Ne4."

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.h3 Ke8 10.Nc3 h5 11.Bf4 Be7 12.Rad1 Be6 13.Ng5 Rh6 14.Rfe1 Bb4 15.g4 hxg4 16.hxg4 Ne7 17.Nxe6 Rxe6 18.Kg2

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18Bxc3 <Karjakin played this line with both colors: Caruana vs Karjakin, 2012 Anand vs Karjakin, 2014 Karjakin vs Grischuk, 2013 >

19.bxc3 Rd8 20.Rxd8+ Kxd8 21.Rh1 Nd5 22.Bg3

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22Rh6 <This is a new move prepared by Karjakin. In the aforementioned game against Anand he opted for 22g5>

23.Rxh6 gxh6 24.Kh3 Nxc3 25.Kh4 Nxa2 26.Kh5 Nc3 27.Kxh6 a5 28.f4 a4 29.f5 Ke8 30.g5 a3 31.e6 a2 32.Kg7 fxe6 33.f6 a1=Q 34.f7+ Kd7 35.Be5 Qa5 36.Bf6 Qc5 37.f8=Q Qxf8+ 38.Kxf8 Ne4

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This position Karjakin had in his notebooks. He new that this endgame is a draw but couldnt recall his analysis. During the game it took almost all of his time to find critical moves over the board.

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