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Garry Kasparov vs Sergey Karjakin
St. Louis Rapid & Blitz (Rapid) (2017), St Louis, MO USA, rd 1, Aug-14
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E34)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Dr Winston OBoogie: 40.kf3 looked good to me. I fail to see how black can protect the f4 pawn. Pretty uneventful game though.
Aug-14-17  Monocle: <Dr Winston OBoogie: 40.kf3 looked good to me. I fail to see how black can protect the f4 pawn.>

40... Rxd4

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  Dr Winston OBoogie: Oh yeah haha.. This is why I <play chess> as opposed to being a <chess player> :)
Aug-14-17  triangulation: What happens if white plays 11 Nh4. Isn't the black queen trapped?
Aug-14-17  Kangaroo: <<triangulation>: What happens if white plays 11 Nh4. Isn't the black queen trapped?>

Consider 11 ... Nxd4!

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  Richard Taylor: This is the Romanishin variation with Qxd5 and Qf5, it is quite interesting. A lot of GMs have played both sides of this.
Aug-17-17  tvsprasad: Why Kasparov not played 11.Nh4 attacking on Black's Queen, which has no escaping square..?
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  Richard Taylor: <tvsprasad> At that point Karjakin could have played 11. ... Nxd4

Here is the position:

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1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 d5 5. cxd5 Qxd5 6. Nf3 Qf5 7. Qb3 Nc6 8. Bd2 O-O 9. h3 a5 10. g4 Qg6

Now if 11. Nh4 ...

Then 11. .. Nxd4 (which threatens the Q and Nc2+ etc) 12. Nxg6 Nxb3 13. Nxf8 Nxa1 seems to win for Black.

and also Nxd4 12. Nxg6 Nxb3

if now 13. axb3 hxg6 and Black is a better pawn up.

But it is a good point as it is not clear immediately what happens if:

12. Qc4 ...

So I put it on the computer and 12. ... Qc2 is better for Black it seems.

Now if:

13. Qxd4 Qxb2 14. Rd1 Nd5 and Black is better by about 1 and 1/2 pawns.

Karjakin prepares his openings very deeply so that would probably have been preparation. I cant recall seeing that anywhere. I dont think it is in the book I have about the Nimzo. But it seems that is the reason K couldn't grab the Q.

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I have played this line as Black with a draw and one loss I think. But Anand and many others have played 5. ... Qxd5 and then Qf5. Up to now from memory everyone has taken on f5 which gives Black a pawn to restrict e4 later.

The main line in this Classical line is:

4. ... 0-0 which is also good.

I don't know that as well but 5. Bg5 is popular.

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