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Daniil Dubov vs Sergey Karjakin
World Cup (2017), Tbilisi GEO, rd 2, Sep-07
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1-0


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  An Englishman: Good Morning: And welcome to Upset City.
Sep-07-17  fisayo123: Superb preparation and then calculation by Dubov throughout the game in this 6...Bc5 line. I'm happy for him. Always strikes me as a nice guy when I hear him speak.
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  Domdaniel: Dubov regularly plays 1.c4 or 1.Nf3 but then reaches a sharp position with aggressive play. He is also very well prepared. Worth studying if you like these openings.
Sep-07-17  Strelets: <Domdaniel> I'll be doing just that!
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  Domdaniel: <Strelets> So will I!
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  HeMateMe: so, Karjakin is out?
Sep-07-17  SirRuthless: Yeah, just like that.
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  cro777: Daniil Dubov: "I was actually happy that I managed to outprepare him."

6Bc5, in a Reversed Dragon (King's English Four Knights with 4.g3 d5), has of lately become the main line. Karjakin recently played this line twice: Nakamura vs Karjakin, 2017 and Nakamura vs Karjakin, 2017. Dubov remarked: "If Karjakin plays something twice it will surely happen a third time."

Position after 11Qd4

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This position was well known to both players. Here, Dubov introduced a novelty:

12.Ba3 (Nakamura against Karjakin had opted for 12.Be3).

Dubov admitted: "I don't think that this novelty leads to an advantage if he plays correctly, but at least Black needs to remember a lot of stuff." Karjakin initially reacted correctly (12...e3 and 14Ne5).

Dubov's idea 16.a4, 17.bxa6 and 18.a5 happened to be decisive. Position after 18.a5.

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Dubov: "The last thing I remembered was that here Black needs to play 18 ... Rxa5, and then everything comes to an end with a forced draw."

Karjakin, after the first long thought in the game (25 minutes), made a mistake and played 18Ba7?! He said: "I knew that 18...Rxa5 is a draw, but over the board got confused and played 18...Ba7. I even repeated this line today, but it did not help."

19.Qc1! followed. "I thought this was clever. I only rememebered that the computer evaluation was better for me. From now on we played on our own", Dubov explained.

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  cro777: Dubov's law of chess preparation:

"Everything that happens once doesnt necessarily happen twice. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time."

Sep-08-17  WorstPlayerEver: <An Englishman>

Welcome to the entertainment
Here now are the rants (Upset City)
Presented by reporters
Wearing angry pants (Upset City)

Sep-08-17  dehanne: Dubov's a cutie.
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  Domdaniel: <dehanne> Bright too. The boy's a star.
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