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Sergey Karjakin vs Andrey Esipenko
World Rapid Championship (2017), Riyadh KSA, rd 8, Dec-27
Caro-Kann Defense: Two Knights Attack. Mindeno Variation Exchange Line (B11)  ·  0-1


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  luzhin: 22...Qb3! is the move that will be remembered in this victory by the 15 year old. But the pawn sacrifices were brilliant, though less spectacular: 15..c4! and 18..d3! set the attack up, and 28..b5! was a superb concluding tactic (if 29.Rxb5 Qd1+ snares the Nh5)
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  cappanegra: Yes, 15c4! was refined.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: 15...c4 and 18...d3 represent classic examples of the vacating sacrifice, clearing squares that the Knights found rather useful. 21. Qd1 would have worked as a defense but for 21...Nc3+. If 17.b3, Black still could have tried the second vacating sacrifice with 17...Nc5; 18.Qf3,d3. In the game itself, would 19.Bxd3 done anything to improve?
Dec-30-17  Moszkowski012273: Not really. 19.Bxd3,Bxb2

19.Qf2... is another idea but it also doesn't work.

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  ChessHigherCat: Karjakin underestimated the force of Ba3, thinking "Easy pin come, Easypinko".

But seriously I'm glad the kid one, I've never thought of Karjakin as a great player. He may get results but I would never buy an anthology of the "Great Games of Karjakin", for example.

Dec-30-17  WorstPlayerEver: I think things went wrong after 10. e5 Nd5, 10. g4 seems a better option:

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  MissScarlett: <22...Qb3 is so pretty that Ponkratov and Grischuk can't focus on their own game. >

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  ChessHigherCat: I forgot about this great game, I'm ashamed to say, another tour de force by the young wizard.
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  tarlzic 1966: Wow !!He clipped Shirov too.
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  wtpy: I think this game would be good GOTD.
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  ChessHigherCat: <wtpy> I wouldn't be surprised if this guy or Dubov ended up being World Champion one day.
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  OhioChessFan: Dubov is 22 and barely touching 2700. Time is running out.
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  ChessHigherCat: Says the Wicked Witch of the West, hourglass in hand. Stranger things have been known to happen.
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  OhioChessFan: "Stranger things have been known to happen" is a far cry from "I wouldn't be surprised". Sure, I think it could happen, but it'd be a huge surprise.
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  ChessHigherCat: Did it ever occur to you "stranger things.." was ironic? Do I detect a split hair? The point is that they're both great talents and I wouldn't be surprised if either became world champion. 22 years old does not qualify for the seniors discount at the Red Lobster and 2700 ain't' chicken feed. Dubov has already beaten quite a few of the top players, and brilliantly, which shows he belongs there. Anyway, stats prove precisely diddly-squat, as Shankland dramatically demonstrated. He made his bid for the championship at an older age and from a lower rating.
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