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Sergey Karjakin vs Veselin Topalov
Gashimov Memorial (2018), Shamkir AZE, rd 9, Apr-28
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo. Italian Four Knights Variation (C50)  ·  1-0
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Apr-28-18  Ulhumbrus: A pawn down may draw but two pawns seem a bit too much
Apr-28-18  BOSTER: Is c4 playable?
Apr-28-18  Pedro Fernandez: <<Marmot PFL>: First two places are decided (1 Carlsen 2 Ding Liren), this is the battle for 3rd place.> That's right! My great <MarmotPFL>!
Apr-28-18
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  offramp: Cormier's evaluation has gone up and down like Jimmy Savile's knickers.
Apr-28-18
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  Marmot PFL: A few days ago Topalov was clear 1st, now he could finish 8th.
Apr-28-18
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  offramp: At move 46 White is 2 pawns up, 4 pawns to 2.
Apr-28-18  BOSTER: This shows that distance between 1 and 8 is not too high.
Apr-28-18  Pedro Fernandez: Hey you guys, you see how Topalov is making all the possible to defend his position but, I regret it is not enough.
Apr-28-18
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  offramp: <BOSTER: This shows that distance between 1 and 8 is not too high.>

Exactement, mon ami! In a tournament with loads of draws a single loss can collapse one's position.

Apr-28-18
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  whiteshark: Just imagine ♖b4 could move like a Chinese Canon: <48.Cb8>.

Well, from there (b8) it's # with a w♖, but not even a check with a canon...

Apr-28-18
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  Marmot PFL: < BOSTER> Yeah, Karjakin started the day in 7th
Apr-28-18  Ulhumbrus: 48...Rf3 prepares 49...Ra2+ while 48...Ra3 prepares 49...Rf2+. 48..Rf3 allows 49 c5. This suggests 48...Ra3.
Apr-28-18  Pedro Fernandez: Mein <Sharky>, immer ausstehend!
Apr-28-18  BOSTER: Maybe, only maybe black can win
d6 pawn.
Apr-28-18
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  truepacifism: Karjakin wins. It was a good game.
Apr-28-18
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  offramp: <truepacifism: Karjakin wins. It was a good game.>

Yeah! If this was Chess Facebook I would thumbs up.

Apr-28-18
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  Marmot PFL: Funny press conference

Q the opening was almost nothing.

K how can you say it was nothing I was almost winning by move 16.

Apr-28-18
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  whiteshark: <Pedro> Esto es para usted: <ˇSiempre estás de buen humor, mi amigo! Muchas gracias!!!>
Apr-28-18  Ulhumbrus: 31...Kf8 seems inconsistent. Why has Black played 30...Rc4 if not to free the rook placed so badly on a4? This suggests 31...Ra8
Apr-28-18  Pedro Fernandez: <<whiteshark>: <Pedro> Esto es para usted: <ˇSiempre estás de buen humor, mi amigo! Muchas gracias!!!>> Thanks to you <whiteshark>! BTW, in Spanish you can "tutear", i.e. instead of 'usted' you can use 'tu', or in this case: "Esto es para tí". You are "tuteando" when you wrote: "Siempre estás". So you can write formally: "Usted siempre está", or "tuting": "Tu siempre estás". You know, I thought you speak Spanish very well as you're a very cult man. Greetings my great friend!
Apr-28-18
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  ChessHigherCat: I couldn't stand to watch my least-favorite trounce one of my favorite players so I did some work for a while. Karjakin has stamina and technique, you have to say that for him.
Apr-28-18
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  chessgames.com: Great work by Sergey Karjakin to finish the tournament, but the real congratulations go to Magnus Carlsen for demonstrating again why he's the champ.
Apr-29-18
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  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4 Pro w32: d 22 dpa done

<1. = (0.09): 14...Nc3> 15.bxc3 Bxc4 16.Re1 Kh8 17.Nf5 Rg8 18.Ne3 Bb5 19.Qh5 Qe7 20.c4 Bc6 21.Nd5 Bxd5 22.cxd5 Rg5 23.Qf3 Kg7 24.h4 Rg6 25.g3 b5 26.Qf5 Re8 27.a4 b4

2. = (0.17): 14...Ra4 15.b3 Ra5 16.Qf3 Kh8 17.g3 Rg8 18.dxe5 fxe5 19.Ng2 c6 20.Ne3 b5 21.b4 Ra8 22.Bb3 Nxe3 23.fxe3 Bxb3 24.cxb3 Qg5 25.e4 Rg7 26.Rfd1 Qg4 27.Kg2 Qe6 28.Qf5 Qxb3 29.Qxe5 Qc2+ 30.Kg1 Qe2

Apr-29-18
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  cormier: 14...c6? 15.Re1:


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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 22

1. + / = (0.54): 15...Re8 16.Nf3 b5 17.Bb3 Nf4 18.Bxe6 Rxe6 19.dxe5 fxe5 20.Rxe5 Rxe5 21.Nxe5 Qf6 22.Qg4+ Kh8 23.Re1 Nxg2 24.Nxf7+ Qxf7 25.Qd4+ Qg7 26.Qxg7+ Kxg7 27.Kxg2 Kf6 28.f4 Rd8 29.Kf3 Rd2 30.Re2 Rd8 31.Rg2 Rd1 32.Kg4 Rf1 33.h4 h6 34.h5 c5

2. + / = (0.56): 15...e4 16.f3 f5 17.Nxf5 Nf4 18.Rxe4 Nh3+ 19.gxh3 Bxf5 20.Re1 Kh8 21.Kh1 Qf6 22.Rg1 Bxh3

3. + / = (0.59): 15...Ra4 16.b3 Ra5 17.Qf3 Nf4 18.Rad1 Qe7 19.b4 Raa8 20.Bxe6 fxe6 21.g3 Nh3+ 22.Kg2 Ng5 23.Qe3 e4 24.f4 exf3+ 25.Nxf3 Nxf3 26.Qxf3 Qd6 27.c4 f5 28.c5 Qd5 29.Rd3 bxc5 30.dxc5 Qxf3+ 31.Kxf3 Kf7 32.Ree3 Rfd8 33.Rd6 Rxd6 34.cxd6 Rd8 35.Rd3

4. + / = (0.66): 15...Kh8 16.Nf3 Rg8 17.g3 exd4 18.Nxd4 Qd7 19.Nxe6 fxe6 20.Qf3 Qf7 21.Ba2 b5 22.Re4 Rad8 23.Rae1 Rge8 24.Kg2 Rd7 25.Rh4 Rdd8 26.Qe4 e5 27.Qf3 Rd6 28.c3 f5 29.Bb1 Rf6 30.Qh5 e4

5. + / - (0.71): 15...b5 16.Bxd5 Qxd5 17.dxe5 fxe5 18.Qxd5 cxd5 19.Rxe5 b4 20.f4 bxa3 21.Rxa3 Rxa3 22.bxa3 Kg7 23.g4 Rc8 24.f5 Bd7 25.Re7 Be8 26.g5 Kf8 27.f6 Rc4 28.Nf3 b6 29.Ne5 Rxc2 30.Nd7+ Bxd7 31.Rxd7 Ke8 32.Rxd5 Ra2 33.Rd3 Rc2

Jun-26-18  Justin796: Even karjakin wins are boring
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