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Sergey Karjakin vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Norway Chess (2018), Stavanger NOR, rd 4, Jun-01
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Classical Variation (D86)  ·  1-0


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Jun-01-18  WorstPlayerEver: 33...Bxa2 what an incredible B L U N D E R ^^
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  whiteshark: * 5m:45s that is
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  ChessHigherCat: I thought MVL would play c4 knight moves and Qb6+!
Jun-01-18  Marmot PFL: 35 Nf4 Bxc4 36 Nh5 Rf7 37 Re8+ would be quick but painful.
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  ChessHigherCat: Black could play Bxc4 because the white rook is on prise but the problem is that QxB with check, so it's time for Kh8
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  ChessHigherCat: <Marmot> I think you're probably right about MVL overlooking Qh4
Jun-01-18  ajile: <ChessHigherCat: Actually Kh8 RxB KxB Qg5+ looks a bit gloomy and doomy>

You meant Qg4+ correct with the threat of Rd7?

There is a pawn on f6.

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  Gypsy: Black position looks wrecked
Jun-01-18  WorstPlayerEver: Wow must be the pressure; 34. c4 was hard to miss.
Jun-01-18  ajile: 35.Nf4 was a killer blow. Black is doomed.
Jun-01-18  Marmot PFL: So and Anand say no defense to Qh6, so resigns
Jun-01-18  JPi: Looks like an opening prep. One should not forget that Karjakin was the last WC challenger with a team for his opening preparation. MVL should broaden his defence repertory. Everybody waits him on Najdorf or Grundfeld defence. By the way this remember me Siegen Ol when Spassky played Fischer.
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  ChessHigherCat: <ajile> I said Qg5+ right before black played f6, in fact I think that's one of the reasons why he played f6 instead of Kh8
Jun-01-18  ajile: <ChessHigherCat: > Rgr that.
Jun-01-18  WorstPlayerEver: “I love it when a plan comes together.”
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  ChessHigherCat: Damn, Car-jackin's got it because g1=Q doesn't do anything. Boo-hiss, and, oh, Congratulations Sergey!
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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: Someone should convict Black's g2 pawn of treason. Did nothing but shield White's King.
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  ChessHigherCat: < An Englishman: Good Afternoon: Someone should convict Black's g2 pawn of treason. Did nothing but shield White's King.>

I know you're joking but the g2 pawn was the heart of black's game because it created mating threats if black could ever check on d4 (B+) or g6/h7 (Q+). That's why I was so surprised (=disgusted) when MVL gave up that pawn by playing Bxa2, but I think that was more of a desperado "que vogue la galère" (or in plain English W*T*F?) move than anything else.

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  HeMateMe: <a desperado "que vogue la galère" >

I'll be damned if I don't learn things on this site...

Jun-02-18  Ulhumbrus: Suppose that instead of 32...f6 Black tries 32...f5 with the idea of ...Be4. This keeps White's N out of g4. However on 33 Nf3 Kh8 34 Ng5 h6 35 Ne6 Bxe6 36 Rxe6 threatens 37 Rxh6+ Bxh6 38 Qxh6 Qh7 39 Qxf8+ wins and on eg 36...Rc8 37 Rxh6+ Bxh6 38 Qxh6+ Qh7 39 Qf6+ Qg7 40 Qxg7 is mate. More flexible seems 32...Kh8 33 Nf3 h6. This suggests that 32...f6? is a serious mistake which loses an important tempo for the defence.
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  beatgiant: <Ulhumbrus>
Black does not have time for <32...Kh8?> because of 33. Rxg7 Kxg7 34. Qg5+ Kh8 35. Qf6+ Kg8 36. Ng4 with an unstoppable attack.
Jun-02-18  Ulhumbrus: <beatgiant: <Ulhumbrus> Black does not have time for <32...Kh8?> because of 33. Rxg7 Kxg7 34. Qg5+ Kh8 35. Qf6+ Kg8 36. Ng4 with an unstoppable attack.> This suggests that Black is lost already. If White threatens a winning king side attack one alternative to 28...Bf3 is 28...Bg6
Jun-03-18  Zibbit: I analyzed this game on my channel here:
Jun-03-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4
31...Bb5 32.Rg3 f6 33.Nd3 Re8 34.Rxe8+ Bxe8 35.Qc4+ Bf7 36.Qg4 Bh5 37.Qf4 Qd8 38.Qc4+ Bf7 39.Qg4 Bg6 40.Nf4 f5 41.Qe2 Qd6 42.Qe6+ Qxe6 43.Nxe6 Be5 44.Re3 Bd6 45.Rd3 Be7 46.Rd7 Bf6 47.Nxc5 a5 48.Kxg2 Bxc3 49.Kf3 Bf7 50.a3 Bb2 51.Nb7 a4 52.Nc5 Kg7 53.Kf4 Bxa3 + / - (1.10) Depth: 24
Jun-03-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4
25...Re8 26.Nb6 Rad8 27.Bxd8 Rxd8 28.Na4 f3 29.Qxc5 Qg3 30.Qf2 Qg5 31.h4 Qg6 32.Rb6 Qe4 33.Rb4 Qg6 34.Re1 fxg2 35.Qxg2 Bf3 36.Qxg6 hxg6 37.Rb6 Rd2 38.Rxa6 Rxa2 39.Nc5 Rxa6 40.Re8+ Kh7 41.Nxa6 Bxc3 42.Kh2 Bc6 43.Re7 Kg7 44.Kh3 Bf6 45.Rc7 Bd5 = (0.19) Depth: 26
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