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Karjakin 
Baku, 2016. Photo Fide World Chess Cup.  
Sergey Karjakin
Number of games in database: 1,825
Years covered: 2000 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2772 (2818 rapid, 2800 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2788
Overall record: +320 -145 =607 (58.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      753 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (290) 
    B90 B42 B33 B30 B48
 Ruy Lopez (223) 
    C78 C67 C65 C84 C95
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (84) 
    C84 C92 C95 C88 C89
 French Defense (79) 
    C11 C18 C10 C07 C03
 Sicilian Najdorf (73) 
    B90 B92 B97 B94 B96
 Caro-Kann (55) 
    B12 B19 B10 B18 B17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (160) 
    B90 B22 B92 B87 B96
 Ruy Lopez (132) 
    C67 C65 C78 C92 C84
 Sicilian Najdorf (98) 
    B90 B92 B97 B96 B91
 Queen's Indian (90) 
    E15 E12 E14
 Nimzo Indian (63) 
    E21 E32 E34 E20 E46
 Slav (60) 
    D11 D15 D10 D12 D16
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Karjakin vs V Malinin, 2002 1-0
   Karjakin vs Kramnik, 2010 1-0
   Karjakin vs Anand, 2016 1-0
   Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 0-1
   Karjakin vs Kosteniuk, 2003 1-0
   Karjakin vs Caruana, 2016 1-0
   Karjakin vs Radjabov, 2005 1-0
   Karjakin vs Kramnik, 2004 1-0
   Caruana vs Karjakin, 2016 1/2-1/2
   Svidler vs Karjakin, 2014 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Corus (2009)
   SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque) (2013)
   World Cup (2015)
   Norway Chess Tournament (2013)
   China-Russia Challenge Match (2015)
   Bilbao Blindfold Chess World Cup (2007)
   Cap d'Agde (2006)
   World Chess Cup (2007)
   Ordix Open (2007)
   World Cup (2009)
   Tata Steel (2012)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   36th Olympiad (2004)

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   Sergey Karjakin's Best Games by KingG
   B90 by woodstriker
   Karjakin in the World Chess Cup 2007 by Augalv
   large collection by 1d410
   Caro-Kann Advance by Zhbugnoimt
   Sergey Wins First Super Tournament! by Augalv
   Art of War's favorite games 3 by Art of War
   2005 Corus (group B) by gauer
   98_A15_English_Double-Fianchetto by whiteshark
   WCC-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen by King Kosiso

RECENT GAMES:
   Karjakin vs Carlsen (Nov-30-16) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Carlsen vs Karjakin (Nov-30-16) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Karjakin vs Carlsen (Nov-30-16) 0-1, rapid
   Carlsen vs Karjakin (Nov-30-16) 1-0, rapid
   Carlsen vs Karjakin (Nov-28-16) 1/2-1/2

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SERGEY KARJAKIN
(born Jan-12-1990, 26 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality Russia)
PRONUNCIATION:
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IM (2001); GM (2002); World Rapid Champion (2012-13); World Cup Champion (2015), Candidate (2014 & 2016) and World Championship Challenger (2016).

Karjakin was born in Simferopol, Kramatorsk in Ukraine and learned to play chess when he was five years old. On 20 August 2002, at the international tournament in Sudak, he shocked the chess world by fulfilling his third and final GM norm, making him the youngest grandmaster in chess history, at the age of 12 years and 7 months (a record that still stands). At 11 years and 11 months, he had also been the youngest ever to acquire the IM title. While still 11 years old, Sergey Karjakin was one of the seconds for Ruslan Ponomariov during his world championship match against Vassily Ivanchuk in 2002. At age fourteen he defeated then reigning world champion, Vladimir Kramnik during the 2004 Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting, in a blitz game (ten minutes for the entire game, plus five seconds per move). Also in 2004, Karjakin was the only human to win against a computer in the Man vs Machine World Team Championship in Bilbao, Spain, where he was the youngest and lowest rated player. He won against the Deep Junior (Computer) program. On July 25, 2009 Karjakin took out Russian citizenship and now plays for the Russian team in the international arena.

Classical Tournaments

In June 2001, Karjakin was =1st in the Alushta Summer tournament with 7.5/11. He gained his first two GM norms at Aeroflot in 2002, and at the category 8 Alushta-100 tournament in May 2002 when he scored 9.5/13 to share first equal in the tournament with GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko. At Hastings (2002/03), he came fifth in the category 12 Premier division with 5/9 and a 2590 TPR, immediately moving on for his first taste of Corus, in the B Division where he came 5th with 7/13, a point behind the winner Peter Heine Nielsen. In December 2004, he finished second to Boris Gelfand at the category 16 Pamplona Tournament (2004). In January 2005, he won the Corus Tournament: Group B (2005) in Wijk aan Zee with 9.5/13 (TPR 2735), a full point clear of the field, and in April 2005 he became the first player born in the 1990s to enter the FIDE World Top 100 in rankings. In May 2005, he also won the Young Stars of the World tournament, scoring 8.5 points out of 11 (TPR 2677), a full point clear of Ildar Khairullin. In 2006, Karjakin won the category 18 double round robin 10th Petr Izmailov Memorial (2006) in Tomsk, Russia with 7/10 (TPR 2834). In 2007, after leading for most of the tournament, Karjakin came second at the 2nd Aerosvit (2007) with 7/11 (+3 -0 =8; TPR 2791), half a point behind the winner Vassily Ivanchuk; he came third in Aerosvit (2008) behind Magnus Carlsen and Ivanchuk with 6/11 (TPR 2741). Immediately after his narrow World Rapid Cup victory in Odessa in May 2010, Karjakin won the Karpov Poikovsky tournament on tiebreak from Viktor Bologan scoring 7/11 (+4 -1 =6; TPR 2787). In October 2011, he was =1st with Etienne Bacrot at the Poikovsky 12th Karpov International (2011) with 5.5/9 (+2 =7), but came 2nd on count back.

<Super tournaments>: Karjakin’s first taste of a super tournament was the Dortmund Sparkassen (2004), where he finished last. He finished with a plus score in the A-group of Corus (2006), came third in the double round robin quadrangular 2nd Grand Slam Masters Bilbao Final (2009) and won his first super tournament with 8/13 (TPR 2798) in the category 19 Corus (2009). He placed 6th in the Corus (2010) with 7/13 (+2 -1 =10; TPR 2746) and narrowly came second on tiebreak with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov behind Levon Aronian at the Tal Memorial (2010) in November 2010, all three scoring 5.5/9 (Karjakin’s TPR was 2835). In June 2011, Karjakin scored 6.5/10 at the Category 21 Bazna King's Tournament (2011), coming second on tiebreak to Carlsen. In November 2011, he came =3rd (4th on countback behind Ivanchuk) in the category 22 Tal Memorial (2011) with 5/9 (+1 =8 -0 and TPR of 2820), behind Aronian and Carlsen respectively. He scored 6.5/13 (+5 -5 =3; TPR 2754) at the category 21 Tata Steel (2012) (formerly Corus) tournament at Wijk aan Zee, placing 8th out of 13, and in July 2012, he scored =1st (2nd on tiebreak behind Fabiano Caruana) at Dortmund (2012). In October 2012, he came 4th at the Bilbao Masters (2012), and a few months later in January 2013 placed =3rd behind Carlsen and Aronian and alongside World Champion Viswanathan Anand at the category 20 Tata Steel (2013) tournament. In May 2013, Karjakin won the inaugural Norway Chess Tournament (2013), a category 21 event held in the Stavanger region of Norway, with a score of 6/9, half a point ahead of world number 1 Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura he also won the preliminary Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz) (2013) used to determine the draw with 6.5/9, earning the right to start with White in 5 games out of 9. Karjakin considers this the best tournament of his career so far. (1) Shortly afterwards, he scored a winless 4/9 in the category 22 Tal Memorial (2013).

He started 2014 with a promising 6.5/11 at the category 20 Tata Steel (2014), placing =2nd behind Levon Aronian and 3rd on tiebreak behind Anish Giri. In April he participated in the inaugural Gashimov Memorial (2014), a category 22 6-player DRR event instituted to commemorate the late Azeri grandmaster, and finished =3rd with 5/10 behind Carlsen and Caruana, drawing all his games. He backed up his win at Stavanger in 2013 with another outright win at the next incarnation of that event in 2014, namely the Norway Chess Tournament (2014), scoring 6/9, again a half point ahead of Carlsen.

2015 did not start as promisingly as the previous year. His first event was the RR category 22 Zurich Chess Challenge (2015) (standard time section), where he scored 2/5 to place =4th behind Anand, Nakamura and Kramnik on points, behind Caruana on tiebreak but ahead of Aronian on tiebreak. His form did not improve in the second part of the event, namely the Zurich Chess Challenge (Rapid) (2015), where he against finished 4th, for an overall placing of 6th and last. Gearing up for his world title challenge in 2016, Karjakin scored a solid 6.5/9 at the powerful Qatar Masters (2015), half a point behind the the winnder Carlsen and runner-up on tiebreak Yu Yangyi.

The start to 2016 was again inauspicious, starting with a mediocre 6/13 at the annual Tata Steel (2016) at Wijk aan Zee.

Championships

<Age championships>: Karjakin won the U10 European Championship in 1999 and placed =2nd in the U10 World Championship in 2000. In 2001 the 11-year old FM won the U12 World Championship, the Ukrainian U14 championship, competed in the Ukrainian U20 championship, scoring 5/10 and coming =5th and in the 2001 European U14 championship he came =1st (2nd on count back) behind Borki Predojevic.

<National> The then 13 year old Grandmaster came =2nd-9th in the 2003 Ukrainian Men’s Championship with 6.5/9. He lost an Armageddon blitz tiebreak to Nepomniachtchi at the Russian Championship Superfinal (2010) to place 2nd and then came =3rd with 4/7 in the Russian Superfinals (2011). In 2012, he came =1st in the Russian Superfinals (2012), but came 2nd in the round robin Russian Superfinals (Tiebreak) (2012) to place 2nd in the championship behind the winner, and therefore the 2012 Russian Champion, Dmitry Andreikin. He scored 4.5/9 to place =6th at the Russian Superfinals (2013). He scored 4/9 in the Russian Superfinals (2014) to place =8th. He was runner up in the Russian Superfinals (2015) with 7/11, a half point behind the winner Evgeny Tomashevsky.

<Continental>: Karjakin came 4th in the 6th European Individual Championship (2005).

<World championships 2004-2014>: Karjakin played in the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004) but was eliminated in the first round by Mikhail Kobalia. He has reached the semi-finals in two subsequent World Cups, losing to Alexey Shirov in the World Chess Cup (2007) and to Boris Gelfand in the World Cup (2009). His results in the latter qualified him for participation in the World Cup (2011), where he defeated Mejdi Kaabi and Wesley So in the first two rounds, but was eliminated from the Cup when he lost to Judit Polgar in the third round. He qualified by rating to play in the World Cup (2013) and defeated Moroccan IM Sebbar Ali in the first round, Indian GM Krishnan Sasikiran in the second round, and Ukrainian GM Pavel Eljanov in the third round. However he was eliminated in the Round of 16 (round 4) by compatriot GM Dmitry Andreikin. Nevertheless, the qualification of Vladimir Kramnik for the World Chess Championship Candidates (2014) by reason of reaching the final of the Cup, allowed Karjakin's qualification as a rating reserve into that Candidates event. There, he placed outright second behind Anand with 7.5/14, and with Anand was the only player to score more than 50%.

<2008-2010 FIDE Grand Prix series>: Karjakin’s performance in the Grand Prix series 2008-10 was mediocre by his standards. He was 10th at the Baku Grand Prix (2008), 7th at FIDE Grand Prix (2008) in Sochi, 10th at the 4th FIDE Grand Prix (2009) in Nalchik and 7th at the FIDE Jermuk Grand Prix (2009). The combined points from these results were insufficient for him to be seeded into the 2011 Candidates.

<2012-2013 FIDE Grand Prix series>: Karjakin started off the cycle in auspicious style be coming =1st (winning on tiebreak) alongside Wang Hao and Alexander Morozevich with 6.5/11 in the FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2012), kicking off his Grand Prix tally with 140 points. His next Grand Prix event, the FIDE Grand Prix Zug (2013), was less successful, his 5/11 earning him only 50 points. In the third GP event in which he participated, the FIDE Grand Prix Beijing (2013), he placed =5th adding only 65 GP points to his tally. This eliminated him from contention from the top 2 in the series and would have eliminated him from qualification in the Candidates Tournament of 2014 had he not qualified as as a ratings reserve on Kramnik's win at the World Cup.

<2014-2015 FIDE Grand Prix series> Karjakin played the requisite three legs of this series, the first two being at the FIDE Grand Prix Baku (2014) and at the FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2014). In the former, he scored 6/11 to place 3rd-7th to earn 82 Grand Prix points. He followed up with a similar result at the Tashkent event, scoring 6/11 to place 4th-7th, again splitting the points for these places to add another 75 GP points to his tally. In the final event of the series, namely FIDE Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2015), held in May 2015, he finished in the middle of the field to finish out of the top 2 needed to qualify for the Candidates Tournament 2016.

<World Championship 2015-2016> He took advantage of another chance to qualify for the Candidates when he qualified to play in the World Cup (2015). He won early round matches against Ermes Espinosa Veloz, Alexander Onischuk, Yu Yangyi, Dmitry Andreikin, Azeri GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Pavel Eljanov to proceed to the final where he met Peter Svidler. Both he and Svidler thereby qualified for the Candidates Tournament of 2016 and gain automatic qualification to the World Cup in 2017 should that be required. In the final, the standard match of four games was tied 2-2 after Svidler lead 2-0 in the first two games. The final was decided in Karjakin's favor in the blitz tiebreakers after the two sets of rapid game tiebreakers were tied 1-1 each, with Karjakin taking out the blitz games 2-0. He made the most of his qualification to the World Championship Candidates (2016) by winning with 8.5/14, a point ahead of his main rival in the final round, Caruana, against whom he won the dramatic last round game.

Karjakin contested the world title in New York. He drew the 12 game match of the Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship (2016) 6-6, only to go down in the 4-game rapid tiebreaker by 3-1 to cede his challenge.

Olympiads (2)

Karjakin’s first taste of the Olympiads was playing for Ukraine in the 2002 U16 Olympiad in Kuala Lumpur, at which time he scored both a team and an individual silver medal playing on board 2.

Karjakin has played in the Olympiads in 2004, 2006 and 2008 (for Ukraine) and in 2010, 2012 and 2014 for Russia. His debut in the 36th Olympiad (2004) in Calvia was stunning, one team gold and one individual gold for best performance on 2nd reserve, where he scored 6.5/7 (TPR 2929). Although there were no medals forthcoming in 2006 in 37th Chess Olympiad (2006) in Turin, he scored 8.5/11 (TPR 2798) on Board 3 (coming 4th) for Ukraine. The Olympiad (2008) in Dresden saw Ukraine place 4th and Karjakin 6th on Board 2 with 5/9 (TPR 2714). The Chess Olympiad (2010) in Elista saw Karjakin back in the medals with his new team Russia 1 taking the silver, ironically behind Ukraine, while Karjakin took individual gold for best performance on board 4 with 8/10 and a TPR 2859. His second stint with the Russian team at the Chess Olympiad (2012) on board 3 earned him a team silver and an individual bronze medal, scoring 7/10. His most recent stint in the Olympiad for Russia was playing board 4 at the Chess Olympiad (2014), where he scored 7/10, and just missed out on a team medal on tiebreak (Russia placed 4th).

Other Team Events (2)

In 2006, Karjakin helped the Youth team win the Youth - Experience (2006) by 28-22. In 2007, he was the top scorer in the NH Chess Tournament (2007) Rising Stars vs Experience contest with 7/10 (TPR 2759), won 26.5-23.5 by the Rising Stars.

Karjakin has participated in Ukrainian, Spanish, Russian, European and World Team championships, as well as in Asian Club Cup and the Rising Stars vs Experience teams. Karjakin started playing in Ukrainian Club Championships since he was at least 11, and has been an outstanding team player in the European Club Cup. In his first experience in the ECC in 2002, 12 year old Karjakin played for the Momot Regional Donetsk; while the club finished midway down the table, Karjakin scored 5.5/7, including 2.5/3 against his GM opponents. In the 2005 ECC, he played for the powerful NAO Chess Club which came third, Karjakin scoring 6/7 (TPR 2798). Playing for Tomsk, which won silver, Karjakin scored 5.5/7 (TPR 2743) and won individual gold in the Russian Team Championship (2007). In 2008, he played for PVK Kiev, and while the club came third, Karjakin had a poor tournament. After moving to Russia in 2009, he has played for ShSM-64 Moscow. Thriving in the Russian environment, in April 2010, he helped ShSM-64 win the Russian Team Championships (2010) with 16 points from 9 rounds, and in so doing turned out a TPR for the tournament of 2889. His participation in the World Chess Team Championship (2011) saw a rare lapse of form when he only scored 2/6 (TPR 2624). However, in November he played board 3 for his adopted team Russia in the European Team Championship (2011), scoring 4.5/7 and winning individual silver, improving on his bronze medal he won for his native Ukraine on board 2 during the 2007 edition of the event. He won individual and team gold playing board 1, leading his team Tomsk to win the Russian Team Championships (2012) his TPR for the competition was 2896. Karjakin played for the Malachite team in the European Club Cup (2013), and playing board two he helped his team to win silver and picked up individual bronze in the process.

Karjakin's return to the World Team Championship redeemed his poor performance in his inaugural appearance two years earlier. Playing board 2 for Russia, he helped his team to win the gold medal at the FIDE World Team Championship (2013), winning individual silver for his efforts on board 2, narrowly missing the individual gold by the narrowest margin, viz the 3rd tiebreaker (in this case a small TPR difference less than the winner). In April 2014, he played top board for the Malachite team in the Russian Premier League, and helped his team to win every round and to gain the gold medal for the contest. He returned to international team chess once more when he played board 2 for Russia, winning individual bronze, with the team placing 4th. Karjakin returned the Russian Premier League in 2016 playing board one, but only for three games. Nevertheless, his team ShSM Moscow won silver.

In late July and early August 2015, Karjakin was a member of the Russian team that played the first half of the innovatively formatted China-Russia Challenge Match (2015), which involves a series of one-on-one sets between the teams with the winner of each match defending the stage against the next contestant in the opposing team. Drawn standard games are decided by rapid and Armageddon tiebreakers. In this format, Karjakin successfully defeated wunderkind Wei Yi, multiple Chinese national champion Ding Liren, Ni Hua and Yu Yangyi to virtually wrap up the challenge match by the end of the first half of the event, which will be completed in late 2015.

Matches

In the February 2003 Dannemann Match (2003), the then 13 year old Karjakin defeated the 18 year old vice-Women’s World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk in a six game match by 4-2 (+2 -0 =4). In December 2004, Karjakin played a best of six game match against 2004 US Champion 17 year old GM Hikaru Nakamura in the Karjakin - Nakamura Match (2004) aka "Duelo de los Jovenes Prodigios" (the Duel of the Wonder Boys) in Cuernavaca, Estado de Morelos, Mexico, losing 1.5 - 4.5 (+1 -4 =1).

Rapids and Blindfold

A keen and deadly rapid player, Karjakin was 13 when played in the 2003 Ciudad de León tournament, making it to the semi final before being eliminated in the four game match by Veselin Topalov 1.5-2.5 (+1-2=1). He reached the final of the 2006 Cap d'Agde (2006), which he lost to Teimour Radjabov by 0.5-1.5. In 2007, he won the EURO Blitz tournament and was runner up in the Bilbao Blindfold Chess World Cup (2007) behind Bu Xiangzhi and ahead of Magnus Carlsen, Judit Polgar, Veselin Topalov and Pentala Harikrishna respectively. In July 2008 he won the ten game Karjakin - Short Rapid match (2008) by 7.5-2.5. In May 2009, he scored 5/8 playing for the FIDE World team which defeated the Azerbaijani team in the Azerbaijan vs the World (2009) rapid tournament, the President’s Cup. Also in 2009, he came equal second with Alexander Morozevich and behind Alexander Grischuk in the Moscow Blitz Championship, won the Aeroflot Blitz Qualifier for the World Blitz Championships with 15/18; in November 2009 he placed third in the World Blitz Championship (2009) behind Carlsen and Anand scoring 25/42. In 2010, he made it to the 8th round of the combined Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2010) / Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2010) before being eliminated by Grischuk. In the fourth ACP World Rapid Cup (2010) which took place from in May in Odessa, Karjakin won the final against Dmitry Jakovenko in the Armageddon blitz game. In January 2011, the Russian State Social University staged a rapid game match between him and Nepomniachtchi, a reprise of the blitz tiebreak between the two that enabled Nepomniachtchi to win the 2010 Russian Superfinal; the two rapid games were drawn, and four subsequent blitz games were drawn with a win and a draw each. Karjakin won by drawing the Armageddon game as Black. Videos of the 5 blitz games can be seen at http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp.... On 16 February 2012, Karjakin played in the Moscow blitz tournament that was held after Aeroflot, and won the contest outright with 15/18 ahead of a galaxy of GMs and other masters. (3) In July 2012, Karjakin won clear first place in the World Rapid Championship (2012) held in Astana with 11.5/15 and followed up by scoring 18.5/30 to take 3rd place behind Grischuk and Carlsen at the World Blitz Championship (2012). He then won the Aeroflot Rapid Open (2013), a restructured version of the traditional Aeroflot Open, defeating Grischuk in the Armageddon final with 2 seconds left on his clock. (4) In June 2013, Karjakin won the Sberbank GM Rapid (2013) with 6.5/9, a half point clear of Veselin Topalov. In September 2013, he took clear first in the powerful 67th Moscow Blitz Championship (2013) with 14.5/19.

In 2014, he participated in the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2014), scoring 10/15, a point behind the leader Magnus Carlsen, and enhancing his rapid rating by 25 points to over 2800. The outcome of his efforts in the companion event, the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2014), was very poor by his standards as he scored only 10.5/21 losing 127 blitz rating points in that event alone. His poor form in this form of the game continued at the Moscow Championship Final A Blitz in September 2014, when he scored only 10.5/19, shedding another 31 blitz rating points. He regained some form in the 2014 Tal Memorial blitz tournament, scoring 12.5/22 and placing =3rd, gaining 50 blitz rating points.

Ratings and rankings

Karjakin entered the world's top 100 in the April 2005 FIDE list, where he was number 64 in the world with an Elo rating of 2635, the first time it rose above 2600. On the January 2008 FIDE rating list, published just before Karjakin's eighteenth birthday, he passed the 2700 mark for the first time. In the FIDE ratings list for 1 July 2011, Karjakin's rating reached an all time high of 2788 (and an all time high in the world ranking of number 4).

Personal

He married WIM Kateryna Dolzhykova in 2009, but they divorced. Karjakin is now married to Galia Kamalova.

Sources and references:

(1) https://twitter.com/SergeyKaryakin; (2) http://www.olimpbase.org/players/is...; (3) http://www.chessarbiter.com/turniej...; (4) http://chessbase.com/Home/TabId/211....

Live rating: http://www.2700chess.com/; Wikipedia article: Sergey Karjakin; Article on becoming the world’s youngest grandmaster: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...; Article and list of chess power couples: http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp....

Last updated: 2016-11-30 21:33:43

 page 1 of 73; games 1-25 of 1,825  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. P Sinzhuk vs Karjakin 0-121 2000 Ukrainian Team chD85 Grunfeld
2. N Zdebskaja vs Karjakin 1-038 2000 Ukrainian Team chB03 Alekhine's Defense
3. A Mukomilov vs Karjakin 0-142 2000 Ukrainian Team chD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
4. Karjakin vs A Tamilin 1-040 2000 Ukrainian Team chB01 Scandinavian
5. N Khomenko vs Karjakin  0-145 2000 Ukrainian Team chB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. Karjakin vs A Grekh  0-133 2000 UKR-ch U12B40 Sicilian
7. Karjakin vs S Baranjuk 1-033 2000 UKR-ch U12B40 Sicilian
8. Karjakin vs A Kulikovsky 1-035 2000 Ukrainian Team chB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
9. Karjakin vs K Gaynutdinov 0-161 2000 Ukrainian Team chB32 Sicilian
10. G Kuzmin vs Karjakin 1-039 2000 Ukrainian Team chB20 Sicilian
11. Karjakin vs M Vachier-Lagrave 0-127 2000 Wch U10B39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
12. Y Zinchenko vs Karjakin  ½-½41 2001 UKR-ch U14B22 Sicilian, Alapin
13. Karjakin vs Areshchenko 1-064 2001 UKR-ch U20B22 Sicilian, Alapin
14. Karjakin vs V Kurochkin 1-037 2001 UKR-ch U14B42 Sicilian, Kan
15. Karjakin vs D Kedyk  1-059 2001 UKR-ch U14B97 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. Y Kruppa vs Karjakin  1-039 2001 UKR-chTD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
17. Karjakin vs V Nazarevich  ½-½64 2001 UKR-ch U14B32 Sicilian
18. Karjakin vs A Maksimenko  1-036 2001 Nikolaev UKRB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
19. S Zavgorodniy vs Karjakin  1-060 2001 Nikolaev UKRB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
20. Karjakin vs B Itkis 1-037 2001 Nikolaev UKRB19 Caro-Kann, Classical
21. S Kalugin vs Karjakin  ½-½34 2001 Nikolaev UKRB22 Sicilian, Alapin
22. Karjakin vs N Olenin 1-059 2001 Nikolaev UKRB40 Sicilian
23. S Bondarchuk vs Karjakin 0-125 2001 Nikolaev UKRD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
24. Karjakin vs Areshchenko  0-189 2001 Nikolaev UKRB19 Caro-Kann, Classical
25. V Slovineanu vs Karjakin  ½-½26 2001 Nikolaev UKRC47 Four Knights
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Nov-30-16
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  LucB: A valiant effort GM Karjakin! Chin up!!
Nov-30-16  Kamagong42: my man broke my heart, the Berlin magic did not work this time, perhaps the next challenger should use the Sicilian right at the beginning and not use it as a must win desperado weapon
Nov-30-16  Petrosianic: <Conrad93: The real World Champion will always be Carlsen regardless if Karjakin wins.>

Um, no. Had Karjakin won, he would have been the Real World Champion, and the official "Best Player in the World".

Nov-30-16  sac 4 mate: <norami> <Karjakin joins the list of players who have played games where if they won, they'd be World Champion - but they didn't win.>

What’s the full list? Off the top of my head I can think of....

Schlechter (1910)
Bronstein (1951)
Korchnoi (1978)
Leko (2004)
Topalov (2006 and 2010)
Gelfand (2012)
Karjakin (2016)

You can add Smyslov in 1954 and Karpov in 1987 if you’re including players that had been, or would be, champions at some point during their careers. Adams in 2004 also makes the list if you count the FIDE championship during the split, which I personally don’t.

Are there any others that I’m missing?

Nov-30-16  The Kings Domain: Impressive fight put up by Karjakin in the world championship match, he proved the doubters wrong. He can only improve and it would be nice to see him and Carlsen square-off once again in the next title match and maybe by then he can gain the victory he also deserves.
Nov-30-16
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  beatgiant: <sac 4 mate>
<Are there any others that I’m missing?> Chigorin (1892) came close: missed a win that would have qualified him for the tiebreaker.
Nov-30-16  Chessinfinite: Very impressive fight by Karjakin to hold the WC in the classical match.
Dec-01-16  sac 4 mate: <Chigorin (1892) came close: missed a win that would have qualified him for the tiebreaker.>

It was a close call, to be sure, but I wouldn’t put that match in the same category as the others on that list, since Chigorin would still have needed to win the tiebreak even after winning the tenth game.

One striking feature about this list of almost-champions – except for Bronstein and Korchnoi, every single one of the matches in which they almost won the title was short by world championship standards. Schlechter, Leko, Gelfand, Topalov (both times) and now Karjakin all had their near-misses in matches of 14 games or fewer. This isn’t surprising, since it’s probably easier for a challenger who’s normally a class below the champion to lift his form for a match of only around a dozen games, something that’s a lot less sustainable during a longer contest. I think if Lasker and Schlechter, for instance, had played 24 games, the former would’ve probably won cleanly, and Anand likely wouldn’t have needed rapid tiebreaks to dispatch Gelfand in a Cold War-length match. In general, over the course of a longer match you’d expect superior quality to shine through.

Dec-01-16  Kamagong42: <norami> if Sergey have drawn game 10, he would have been WCC, that game was a heartbreaker!
Dec-01-16
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  ketchuplover: kudos on your son's first steps. were they one step ahead and two steps sideways or vice versa?
Dec-01-16
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  moronovich: What a fine resistance.
Could have won the whole thing.
Dec-02-16
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  Lambda: <Topalov (2006 and 2010)>

If Topalov had won with the aid of the forfeit in 2006, it's not simple to predict that he would have become champion. A lot of people would have been very angry, and Kramnik was going to take legal action.

Dec-02-16
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  LucB: Has Karjakin's team of seconds been revealed? TIA!
Dec-02-16
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  keypusher: <LucB: Has Karjakin's team of seconds been revealed? TIA!>

They prefer to bask in anonymity.

Dec-02-16
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  LucB: Thanks <KP>.. that's too bad, I was curious.
Dec-02-16
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  rogge: Mamedyarov and Potkin were two of them, I believe.
Dec-02-16
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  LucB: Mamedyarov? The guy that plays 'crazy chess'? Strange choice, no?
Dec-03-16
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  Eyal: I gather that according to the Russian press, Karjakin's seconds were all those who have helped him in the Candidates: Potkin (who was visibly with him in New York), Motylev, Mamedyarov & Kasparov's old coach Yury Dokhoian. As for Mamedyarov, I recall that Karjakin singled him out for praise after the Candidates for helping him to play more sharply, but as far as this match goes he clearly wasn't in a Mamedyarov-like state of mind...
Dec-03-16
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  keypusher: <LucB> I'm sorry, I was just making a stupid joke.

Eyal named SK's seconds, who are also identified here, but it's an interesting article in its own right.

https://chess24.com/en/read/news/ka...

Dec-03-16
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  Dionysius1: Oh dear - Kasparov is beginning to sound like an old retired blowhard. Shame - his rudeness was acceptable enough when he was playing, but it just sounds peevish from an armchair. How the mighty...etc
Dec-03-16
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  Eyal: <keypusher> Well, you did have a point. I mean, at least as far as the general level of Karjakin's opening play is concerned (especially with White), one might think they shouldn't be too proud of themselves... (though in the final press conference Karjakin took a significant part of the blame on himself, saying that he forgot or mixed up a lot of things during the games)
Dec-03-16
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  Absentee: <Dionysius1: Oh dear - Kasparov is beginning to sound like an old retired blowhard.>

Yes, he's been beginning to do that for the last 10 years or so.

Dec-03-16
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  keypusher: < Absentee: <Dionysius1: Oh dear - Kasparov is beginning to sound like an old retired blowhard.> Yes, he's been beginning to do that for the last 10 years or so.>

Before that he was a young unretired blowhard. :-)

Dec-03-16
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  john barleycorn: <keypusher: < Absentee: <Dionysius1: Oh dear - Kasparov is beginning to sound like an old retired blowhard.> Yes, he's been beginning to do that for the last 10 years or so.>

Before that he was a young unretired blowhard. :-)>

Yeah, he stays true to his style. Fantastic player but off the board just a fcuk-up full of himself

Dec-03-16
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  LucB: No problems, <KP>, and thanks for the link!
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