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Sergey Karjakin
Number of games in database: 1,809
Years covered: 2000 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2772 (2818 rapid, 2800 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2788
Overall record: +319 -144 =597 (58.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      749 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (290) 
    B90 B42 B33 B30 B48
 Ruy Lopez (216) 
    C67 C78 C65 C84 C95
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (82) 
    C84 C95 C92 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 (159) 
    B90 B22 B92 B87 B97
 Ruy Lopez (129) 
    C67 C65 C78 C84 C92
 Sicilian Najdorf (98) 
    B90 B92 B97 B96 B91
 Queen's Indian (90) 
    E15 E12 E14
 Nimzo Indian (63) 
    E21 E32 E20 E34 E46
 Slav (60) 
    D11 D15 D10 D16 D12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Karjakin vs V Malinin, 2002 1-0
   Karjakin vs Kramnik, 2010 1-0
   Karjakin vs Anand, 2016 1-0
   Karjakin vs Kosteniuk, 2003 1-0
   Karjakin vs Kramnik, 2004 1-0
   Karjakin vs Radjabov, 2005 1-0
   Caruana vs Karjakin, 2016 1/2-1/2
   Svidler vs Karjakin, 2014 0-1
   Karjakin vs Caruana, 2016 1-0
   Karjakin vs Grischuk, 2009 1-0

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

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

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   2005 Corus (group B) by gauer
   98_A15_English_Double-Fianchetto by whiteshark
   Match Short-Karjakin by Augalv

   Harikrishna vs Karjakin (Sep-12-16) 1-0
   Mamedyarov vs Karjakin (Sep-11-16) 1/2-1/2
   Karjakin vs Caruana (Sep-10-16) 1/2-1/2
   Karjakin vs Navara (Sep-09-16) 1-0
   Nisipeanu vs Karjakin (Sep-08-16) 1/2-1/2

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


<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.

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.

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.


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 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).


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

Sources and references:

(1); (2); (3); (4)

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 page 1 of 73; games 1-25 of 1,809  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Karjakin vs A Tamilin 1-040 2000 Ukrainian Team chB01 Scandinavian
2. N Khomenko vs Karjakin  0-145 2000 Ukrainian Team chB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. Karjakin vs A Grekh  0-133 2000 UKR-ch U12B40 Sicilian
4. Karjakin vs A Kulikovsky 1-035 2000 Ukrainian Team chB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
5. Karjakin vs S Baranjuk 1-033 2000 UKR-ch U12B40 Sicilian
6. Karjakin vs K Gaynutdinov 0-161 2000 Ukrainian Team chB32 Sicilian
7. G Kuzmin vs Karjakin 1-039 2000 Ukrainian Team chB20 Sicilian
8. P Sinzhuk vs Karjakin 0-121 2000 Ukrainian Team chD85 Grunfeld
9. N Zdebskaja vs Karjakin 1-038 2000 Ukrainian Team chB03 Alekhine's Defense
10. A Mukomilov vs Karjakin 0-142 2000 Ukrainian Team chD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
11. Karjakin vs M Vachier-Lagrave 0-127 2000 Wch U10B39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
12. Karjakin vs D Kedyk  1-059 2001 UKR-ch U14B97 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. Karjakin vs V Kurochkin 1-037 2001 UKR-ch U14B42 Sicilian, Kan
14. Y Kruppa vs Karjakin  1-039 2001 UKR-chTD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
15. Karjakin vs V Nazarevich  ½-½64 2001 UKR-ch U14B32 Sicilian
16. Y Zinchenko vs Karjakin  ½-½41 2001 UKR-ch U14B22 Sicilian, Alapin
17. Karjakin vs Areshchenko 1-064 2001 UKR-ch U20B22 Sicilian, Alapin
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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Apr-12-16  Fish55: <twinlark> WADA does not need to answer to any apologists for would-be drug cheaters. Better to ban them now than to have to strip gold medals from frauds such as Sergeys Bakulin and Kirdyapkin, among others.
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  Sally Simpson: Hi beatgiant,

"So are you not saying that having a flag or a chess Olympiad team are better indicators of statehood than membership in the United Nations?"

Am I? I cannot recall me mentioning the U.N.

I do not know what I am not saying, you keep saying it for me.

"Lasker (Germany) humiliates Marshall (US) in the 1907 title match, and the US declares war within the decade...."

By my premise.(?) I cannot remember that one either.

Certainly not 'Lasker humiliated Marshall.'

Some good instructive chess played in that match. (Chernev used a couple of the games in his 'Golden Dozen' and as Soltis says in his 'Why Lasker Matters' there were traps galore when these two met.)

The mistake (in hindsight) was challenging Lasker in the first place. But we have to recall that prior to the match Marshall led Lasker in 1½ -½ in OTB play.

"and the US declares war within the decade...."

The decade to me was 1900-1909 but if you are taking any 10 years as a decade (fair enough) then it makes it by only 2 days!

The Lasker - Marshall match finished on April 8th 1907.

America declared was on Germany on April 6th 1917.

But two days still makes it within the 10 years. Good.


Speaking of Lasker - Marshall and 'pedantic objections'...

Now you have read this I invite you over to:

Marshall vs Lasker, 1907 (kibitz #3)


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  twinlark: <Fish55>

<WADA does not need to answer to any apologists for would-be drug cheaters.>

You're still missing the point and that is that WADA needs to provide scientific proof that meldonium - or any substance it bans - can be used for doping.

As far as I can see, you're simply taking their word for it. Doesn't that make you an unthinking apologist for WADA? How do you know it is not abusing its power?

btw, I have no sympathy for cheaters nor those who claim ignorance. WADA is currently accepted as the world's peak anti-doping body and it issued its ban on meldonium with effect from 1 January 2016.

Athletes - including chessplayers (who can't possibly have their play enhanced by this substance) - that didn't apprise themselves of this ruling and took the stuff only to fail a dope test have only themselves to blame.

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  Sally Simpson: Why are you people going on about Athletics.

It's not even a sport. Anybody who runs about a field and is not kicking, carrying or chasing a ball is an idiot.

Now where was I.... Oh yes.

I was looking at Eddie Winters site and discovered...

There have been 15 books written about Carlsen and none at all on Karjakin.

With the November final only 7 months away it's time to cash in. Think I'll knock one off this weekend.

The Title (always the hardest bit)

Karjakin's Best Games (it works for me.)

Wait a minute...there will be endings.

Karjakin Best Miniatures. (even better)

Just checked. On here Karjakin has only 8 games that finished under 20 moves with a decisive result. (I know 25 is the miniature benchmark but I'm lazy) there are 65 under 20 move draws.

Carlsen has 37 under 20 move draws and 23 games with a decisive result.


Think I'll do Carlsen's 16th book instead.

Apr-13-16  Fish55: Sorry Sally, this web page has temporarily replaced the Rogoff page for the discussion of non-chess matters, but I am hopefully just about done posting on these matters.

Twinlark, I am not an expert on drug testing, and I don't think you are either. So until there is evidence that meldonium does not enhance athletic performance I accept Wada's judgment over the statements of those who are seeking to profit in some way from this substance.

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  twinlark: <Fish55>

Let's leave it there and agree to differ.

I'll stand with the notion that no organisation can be unaccountable, including WADA. As far as I'm concerned they have to have a reason for their bans that are available to all, especially those that are most affected.

It's enables natural justice.

Any further comments to Rogoff.

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  HeMateMe: By definition, once world anti-doping authorities declare something banned, they have *already* proven it is a PED, at least in their minds.

If perhaps you are some sort of arm chair chemist and need the details I'm sure a serious article is out there somewhere, on this topic.

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  twinlark: Response at Rogoff page.
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  Bobby Fiske: Meanwhile, Karjakin is bussy preparing his WC match in November:
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  Appaz: Of course. He is a tourist, as <Overgod> has stated.

A professional chess player would have remembered his laptop and forgotten his child.

Jul-10-16  morfishine: This is a good time to drum up some conversation on our challenger, Dear Karjakin.

Of course, he's no "tourist" despite what our resident Einstein imitator <Overgod> states

How can Karjakin beat Carlsen? I would recommend a comprehensive approach trying to spread the openings out.


Jul-11-16  Mr 1100: "How can Karjakin beat Carlsen?"

He could get Russian Grandmasters such as Grischuk and Nepomniachtchi to join his team.

Then again, he could just come here to and ask our advice.

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  john barleycorn: <Mr 1100: "How can Karjakin beat Carlsen?"...

Then again, he could just come here to and ask our advice.>

yup,we are always ready for an engine driven post mortem :-)

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  Appaz: Karjakin is one of the very best defenders and he is meeting a player supposedly stronger than him.

So he should probably play with a defensive strategy: solid openings, conservative play and the go for counter punches if Carlsen screw up.

If the match goes to tie-breaks his chances would be even better than in the ordinary games.

Jul-12-16  morfishine: <Appaz> I like that idea about holding, then counter-punching. I'm reminded of when Anand missed his chance last match 2014 with Carlsen when MC blundered badly in game 6: Carlsen vs Anand, 2014

but Anand overlooked his chance and ended up losing

Karjakin will surely not let such slips go unpunished; but on the other hand, Carlsen will certainly be super-prepared to avoid such gaffes


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  Jambow: I'm taking the easy road and guessing Carlsen wins this without much fanfare. Not that Karjakin wont win a game but no more than two. No fault of Karjakin it is just that he is up against a monster. Carlsen has no weaknesses. He both knows and can exploit his strengths like few others.

Looking forward to it but I give Sergey 10% chances at best.

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  john barleycorn: What again was some expert opionion in 1927?

<Alekhine had never won a single game from Capablanca, so it was perhaps understandable that some doubted he could win six match games against him.[15] Geza Maroczy predicted victory was bound to go to Capablanca,[16] and Rudolf Spielmann said he would be surprised if Alekhine "were to win even a single game.">

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  Jambow: <john barleycorn> Are you going with Karjakin or just making statements of every sort to cover your bets?
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Jambow,

I think the organisers are glad you are not doing the PR for this match. They would have to slash the ticket prices.

"Carlsen has no weaknesses."

Neither has Karjakin. No top player has a weakness. If they did they would not even be in the top 100.

Karjakin's chances are a lot higher than 10%.

Nigel Short reckons it is 60-40 in favour of Carlsen. He has been there and also knows a thing about the game. I'll go with that.

However the longer the match goes without a decisive result the less chance Karjakin will have as Carlsen will win the tie break.

I was not too impressed with Carlsen's last World Title defence.

One win after a bad blunder by Anand (game 2) then totally outplayed (Game 3) his next win (game 6) was one he should have lost. The last win was Anand pressing to tie the match.

He won the match with a fluke and two gifts.

This time Carlsen will get no flukes and the gifts will come from him as he tries to tie the match.

The Chess Crown will be back where it belongs, it's spiritual home, on a Russian head.

Sep-20-16  dm1991: <Sally Simpson> You begin to sound like a certain mr. <tolendoof> ;)

In the last WCh game 2 was rather clean. Game 3 was just a bad prep and that game 6 would be clean if not this double fingerslip. I feel like the problem with Carlsen in the last Wch was that he was a bit too classical for me. He's better in less conventional games, like in this ones: Carlsen vs Caruana, 2016, Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016.

I know i'll be bashed completely but Karjakin's candidates win was rather lucky (Caruana finishing skills were of a goalkeeper, not to even mention Giri). His play in the summer was rather lacking in overall quality (his Olympiad was good besides the games agains Mamed and Hari). Carlsen on the other hand had propably the best summer in a while (even his Olympiad, a close call, and Norway weren't a complete disaster). In my eyes, as for now Carlsen has a rather good chance of defending the title.

The next statement will be propably even more controversial. <I don't want Karjakin to win the title>. Why? He's quite drawish to begin with and i'm worried after he would win the title he would hide in his shell like Anand did a couple of years ago - playing uninspid chess and trying to chase Anish for the Leko title. IMHO he doesn't look like a very strong personality. Of course that's only my intuition but i feel the probability of such behaviour is quite high too. Of course my statements are 100% subjective and i'm obviously not forcing anybody to believe in them.

Sep-20-16  WorstPlayerEver: Chess is not Lucky 7 FYI
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  Sally Simpson: Hi dm1991,

No idea who Toledorf is (must be a right bozo if he sounds like me).

Agree Karjakin might not put chess in the spotlight as much as Carlsen.

But It's not a question of who you want to win. I don't mind either player winning. I'm saying don't think this match is a forgone conclusion.

Entertainment wise I think we need a Karjakin win first so Carlsen has to play catch up.

Also the match could do with a spot of of controversy to spice up the media. Maybe some chat show host can get them together on the same show and 'stage managed' it breaks out into fisticuffs.

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  Jambow: <I think the organisers are glad you are not doing the PR for this match. They would have to slash the ticket prices.>

If I were the PR manager I would be selling the manure you already bought, I'm not so continue to use Nigel as your source.

Honestly 10% is probably a bit low but 30% seems high. Upsets happen Carlsen is human but let me know how big your wager on Karjakin is...

<Neither has Karjakin. No top player has a weakness. If they did they would not even be in the top 100.>

So you agree about Carlsen having no weaknesses like I said...

What does Kasparov think he probably a better source than Nigel Short.

<Entertainment wise I think we need a Karjakin win first so Carlsen has to play catch up.>

Hope it pans out like that, but odds still are...

<Also the match could do with a spot of of controversy to spice up the media. Maybe some chat show host can get them together on the same show and 'stage managed' it breaks out into fisticuffs.>

Great like WWE wrestling or something yes that should help. Maybe you could channel Steinitz to toss someone out of a window?

Maybe they could heat up the chess pieces with a torch or something just for excitement...

Maybe Carlsen just pulls a Fisher and forfeits the first game by not showing up?

No matter I will be following the match because I like chess and perhaps team Karjakin is studying Magnus like Kramnik did Kasparov, who knows?

If an upset happens you can serve me some crow, if not bon appetite...

Yes controversy and chaos you say a bit of animosity to spice it up. I heard you were so ugly as a child your parents fed you with a sling shot... is that better?

Caruana says you stink too... ;0]

Sep-25-16  pionen: starkidaway, Karjakin only suffer from stuttering when he speak english. I have seen some youtube videos in which he speak russian very fluenty without stuttering.
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  Benzol: He looks a bit like actor Edward Norton to me.
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