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Sergey Karjakin vs Pavel Mikhailovich Kotsur
European Club Cup (2002), Halkidiki GRE, rd 2, Sep-23
Rat Defense: Accelerated Gurgenidze (B07)  ·  1-0



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Dec-06-02  bishop: Black could not consolidate his position with 14...e6 because 15.g4 would be to strong. Karjakin's 15.e6! was a fine Pawn sacrifice which weakened Black's K side. The later opening of the c-file by Black only helped the better positioned White forces. 24...Nxd4? lost a piece as even 25...Qb4 would have dropped the Knight to 26.Qg4.
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  whiteshark: GM Eric Hansen has analysed this game in depth here:
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  plang: This variation where Black plays 2..g6 without ..Bg7 and where he plays 1..d6 and then 4..d5 can only be described as eccentric. 7..Bg4 has been played in several games with some success; Kotsur's 7..Qb6!? was described by Karjakin as "dubious". In a 1999 game Bologan had played 14 Nb3; Nd3 was new. 14..e6 would have allowed 15 g4 with a clear White edge but Kotsur's 14..h4 was answered by a powerful positional pawn sacrifice 15 e6!. 21..0-0-0 22 b4 would have been strong for White but Kotsur's 21..c5? was even worse for Black. White missed an immediate win with 22 Bxh4! eg.: 22..c4 (both captures on h4 lead to a winning attack for White due to the possibility of Bb5+) 23 Bg5..cxd 24 Bxh6..Nxh6 25 Rxf8+..Kxf8 26 Qxg6..Nf5 27 Rf1..Qd7 28 Rxf5!..exf 29 e6..Qe8 30 Qh7 and wins. A better defense for black (instead of 24..Nxd4?) would have been 24..Rc8 25 Ba6..Rc7 26 Rc1..Qxc1 27 Qxc1..Rxc1 28 Rxc1 though White would have had a big advantage.
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