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Sergey Karjakin vs Luke McShane
Pamplona International (2003), Pamplona ESP, rd 3, Dec-22
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation (B33)  ·  0-1



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Sep-01-12  Wyatt Gwyon: Byrne had a nice piece on this game in the NYT shortly after it was played.

Apr-30-13  causative: This game is very hard on guess-the-move! So many wrong moves!
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  plang: The sacrifice 13 Nxb5!? had been played with success in Kuzmin-Malakhatko Alushta 1999; Karjakin reintroduced it here and it went on to gain some popularity. 17 Qf3?! seems intended to provoke ..e4 so he can go after the d-pawn but that seems to work to Black's advantage; 17 Qg4 looks stronger. 21 Qxc6..Re6 22 Qc4..Rc8 23 Qb3..Bxh2+ would have given Black a quick attack. After 26..Bf5? White missed the opportunity to to win material with 27 Rxe5..Qxe5 28 Rd5. 33 Nxe4? was an odd blunder allowing an obvious discovered check; White would have been winning after, for instance, 33 Nxg8..Bxh2+ 34 Kf1..Rf8+ 35 Nf6..Bg6 36 Ke2..Rxf6 37 Qg5..Qf8 38 Rxc6..Rf2+ 39 Ke1. 35 Qe6? allowing a second discovered check was fatal; better was 35 Rxg5..Rxg5+ 36 Qxg5..Rg8 37 Qxg8+..Qxg8+ 38 Kf1..Ne5! (38..Qxa2? 39 Bxc6..Qc4+ 40 Kf2..Qxc6 41 Rd4 would have allowed White to build an effective fortress) when White is better but has work to do to earn the win.

<Wyatt Gwyon: Byrne had a nice piece on this game in the NYT shortly after it was played. > Byrne's analysis on this game wasn't very helpful - he missed a lot.

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