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Sergey Karjakin vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
Corus Group A (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 7, Jan-21
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense Fianchetto Variation (C76)  ·  1-0

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Jan-21-06  yataturk: why is this 1-0?
Jan-21-06  percyblakeney: The a-pawn falls (34. ... Rc6 35. Rxa6 Rxa6 36. Nc7+ followed by Nxa6) and white should be winning.
Jan-21-06  Phoenix: Black will lose his a-pawn no matter what. For example: 34...Rc6 35Rxa6! Rxa6 36.Nc7+ and White is up a pawn or 34...Rb8 35.b4 and again there's no defending a6 (35...Ra8 36.Nc7+).

The first line White is not only a pawn to the good, but has a dominating knight vs a bishop that can't do much.

Jan-21-06  bane77: Typical position where the knight is dominating the bishop is this position, with knight on d5 and an idiot of black bishop that is pointing in its pawns d6,e5,f6. This is almost always lost endgame for black, and there are some variants in Sicilian game with black pawn structure: d6,e5,f6,f7 (doubled pawns) which can lead to lost endgame with worthless black bishop and dominating white knight. I'm sure that every professional chess player knows for this, so I wonder why Mamedyarov didn't play 28...Bxd6.
Jan-21-06  crafty: 34. ... fxe4 35. fxe4 ♖c4 36. ♔f3 ♖c6 37. h4 ♗d8   (eval 1.31; depth 13 ply; 250M nodes)
Jan-21-06
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Fascinating illustration of Steinitz' principle of the accumulation of small advantages. White's win begins with his control of c5. Then he plants a Rook of d5. This is followed by the creation of two isolated pawns on Black's Queen side. White then transforms the isolated c-pawn into a backwards d-pawn and adds a superior minor piece to his collection of small advantages. Plant that superior minor on d5, and just like that, it's game over--the a-pawn must fall.

What's frustrating is that it looks a *lot* easier than it really is.

Jan-21-06  Veryrusty: Not enough to resign; perhaps Mamedyarov saw a ghost?
Jan-21-06  TopaLove: White has enough advantage to win. Itīs an endgame knight x bad bishop(with more pieces). Besides, blackīs pawns are stopped on the kingside. On the queenside white soon will create a passed pawn.
Jan-21-06  Veryrusty: I'm fully prepared to believe White 'has enough to win,' but he ain't won yet. I'm just surprised at the resignation.
Jan-21-06  xenophon: not much fighting spirit here,marshall and lasker not to mention fischer or khorchnoi would have fought on-poor show i think
Jan-21-06  pawn to QB4: What's a poor grandmaster to do? Pieces were flying around in Aronian-van Wely, and folk - some with benefit of hindsight - are telling Aronian he should have resigned. By contrast, I can't see how Shak can even make it hard in this simple, lost position, yet he's criticised for not dragging it out.
Jan-21-06  BurningSun: the resignation was ill-time...it was premature there was still a lot struggle to do.
Jan-21-06  Assassinater: <What's a poor grandmaster to do? Pieces were flying around in Aronian-van Wely, and folk - some with benefit of hindsight - are telling Aronian he should have resigned. By contrast, I can't see how Shak can even make it hard in this simple, lost position, yet he's criticised for not dragging it out.>

Apparently, go forward in time, ask random internet kibitzers when they should resign, then resign at the appropiate spots. I agree that people complain about way too much and that most of their complaints aren't realy complaints.

Jan-22-06
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  cu8sfan: I like the picture on the official page: http://www.coruschess.com/report.ph.... Karjakin has just made his first move, 1.e4 and Mamedyarov looks as if he was ready to resign already. (-:
Jan-22-06  ughaibu: And the apparent look of glee on Karjakin's face, great picture.
Jan-22-06  ahmadov: <cu8sfan: I like the picture on the official page: http://www.coruschess.com/report.ph.... Karjakin has just made his first move, 1.e4 and Mamedyarov looks as if he was ready to resign already. (-:> Yes, this picture shows clearly that you should be ready for a game psychologically. Bad mood is almost half of your failure.
Jan-23-06
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  Mateo: Mamedyarov could have saved his a pawn, if he had played 31... Ra8, instead of 31... Rc8?. After 31... Ra8, if 32. Nb6 Ra7 33. Nd5 (with the threat 34. Ra6) a5. White stands better but it would have been a harder task to bring home a full point.
Jan-23-06  ramprasad2: or 31... d5 to give his bishop some scope?
Jan-26-06
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  Mateo: <ramprasad2: or 31... d5 to give his bishop some scope?> If 31... d5? 32. Ra6 with check.
Jan-29-06  ramprasad2: thanks Mateo... missed that.
Sep-04-06  KingG: Very nice positional display from Karjakin. Black was never really in the game.

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