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Pavel Eljanov vs Sergey Karjakin
"Quiet Riot" (game of the day May-11-2015)
Aerosvit (2007), Foros UKR, rd 2, Jun-19
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation (D11)  ·  0-1

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Jun-20-07  kellmano: Nice stuff from Karjakin. A new idea?
Jun-20-07  Ybrevo: Total disaster for White! Where did he go wrong? Personally I donīt like 6. c5. He should have kept the tension in the centre, and should have kept the queenside flexible. The Knight-sac on f2 is a great way to punish the hesitant play by White.
Jun-21-07  euripides: 6.c5 has had good results after 6....Nbd7 7.b4. The idea is eventually to open files on the Q-side and attack the c pawn. This game might be a sign that there's a problem with 7.a3. Karjakin's piece sacrifice was an improvement on Lputian vs D Jakovenko, 2006 and cast doubt on White's play in the previous few moves.
Jul-07-07  Treadhead57: Why doesn't Black capture the Bishop on d2 or the Rook on h4 on 27...? Instead he waits until 28... and then White resigns. I don't understand Qf6 on 27... It looks like an easy mate but White can easily defend against mate like he did with Nf4.
Jul-07-07  amuralid: <Treadhead57> 28. Qe6+ capturing the bishop was the threat.
Jan-12-08  think: I believe that this game ceases to be the 'Quiet Variation' right about move 12.
Jul-10-09  Shams: Karjakin's 19...Qg5 allowed 20.e4, discovering on the queen. Eljanov chose 20.h4 directly instead.

After 20.e4 Karjakin must have intended ...Nf4 21. gxf4 exf4:


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A temporary investment of a second piece. Now 22.h4 Qg6 23.h5 Qg5 leaves white with no way to save the bishop. The f-pawn, rooks and bishop pair look crushing; maybe white's position is not without defensive resources. Still, not a position one wants against Karjakin.

White's 23.Qe1 was necessary since after 22...e4 black was threatening 23...Bxg3 24.Kxg3 Rf3+ 25.Kg2 Qxh4 26.Bxf3:


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and now 26...Ng5! is an easy kill shot to find. White's pieces are almost in competition to be the most useless of the group.

After the text, 23.Qe1 Nc5! it is clear that black has a strategically won game. The knight will fall on f3 and there is nothing either white knight can do about it-- a lovely indignity. Man, I love this game. Eljanov must have felt like the kid bent him over his knee.

May-11-15
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  offramp: Has Eljanov upset someone at cg.com? 2 losses in 2 days as GotD.
May-11-15
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  FSR: <offramp> Indeed. And yesterday was the poor dude's birthday.
May-11-15
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Wait a minute. Black sacrifices a Knight on move 12 and then--does *not* attack?! He takes three moves to complete his development with ...Bd6, ...0-0 and ...Bd7?!

I have officially gotten too old for this game.

May-11-15
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  FSR: Gad, what a crush. Eljanov must have been almost relieved to resign.
May-11-15  morfishine: Wow, sacrificing the Knight on move 12: Positional & tactical dominance all wrapped up in one

This isn't supposed to happen to a GM, right?

May-11-15
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  offramp: Here is a warning for hundreds of chess-players: if your opponent gives up a piece for <almost anything>, if he has the initiative then you are in trouble. In fact <double secret> trouble!
May-11-15
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  kevin86: From quiet variation to furious attack for black.
May-11-15
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  thegoodanarchist: <FSR: Gad, what a crush. Eljanov must have been almost relieved to resign.>

He may have had nightmares about that Black knight...

May-11-15  mruknowwho: Seems a little loud for the "Quiet Variation".
May-11-15
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  Check It Out: I'm worried for Eljanov's "Metal Health" after this drubbing.
May-11-15  Pulo y Gata: Don't be. Eljanov won some very strong events years after this game was played.
May-11-15
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  Check It Out: I simply needed to find a way to get Quiet Riot's third album title in here somehow..
May-11-15  Pulo y Gata: I'm sorry for spoiling the fun; the reference was just lost on me.
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