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Etienne Bacrot vs Sergey Karjakin
World Cup (2007) (rapid), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 3, Dec-02
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation (D11)  ·  0-1



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Dec-02-07  Kangaroo: After <26. Qh6> instead of <26. Rxc8?> it would be only White who could have won the game.
Dec-02-07  Ron: Thanks to <Kangaroo> for pointing out this game; however <26. Qh6> would allow a perpetual check by Black: <26. Qh6 Qd4+ 27 Kc1 Qa1+ 28. Kd2 Qd4+ etc)

However, this IS a winning move for White: 26. Re1!!

Perhaps someone might want to check the variations :)

Dec-04-07  BlackNightmare: that was a whitegame bacrot screwed up he was probably intimdated by a superficial attack!
Dec-04-07  dabearsrock1010: <ron> i dont have a computer but i concur that Re1 wins. I think the critical lines involve Rh8! sacs to force mate with the queen.
Dec-06-07  arunrx: <Kangaroo>
26. Qh6 fails to 26...Qxf6
Dec-08-07  dabearsrock1010: actually 26.Re1 and Kh7 may be holding but someone stronger than me should decide...but white is up a bishop but the king is unsafe...i dunno its tough without a comp/someone who knows something about chess
Dec-08-07  Ron: It is good you came up with some good ideas without a computer. After 26. Re1!, 26. ... Kh7 is Black's best reply (taking white rooks would eventualy allow mate as you saw) but then White plays 27. Re5! (threatening Rxh5+ etc) and it seems Black has no better than 27. ... Qxe5 28. Qxe5 Rxe5 29 Rxc8 and White has a material advantage which should enable him to win.

Admittedly, I did not come up the with the key moves.

Karjakan advanced in the World Cup and he might even become the challenger to Topalov. Bacrot finding the correct moves here might result in interesting alternative history.

Dec-09-07  dabearsrock1010: <ron> really interesting last sentence there haha very philosophical but entirely true, the nature of this tournament is such that its on a razors edge
Jan-11-08  computer chess guy: 26. ♖b1! also wins. Black must exchange Queens to fend off mate and then White has an extra piece and will pick up some pawns after 26 .. ♕xa2 27. ♕h6 ♕a5+ 28. ♔d3 ♕a3+ 29. ♗b3 ♕f8 30. ♕xf8+ ♔xf8.
Jan-11-08  Riverbeast: 30...Re4 (the gut shot!)

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