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Sergey Karjakin vs Michael Adams
Baku Grand Prix (2008), Baku AZE, rd 3, Apr-23
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (C78)  ·  1-0



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Apr-23-08  ruyv: Good old technique
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  whiteshark: With 24...e5? black pushed the wrong pawn allowing the trade-off the bishops. But <24...d5> makes ♗e3 weakly... and so on.

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Apr-23-08  euripides: Karjakin won a very close game against Radjabov after 13.d5 a couple of years ago, which allowed Radjabov virtually to turn it into a King's Indian:

Karjakin vs Radjabov, 2006

This time he seems to have kept it under tighter control. The elegant return of the pawn at move 38 allows his major pieces to get going.

Apr-24-08  kingsindian2006: very sweet endgame for the youngster... his king still has young legs to move like that around the board..
Apr-24-08  Bobsterman3000: Why didn't Adams play 38...Qd7?

There's got to be some way to save the b-pawn...

Apr-27-08  Warheart: 38..Ra5 is better than 38..Qd7 but 46..g4? is a huge mistake.But I guess it now easy to spot White's idea after that move.Great endgame play by Karjakin.
Apr-27-08  euripides: <warheart> Does Black have a better way than 46...g4 to activate his queen ? If he sits tight Karjakin can advance his king and make inroads by threatening queen exchanges at appropriate moments, and some other queen sorties will allow White to win the h6 pawn. In some cases White can avoid perpetuals by returning his king to the kingside. So it already looks difficult for Black to hold.
Apr-27-08  euripides: I see from the official site that the two players had different views: "According to Karjakin Black got very good compensation later on and should have been able to hold the ending, if he hadn't played 46…g4, but Adams wasn't sure about that".
Apr-27-08  Augalv:

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It's a novelty, old move is 18..Nf4 ( game Adams Michael - Leko Peter, Rapid Match Miskolc 2005, 3rd game ).This novelty is not changing much, White is a bit better.

19.Rxa8 Rxa8 20.Rg1 Nf4 21.Bb3 Ne6 22.Bxe6 fxe6 ( diagram )

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Simple chess, just improving position of pieces, Rg3 with Kg2 is short-term plan.

23..Kh8 24.Kg2 e5

Adams is trying to clear the center, waiting policy like 24..h6 is also doing just fine.

25.dxe5 dxe5 26.Bxb6 cxb6 27.Qd7 Rd8 28.Qc7 Rf8 29.h4 g6 ( diagram )

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Trying to create post on c6 square.

30..h6 31.b5 Rf7 32.Qc8+ Kg7 33.h5 g5 34.Rh3!

Nothing more to do on g- file after 33..g5, it's time to look for another job...

34..Qd6 35.Qc3 Rc7 36.Qe3!?

Interesting, 36.Qb3 is also possible.


If 36..Ra7 37.Rh1 Ra3 38.Rd1! is advantage.

37.Rh1 Rxb5 38.Ra1 ( diagram )

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If 38..Qd7 ( computer's suggestion ) 39.Ra8! with unpleasant pressure.Adams is giving back the pawn.

39.Rxa5 bxa5 40.Qa7+ Kf8 41.Qxa5

All pawns on one flank, plus f-guys are doubled...

41..Qf6 42.Qa3+ Kg8 43.Kf1 Qe6 44.Ke2 Kf7 45.Qa7+ Kf6 46.Kd2 ( diagram )

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Wrong, this is begging of Black's troubles.46..Qd6+ or 46..Qc4 are holding.Move in the game at first sight is good, after all why not to exchange few more pawns, but actually is bad.Karjakin finds brilliant idea.

47.fxg4 Qxg4 48.Qb6+ Kg5 49.Qg6+ Kh4 50.Kc3!

That's the point! King on h4 is totally out of the picture, White King will march all the way to e6.

50..Qf3+ 51.Kc4 Qxf2 52.Kd5 Qd4+ 53.Ke6

Black will eventually lose both pawns.

53..Qb6+ 54.Kxe5 Qc5+ 55.Ke6 Qc6+ 56.Kf7 Qd7+ 57.Kf8 Qd8+ 58.Kg7 Qe7+ 59.Kxh6 ( diagram )

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Black lost all pawns and still his King is imprisoned on h-file.

59..Qf8+ 60.Kh7 Qe7+ 61.Kg8 Qd8+ 62.Kf7 Qc7+ 63.Kf8 Qd8+ 64.Qe8 Qf6+ 65.Kg8 Kg5 66.e5 1-0

Very nice victory! Well done Sergey! :)

Extracted from blog about Sergey Karjakin.

Apr-27-08  euripides: Maybe 46...Qc4 does hold because after White takes the h pawn his king can't scuttle back to the kingside as I thought: 47.Qb6+ Ke7 48.Qxh7 Qb4+ or Qa2+ and if the king goes to e2 Black checks on the f1-a6 diagonal to prevent Kf1. Not 48...Qd4+? 49.Ke1 Qa1+ 50.Ke2 and White's queen is covering a6 so White will be able to escape. Or 48.Qb7+ Ke6 and 49.Qd5+ Qxd5 50 exd5 Kxd5 looks drawn.
Apr-29-08  minasina: Rybka anlysis samples

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