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Evgeny Alekseev vs Sergey Karjakin
Aerosvit (2008), Foros UKR, rd 1, Jun-08
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation (B91)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-08-08  messachess: This was certainly a wild tactical melee. Looked very evenly played--well played by both with white playing very aggressively, forcing black to defend aggressively.
Jun-09-08  Augalv: Alekseev Evgeny - Karjakin Sergey, Aerosvit 2008, 1st Round.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.g3 e5 7.Nde2 Nbd7 8.Bg2 b5 9.h3 Bb7 10.g4 b4 11.Nd5 Nxd5 12.exd5 Be7 13.Ng3 O-O 14.O-O ( diagram )

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14..Re8 15.Be3 Nb6 is played more often.

15.Bxg5 Qxg5 16.Nf5

16. a3 bxa3 17. Rxa3 a5 is balanced

16..Qf6 17.f4 a5 18.fxe5 Nxe5 ( diagram )

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19.a3 Ba6 is good for Black.19..bxa3 is also interesting.

19..Qd8 20.Qd4 Bc8 21.Ng3

Of course, Knight is too important.

21..Qc7 22.Rac1 Bd7

Sadly but Black can't stop c4.22..Ba6 23.c4.

23.c3 bxc3 24.Rxc3 Qb8 ( diagram )

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Preparing Ne4 in next move.Right away 25.Ne4 is doubtful because of 25..f5! 26.gxf5 Bxf5 27.Ng3 Bg6 is White's position is a bit shaky.

25..Qb4 26.Qxb4 axb4

a2 pawn vs b4 pawn.Which one is weaker?

27.Rc2 Bb5

Well calculated, not allowing any Ne4 ideas.

28.Rf4 Bd3 29.Rd2 Rfb8 30.Be4 Bxe4 31.Nxe4 Rb6 32.Kf2 Kf8 33.Ke3 Ke7 34.Ng3 Rc8 35.Nf5+ Kd7 ( diagram )

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Position is equal.


More testing seems 36.Ke4 Rbb8! is holding everything.36..Rc3?! 37.h4 and it's hard to defend g7 pawn.36..g6?? is a blunder 37.Nxd6 Kxd6 38.Rf6+.

36..Rc3+ 37.Ke4 Rxh3 38.Nf5 Rh1 ( diagram )

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39.Nxd6?? Re1+!

39..Rb8 40.Nh6 Rd1 41.Ng4 Nxg4 42.Rxf7+ Kd8 43.Rxh7 ( diagram )

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43..Ne5 is also going into draw 44.Rf2 Re1+ ( 44..Nd7 45.g6 Re1+ 46.Kd4 Rd1+ is = ) 45.Kd4 Rd1+ 46.Ke4 Re1+ with perpetual.

44.Kf5 Rdxd5+ 45.Kxg4 Rxg5+ 46.Kf4 ½-½

Extracted from blog about Sergey Karjakin

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