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Sergey Karjakin vs Dmitry Jakovenko
"Power Sergey" (game of the day Jun-12-2008)
Aerosvit (2008), Foros UKR, rd 4, Jun-11
Russian Game: Nimzowitsch Attack (C42)  ·  1-0



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  keypusher: I thought this game looked familiar:

Anand vs Kramnik, 2008

But the "similar games" feature doesn't seem to recognize Anand-Kramnik.

Jun-11-08  acirce: It followed Svidler vs Kramnik, 2007 even longer. Karjakin plays 24.Nb3 while Svidler had thought his 24.c4 to be essential.
Jun-11-08  Augalv: Karjakin Sergey - Jakovenko Dmitry, Aeroflot 2008, 4th Round.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 Nxc3 6.dxc3 Be7 7.Bf4 O-O 8.Qd2 Nd7 9.O-O-O Nc5 10.Be3 Re8 11.Bc4 Be6 12.Bxe6 Nxe6 13.h4 Qd7 14.Qd3 Qc6 15.Qf5 Qc4 16.Kb1 g6 17.Qh3 h5 18.Nd2 Qe2 19.Rde1 Qg4 20.Qh2 d5 21.f3 Qa4 22.g4 Bd6

Players are showing great theoretical knowledge, this is all known.


23.Qf2 Ng7 24.c4 dxc4 is older try and it ended with draw.

23..Ng7 24.Nb3 Qd7 25.Rd1


First big crossroad, Black had another solid move 25..c6.Now 26.Bc1 is interesting and askes for futher investigation, other try is 26.Bd4 hxg4 27.fxg4 Re4 28.h5 Rxg4 29.Qf1

This is really sharp position.29..gxh5 ( 29..Qf5? is not wise due to 30.h6! Qxf1 31.Rdxf1 Nh5 32.h7+ Kxh7 33.Rxf7+ Kg8 34.Rd7 Bf8 35.Rxb7 with permanent advantage ) ( 29..Nxh5!? 30.Qf6 Rxd4 31.Qxd4 is unclear ) 30.Bxg7 Kxg7 31.Rxh5 Rg8 32.Nd4 Kf8 33.Qh1 with compensation. Well, game took other direction.

26. fxg4 Re4

26..c6 is slow, White comes first with 27.h5.

27.Rd4 Rae8 28.Bc1 ( diagram )

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Mistake.First what comes into brain is 28..a5 but 29.h5 a4 30.Rxe4 dxe4 31.Nd4 is better for White.28..Re1 is the best 29.Qxe1 ( 29.Qg2 trying to keep all forces on board is interesting ) 29.. Rxe1 30.Rxe1 c6 31.h5 is unclear.

29.Rxe4 dxe4 30.h5

White is first, problems are ahead for Black.

30..gxh5 31.gxh5 Kh8 32.Qg5 f6

32..Qe6 33.Nc5 Qd5 34.Be3 keeping the initiative.

33.Qh6+ Kg8 34.Rg1 Qf7 35.Nd4 Knight comes in, it's the beggining of the end.


Not the best solution, 35..Bxd4 36. cxd4 Re6 37.Rg6 Rd6 38.Be3 but it's clear who's the boss here.

36.Bf4 Bxf4?

Last slip.More stubborn is 36..e3 37.Bxe3 f4 38.Bf2.

37.Qxf4 Kh7

37..Kf8 trying to escape is not working, 38.h6 Ne6 39.Qh4 Qh7 40.Qf6+ Qf7 41.Nxe6+ Rxe6 42.Qh8+ Ke7 43.Rg7 is winning.

38.Rg6 38..Re7 39.Qh6+ Kg8 40.Qg5 Kh7 ( diagram )

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40..Kf8 41.Rf6 is Queen goes off the board.

41.Nxf5 Nxf5

41..Rd7 42.Kc1 keeps all threats.

42.Rf6 1-0

Extracted from blog about Sergey Karjakin

Jun-11-08  acirce: Ah, yes, Karjakin played 23.Qg1 instead. That makes a difference.
Jun-11-08  Xeroxx: <Players are showing great theoretical knowledge, this is all known.>

Sometimes players are unaware that a position they are playing has occurred before.

Jun-11-08  acirce: 28..Be5 does seem like a serious mistake, and with Karjakin's energetic play it soon gets very hard for Black to save the game. Maybe White's major pieces will always get so dangerous otherwise that Rybka's 28..Re1 is needed. Then White's best is probably to keep the queen on by 29.Qg2 rather than "win material" by 29.Qxe1.
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  Bobsterman3000: Maybe Jako could have tried to advance his QS pawns, instead of just move his queen around aimlessly in a desperate attempt to force the queen exchange...

Jun-12-08  NewLine: I thought this end-game will make a nice puzzle...
Jun-12-08  MarkThornton: <keypusher: I thought this game looked familiar:

Anand vs Kramnik, 2008

But the "similar games" feature doesn't seem to recognize Anand-Kramnik.>

Unlike Opening Explorer, the "similar games" functionality doesn't recognise transpositions.

At move 14, Anand played <14. Qd5>, but Karjakin played <14. Qd3>. The "similar games" software doesn't spot that they both reached the same position after <15. Qf5>.

Jun-12-08  MarkThornton: <25....hxg4?>, opening the K-side, is a very surprising move from a top class GM. After <25...c6> or <25...Qe6>, Black's has little to fear.
Jun-12-08  RandomVisitor: After 20.Qh2:

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1. (-0.11): 20...Bf6 21.f3 Qf5 22.Qg1 Qb5 23.Ka1 Re7 24.g4 Rae8 25.Ne4 Bg7 26.g5 Qf5 27.Qf2

2. (-0.11): 20...Qf5 21.f3 Bf6 22.Qg1 Qb5 23.Ka1 Re7 24.g4 Rae8 25.Ne4 Bg7 26.g5 Qf5 27.Qf2

Jun-12-08  Ulhumbrus: After 14 Qd3 it seems that White cannot win this, and yet he does.

16...g6? disturbs the King side pawns without necessity and invites the attack h4 and h5.

17...h5 prevents h5 but invites the pawn attack g4.

25...hxg4 frees White's h pawn to advance. Perhaps White is threatening to attack Black's N by Bd4 or Bh6.

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  kevin86: The remarkable thing I can say about this game was that it was played yesterday.

Just think:before computers,this game might have appeared in a newspaper in a week,a magazine in a month,or in a book many years down the line.

Jun-12-08  melv: Car jackin...word.
Jun-12-08  vuchamchi: Can some1 kindly explain to me the purpose of the move 10.be3 and 13.h4?
Jun-12-08  RandomVisitor: Final look: After 20.Qh2:

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1. (-0.11): 20...Bf6 21.f3 Qf5 22.Qg1 Qb5 23.Ka1 Qd5 24.g4 b5 25.Ne4 Bg7 26.Qg2 b4 27.Bh6

1. (-0.11): 20...Qf5 21.f3 Bf6 22.Qg1 Qb5 23.Ka1 Qd5 24.g4 b5 25.Ne4 Bg7 26.Qg2 b4 27.Bh6

Jun-12-08  RandomVisitor: <vuchamchi><Can some1 kindly explain to me the purpose of the move 10.be3 and 13.h4?>My guess is that Karjakin was steering the game into areas of the opening book where he had prepared lines. The game is technically even.
Jun-14-08  minasina: game of the day, commented by GM Joel Benjamin

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