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Sergey Karjakin vs Magnus Carlsen
Aerosvit (2008), Foros UKR, rd 11, Jun-19
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Classical Variation (D86)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jun-19-08  hand banana: i played through dozens of variation with and without engine, and it seems to me that the endgame is lost for magnus with best play from both sides.. not to mention it's much easier to find best moves for white.. after all the analisys i've beaten rybka (i played white of course). karjakin should have played on.
Jun-19-08  minasina: There were live commentaries: http://www.chessdom.com/foros-aeros... with GM Vladimir Dimitrov

http://online.crestbook.com/foros08... with GM Sergei Shipov in Russian; "translated": (without board): http://translate.google.com/transla... may need reloading

http://chesspro.ru/chessonline/onli... with GM Konstantin Sakaev in Russian; "translated" (without functioning board): http://google.com/translate?u=http%... may need reloading

http://chessok.com/broadcast/live.p... with ICCF IM Mikhail Emelianov and Rybka chess engine.

Jun-19-08  Ulhumbrus: After 22..Kg8 Black has a Rook out of play, and 23 Qh6 seems to relieve Black's game by exchanging Queens. On the other hand, Black may play ...h5. Suppose White tries 23 Rh5! aiming to get the Rook into play, while Black's R is undeveloped. On 23...gxh5 24 Qg5+ Kf8 25 Qxe5! may win. On 23 Rh5 Nxd3 24 Qxd3 gxh5 25 Qg3+ Kf8 26 Qg7+ Ke8 27 Qxh8+ Kd7 28 Qxh7 and Qf5+ may lead to a win.
Jun-19-08  DFelter: I'm really surprised with Karjakin's 1.d4. Was not expecting that, at all. I'm always curious what motivates a player to switch to a different opening move (unless it's a grand stage, like a World Championship match, and one hopes to shock the opponent).
Jun-19-08  percyblakeney: 21. ... Rh8 is a dubious looking move and some of the commentators also question Carlsen's avoiding the draw he could have had more or less immediately with h5 to instead use up lots of time and get a worse endgame. Karjakin wasn't interested in more than a draw by then, otherwise there would definitely have been some work left for Carlsen to secure the draw.
Jun-19-08  percyblakeney: 21. ... h5 22. Rxh5 gxh5 23. Qg5+ and a repetition draw would have been the only way for white to avoid worse looking alternatives like 21. ... h5 22. Nf4 Rh8.
Jun-19-08  Augalv: This is real candy! Carlsen and Karjakin meeting in last round.Carlsen is clearly first so he could play without any stress.Many people thought that Sergey will play for draw but I was almost sure that he will play for win.

1.d4

Now we can be sure that we will see more and more of 1.d4 in Karjakin's games.

1..Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 c5 8.Ne2 Nc6 9.Be3 O-O 10.O-O Na5 11.Bd3 b6 12.Qd2

12.Rc1 e5 13.dxc5 Be6 is line from Van Wely - Shirov, 1st Round and Van Wely - Eljanov, 2nd Round.

12..e5 13.Bh6 exd4 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.cxd4 cxd4 16.Rac1

New move, older moves are 16.f4 and 16.Rfd1.
Interesting is 16.Qb2 trying to exploit possible pin on a1-h8 diagonal 16..Qf6 ( 16..Nc6? is not precise 17.Bb5 Qf6 18.Bxc6 Qxc6 19.Nxd4 Qf6 20.e5! Qe7 21.Nc6 with pressure ) 17.f4 Rd8 18.f5 Qe5 19.Rf4 and I think that Whitr has compensation.

16..Bb7 17.f4 Rc8 18.Rxc8

18.Qb2!?

18..Qxc8 19.f5

Natural way to continue.White is having compensation for sacrificed pawn.

19..Nc6

19..f6? would be a suicide, 20.Nxd4 with jump on e6 square.19..Qc5 is the most logical move, defending d4 pawn and taking control over fifth rank, g1-a7 diagonal and more important a3-f8 diagonal.f8 square must be available for Queen in many cases otherwise Black can be mated. 20.Qg5 ( 20.f6+ Kh8 21.Qh6 Rg8 is getting nowhere for White ) 20..Kg8! ( 20..f6? 21.Qg3 and horse jump to f4-e6 can be expect.Also problems for Black can be expected ) 21.Nf4 Qe5 and it's not clear how should White proceed, also it's not clear how can Black neutralize pressure and use his extra pawn, possible line is 22.Qh6 Qg7 23.Qg5 Qe5.Equal position.

20.Rf3 Ne5 21.Rh3 (diagram)


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21..Rh8

21..h5 22.Rxh5 ( 22.Nf4? Rh8 with no clear way to continue attack for White ) 22..gxh5 23.Qg5+ Kh7 ( 23..Ng6?? 24.f6+ Kh7 25.Qxh5+ Kg8 26.Qh6 with mate ) 24.Qxh5+ Kg7 25. Qg5+ Kh7 with draw.

22.f6+ Kg8 23.Qh6 Qf8 24.Qxf8+ Kxf8

Usually this exchange cannot be recommended, White's structure is hard to defend but White can afford such luxury, Black's Rook needs time to get back into the play.

25.Nxd4 Ke8 26.Bb5+ Kd8 27.Rc3 a6 28.Ba4

Try more option, both are weaker, 28.Nc6+?! Bxc6 29.Bxc6 Kc7 30.Bd5+ Kd6 and White can expect problem with his f6 pawn.28.Bc6?! Kc7 and Black gets into better position.

28..b5 29.Bb3 (diagram)


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29..Re8?!

Not the best, right thing to do is 29..Kd7 30.Nf3 Ng4 31.Rd3+ Kc7 32.Ng5 Nxf6 33.Rf3! Nxe4 34.Rxf7+ Kd6 35.Rxb7 Nxg5 36.Rb6+ Ke5 37.Rxa6 with equal position.

30.Nf3 ½-½

Good question is what happens after 30.Nf3? Black must take 30..Nxf3+ ( 30..Bxe4? 31.Nxe5 Rxe5 32.Re3 Re8 33.Bxf7 Rf8 34.Rxe4 Rxf7 35.Re6 a5 36. Kf2 and White can pressure more) ( 30..Kd7? 31.Nxe5+ Rxe5 32.Bxf7 is not so wise for Black ) 31.gxf3 Bc8! ( 31...Rf8? too passive 32.Kf2 with better chances ) 32.Bxf7 Rf8 33.Bd5 Rxf6 34.Kf2 Rd6 with next Be6.Seems like equal position.

Extracted from blog about Sergey Karjakin

http://www.karjakin.blogspot.com/

Jun-19-08  hand banana: Augalv, in your endgame analysis, 32.Bxf7? is a bad move, "about equal" does not stand.. 32. Kf2 is the correct continuation there
Jun-19-08  minasina: <hand banana: Augalv, in your endgame analysis ...>

It is analysis there on karjakin.blogpot.com . Who writes out those analysis there? If the answer is <Warheart>, then who is he/she?

Jun-19-08  Warheart: <Hand banana, 32.Bxf7? is a bad move, "about equal" does not stand.. 32. Kf2 is the correct continuation there>.You are correct! My mistake, I missed that...yes, after 32.Kf2 Black is in trouble...I will correct analysis soon.
Jun-19-08  euripides: is it just me or is there something Chaplinesque about Carlsen's last ten moves ?
Jun-19-08  acirce: <21. ... Rh8 is a dubious looking move and some of the commentators also question Carlsen's avoiding the draw he could have had more or less immediately with h5 to instead use up lots of time and get a worse endgame.>

I don't know if I understand that. It's not at all obvious that 21..h5 was somehow a forced immediate draw. At a first glance it just looks very weakening and dangerous. A computer might say 0.00 but how could Carlsen be so sure that White would not still have a strong attack after for example 22.Ng3 or 22.Nf4 or 22.f6+ ? White was not forced to take the draw at all I think. In fact, 22.Ng3 might be promising also in objective terms.

Jun-19-08  percyblakeney: <It's not at all obvious that 21..h5 was somehow a forced immediate draw>

Maybe Sakaev, Shipov and Dimitrov were commenting with negative expectations there, fearing a short draw, since they all seem to see it as if a perpetual was coming up when Carlsen avoided that line.

Jun-19-08  percyblakeney: One possible line that looks interesting is <21. ... h5 22. Ng3 Rh8 23. fxg6 Qxh3 24. Qg5 f6 25. Nf5+ Qxf5 26. Qxf5 Bc8 27. Qf1 Be6> with a very unbalanced and probably rather even position:


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Jun-19-08  Ulhumbrus: An alternative to 13 Bh6 is 13 d5 acquiring a protected passed d pawn
Jun-19-08  sitzkrieg: <21. ... Rh8 is a dubious looking move and some of the commentators also question Carlsen's avoiding the draw he could have had more or less immediately with h5 to instead use up lots of time and get a worse endgame>

People apparently think that Carlsen sees everything:-)

Jun-19-08
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  keypusher: <DFelter: I'm really surprised with Karjakin's 1.d4. Was not expecting that, at all. I'm always curious what motivates a player to switch to a different opening move (unless it's a grand stage, like a World Championship match, and one hopes to shock the opponent).>

For what it's worth, he also played 1. d4 against Radjabov and his King's Indian. So he certainly doesn't lack confidence in himself when he plays it!

Karjakin vs Radjabov, 2008

According to the commenters he got a good position but couldn't achieve the win.

Jun-19-08  sitzkrieg: <According to the commenters he got a good position but couldn't achieve the win.> So history does repeat itself indeed!
Jun-20-08  theodor: dear friends, i would like to know what's your opinion on the move 26.Be2 (instead of Bb5+). thank you.
Jun-20-08  sitzkrieg: With what idea?
Bishop on the e line were the black rook will come, I prefer the forcing Lb5 (foremost because the computer prefers it;)
Jun-20-08  percyblakeney: According to Chessbase Karjakin offered draw for the first time already after playing 22. f6+.
Jun-20-08  sitzkrieg: Why!!?? What an attitude is that?.. And if you want a draw, why play like this before the offer?
Jun-20-08  messachess: 21...h5 looks risky to me for black. After exchange of pawns, black's K looks kind of exposed. On the other hand, the black passer is the kind of thing Carlsen can grind out to a win over very good players.
Jun-21-08  Atking: <theodor: dear friends, i would like to know what's your opinion on the move 26.Be2 (instead of Bb5+). thank you.> Please explain your idea before. <Percyblakeney: One possible line that looks interesting is <21. ... h5 22.Ng3 Rh8 23.fxg6 QxRh3! 24.Qg5 f6 25.Nf5+ QxNf5 26.QxQf5 Bc8 27.Qf1 Be6> with a very unbalanced and probably rather even position:> Great <Percyblakeney> Somehow I prefer Black here. Black queen side majority (with the help of d4) looks more real than White king side attack after an easy Kxg6 or a sophisticated Rh6xg6. A perpetual check with the Queen. But how? In fact I think too that Carlsen refused h5 because the obvious perpetual afterRxh5. <After 30.Nf3 Black must take 30..Nxf3+ ( 30..Bxe4? 31.Nxe5 Rxe5 32.Re3 Re8 33.Bxf7 Rf8 34.Rxe4 Rxf7 35.Re6 a5 36. Kf2 and White can pressure more) ( 30..Kd7? 31.Nxe5+ Rxe5 32.Bxf7 is not so wise for Black ) 31.gxf3 Bc8! ( 31...Rf8? too passive 32.Kf2 with better chances ) 32.Bxf7 Rf8 33.Bd5 Rxf6 34.Kf2 Rd6 with next Be6. Seems like equal position.> Looks to me correct. Then 29...Re8 wasn't as bad. True the latter suggestion of 32.Kf2 is interesting. What's after 32...Be6 33.Rc6 BxBb3 34.axBb3 a5 35.Ra6/Rb6 a4 ? The exchange of the pawn with the R moving from the 6 rank then ...Re6 xf6 looks to me very equal. White is a bit better but nothing to be afraid from Black in this rook ending. Ra/b8+ Kd7 Rh8 h5 f7 pawn will be easily defended. bxa bxa Ke3 Re6 RxRe6 fxRe6 Kd4 a3 Kc3 e5 Kb3 Kd7 Kxa3 Ke6 Kb4 Kxf6 h4 (or Kc5 Kg5) h5 Kc5 g5.... I'm blindefolding here and could be wrong but I think 1/2 is a normal result.

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